COLUMBIA - The Missourian received 28 awards from the 2008 Missouri Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest, the winners of which were announced Saturday.
The Missourian received 13 first-place awards, including a General Excellence Award for the sixth consecutive year and the seventh time in eight years. Competing in the Class 1 division against papers such as the Neosho Daily News and the Lake Sun-Weekend, from the Lake of the Ozarks, the Missourian was "far and away better than the competition," said a member of the judging panel, the Illinois Press Association, in the awards ceremony program.
The Missourian also received first-place awards in its division in categories such as Best Design, Best Feature Photograph, Best Sports Page, Best Business Story and Best Rural Life or Agricultural Story.
Additionally, the newspaper won a third-place Community Service Award, after the Springfield News-Leader and the (Independence) Examiner, for its series of reports following the city's selection of a site for a third high school.