Courier-Tribune wins 14 state journalism awards | Editorials



One of the great traditions for community journalists like those on Courier-Tribune staff is the annual Missouri Press Association convention. The convention culminates with the announcement of the winners of the annual Better Newspaper competition during a luncheon.

As in the past, Courier-Tribune staff have been honored to receive recognition from our professional peers in many categories, most notably for the best coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic among the weekly newspapers in our broadcast class.

This award was particularly appreciated as several issues of the newspaper’s cover were judged throughout the year and the communities of Northland and their local news sources were certainly not alone in their struggle over the course of the year. year 2020.

It’s encouraging to have the approval of our peers in the print media. The judges, professional journalists from other states, said that reporting on the CT pandemic was “also excellent in-depth local coverage with state angles. Excellent service to readers.

CT’s publicity staff won first place for a presentation of the annual Best of the Northland Readership Contest for Best Publicity Idea and the entire Courier-Tribune team took first place for Best Feature or Special Section news from the annual Living in Clay County magazine.

This award was a joy to be won like every member of the CT staff, from advertising sales to journalists to the graphic designers who were involved in its creation. Staff worked diligently in 2020 to redesign the magazine to give locals and visitors a new perspective on the wealth of unique amenities that make Clay County a premier place to live, work and play.

CT News staff also won Honorable Mention in the General Excellence category and first place in Best Page Design and Sports Pages, with the judges noting our creativity in the layout and use of the elements. editorials.

“Great image, great color blocking, great font choice. If these are the team colors, even better. If it looked good printed, even better. Great design team of work, ”wrote the judges.

Individual awards were also given to editor-in-chief Amanda Lubinski, Southeast editor-in-chief Kellie Houx and former sports writer Mac Moore.

Lubinski took first place for the best career development news series at Kearney. The judges said the series was “complete and fair for both parties. Not knowing state law or local ordinances, they were deep enough for ordinary people to understand.

Lubinski also took third place for best feature film for reporting on how an abuse survivor worked to heal herself and an honorable mention for government coverage for a series on flawed election results and the impact on race for the West County Commissioner in the 2020 primary.

“Very complete story; uses lots of quotes to let the subjects tell their story, ”the Lubinski election coverage judges wrote.

Holly took second place for best health story about a child’s need for a kidney transplant and third place for best rural life or farming coverage for a story about a local vet who bought reindeer.

“I loved the reindeer report, which included information on buying and raising non-traditional cattle,” the judges noted.

Moore placed first and third in the photo illustration category for art created on a Liberty North football player and work done as part of a sports year under review for 2020, respectively. Moore also placed third in Best Sports Feature Coverage of the Liberty North Women’s Volleyball Team State Championship.

“Great series of illustrations that capture the emotion and warmth of the moment,” wrote Moore’s illustrations judges. “Great series of sports photos that show quality photographic skills.”

Congratulations everyone and thank you for keeping community journalism alive in Northland.


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