COLUMBIA — Columbia broadcast news station KOMU/Channel 8 recently received numerous awards from the Kansas City Press Club and the Missouri Broadcasters Association.
KOMU was named Television Station of the Year by the Kansas City Press Club, a local chapter of the National Society of Professional Journalists, and was awarded Gold in all categories for small market television. In winning the top award, KOMU beat two Kansas City stations, WDAF and KMBC.
Kansas City Press ClubTelevision Station of the Year Best Newscast: Gold, Silver and Bronze General Reporting: Gold and Silver Investigative Reporting: Gold for $46 Billion Gamble Feature Reporting: Megan Murphy and Scott Schaefer won for Callaway Creek Club Photojournalism: Scott Schaefer won Gold, Silver, and Bronze Gold Award: Eric Blumberg for Race Walker Documentary: Mercy in Motion by Sarah Hill and Scott Schaefer won Gold Regular Franchise Features: Sarah’s Stories won Gold, Coverage from Callaway won Silver, Follow up Files won Bronze and Your Health with Angie Bailey received an Honorable Mention
Missouri Broadcasters AssociationFirst place to Sarah Hill and Scott Schaefer for the documentary Mercy in Motion First, Eric Blumberg for sports feature T-Ball with Heart Certificate of Merit to Dave Schmidt for Best Weathercast Certificate of Merit to Sarah Hill and Scott Schaefer for Mercy in Motion in New Series category Certificate of Merit to KOMU 8 for Complete Newscast
The Missouri Broadcasters Association also recognized KOMU’s work by awarding the station numerous honors, including firsts for sports feature and documentary. The Missouri Broadcasters Association receives hundreds of entries from across the state each year for the competition.
“It is an honor for our students, reporters, producers and anchors to be recognized by both KC Press Club and the Missouri Broadcasters Association as they continue to demonstrate KOMU 8’s dedication to excellence,” said the station’s General Manager Marty Siddall in a news release.
KOMU is owned by the University of Missouri. Its newsroom is unique in that it also serves as a teaching lab for students in the School of Journalism.