Cassville Democrat repeats Gold Cup victory

Saturday, October 1, 2016
The Cassville Democrat won its second Gold Cup in two years Saturday at the Missouri Press Association's annual convention. Pictured, from left, Advertising Executive Jim Craig, Reporter Julia Kilmer, Office Manager Darlene Wierman, Publisher Jacob Brower, Reporter Melonie Roberts and Editor Kyle Troutman.

Newspaper improves on 2015's best-in-state win

BRANSON -- The Cassville Democrat has repeated as Gold Cup champion in the small weeklies division of the Missouri Press Association's annual contest, the MPA announced at its convention Saturday.

The Gold Cup is awarded to the newspaper that scores the most points in individual categories. The Democrat improved on its 2015 Gold Cup showing, taking 14 first-place honors compared to seven last year, and 34 total awards compared to 29 in 2015.

Last year's Gold Cup win is believed to be the first in the newspaper's 145-year existence.

"To win the the first Gold Cup in our newspaper's history last year was a huge honor. To repeat is even more special," said Jacob Brower, publisher of the Cassville Democrat. "The state of Missouri has a rich history of print journalism excellence, and competition for the top award is fierce.

"I'm proud of the hard work and dedication our staff puts into each week's edition, and I'm very grateful for the support of the Barry County community. Without that support, none of this would be possible."

The Democrat staff won first place in the community service category for its October Breast Cancer Awareness edition. The Democrat donated a portion of the proceeds from that edition to help local women who are fighting breast cancer pay their medical bills. was named best website, and the Democrat won first place in coverage of rural life and agriculture. Connection Magazine, a product of the Cassville Democrat, won best magazine or alternative publication.

Editor Kyle Troutman won three first place awards for reporting based on a public notice, news or feature obituary, and photo package. Troutman and reporter Julia Kilmer won first place in coverage of government, and Kilmer earned two first place awards in the education writing and outdoors reporting categories.

Sports Editor Jared Lankford earned top honors in the sports news story and sports columnist categories, and Creative Director Chris Vore took first in the best front page category.

The Democrat staff took second place in business pages, and Troutman was second in the breaking news, investigative reporting, news or feature obituary and story about the outdoors categories.

The Democrat staff took third place in the general excellence, opinion pages, and news or feature special section categories. Troutman took third in the news or feature obituary, story about rural life or agriculture, and story about the outdoors categories. Troutman, Kilmer and Lankford took third in investigative reporting, and Vore took third in the page design and sports pages categories. Lankford was third in the humor columnist category.

The Democrat earned honorable mention in news or feature special section, and Troutman earned honorable mention in the coverage of government, breaking news and photo package categories. Vore earned honorable mention in overall page design.

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