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Columbia Missourian receives 65 awards in Better Newspaper Contest

Saturday, September 22, 2012 | 12:00 p.m. CDT; updated 12:10 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 25, 2012

*An earlier version of this story did not include the Missourian's first place award for Best News Content.

COLUMBIA — The Missourian is once again a Gold Medal Newspaper.

Besting itself over last year’s 58 wins in the Missouri Press Foundation’s annual

Better Newspaper Contest, the Missourian stacked up 65* awards this year.

The awards were announced at the Missouri Press Association’s annual convention Saturday in Columbia.

Below is a list of the winners and links to all of this year’s award winners.  

First Prize:

General Excellence — Staff

Best Front to Back Newspaper Design — Staff

Best News Content — Staff*

Best News Story — Josh Barone and Kellie Kotraba

National Drug Shortage Hits Columbia Hospitals, Stalls Patient Treatments

A national prescription drug shortage stalls patient treatments throughout Columbia.

Best Feature Story — Anthony Schick

No Relief

This feature describes the struggle of the Mississippi town of Pinhook to salvage its community after a flood.

Best Sports Photography — Matthew Busch

Independence Bowl: Fans cheer at Shiloh Bar and Grill

 

These photos capture Missouri fans cheering on the Tigers in their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels.

 

Best Photo Package — Sarah Hoffman and Matthew Bush

 

Goodbye, Big 12

 

A photo spread from the Independence Bowl package from the Dec. 27, 2011 issue.

 

Best Ad Idea or Promotion of an Advertiser — Dan Jacobs

 

The Alpine Park Gardens advert appeared on the back cover of the Mizzou Homecoming section on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011. 

Best Sports News Story or Package — Harry Plumer 

Kansas coaches ‘don’t see’ playing Missouri after SEC move

 

In a conference move, Missouri faces an uncertain future with its Kansas rival.

 

Best Investigative Reporting — Brad Racino

 

In the middle, with nowhere to go

 

This piece details trailer park residents caught in the struggle between city and park management.

 

Best Business Story: News or Feature — Robson Abbott

 

Vino venue revamp

 

Les Bourgeois Vineyards’ new facility space should enable the winery to boost wine production.

Best Coverage of Government — Staff

Regency package

Best Story About Rural Life or Agriculture — Anthony Schick

Signs of Growth

Farmland behind the Birds Point levee recovered faster than expected.

Best Story About Education — Abby Eisenberg and Garrett Evans

Poverty in Columbia Public Schools

 This story looks at how the growing poverty rate affects teachers and students in Columbia Public Schools.

Best Story About the Outdoors — Brian Nordli

Return of the Herd: Elk Return to Missouri

Nordli explores the Missouri Department of Conservation's effort to restore the elk population in the state.

 

Best Story About History — Alex Baumhardt 

Discovered, lost, now found

 Lost artifacts from Rocheport archaeological excavation are recovered 29 years later.

Best Page Design — Staff

From the March 4, 2011, issue on page 6A.

Best Information Graphic — Rachel Post and LeeAnn Elias

This is an info graphic about what to do when one gets a parking ticket and the consequences of not paying.

Best Video — Matthew Busch

Regency Video: Family Moves

A family moves away from the Columbia Regency Mobile Home Park.

Best Headline Writing — Staff

Best Story About Religion — Craig Thomas

Old message, new methods

A Vox Magazine article looks at Christian college students who go outside the traditional Sunday worship to practice their faith.

Second Prize

Best News Story — Waqas Naeem

Vacant Homes

The article details Columbia’s increasing number of vacant homes.

Best Feature Photograph — Nick Michael  

Caterpillar

Michael shot this photo of a young girl at Stephens Lake Park.

Best News Photograph — Kristen Zeis

Bin Laden: "A man wearing a maverick jumpsuit…"

 

A man wearing a maverick jumpsuit and holding an American flag sings along to patriotic music in celebration of Osama Bin Laden's death.

 

Best Sports Photography — Katie Currid

 

Hickman student gets dirty

 

A Hickman student dirties up at the Epic Mud Run 5K.

 

Best Photo Package — Madison Mack

 

Ready for a Fight

 

Photos of boxer, Mike Barnett.

 

Best Ad Idea or Promotion of an Advertiser — Dan Jacobs

 

Missouri: Where adventure is easy to find

 

Best Ad Idea or Promotion for the Newspaper — Dan Jacobs

 

History “Rack Card”

 

Best Sports Pages — Staff

 

Best Sports News Story or Package — Ben Frederickson

 

MU puts faith in Haith

MU names Haith as the new men’s basketball coach.

Best Sports Feature Story — Brendan Meyer

Gentle Giant

Extra-large Rock Bridge High School student belies athleticism.

Best Sports Columnist — Harry Plumer

One of three stories following MU’s baby steps into the SEC.

Best Investigative Reporting—Walker Moskop

Lending to blacks declines in Missouri

 

The recession and the housing crisis reached black homeownership more than others.

 

Best Story About Rural Life or Agriculture — Eric Holmberg

 

The secret lives of mules

 

A Vox piece about MU’s star mules, Tim and Terry.

 

 

Best Story About the Outdoors — Emilie Stigliani

 

Fighting for Survival

 

A piece about the endangered Ozark salamander.

 

Best Page Design — Staff

 

Missouri Task Force One – September 9, 2011

 

Best Information Graphic — Anthony Schick

 

Stream Cleaning

 

Information graphic about the water quality standards for streams and the cost of wastewater improvements.

 

Best Video — Nick Michael

 

Staying home

 

Third Prize

 

Best Front Page — Staff

 

The September 8, 11 and 23 issues were considered in the judging.

 

Best News Story — Jessica Pupovac

 

Aging behind bars

 

A look into how Missouri's aging inmate population is straining the state budget.

 

Best News or Feature Series — Sangeeta Shastry

 

Kahler Trial

 

This series covered the capital murder trial of James Kraig Kahler, former Columbia Water and Light director.

 

Best Feature Photograph — Sara Johnson

 

Photo of the Battle of Boonville re-enactors

 

Best News Photograph — Christopher Parks

 

Cleansing before first day of Ramadan

 

Best Ad Idea or Promotion of an Advertiser — Dan Jacobs

 

Try something new from January 27, 2011

 

Community Service Award — Staff

 

Transit budget talks from the Community Outreach team

 

Best Sports Feature Story — Ben Frederickson 

 

2011 Missouri State Shuffleboard Competition

 

This feature highlights the competitive shuffleboard culture.

 

Best Special Section — Staff 

 

Tiger Kick-Off

 

Best Coverage of Government — Staff

 

Ward re-apportionment

 

Best Story About Rural Life or Agriculture — Lydia Mulvany

 

Stubborn as mules

 

This Vox article looks at how Missouri farmers preserve a rare breed of pig.

 

Best Story About Education — Sarah Horn

 

Closing the Achievement Gap

 

Horn takes a closer look at Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher and his priority of closing the achievement gap. 

 

Best Story About the Outdoors — Hannah Wiese

                   

Disease threatens bats                                         

 

White-nose syndrome continues to threaten Missouri bats.

Best Coverage of Community/People/Lifestyles

How to talk to your children about 9/11, from the community outreach team

Best Page Design — Staff

Stood up at the octagon – April 5, 2011

Best Information Graphic — Nicole Thompson

An information graphic about how the MU power plant’s new biomass boiler works

Best Video — Christopher Parks

A video from the Battle of Boonville re-enactment

Fourth Prize - Honorable Mention

Best News Story — Anthony Schick 

Soldier’s Return

A National Guardsman comes home from Iraq.

Best News Story — Kellie Kotraba

New Kelsi

After an accident, Kelsi Poe’s recovery process is underway.

Best Feature Story — Josh Barone

Death on Hold

This Vox feature looks at how Missouri death-row inmates face an uncertain future.

Best Photo Package—Katie Currid

Task Force One

Best Sports Feature Story — Harry Plumer 

 

Dirty Games

 

Car soccer at the Boone County Fair.

 

Best Investigative Reporting—Josh Barone and Kellie Kotraba

 

No Relief

 

A national prescription drug shortage stalls patient treatment in Columbia.

 

Best Business Story: News or Feature — Walker Moskop

 

Startups put faith in loans

 

Moskop reports on five Missouri residents who are striving for micro-loans.

 

Best Story About the Outdoor — Melissa Klauda

 

Eat ’em

 

Cicadas for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Best Story About History — Sarah Tucker

Evidence of Civil War’s deep divisions lingers in mid-Missouri

 

A historical piece about Missouri’s divided Civil War past.


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