A look at the Missourian's winning photos, stories, projects and designs

Sunday, September 8, 2013 | 7:11 p.m. CDT; updated 2:53 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 10, 2013

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Missourian won 64 awards in the 2013 Missouri Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest, including 23 first-place awards and the Gold Medal Newspaper award.

The Missourian placed in several categories that recognize stories, photos, multimedia, design and projects. All of the winning entries were published in 2012. Here are the Missourian's winning entries designated by place and category. Most of the links require a Missourian digital membership.

First-place awards

Best photo package: Flight School by Nick Agro

Best news photo: Tears for a friend by Grant Hindsley

Best story about history and best feature story: Douglass classmates lives are intertwined with Columbia’s history by Anna Boiko-Weyrauch 

Best photo illustration: Where the good things grow by Leah Beane

Best columnist-humorous: David Rosman

Best sports photo: Tigers placement in basketball by Nick Agro

Best coverage of government: Enhanced Enterprise Zone coverage by Missourian staff

Best business story: After foreclosures, one family fights Bank of America to regain losses by Walker Moskop

Best video: Bryan’s Lament by Christopher Parks

Best story about the outdoors: Deer disease shrouds hunting future in Macon County by Calder Cleavelin

Best investigative reporting: Sneed daughter alleges regulator failure contributed to fatal explosion by Ben Nadler and Caroline Michler

Best story about rural life or agriculture: Community garden returns Columbia refugees to their agricultural roots by Claire Porter

Best news story: Bill could increase penalty for causing abusive head trauma to babies by Erin Jones

Best education story: New Common Core standards stress deeper learning, practical skills by Shaina Cavazos

Best news or feature series: Against the odds by Vox staff

Best sports feature story: Renowned Olympics historian John Lucas can no longer recall his life's mission by Sarah Bricker

Best sports news story or package: SEC Road Trip by Missourian staff

Best special section: Columbia’s Kids by Missourian staff

Best page design: Flight school by Missourian staff

Best headline writing: Missourian staff

Best photo package: Gameday by Jaime Henry-White, Kile Brewer and Stuart Palley

Second-place awards

Best feature photo: Doggy Drill Team poses for a photo by Kayla Kauffman

Best infographic: Election’s bill tilts left by Will Guldin

Best story about religion: Traveling pastor brings together Chinese Christian Church by Jennifer Liu

Best sports photo: Kodiak bear at Missouri Deer Classic roars by Andrew Mitchell

Best business story: Brothers began egg business with six chickens, now supply MU dining halls by Stephen Johnson

Best video: My kids over my demons by Nick Schnelle

Best story about the outdoors: Falconers build bonds with their birds by Sarah Bricker

Best front page: Missourian staff

Best feature story: Planned Parenthood escort protects the right to choose by Alison Matas

Best investigative reporting: A murder unanswered: The aftermath of Tevin Nelson's death by Josh Barone

Best story about rural life or agriculture: Saving the land: Columbia farmer plans the future of his historic property by Matthew Schacht

Best news story: United Way mission change cuts funding for older-adults programs by Ben Nadler

Best story about education: Columbia schools superintendent trying to build 'cradle to career' coalition by Elizabeth Scheltens

Best coverage of community/people/lifestyles: Missourian staff

Best sports feature story: Earnest Ross wears his life story on his skin by Brendan Meyer

Community Service: Silence the Violence by Missourian staff

Third-place awards

Best sports pages: Missourian staff

Best news photo: Fire by Emma Kessinger

Best story about religion: Son Riders Motorcycle Church caters to Christian bikers by Alli Inglebright and Jessica Salmond

Best video: Missouri vs. Vanderbilt time-lapse video by Stuart Palley

Best columnist-serious: George Kennedy

Best story about the outdoors: Chad Herwald takes care of Columbia's public trees by Calder Cleavelin

Best feature story: Second-generation immigrant struggles to find motivation of his parents by Anthony Schick

Best investigative reporting: Title IX gives universities greater latitude to punish students accused of sexual assault by Brendan Meyer and Ben Nadler

Best story about rural life or agriculture: Missouri farmers lay groundwork for truffle market by Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

Best news story: Obama addresses Joplin High's 2012 senior class a year after tornado by Katy Bergen

Best story about education: A year later, Benton Elementary staff see impact of STEM transition by Caitlyn Kolakowski and Elizabeth Scheltens

Best special section: Collegetown by Missourian staff

Honorable Mention

Best photo package: The Trail: 19th Senate District by Naveen Mahadevan

Best news photo: Funeral by Alyssa Goodman

Best infographic: Hot air ballooning by Siwen Li

Best sports photo: MU professor kayaks at Twin Lakes Recreational Facility by Rachel English

Best video: Falling off the cliff by Katie Alaimo

Best story about the outdoors: U.S. Department of Agriculture ends funding for chronic wasting disease by Hannah Wiese and John McLaughlin

Best investigative reporting: Police Department's no-report accident policy reduces tickets, raises concerns by Bobby Watson

Best story about rural life or agriculture: Missouri's vineyard owners expect the best 2012 vintage by Zachary Matson

Best story about education: New Common Core State Standards address lack of student literacy by Shaina Cavazos

Best news or feature story: Project 573 — Mental Illness by Katy Bergen, Laura Kebede and Ben Frederickson

Best page design: Gameday by Missourian staff

Best ad idea, promotion of a newspaper: Now seen on every screen by Missourian staff

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