Competing in the small daily newspaper category, this marked the second-straight year Cougfancom earned multiple awards from SPJ for excellence in journalism.
“Going up against daily newspapers, whose resources are many times our own, makes this recognition especially meaningful and really speaks to the quality of the Cougfan team,” said CF.C managing editor Barry Bolton.
In the sports reporting category, CF.C made a clean sweep:
Long-time analyst Matt Moore, who is best known for his Opponent 101 columns, secured first place for Why oddsmakers miss on WSU so badly each week. It's a fascinating look at the metrics used in Vegas to set point spreads and the blind spot created by the brand of football the Cougars play.
Second place was awarded to the man who makes CF.C run -- Bolton -- for Cougs, Canes and far different recruiting paths. This story offers up an illuminating look at how last December's Sun Bowl foes constructed their teams in dramatically different ways.
Third place went to first-year CF.C football beat writer Matthew Zimmer, a Murrow College product who tracked down the father of Ol’ Crimson to find out the future of the flag if GameDay ever does comes to Pullman. Here’s the entertaining story: How long will Ol’ Crimson continue to fly?
And lastly, CF.C co-founder Greg Witter captured second place in sports feature writing for his look at the life and influence of Brad Barton in a story whose headline tells the tale: The inspiration behind Luke Falk’s wrist band.
“This third-party recognition for Cougfan is a tribute to the quality of the team we’ve assembled and to the dedication of Barry Bolton, who has been guiding this ship with professionalism, caring and resourcefulness for more than a dozen years,” said Witter.
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