Mike Brohard of the Reporter-Herald wins the May DFMie for the Colorado-Utah cluster for his livetweeting coverage of the Colorado state baseball championship.
Judges explain why Brohard won:
My vote goes to Mike Brohard of the Reporter-Herald for his efforts at (1) providing stellar reportage on the Lions’ state championship run and (2) enabling other students, family and school’s supporters to follow their team as if they were right there at the stadium. Mr. Brohard expertly provided play-by-play and commentary on what undoubtedly is a major event for the community. I can’t help but feel that his efforts endeared the Reporter-Herald to the community as more than just a superb provider of news.
Brohard’s effort rose above for me in covering important championship games, quite some distance from home, on a busy weekend with a very small staff.
While some papers may have had the luxury of sending more staff, or dividing up the tasks, Brohard did it all in livetweeting scores and commentary, posting photos on social media and covering the gamer stories online and in print. He executed the reality of digital-first, used community engagement and delivered the goods.