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Cougfan.com honored for excellence in journalism; Bolton, Collins and Cracraft dominate sports writing category

BIG SHOUT OUT today to Barry Bolton, Jed Collins and Skyler Cracraft. For the third-straight year, Cougfan.com dominated the sports writing category in the Society of Professional Journalists’ excellence in journalism competition for small daily newspapers in the region covering Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

“This is no exaggeration: we’re competing with news outlets whose budgets dwarf ours and we not only compete but win,” said CF.C co-founder Greg Witter. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of these guys for their great work.”

The competition was for the calendar year 2016, with honorees announced yesterday by SPJ.

Bolton, CF.C’s managing editor, was the winner of the sports column competition. And Collins, in his first year as CF.C’s Monday Morning Quarterback analyst, was the runner up.

In addition, Cracraft, our football beat writer last season, was the winner of the sports reporting category.

Bolton was honored for the following:

When dad died, little Gabe Marks made a vow

Glenn Johnson the man in the middle of WSU-Pullman PD woes

Jack Thompson shines (again) amid Barber controversy

Collins was saluted for the depth of his insight in analyzing the Cougars' loss at Boise State, victory over Arizona and victory over UCLA.

Cracraft took top honors for his feature story on Cougar running back James Williams: WSU's loyalty pays off in big way.

“Over the last three years the Cougfan team has won more than a dozen awards for excellence in journalism while competing against daily newspapers and notable magazines,” said Witter. “That is an achievement to truly cheer about, but especially so given our humble size.

"It's a tribute to Barry Bolton, who fuels this effort everyday as our managing editor; it's a tribute to our team of devoted reporters and analysts; and it's a tribute to our loyal members who make it possible to fund authentic, enterprising coverage in an era when click-bait sometimes seems like it’s taking over the internet and social media.”


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