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Missourian sports journalists win 11 awards in national contest

Thursday, February 14, 2013 | 5:04 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Missourian won 11 awards at the 2012 Associated Press Sports Editors contest for sports journalism, the most since 2001, when executive editor Tom Warhover took his position.

“I thought we’d do well,” sports editor Greg Bowers said. “I had no idea we’d do this well.”

The Awards

Feature Story (under 30,000 circulation)

Explanatory (under 30,000 circulation)

Breaking News (under 30,000 circulation)

Project Reporting (under 30,000 circulation)

  • Top 10 - Harry Plumer, Ben Frederickson, Andrew Wagaman, Tony Schick, Emily Becker, Katy Bergen, SEC Road Trip

Multimedia (under 500,000 unique views)

Daily Sports Section

  • Top 10 (under 30,000 circulation)

Sunday Sports Section

  • Top 5 (under 15,000 circulation)

Special Section (SEC Road Trip)

  • Top 5 (under 15,000 circulation)
  • Honorable Mention (under 30,000 circulation)


 

 



Warhover said the awards are not only recognition for excellence in reporting and writing, but also for the attitude with which the Missourian's sports journalists approach their stories. He said they search for elements beyond the typical sports story and beyond the usual game facts that get covered.

Bowers said the most exciting part of winning the awards is the level at which the Missourian sports journalists were competing.

“These are college students, but they’re competing against professionals,” Bowers said. “I know a lot of professional sports writers who would give up their digital recorders for these awards.”

"We cleaned up, and it's a good feeling," Warhover said.

The judging took place in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., from Saturday to Wednesday. News of the final Missourian win reached Bowers around midnight Wednesday.  

The official presentation of the awards will occur in June in Detroit, when plaques will be awarded to winners. Bowers joked that the sports department will then have to worry about finding room on the walls of the newsroom to hang the plaques, but “that’s not a bad problem to have," he said.

“I’m very proud of the department," Bowers said.


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