Cassville Democrat wins 4th straight Best in State honor

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Newspaper earns 25 awards, including Best Website

JEFFERSON CITY — For the fourth time in as many contests, the Cassville Democrat on Thursday won the state's highest honor, earning General Excellence in the Missouri Associated Press Media 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 Democrat also won the award last year, and won the Gold Cup in the small weeklies' division of the Missouri Press Association's annual contest for the past two years.

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

“Our team works tirelessly day in and day out, and it’s good to see them earn recognition,” said Jacob Brower, the Cassville Democrat’s publisher. “Not only is this a great honor for us, it’s a testament to the great community we serve.”

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

In individual honors, Editor Kyle Troutman earned five first-place awards in the headline writing, opinion writing, feature photo, photo story and spot news photo categories. Sports Editor Jared Lankford earned a pair of first-place awards for sports feature writing and sports photography, while Troutman, Brower and Julia Kilmer earned top honors in the in-depth reporting category for their coverage of the Barry County sheriff’s race.

Troutman took second place in the opinion writing, photo story and spot news photo categories, and Lankford took second in the headline writing, spot sports and sports photo categories. Troutman and Kilmer was second in the public interest/investigative or in-depth reporting category, and Kilmer was second in the feature photo category.

Troutman earned four third-place honors for feature writing, headline writing, spot news and sports photography, and Lankford took third in opinion writing and spot sports, while Brower was third in the graphics category.

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

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