Free Press wins four awards in Top of the Rockies contest

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The Four Corners Free Press received four awards in the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2021 Top of the Rockies com­petition.

The contest, which is for work done in 2020, includes different types of media outlets (including newspapers and radio) in four states: Colorado, Utah, New Mex­ico, and Wyoming.

The Free Press was entered in a division for small newsrooms, which included more than 20 other media operations. The awards were:

  • First place to Carolyn Dunmire for arts and entertainment/food criticism, for her “Foodie” columns.

Dunmire, who has placed first in this category for the past several years, was recognized for columns headlined “Sum­mer of love,” “In good taste,” and “Be­coming a red-dirt gourmet.”

In their comments, the judges wrote, “Carolyn Dunmire finds unique ways to write about food despite a pandemic. The judges enjoyed the ‘living like hippies’ ref­erence!”

• Second place to editor Gail Binkly for her editorials. The particular entries were headlined “Crying wolf,” “Our heads in the clouds,” and “A sorry chapter.”

• Third place to Janneli F. Miller in the agriculture and environment news cat­egory for her article about the drought. Titled, “Going dry?”, it was published in November 2020.

• Third place to Zach Hively in per­sonal/humor columns for his pieces titled “Running on empty,” “The word of the day,” and “His name was Phroomf.”

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From May 2021.