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  


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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