The Missourian’s 28 MPA awards

Monday, September 15, 2008 | 10:18 p.m. CDT

Categories 50, 59, 62, 63, 64, 66 and 72 were statewide, no class designations. The rest were in Class 1, the smallest circulation size, except for 42, which was in Class 2.

38. General Excellence - 1st place

39. Best Design - 1st place

40. Best Front Page - Honorable Mention

42. Best Feature - 1st place

Megan Rolland, "A street divided."

Rolland wrote about inequalities, with roots dating back to 1935, that persist between blacks and whites on Garth Avenue.

46-N. Best News Photo - 1st place.

Andrei Pungovschi, "Community counters hate."

Features: a member of the National Socialist Movement and a protester butting heads.

46-F. Best Feature Photo - 1st place

Jessie King, "Bathroom humor."

Features: a clown's feet visible underneath stall door.

46-F. Best Feature Photo - 2nd place

Katie Barnes, "Loving the gentle giant."

Features: a dog drinking from a faucet behind the dog's owner.

47. Best Photo Package - 2nd place

Jennifer Whitney, "Looking for a way home."

Features: the homeless and nearly homeless in Columbia.

47. Best Photo Package - 3rd place

Various photographers, "36 hours in Columbia."

Features: shots from 29 photographers who were sent out to capture Columbia scenes during a 36-hour period.

50. Community Service Award - 3rd place

Various authors, "Election of new high school site."

This was a series on plans for and controversies related to a new Columbia high school.

52. Best Sports Pages - 1st place

54. Best Sports Feature - 3rd place

Jeff Birnbaum, "MO than meets the eyes."

This story offered a look at MU football player William Moore outside of football, including his childhood and his hip-hop group.

56. Best Rural Life or Agriculture Story - 1st place

Traci Angel, "Tall, Dark and Handsome."

A former show horse is used to breed a new generation of show horses.

56. Best Rural Life or Agriculture Story - 3rd place

Adeline Ong, "The Last Colonies."

Bees are disappearing in mid-Missouri and across the nation.

57. Best Special Section - 2nd place

Various authors. "Collegetown"

This special section offered students a guide to "making the grade at MU."

57. Best Special Section - 3rd place

Various authors, "Missourian Insider's Guide - You haven't seen Missouri until you've..."

58. Best Investigative Reporting - 2nd place

Derek Kravitz, "A chief under fire."

Kravitz's story answered the question: After investigations, lawsuits and bookkeeping errors, is the fire chief's job at risk?

58. Best Investigative Reporting - Honorable Mention

Matt Wynn, "From jail to bail."

Several Missouri bail bond agents are convicted felons.

59. Best Local Business Coverage Features - 1st place

Ali Gabel, "The developing research culture."

Gabel's coverage focuses on MU, and how it would soon begin to rake in money from academic research.

60. Best Business Story, News or Feature - 1st place

Jessica Nunez, "Funding farming."

Who gets what and how much farm funding? Nunez's article featured a new database allowing people to find the answers.

60. Best Business Story, News or Feature - 3rd place

Sarah Horne, "Crackdown."

Horne offered a look at local businesses and individuals impacted by an increase in enforcement of immigration laws.

62. Best Story About Religion - 1st place

Jake Siegel, "This is the story of the Rabbi and the Minister."

In light of a National Socialist Movement march, Siegel's article showcased a friendship that crosses faiths.

63. Best Story About Education - 3rd place

Tori Moss, "Designing Education."

Moss's article was about designs and plans for a new Columbia high school.

64. Best Story About the Outdoors - 1st place

Katherine Harmon, "Current woes."

Missouri River sediment was causing problems and sparking debate; Harmon's story explored the issue.

65. Best Story About History - 1st place

Julie Zykan, "The rise and fall of the big top."

Zykan reported on the circus and how its history of success is ending.

65. Best Story About History - 3rd place

Charlotte Bellis, "Previously scripted."

Bellis followed the story of brothers who said Fox took their real-life story as inspiration for its TV show, "Prison Break."

66. Best Coverage of Family Living - 1st place

Various authors

Contributing to this 1st-place win were articles on Asperger's syndrome, retirement and triplets.

72. Best Editorial Cartoon - 2nd place

David Friesen, "Local view - Medicaid."

Friesen's cartoon depicted Gov. Matt Blunt presenting HealthNet as a quick fix for Medicaid.



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