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    Official publication of the Colorado Press Association / coloradopressassociation.com / Vol. LXXXVI, No. 4 April 2015


    E want to MAKE the CONVENTION

    HELPBETTER and we need your

    New survey seeks feedback on major changes to convention, annual contestStaff report

    Are there too many categories in the awards contest? Should the annual convention occur at a different time of year? How do you feel about moving the convention to other cities in Colorado?

    These are some questions two Colorado Press Association committees have been pondering, and they would like your input.

    The CPAs Convention and Education Com-mittee and the Contest Committee are partner-ing on a nine-question online survey focused on possible changes to the annual convention and contest.

    Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CPAChanges to take the survey, which will be up until March 30. Time and place

    Should the annual convention be held on a different date and/or in another city?

    The CPA is under contract with the Westin Hotel in Downtown Denver where the convention has been held in recent years through 2017. It would be cost prohibitive to break the contract prior to then.

    However, we may be able to change the date

    of the convention at the Westin sooner, said Jerry Raehal, CEO of the CPA.

    Changing the date has come up several times, notably due to February weather.

    Its a not-so-funny joke that you can tell when a major snow storm is coming because the CPA convention is upon us, Raehal said. Changing the timeframe could make it safer for people to travel to our keynote event.

    One reason the convention has been held in Denver in February was to have contact with legislators during the Legislative session. If the convention date is changed, there are plans to try to schedule a different event during the legislative session to ensure contact remains with legislators.

    Even if we cannot change the dates or the location of the convention for 2016, the time to start planning on such changes would be now, to give time to get bids and make plans for 2018, Raehal said. Or, if the membership wants to stay in Denver, we can focus our ef-forts on other planning options. Too many awards?

    When looking at the 2014 Better Newspaper Contest, the contest committee was presented

    with several concerns. For example, there were 99 categories that

    did not register an entry. Another 172 people who submitted an entry received an award simply by entering due to a lack of competition in some categories.

    And because so many awards were handed out, the awards ceremony took nearly three hours. Some members have complained that so many awards dilutes the honors value.

    And while a recent survey about the conven-tion and contest said the majority of people thought the Awards Ceremony was good or great, even those who ranked the ceremony high stated the contest had too many awards

    See SURVEY, Page 12

    On the webTo take the nine-question survey, go to https://www.surveymon-key.com/r/CPAChanges. The sur-vey will be up until March 30.

    Judicial records a no-go?Many on state judicial branch employees would be off-limits under proposed new rules

    By Jeffrey A. RobertsCFOIC Executive Director

    Public access to records on employees of the Colorado Judicial Branch would be substantially more limited than whats available regarding other state government workers under proposed rules endorsed April 8 by a committee of the judiciary.

    Because of two state court decisions, the judicial branch isnt covered by the Colorado Open Re-cords Act also known as CORA and is setting its own regulations governing access to its administra-tive records. Several of the rules are in line with CORA, which covers the executive and legislative branches of government, but others deviate in significant ways.

    CORA, for instance, narrowly defines those portions of a state employees personnel file that must be kept confidential. The exemp-tion includes only personal and private information such as home addresses, telephone numbers and financial data. All other information related to a public employees job performance generally is available if the public requests it.

    By contrast, the rules adopted by the judicial branchs Public Ac-cess Committee make only a few employee records open for public inspection: salary, dates of employ-ment, job title and description, the cover sheet of an evaluation and the fact of a discipline.

    Under the new rules, if a judicial branch employee is investigated for wrongdoing, any internal files providing details of that investiga-tion would be unavailable.

    That isnt the case under CORA or the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act also called CCJRA the statute that dictates the public release of criminal justice records.

    For law enforcement officers, the Colorado Supreme Court in 2008 determined that internal affairs files can be made available for public inspection (and the CCJRA favors

    See RECORDS, Page 12Photos by Thomas Cooper, Lightboximages.com

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    Alamosa Valley Courierkrcemail56@gmail.com

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    The Tribunebsmith@greeleytribune.com

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    The Johnstown Breezemlubich@johnstownbreeze.com

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    The Denver Postlryckman@denverpost.com


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    Lisa SchlichtmanSteamboat Pilot & Today


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    Postal rate hike kicked backAs reported by Max Heath for the National

    Newspaper Association (NNA): Newspaper mailers still face uncertainty with 2015 postal rates, as the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has now twice kicked back the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) request for new rates to go into effect April 26. The service has to pro-vide 45-days notice before new rates occur. It would have needed final rates by March 12, but on March 18 the PRC indicated it still wasnt happy with the proposal for either periodicals or standard mail. Heath noted that final rates will not be known until the PRC is happy, un-less USPS decides to gamble on implementing new prices without the PRC blessing. That has happened in postal history, but usually ends up in the courts.

    USPS re-filed parts of its 2015 price case after certain sections were remanded (rejected and sent back for correction) by the PRC. Notable changes include Standard Mail Carrier Route Flats prices from slight increases in the 1-2 percent range in the original filing to de-creases in the 1-3 percent range, with one price, High-Density Plus minimum price, down 11.4 percent in the second filing for 300 or more walk-sequences pieces per route. The changes occurred for several reasons, including PRCs order to make presort discounts equal between for-profit and nonprofit rates, reported Heath. If these numbers stick, newspapers with shop-pers would enjoy lower costs.

    Colorado High School Press set to change its name

    The Colorado High School Press Association (CHSPA) will become the Colorado Student Media Association effective July 1. The new name, which has been discussed over a number of years, was the result of a unanimous vote by the CHSPA executive board. Changes will include a new logo, website address and bylaws revisions, which will be voted on this spring. Members will be able to view and comment upon the proposed bylaws changes prior to a final vote.

    In a press release, a CHSPA representative stated that the board hopes the changes will make our soon-to-be 45-year-old organization even more accessible to Colorado secondary school media programs while more accurately identifying the current and future state of stu-dent publications, video broadcast an