What makes a great journalist? Maybe it’s flexibility, the willingness to pick up a last-minute story of great importance despite the late hour. Skylar
did just that last spring when he co-wrote a piece for the Indy on Missoula’s historic debate over the anti-discrimination ordinance—a story, written in about a day along with reporter Jessica Mayrer, that won first place for government reporting at this year’s Montana Newspaper Association awards. Maybe it’s stellar leadership, the kind he exhibited while helming the Indy newsroom before stepping down in December. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s all about stubbornness, the fact that although Skylar is no longer red-inking our first drafts, he continues to crank out freelance work for the Indy, including regular updates of our blog.
Finalists, Best Journalist
2. Matthew Frank
3. Jamie Kelly