2012: The Year in Review.

Photo Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

2012 marked my four-year milestone as staff photographer for The Southern Ute Drum newspaper. The publication has made some significant gains in the years that I have toiled under my own deadlines and feature stories here in the newsroom.

As a team we have expanded our page count with each passing year, undergone a series of significant redesigns, and are now printing in full color!

The Southern Ute Drum has garnered numerous journalism awards from The Society of Professional Journalist and The Native American Journalism Association.

Photography coverage and journalism conferences have landed me in Portland, OR, Sacramento, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and Washington DC in recent months.

In the weeks to come we will revamp our online presence with the hope of reaching an even broader audience across Indian Country, while polishing each aspect of our print publication to meet the challenges of the digital age.

The importance communication through media between Sovereign Nations and the United States of America has perhaps never been more relevant then it is now, as Native peoples continue to uphold cultural, and political values in the 21st century.

Please take a moment to visit our final issue of 2012 and the highlights of the year online! Click HERE.

The Society of Professional Journalists: Rocky Mountain Region Media Awards.

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

SPJ Awards…

I am pleased to announce that the Southern Ute Drum newspaper pulled in five awards last week at the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual awards banquet in Denver, Colorado. Please take a moment to read the full story on page 20 of The Southern Ute Drum.

Among those awards, I garnered one for this photograph of trout being stocked into the local reservoir, and another for continued coverage of Fort Lewis College and the expansion of its long standing Native American center.

Each of our staff members earned accolades in this years media contest, spanning four states …see article for full details!

Jeremy Wade Shockley
First Place: Education General Reporting
“FLC Student Union Makes Room For New Native Center”

Jeremy Wade Shockley
Third Place: News Photography
“Lake Capote Opens With A Splash”

Here’s to the spirit of journalism! Cheers, Jeremy