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Boulder Weekly has won five awards for its reporting last year from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and its annual Top of the Rockies contest.

The award winners for SPJ Region 9, which includes journalism outlets in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, were announced on April 13.

Boulder Weekly was recognized primarily for its environmental reporting on issues like genetically modified organisms (GMOs), hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and threats to water quality.

Joel Dyer and Jefferson Dodge won first place in environmental investigative reporting for their Dec. 15 article, “Behind the GMO curtain: Big Ag threatens war on Boulder.” Elizabeth Miller won third place in general environmental reporting for her June 16 story, “Watershed woes: Runoff from Fourmile mines could taint local water quality.” Dodge won first place in that category for his Oct. 27 article “What the frack? Controversial oil/gas drilling digs in around Boulder County.”

Dodge also took first place in political investigative/enterprise reporting for the Oct. 20 story “Terrifying telecom tale: Corporations bankrolling fight against local network measure — again” and third place in general health reporting for his May 26 article “Clean acres:

State, county crack down on fertilizing fields with sewage.”

Boulder Weekly competes against publications with circulations between 10,000 and 75,000.


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