The Sundance Times was the proud recipient of six individual awards at last week’s Wyoming Press Association annual winter convention. The Pacemaker Awards recognize excellence in newsrooms across the state in categories ranging from design and ad-making to writing and reporting.
Jeff Moberg won a first-place award for Use of Color in an Advertisement for an ad created for the Longhorn Saloon. His work was described by the judges as having great contrast with words that jump off the warm, rich tones.
Sarah Pridgeon won first place in the In-Depth Reporting category for her coverage of the mountain pine beetle infestation across the year. Her articles were praised for their narrative and breakdown of a complex topic.
Pridgeon also placed first in the News Feature Story category for her article introducing Jerry Nickle as a new candidate for the title of great-grandson of the Sundance Kid. The article was described as a great look at history and how we should take another look.
Pridgeon’s coverage of the October mega-storm earned her a second place award in the Spot News category, which focuses on articles for which no preparation is possible. Judges described her work as taking a “plain paper bag storm story” and telling the reader everything they needed to know.
The Sundance Times also placed second for headline writing and website design.
The Pacemaker Awards are judged annually by peer newspapers from another state, this year New Mexico. The awards were announced at the annual WPA convention in Laramie on January 18.