Six-pack: Cassville Democrat wins 6th Gold Cup
Newspaper wins first in general excellence for second time
The Cassville Democrat won its sixth consecutive Gold Cup in the Missouri Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, announce on Thursday.
The most exciting individual award for the paper was winning first place in general excellence, arguably the toughest category, as each publication sends in three newspapers (one from March, one from November and one of choice) to be judged as one body of work.
“To have won our sixth straight Gold Cup and first place in general excellence this year is about as good of a showing as we could hope for,” said Kyle Troutman, Cassville Democrat editor. “The fact that we won more first place awards than any other placing shows the talent we have in our reporting and our dedication to our craft. I also want to thank the community, because without the support of our newspaper and cooperation in in stories, none of this would be possible.”
First place awards included:
• Staff — General excellence, best magazine or alternate publication
• Editor Kyle Troutman — best photo package for his Rotary Rodeo photos), best news or feature special section for the Shell Knob tab and best investigative reporting for his coverage of the August 2019 dog attack in Cassville.
• Reporter Jordan Privett — Best feature story for her piece on Larry Privett and Leon Sanders 30 years after an accident and organ donation, and best military story for her piece on John Eggleston.
• Sports Editor Jared Lankford — Best sports photograph for a photo of Mason Lowe bull riding, best sports feature story for his article after Lowe’s passing, and best news or feature obituary for his column about Lowe.
• Contributor Murray Bishoff — Best story about the outdoors for his coverage of Opening Day at Roaring River State Park.
Second place awards included:
• Staff — Best overall design, best sports pages, best local business coverage and best headline writing.
• Troutman — best photo package.
• Privett — Best news or feature series, best feature story and best health story.
Third place awards included:
• Troutman — Best business story.
• Privett — Best photo package.
• Lankford — Best sports feature story and best sports columnist
Honorable Mention awards included:
• Staff — Community service.
• Troutman — Best news photo, best sports feature photo and best photo illustration.
• Privett — Best story about religion and best story about education.
The Democrat submitted 70 total entries in the state-wide, placing in 41 percent of entries for the second straight year.
Points are given for each award, and the Gold Cup is awarded to the newspaper which garners the most points in each division, which for the Democrat is the small weeklies division.
The Democrat’s Gold Cup win in 2015 is believed to be the first in the newspaper’s 148-year existence.