The Business Report, competing against news organizations from Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Utah, took home two first-place awards, three second-place awards and one third-place award for editorial content produced last year.
Steve Lynn won first place in the business enterprise reporting category for coverage of the role Abound Solar’s defective solar panels played in the company’s bankruptcy. Allen Greenberg won first place for a series of news columns.
The Business Report staff, along with its sister publication the Boulder County Business Report, won second place for a special section covering universities and federal laboratories and their contributions to Colorado and Wyoming’s economy. Lynn also won a second-place award in business general reporting on refugees employed by JBS USA in Greeley and the challenges the Weld County School District 6 faces educating them. Chad Collins won a second-place award for design of the Business Report’s 2012 Energy Book.
Collins shared a third-place award with Molly Armbrister for their work on an illustration of the Mason Corridor MAX Bus Rapid Transit system.
The Top of the Rockies contest is sponsored by the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, a volunteer board. The contest had more than 700 entries this year and was judged by journalists from Oklahoma. Awards were handed out Friday evening at the Denver Press Club.