Drum brings home 13 SPJ awards.

Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum
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The Southern Ute Drum
The Southern Ute Drum made its best showing ever in a journalism contest in April, winning 13 awards — including five first-place prizes — in the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Top of the Rockies.
Top of the Rockies is the largest regional journalism competition west of the Mississippi, open to all newspaper, radio and TV outlets in four states: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico.
Last year the Drum won five Top of the Rockies awards: a first place, a second place, and three thirds. This year, the staff nearly tripled its take. Editor Ace Stryker traveled to the Denver Press Club on Friday, April 13 to accept the awards.

Composition   Technician Robert L. Ortiz won a first-place award for news photography for his coverage of the opening of the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum, and a second-place award for feature photography.
Photographer/reporter Jeremy Wade Shockley won two first- place awards: one for feature photography for his coverage of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s annual Southern Ute Heritage Train, and one for sports photography for his coverage of last summer’s Rocky Mountain State Games in Colorado Springs. He also won second and third place in news photography, third place in feature photography, and second place in single-story news reporting for his article on last year’s National Congress of American Indians annual convention.
Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum
Between Ortiz and Shockley, the Drum swept the news and feature photography categories, which include all newspapers with circulation under 10,000 in the four-state area.
Stryker won five awards, including a single-handed sweep of politics general reporting with first, second and third places. Stryker also earned first place for public service for his ongoing coverage of Southern Ute elections, and third place in education general reporting.
The staff has also submitted entries for the annual Native American Journalists Association competition, the winners of which will be announced later this summer.

The latest round of journalism awards brings the Drum’s all- time total to 41, including 26 in the past three years alone.

Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

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NAJA Awards.

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

The Southern Ute Drum will be bringing home at least four “First Place” awards from this year’s Native American Journalism Association – media awards banquet. The week long conference will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida culminating with the awards ceremony on saturday evening.

Photos, first place: Jeremy Wade Shockley, for a Bear Dance photo of a little girl with a blue and white umbrella

News stories, first place: Ace Stryker, for “Legislators Withdraw Proposal to Cut Native Scholarships at FLC”

Best layout among biweekly and monthly papers (for Robert Ortiz’s work)

The highest award of all, General Excellence!

Our paper is run with a very small, but equally dedicated staff. Each with their own vision, backed by hard work and determination. The outcome is a tribal newspaper that continues to hold its own across Indian Country.

Best, Jeremy

Native American Journalism Association: 2010 Media Awards

On the nature of awards…certainly a subject of value as we progress through a world of photography and journalism. As a freelance photographer I didn’t seek out too many awards for myself, inevitably I was focusing of generating content and moving forward.

A certain benefit of being affiliated with any publication, newspaper or magazine, is that the prospect of winning awards of very real. Entry fees are less daunting, the process is built into the day to day curriculum at the office, and most importantly you are putting your self out there as a team.

Everyone in the office puts their best work forward, and with the consensus of fellow staffers, prints are shipped along with the relevant editorial pieces. Then the wait, but with that comes introspection and an awareness that every time you go out in the field to craft a feature story for publication, that the very work you are about to create could be a contender for the next round of editorial critic!

With two feature stories and a half dozen images submitted to this years NAJA awards, I was pleased to have garnered a few of the accolades on behalf of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.


Best Photo Categories

Best Feature Photo: 3rd Place

Jeremy Wade Shockley, Photographer/Reporter, The Southern Ute Drum, “Bear Dance”


Best Photo Categories

Best News Photo: 3rd Place

Jeremy Wade Shockley, Photographer/Reporter, The Southern Ute Drum, “Bennett Thompson”


Associate Categories

News Story (Print): 2nd Place

Jeremy Wade Shockley, Photographer, The Southern Ute Drum, “Solix: Fueling a Better World”