Drum brings home 13 SPJ awards.

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Staff Report
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.
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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.

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A Photographic Retrospective.

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Young dancers walk in single file alongside the Historic Durango & Silverton Narrow-gauge Railroad Train in August 2009 after it reached its destination at Cascade. Young Shyden Pinnecoose leads the dancers, who participated in a mini-powwow for a group of visiting tourists as part of the first annual Heritage Train event.

Looking back on the Southern Ute Reservation in 2009, milestones were reached and other dreams just began. The Animas-La Plata Project finally opened after almost a century of work. The Tribe partnered with Solix Biofuels to create a plant to convert algae to energy. The first-ever Tri-Ute Games were hosted right here in Ignacio. We review the highlights in the most recent issue of the Southern Ute Drum Online.

The full retrospective can be viewed on page six and seven of this weeks issue. Links have been updated.

Enjoy the Images! Cheers, Jeremy

12 Gauge Sings…

12 Gauge Drum Group honors newly elected members to Tribal Council on December 22nd, 2008. Ignacio, Colorado.
Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

The Southern Ute Drum rolls out the final issue of the year for 2008!

Please take a minute to view the “Drum” online! Click HERE.

The Southern Ute Drum delves into topics ranging from Tribal affairs and community events to historical moments; as well as documenting many of the traditions honored by the Southern Ute Tribe and it’s members.

Enjoy the Photographs! Cheers, Jeremy

The Southern Ute Drum.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008. All Rights Reserved.

Good timing, a strong portfolio and an ongoing personal interest in photographing Native American Culture landed me a position with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, as a full time photographer for their newspaper and archive in Ignacio, Colorado.

The Southern Ute Drum is published as Ignacio’s only newspaper, covering Tribal affairs and local events. The archive is a product of journalism and provides a historical record belonging to Ute culture and the Southern Ute Tribe.

The “Drum” is published every two weeks, followed immediately by an online posting. I have added a link on the right sidebar, as well as links to a few pages of my work from our last two issues below.

I look forward to the opportunities, challenges and relationships that will come with this position as I explore Ute culture “through the lens”. Perhaps most valuable will be the experiences that I will have as a photojournalist within just a few miles of my own doorstep!

Please take a few minutes to view these tear sheets HERE

View the Southern Ute Drum Website HERE.

Keep checking in! Cheers, Jeremy