You’re looking at a Gold Medal Newspaper.
The Columbia Missourian won 58 awards in the Missouri Press Foundation's annual Better Newspaper Contest.
For those keeping score, that's 22 more than the top tally in 2006. The gold medal goes to the top points winner in each classification. The Missourian falls in the group of newspapers that are 5,000 to 15,000 in print circulation.
The awards were announced at the Missouri Press Association’s annual convention, which this year was in Branson. Did you miss reading an award-winning article? Just follow the links.
I’ve attached a list below of all the winners, compiled by Mila Mimica and Cheri Cherry. The breadth and depth of the enterprise is impressive. The credit begins with a group of dedicated editor-professors who could be working in lots of places but who choose to stay because they love this town and love teaching the next generation of journalists.
Best Front-to-Back Newspaper Design
Best Front Page
Best Breaking News Story — Chris Hamby
Chuck Erickson recants Ryan Ferguson's involvement in the murder of Ken Heitholt.
Best News Story — Washington Gikunju
IBM saves millions in tax concessions in return for promising to hire — and keep — more than 600 people.
Best News or Feature Series – Staff
This project, published in Vox magazine, centered on infertility and reproductive problems and the attempts to alleviate them.
Best Photo Package — Jeff Lautenberger and Andrew Williams
This photo package captured the sights and sounds of Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ.
Community Service Award — Staff
"Show Me the Records" is a regular feature of the Missourian. It highlights records you can find online to help you make sense of your city, state and country.
Best Sports Pages — Staff
Judging was on three editions last year: March 12-13, Aug. 12 and Nov. 23.
Best Sports News Story/Package – Staff
You can download a PDF of the Homecoming 2010 special section.
Best Sports Feature Story — Len Goldman
The story was part of a package called "Playing through silence" about the boys basketball team at the Missouri School for the Deaf.
Best Special Section – Staff
Best Investigative Reporting — Pat Sweet
Sweet investigated discrimination claims at the Callaway Nuclear Plant after employees reported safety problems.
Best Local Business Coverage – Staff
Best Business Story — Robert Johnson
A profile of a family that owns an auto salvage yard and ships parts to all 50 states.
Best Coverage of Government — Staff
The category required three examples, including the voters guide for the April 2010 election.
Best Story About Rural Life Or Agriculture — Han Cheung
Cheung wrote about mid-Missouri's fascination with morel mushrooms.
Best Story About Education — Genevieve Conti
Mid-life students choosing to continue education have to balance home life and adult responsibilities.
Best Information Graphic — Tanya Ortiz
Best Coverage of Family Living — Staff
Best Story About Religion — Darren Orf
An hour drive from Columbia, more than 1,200 Amish live and work.
Best Columnist-Humorous — Molly Harbarger
Three entries were considered:
Best Sports Photograph — Eve Edelheit
Photograph of Missouri football fans reacting to victory against Oklahoma.
Best Ad or Promotion of an Advertisement — Staff
Best Feature Story — Brad Racino
In Columbia, 17 retired men help build 75 percent of the Habitat for Humanity homes.
Best Photo Package — Staff
A photo package on drinking.
Best News Content — Staff
Best Special Section
Best Story About Rural Life Or Agriculture — Lydia Mulvany
Leaner and more expensive Japanese-style beef is grown in mid-Missouri.
Best Story About Education — Bryan Richardson
Columbia residents talk about personal race experiences following an incident at the MU Black Culture Center.
Best Story About the Outdoors — Katy Bergen
Missourians track endangered fish used for caviar.
Best Story About History — Katy Bergen
Scott Wilson is campaigning to change the death certificate of James Scott, who was the last man lynched in Columbia.
Best Information Graphic — Pat Sweet
This information graphic shows how lethal injections work.
Best Story About Religion — Brian Pellot
You can find porn shops and promises of salvation along Interstate 70.
Best Columnist-Humorous — Michael Grinfeld
Three columns were considered:
- 10 things you can do with a cross
- First time father of the bride: It helps if you're a lawyer
- First time father of the bride: The finale, and what I've learned
Best Columnist-Serious – Erin O’Neill
Best Photo Illustration – Andrew Williams
Photo of smashed Big 12 clock on the cover of Tiger Kickoff.
Best News Photograph — Alex Giddings
The photograph shows residents of apartment that burned outside their wrecked home.
Best Headline Writing — Staff
Five headline writers shared this award.
Best News or Feature Series — Matt Pearce
The series examines the aftermath of the BP oil spill in Louisiana.
Best Sports News Story — Staff
Nebraska's quarterback presented a challenge to the Missouri football team.
Best Sports Feature Story — Harry Plumer
Four young women are in charge of moving chains on the football sidelines.
Best Special Section — Staff
Best Story About the Outdoors — Regina Wang
A 28,000-year-old weapon mesmerizes Missourians.
Best Page Design — Staff
Be our guest — Nov. 23, 2010
Best Information Graphic — Erica Mendez
Taking a Look – Jan 1-2, 2011
A review of the 2009 season for the Missouri football team.
Best Story About Religion — Kelsey Whipple
Three stories of arranged marriages.
Best Columnist-Humorous — Kelsey Whipple
Three columns were considered:
- 'Twilight' never sounded so good
- Couch surfing in the deep end
- Making up stories for strangers fun way to pass the time while traveling
Best Columnist-Serious — George Kennedy
Three columns were considered:
- First Ward council candidates more impressive than new garage
- New city manager best candidate of strong field
- Fox News and MSNBC present news with an ideological twist
Best Photo Illustration – Eve Edelheit
FOURTH PRIZE-HONORABLE MENTION:
Best News or Feature Series — Staff
Vox Magazine – the drinking issue.
Best Photo Package — Alex Giddings
Photos of corn harvesting for ethanol.
Best Photo Package — Jeff Lautenberger
Coverage of the Heart of America Marathon.
Best Sports Feature Story — Robert Mays
Danario Alexander received four knee surgeries in three years. The story chronicles how he recovers.
Best Investigative Reporting — Elisa Essner
The article includes interviews with family members after Tausha L. Fields was found guilty of murder in the death of Mitchell Kemp.
Best Story About History — Dan Claxton
Boone County Historical Society plans to relocate historic tavern at a cost of $250,000.
Best Story About History — Katie Bevan and Mitch Ryals
A family farm has been in business for more than 100 years.