Denver Post flood coverage wins 2nd straight Breaking News DFMie

One of the hundreds of Denver Post photos that were part of the DFMie-winning coverage of the Colorado floods. Brian Marquedt, left, and Scott Johnson, right, assist Dan Hull in leaving his flooded home on Hygiene Road in Hygiene, Colo. on Sept. 14, 2013.
One of the hundreds of Denver Post photos that were part of the DFMie-winning coverage of the Colorado floods. Brian Marquedt, left, and Scott Johnson, right, assist Dan Hull in leaving his flooded home on Hygiene Road in Hygiene, Colo. on Sept. 14, 2013.

At the 2013 DFMie awards program, held at the Denver Post, Post staffers were invited to come to the auditorium and fill the stage to accept their 2013 Breaking News DFMie. Only a few could. The rest were out winning the 2014 Breaking News DFMie for large newsrooms. Colorado’s Front Range was flooding, and the Post again excelled in its coverage.

The nomination explains:

The Post’s coverage of historic flooding began when the first emergency sirens sounded at 10 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, as a wall of water bore down on Boulder. It didn’t stop for nearly two weeks.

Journalists dashed across the state to reach flood-stricken areas before still-rising rivers cut off access. The deployment allowed us to report with precision and context during the chaotic first days of flooding. The team worked in challenging and, at times, life-threatening conditions, relaying the scope of damage through continuous posts, blogs, and visual reports.

DFMie judges’ comments:

The Post’s well-crafted, comprehensive coverage shows this is how you cover a natural disaster. The clear-headed writing, breathtaking personal accounts and excellent visuals gave readers an indispensable account of a fast-moving story. The exceptional use of social media was especially notable; readers were given a full picture of the scope and impact of this historic flood in real time.

This is one of four 2014 DFMies for the Denver Post and one of six for the Colorado newsrooms. Coverage of the Colorado floods by the Daily Camera in Boulder also won the Breaking News DFMie for small newsrooms. The Times-Call in Longmont was also a finalist in the small-newsroom breaking-news competition. In addition, Matthew Jonas, Lewis Geyer, Greg Lindstrom of the Times-Call were finalists in visual journalism for their flood photography.

The Post and Camera also swept the small- and large-newsroom DFMies for investigative or enterprise journalism.

Other breaking news finalists

Other large-newsroom finalists in for the Breaking News DFMie were:

 

Steve Buttry

By Steve Buttry

Steve Buttry is Digital Transformation Editor for Digital First Media. He oversees our efforts to transform newsroom operations and culture to more effectively pursue our digital goals. His duties include responsibility for social media and community engagement. He has visited most DFM newsrooms personally, leading workshops and coaching editors and other journalists in following the Digital First approach.

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