The Sentinel picks up more journalism honors, including Public Service award

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COLORADO SPRINGS | The Sentinel garnered more statewide recognition Saturday for journalism excellence, being tabbed for a host of top awards from the Colorado Press Association.

The Sentinel won the 2018 Public Service award for its extensive coverage of immigration, sanctuary cities and undocumented children of illegal immigrants in the region.

“Impressive coverage of what is clearly a huge issue, not only for your community but the entire nation,” Colorado Press Association judges wrote. “Solid reporting.”

This and other Colorado Press Association awards come on top of a bevy of top Associated Press honors announced Friday.

“These honors reflect the commitment to journalism and our readers by a staff dedicated to the community and their craft,” said Sentinel Editor Dave Perry. “At a time when journalists are challenged by shrinking resources and exceptional criticism, the Sentinel staff continues to deliver.”

In addition to the coveted public service award, the Sentinel was honored for special coverage of RTD light rail service in Aurora.

The Sentinel received first place honors for house editorials penned by Editor Dave Perry, noting a strong voice that makes persuasive arguments with extensive use of the facts.

Perry was also honored for his signed personal columns.

Reporter Brandon Johansson received first-place honors for his extensive reporting on whether the Aurora community can protect Buckley Air Force Base from potential closure.

Staff writer Ramsey Scott was honored with a first-place award for a story he wrote about the Sikh community struggling with being confused with Muslims, who are often treated badly.

Photographer Philip B. Poston was honored for a photo story he did on elderly veterans flying vintage aircraft.

Associated Press awards from Friday include:

• Photographer Gabriel Christus won a first-place award for a photo story about disadvantaged people, many with pets, being forced out of an East Colfax Avenue motel.

Sentinel reporter Ramsey Scott won first place honors for his story, “Colorado Sikhs Ask for Help from Schools, Rep. Coffman, to Combat Bullying and Intolerance.”

• Christus also won first and second place honors for photo portrayals, sweeping the category with, “PRO TACKLE FOOTBALL: It’s a Girl Thing”; and “Regis Jesuit’s Fran Belibi in “Final Pool for USA Basketball’s U-16 National Team.”

The Sentinel swept this year’s investigative reporting category. Sentinel staff writers won first place honors for an investigative story about students assaulted by staff in Cherry Creek schools. Reporter Kara Mason won second place honors for an investigative story about an Aurora City Council candidate who had a criminal record and was a registered sex offender.

• Editor Dave Perry received first place honors for house editorials, personal columns and headline writing.

• Photographer Philip B. Poston received third-place honors for best photography portfolio, showcasing a wide variety of dramatic work.

Sentinel staffers received second place honors for breaking news with their package of stories and photos about a young boy discovered drowned in a frozen pond.

• The Sentinel won first place honors for offering readers what judges deemed at top newspaper website in the state.

• Reporter Quincy Snowdon won a second place award for his feature story, “Barre None” about Alzheimer patients learning to dance ballet.

• Poston received a third place award for a photo essay focusing on antique war planes.

• Reporter Brandon Johansson won second place honors for his tragic story about a woman who was strangled by her past abuser.

• Sports Editor Courtney Oakes and Christus won second-place honors for a multi-media package on fly fishing, offering narrative, photo galleries and even video from a fish’s perspective inside the river.