Celebrating Real News

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Posted Sun, Apr 29, 2018

Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks at the Colorado Press Association Conference.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The weekend of April 13, journalists celebrated Colorado Journalism Week at the annual Colorado Press Association Conference in the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs. The three day weekend consisted of informational meetings, classes, networking opportunities, a job fair and speeches.

Gov. John Hickenlooper headlined the weekend with a speech on Friday morning. He discussed the nobility of journalism and the importance of the truth.

Hickenlooper explained the important relationship between journalism and the government, and how President Trump’s attacks on the press have been anything but presidential. Hickenlooper admits that he has made excuses of being taken out of context himself as a public figure among the press, but that the dynamic between press and the government is essential.

Performers at the lip sync battle.
[Photo: Courtesy of the Colorado Press Association]

“I think it’s safe to say there has never been a greater need than right now for all that you do,” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “Coloradans are this week, encouraged to recognize and celebrate our newspapers for their significant and enduring contributions to the civic vitality of our state. Therefore, I John W. Hickenlooper, Governor of the state of Colorado, do hereby proclaim the period between April 16, 2018 and April 20, 2018 as Colorado Journalism Week.”

Hickenlooper then took questions from the audience, and dodged the particular inquiry over whether he’d run for the next presidential campaign.

Winners of Best of Show at the Colorado Press Association Award Ceremony for Daily Summit News. [Photo courtesy of the Colorado Press Association]

Friday evening concluded with a stand-up performance by comedian and former journalist Sam Adams; followed up by the second annual lip sync battle. The convention ended on Saturday night with a final dinner and an award ceremony for various graphic design, photography, publishing, and writing accomplishments for journalists across the state of Colorado.

The Colorado Press Association Conference emphasized the importance of sharing the truth. The anticipation of the next Colorado Press Association Conference is already underway, as the convention attendees utilize everything taken away from the conference in order to promote real news.

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