Cassville Democrat earns state's highest honor

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Newspaper takes home Gold Cup, 28 other state-wide awards

COLUMBIA -- The Cassville Democrat won the Missouri Press Association's Gold Cup, the state's highest honor, and 28 other awards, the MPA announced at its annual convention Saturday.

The Gold Cup is awarded to the small weekly newspaper that scores the most points in individual categories. The Democrat earned six other first-place honors in the competition.

"It's a huge honor to be named the best small-town weekly newspaper in the state," said Jacob Brower, publisher of the Cassville Democrat. "This is a great accomplishment, and I couldn't be more proud of this team. It's great to see their hard work rewarded. We couldn't have achieved this without the support of a great community."

This is believed to be the Cassville Democrat's first Gold Cup in the newspaper's 144-year existence.

The photo, published in the June 25, 2014, edition of the Cassville Democrat, won first place in the Missouri Press Association's feature photograph category at the MPA's annual convention Saturday. Pictured is Glen Scott of Monett, flipping a calf on its side before tying it down during the calf roping event at the 70th Annual Rotary Rodeo. Kyle Troutman/

Editor Kyle Troutman swept the investigative reporting category, taking first, second and third place. He also earned first and second place in the outdoors story category. Troutman added three more first-place honors: best feature photo, best photo package and best serious columnist.

Sports Editor Jared Lankford won best sports feature story, and added an honorable mention in the sports feature photograph category.

Troutman took both second and third place in coverage of government, and placed second in the sports feature photograph category. The Democrat staff took second place in the headline writing and opinion pages categories. was the third-place website, and the Democrat staff took third in the sports pages and rural life and agriculture coverage categories.

Creative Director Christopher Vore took third place in the page design category, and the Democrat took third place in overall design. Troutman was third in the news story category, and Brower took third in the information graphic category.

The Democrat's other awards include: story about education (second), business story (third), story about the outdoors (third), reporting based on a public notice (third), story about history (honorable mention) and story about rural life or agriculture (honorable mention).

Other newspapers that scored points in the Democrat's division include Missouri Lawyers Weekly, the Nixa Enterprise, the Richmond News, the Smithville Herald, the Clinton County Leader, Lee's Summit Tribune, the Excelsior Springs Standard, the Vandalia Leader, Focus on Oak Grove, the Republic Monitor, the Bolivar Herald Free-Press, the Tri-County News, the Cole Camp Courier, the Fayette Advertiser, the Ash Grove Commonwealth, the Kearney Courier, the Windsor Review, Springfield Business Journal, The Concordia Concordian, the Cedar County Republican, the Chariton Valley News Press, the Lincoln New Era, the Houston Herald, the Eldon Advertiser, and the Green Park Call.

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