Missourian units new file, wins 51 Missouri Press awards, gold cup | Native Information

The Missourian received 51 awards Saturday within the Missouri Press Affiliation’s 2021 Higher Newspaper Contest, together with the Gold Cup award given to information organizations with probably the most awards in its division.

The newspaper’s earlier file was set in 2017 when the newspaper received 47 awards within the statewide contest. 

The Missourian competed within the division of weekly and twice-a-week newspapers with circulation over 5,000 and received awards for written tales, visuals, multimedia, graphics, design and initiatives produced in 2020.

The Missourian solely submitted content material this yr that was revealed after June 11 until required by the competition guidelines. 

The awards, that are along with the historic variety of awards received by The Missourian within the Nationwide Newspaper Affiliation’s contest, have been introduced Saturday on the Missouri Press Affiliation’s annual conference and awards luncheon held in Excelsior Springs this yr.

First Place Awards 

The Missourian acquired 10 first-place awards together with awards for greatest headline writing, greatest information {photograph}, greatest editorial pages, and greatest breaking information story for the newspaper’s protection of Cameron Hill, of Union, pleading responsible to the stabbing dying of his former girlfriend, Cassidy Hutchings, 23, Villa Ridge.

Missourian Options Editor Laura Miserez’s work chronicling the journeys of Neal Moore, a journalist who paddled throughout the US and briefly stopped in New Haven and Washington acquired first place for greatest story in regards to the outdoor.  

Judges stated they “liked” this story, celebrating the “compelling photographs” from Missourian Photograph Editor Julia Hansen. 

“Nicely-written and fascinating all through. Made me need to load up my kayak and discover a river,” one choose wrote of their feedback.

Miserez’s protection of St. Francis Borgia’s distinctive cell play, “Mobile ‘Cenes,” additionally acquired first place for greatest training story. The multi-act play was staged not within the faculty’s auditorium, however somewhat within the artwork room, music room and cafeteria to accommodate social distancing.

Julie Murphy, a contract author for The Missourian, acquired first place in the most effective story about rural life or agriculture class. Her award successful entry, Redeker ‘reins’ as draft horse champion, shares the story of Michaela Redeker of Daredevil Drafts, in Catawissa, who excursions the nation demonstrating the Roman using model, standing atop her horses.

Judges celebrated her reporting, writing of their feedback that her story “was thorough, informative and a little bit bit completely different.” 

The Missourian’s Sports activities Editor Invoice Battle and Sports activities Reporter Arron Hustead acquired first place of their division for greatest sports activities pages. 

Judges on this yr’s contest applauded Battle’s and Hustead’s reporting saying, the pages supplied “full protection, nice photographs and much for sports activities followers to pore over.”

The Missourian’s Editorial Board, which incorporates Writer Patricia Miller and Editor Ethan Colbert, acquired first place for greatest editorial pages with judges praising the duo for his or her strongly worded editorials that use statistics to bolster the editorial’s stance. 

The Missourian’s web site, emissourian.com, additionally acquired prime honors and was acknowledged as the most effective information web site for weekly newspapers within the state. 

Second Place Awards

The Missourian acquired 14 second-place awards, together with greatest photograph illustration for the newspaper’s protection of the wreath laying ceremony on the Missouri Veterans Residence and Cemetery in St. James, greatest protection of rural life or agriculture, and greatest information or characteristic particular part, which was the newspaper’s bridal part. 

Geoff Folsom, who’s The Missourian’s Union Metropolis Editor and covers Franklin County Authorities, acquired second place for his story detailing how relations of the late Bernard Bieker reacted to the information that he was receiving a Congressional Gold Medal, recognizing the heroism that Bieker and different members of the 307th Composite (Provisional) Unit within the Military throughout World Struggle II displayed. The unit, which was nicknamed after its commander, marched greater than 1,000 miles by way of Japanese-held Burma and climbed over components of the Himalayan mountains.  

Hansen additionally acquired second place for greatest information {photograph}. The judges stated this award successful photograph showcases “the strain” of the assembly the place Washington metropolis officers mentioned, and finally, voted down a masks mandate. The photograph reveals Ben Brown, a Washington resident, being ushered from the rostrum after he tried to maintain talking regardless of going over the time restrict for public remark.

Options Editor Laura Miserez acquired two second-place awards, one in the most effective story about historical past class and the most effective story in regards to the outdoor. 

Of their feedback, the judges praised Miserez for taking readers on the journey. 

“(It) will get the center beating quicker from the primary (para)graph. Miserez gave readers the most effective probability to really feel what it was wish to trip the Katy Path, wanting clipping in and pedaling it themselves,” one choose wrote. 

In the most effective story about rural life or agriculture class, The Missourian employees additionally acquired second place. The award was for Mounting Reminiscences, which profiled Brittany Struckhoff, who is likely one of the few feminine taxidermists in Missouri.  

Sports activities Editor Invoice Battle and Sports activities Reporter Arron Hustead have been each acknowledged for his or her sports activities reporting and pictures. 

Battle acquired second place for greatest sports activities story for his protection of the Class 5 District volleyball event. 

Hustead acquired second for his entry of “Faculty Track,” which reveals members of the Washington Excessive Faculty soccer crew celebrating the crew’s win final season over Ft. Zumwalt South. The photograph competed in the most effective sports activities characteristic photograph class, the place judges complimented Hustead for capturing a photograph that reveals “virtually each participant on this photograph plainly is exploding with pleasure.”

Hustead additionally acquired second for his photograph, which confirmed Midwest Rage batter Jack Schantz being hit by a pitch throughout an AA sport in opposition to Pacific. 

Third Place Awards

The Missourian acquired 12 third-place awards together with an award for greatest particular person editorials. The Missourian’s Senior LifeTimes journal acquired third place for greatest different publication. 

The Missourian’s design employees, which incorporates Sharon Pruessner, Brenda Klekamp, Patty Brinker, Lori Obermark, Sarah Moore, and Sharon Bargen, acquired third place for greatest general design. 

Pruessner additionally acquired third place in greatest data graphic, which accompanied a narrative detailing medical professionals worries that the COVID-19 pandemic may result in an extra decline in beginning charges. 

The Missourian’s information employees additionally acquired third place honors for its protection of the Franklin County masks mandate being introduced. 

Different third place awards bestowed to the paper embody former enterprise reporter Elena Ok. Cruz’s protection of the welding trade and the battle native employers face to rent extra welders. 

Judges praised Miserez for showcasing Liz and Luke Cain’s “labor of affection.” 

Miserez additionally acquired third place for in the most effective story about faith class for her profile on the life of Barb LaPlant, a widely known educator who taught in space elementary and parochial colleges.

Sports activities Editor Invoice Battle received two third place awards for his sports activities pictures, together with one in greatest sports activities characteristic and greatest sports activities photographs. 

Sports activities Reporter Arron Hustead acquired third place for his characteristic on the Washington Excessive Faculty softball crew and the way a gaggle of underclassmen have been serving to lead the crew on a 16-game win streak — the longest within the softball program’s historical past. 

Honorable Point out

The Missourian acquired 14 honorable point out awards on this yr’s contest, together with an honorable point out for greatest photograph package deal, which included dozens of archived photographs of swimmers having fun with the unique Agnes Nolting Aquatic Complicated. 

The Missourian’s design employees acquired honorable point out for greatest entrance pages. Sarah Moore, one of many web page designers, additionally acquired an honorable point out for her work on an data graphic, entitled “Remembering This Eventful Yr,” which detailed the occasions of 2020. 

Moore additionally acquired an honorable point out for the design of a photograph unfold, Craft Craze, which included photographs from a portray occasion hosted at St. Ann’s Parish Middle.

Options Editor Laura Miserez acquired honorable point out for her protection of the Kristen Edwards’ killing.

Miserez additionally acquired an honorable point out award in the most effective story about rural life or agriculture for her story of Opal Kamper, who’s the matriarch of a five-generation household, together with three kids, eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. 

Miserez’s story previewing the annual New Yr’s Day excursions of seven Catholic parishes acquired an honorable point out in greatest story about faith.  

Photograph Editor Julia Hansen acquired three honorable point out awards, together with greatest photograph illustration, or staged photograph, for the portrait of Tim Eversole standing exterior of his haunted home on Halloween; greatest characteristic photograph, which confirmed a gaggle of boaters using on the Missouri River at sundown; and greatest information photograph, which reveals an unidentified Mercy Hospital Washington nurse tending to a affected person within the COVID-19 ward of the hospital. 

Sports activities Editor Invoice Battle acquired 4 honorable point out awards, together with one for the most effective sports activities columnist, greatest sports activities characteristic photograph, and greatest sports activities photograph. He additionally acquired an honorable point out for greatest sports activities information story.

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