Cassville Democrat again earns state's highest honor

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Newspaper takes 25 total awards, including Best Website

JEFFERSON CITY -- For the second time in as many contests, the Cassville Democrat won the state's highest honor, earning General Excellence in the Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) awards Thursday.

The APME awards General Excellence to the weekly newspaper, regardless of circulation, that scores the most points in individual categories. The victory follows a Gold Cup honor in the small weeklies' division of the Missouri Press Association's annual contest in September.

General Excellence was one of 25 total awards the Democrat earned in the APME contest, judged by Iowa journalists.

"I am incredibly proud of our team," said Jacob Brower, Cassville Democrat publisher. "We have a talented and hard-working group of folks who take a great deal of pride in this newspaper. It's great to see them get some positive recognition on the state level.

"This is a feather in the cap of the entire Cassville community. We couldn't accomplish any of this without great community support."

The newspaper won seven total first-place honors, including Best Website.

"I was especially pleased to see our team receive this award," Brower said. "Print and digital are important allies in modern-day journalism, and it's great to see Cassville-Democrat.com earn state-wide recognition as a great 24-hour source of local news."

In individual honors, Sports Editor Jared Lankford earned three first-place awards for sports feature writing, spot sports and opinion writing. He also shared first place in the public interest/investigative or in-depth reporting category with Editor Kyle Troutman and Reporter Julia Kilmer.

Troutman earned first place in spot news, and Brower took top honors in the graphics category.

Troutman took second place in eight categories: Feature photography, feature writing, headline writing, opinion writing, photo story, public interest/investigative or in-depth reporting, sports photography and spot news.

Lankford took second place in sports feature writing and spot sports reporting. Brower took second place in spot news photography, and Brower and Troutman shared second place in the graphics category.

Troutman took third place in four categories: Headline writing, photo story, public interest/investigative or in-depth reporting and spot news photos. Murray Bishoff took third place in opinion writing, and Brower was third in graphics.

Other newspapers that scored points in the weeklies division include the Washington Missourian and St. Louis-based Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

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