- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - News Writing Sweepstakes

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Stephen Deere, Two worlds.

Photojournalism Sweepstakes

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Staff, #Ferguson: The protests that sparked a movement.

General Excellence Division I, St. Louis Post-Dispatch;

General Excellence Division II, The Joplin Globe;

General Excellence Division III, Columbia Daily Tribune;

General Excellence Division IV, Daily Star-Journal

News Writing

Division I (Daily circulations of more than 50,000)

Feature Writing

First, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Stephen Deere, Two worlds;

second, The Kansas City Star, Eric Adler, I am a girl;

third, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Nancy Cambria, A house, a pastor and one of Ferguson’s first black females.

Opinion Writing

First, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Tony Messenger, Disparity of due process;

second, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Tony Messenger, Paging the Supremes;

third, The Kansas City Star, Yael Abouhalkah, Wake up, KC Council, we have a murder problem.

Public Interest/Investigative or In-Depth Reporting

First, The Kansas City Star, Laura Bauer, Tragedy on the water;

second, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Hunn and Kim Bell, Why was he left there for hours;

third, The Kansas City Star, Mike Hendricks and Mara Rose Williams, A misleading march to the top.

Sports Feature Writing

First, The Kansas City Star, Sam McDowell, After the concussion;

second, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jim Thomas, Deciphering the dome drama;

third, The Kansas City Star, Vahe Gregorian, The life of Andy.

Spot News

First, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Staff, No charges for Wilson;

second, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Steve Giegerich, Elisa Crouch, Jesse Bogan and Michele Munz, Day of protests, night of frenzy;

third, The Kansas City Star, Dave Helling, Laura Bauer, Brian Burnes, Judy L. Thomas and Mary Sanchez, Black Sunday.

Spot Sports

First, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Derrick Goold, Crowds mourn ‘El Fenomeno’;

second, The Kansas City Star, Staff, World class;

third, The Kansas City Star, Vahe Gregorian, Randy Covitz, Sam Mellinger and Tod Palmer, Michael Sam, Poised to be the first openly gay NFL player.

Headline Writing

First, The Kansas City Star, Don Munday, How this dino soared;

second St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Josh Renaud, Day of protests/Night of frenzy;

third, The Kansas City Star, Hanna Ritchie, No words for this result.

Division II (Daily circulations between 22,000 and 49,999)

Feature Writing

First, Springfield News-Leader, Jess Rollins, Losing control;

second, The Joplin Globe, Wally Kennedy, Faith, love, hope;

third, Springfield News-Leader, Steve Pokin, A passion for music.

Opinion Writing

First, Springfield News-Leader, Jess Rollins, Shame of a nation;

second, The Joplin Globe, Staff, Answers needed;

third The Joplin Globe, Staff, Science tough to deny.

Public Interest/Investigative or In-Depth Reporting

First, The Joplin Globe, Andy Ostmeyer, Endangered species;

second, Springfield News-Leader, Amos Bridges, Public paycheck;

third, Springfield News-Leader, Claudette Riley, Gun at Central shines light on weapons in school.

Sports Feature Writing

First, Springfield News-Leader Lyndal Scranton, Ghost tracks;

second, The Joplin Globe, Jim Henry, Linked: Talbert, Addison grow into roles as Missouri Southern’s leaders;

third, The Joplin Globe, Jim Henry, Face of the program.

Spot News

First, Springfield News-Leader, Staff, Hailey’s abduction;

second, The Joplin Globe, Staff, No warning; third, no winner.

Spot Sports

First, The Joplin Globe, Jim Henry, Fort Hays State shocks Gorillas;

second, Springfield News-Leader, Lyndal Scranton, Bears get their man;

third, The Joplin Globe, Jim Henry, MIAA Champs.

Headline Writing

First, Springfield News-Leader, Claudette Riley, Warning shot;

second, Springfield News-Leader, Steve Pokin, Did you do it?;

third, Springfield News-Leader, Steve Pokin and Cheryl Whitsitt, Dangerous intersection.

Division III (Daily circulations between 6,000 and 21,999)

Feature Writing

First, Jefferson City News Tribune, Michelle Brooks, Local couple selling all they own for mission;

second, Columbia Daily Tribune, Amy Wilder, A model of excellence;

third, Columbia Daily Tribune, Caroline Dohack, Where the wild things are.

Opinion Writing

First Jefferson City News Tribune, Richard McGonegal, Count channel tax dollars to charities;

second, The Sedalia Democrat, Bob Satnan, Disputing Hawkins’ claims;

third, Jefferson City News Tribune, Richard McGonegal, Separate public discussion from classroom discussion.

Public Interest/Investigative or In-Depth Reporting

First, Columbia Daily Tribune, Alan Burdziak and Andrew Denney, Providence suites;

second, Columbia Daily Tribune, Alan Burdziak, VA deaths;

third, Jeff Haldiman, Michelle Brooks and Richard McGonegal, Historic vs. Merely old?

Sports Feature Writing

First, Columbia Daily Tribune, David Morrison, Inspired by the image of his father;

second, Jefferson City News Tribune, Landon Reeves, Pedals to the pavement;

third, Jefferson City News Tribune, Tony Hawley, More to life.

Spot News

First, The Sedalia Democrat, Dennis Rich and Nicole Cooke, Remains fund at trailer park;

second, The Sedalia Democrat, Nicole Cooke, Gold Buyer armed robber;

third, Columbia Daily Tribune, Ashley Jost and Andrew Denney, Concrete failure led to walkway collapse.

Spot Sports

First, Columbia Daily Tribune, David Morrison, DGB dismissed;

second Jefferson City News Tribune, Landon Reeves, 340 miles in 88 hours;

third, Jefferson City News Tribune, Tony Hawley, State champs.

Headline Writing

First, Jefferson City News Tribune, Anne Kettenbrink, Pee, flush, repeat;

second, Jefferson City News Tribune, Doug Waggoner, Fowl noise not afoul of the law;

third, Columbia Daily Tribune, Amanda Duncan, Senate move leaves Nixon a dollar short.

Division IV (Daily circulations of less than 5,999)

Feature Writing

First, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Heather Cole, The lawyer with the 9 lives;

second, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Catherine Martin, Firm noir: Workplace affair ends in tragedy;

third, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Heather Cole, A legendary fortune, an epic fall, a cautionary tale.

Opinion Writing

First, Daily Star-Journal, Jack Miles Ventimiglia, County’s courts much too noisy for hearings;

second, The Monett Times, Kyle Troutman, Transparency sorely lacking in Barry County;

third, The Monett Times, Murray Bishoff, Tolerance for differing opinions sorely lacking.

Public Interest/Investigative or In-Depth Reporting

First, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Heather Cole, Background check;

second The Monett Times, Murray Bishoff, Tyson Monett chemical spill;

third, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Scott Lauck, Supremetrics.

Sports Feature Writing

First, Daily Guide, Derek Dueker, A game-changing assist;

second The Monett Times, Jared Lankford, Monett celebrates its football history;

third, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Allyssa D. Dudley, Going long.

Spot News

First, Constitution-Tribune, Catherine Ripley, New hospital;

second, Daily Star-Journal, Jack Miles Ventimiglia, They are just killing us for no reason;

third, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Allyssa D. Dudley, Behind a curtain.

Spot Sports

First, Daily Star-Journal, Dustan Sedgwick and Jack Miles Ventimiglia, Mules best in nation;

second, Daily Guide, Derek Dueker, Juwan’s decision;

third, The Monett Times, Jared Lankford, Monett’s Brennan caps undefeated season with state title.

Headline Writing

First, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Richard Gard, Ready, aim, fire;

second, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Richard Gard, E-maul;

third, The Monett Times, Jared Lankford, PERFECI49-ON!

Photojournalism

Division I

Graphics

First, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Tom Borgman and Ken Leiser,

Stan Musial Veterans Bridge;

second, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Tom Borgman, Michael Brown shooting scene;

third, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Tom Borgman, Holy Grail.

Best Website

First, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Staff;

second, no winner; third, no winner.

Feature Photos

First, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cristina Fletes-Boutte, Senior prom boogie;

second The Kansas City Star, Keith Myers, Brain surgery survivor;

third,

The Kansas City Star, David Pulliam, Fountain couple.

Photo Story

First, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Staff, #Ferguson: The protests that sparked a movement;

second, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee, Robert Cohen, Laurie Skrivan and Huy Mach, The baseball life and death of Oscar Taveras;

third, The Kansas City Star, Keith Myers, Flint Hills roundup.

Sports Photos

First, The Kansas City Star, Rich Sugg, KU vs. Stanford;

second, The Kansas City Star, Rich Sugg, Bloody KU vs ISU;

third, The Kansas City Star, John Sleezer, Gordon hit with pitch.

Spot News Photos

First, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes, Dog rescue from icy water;

second, The Kansas City Star, Tammy Ljungblad, Bank robbery;

third, The Kansas City Star, John Sleezer, Small plane crash.

Division II

Graphics

First, Springfield News-Leader, Amos Bridges and Lyndsey Nielsen, Public paycheck;

second, no winner; third, no winner.

Best Website

First, Springfield News-Leader, Staff;

second, no winner; third, no winner.

Feature Photos

First, The Joplin Globe, Roger Nomer, Spelling bee;

second, Springfield News-leader, Dean Curtis, Losing control;

third, The Joplin Globe, Roger Nomer, New high school selfie.

Photo Story

First, The Joplin Globe, Roger Nomer, Spelling bee;

second, Springfield News-Leader, Dean Curtis, Lighting the darkness;

third, The Joplin Globe, Laurie Sisk, Region pays tribute to fallen officer.

Sports Photo

First, The Joplin Globe, Roger Nomer, MSSU steeplechase;

second The Joplin Globe, Laurie Sisk, One-handed catch; third,

The Joplin Globe, Roger Nomer, Crusaders football.

Spot News Photo

First, Springfield News-Leader, Valerie Mosley, Happy ending;

second The Joplin Globe, Roger Nomer, Newton County historic house fire;

third, The Joplin Globe, Laurie Sisk, Time of remembrance.

Division III

Graphics

First, no winner; second, no winner; three, no winner.

Best Website

First, Columbia Daily Tribune, Matt Cavanah and staff;

second, Jefferson City News Tribune, Madeleine Leroux and Kurt Becker;

third, no winner.

Feature Photos

First, The Sedalia Democrat, Jason Strickland, Team rock;

second Columbia Daily Tribune, Don Shrubshell, Dancing at the Boone County fair;

third, Columbia Daily Tribune, Nick Schnelle, Sturgeon summerfest.

Photo Story

First, Columbia Daily Tribune, Nick Schnelle, The closing of Providence Suites;

second Columbia Daily Tribune, Nich Schnelle, Jorney for justice;

third, The Sedalia Democrat, Faith Bemiss, Let the games begin.

Sports Photos

First, The Sedalia Democrat, Jason Strickland, Soccer sectional goal;

second, Columbia Daily Tribune, Don Shrubshell, Hickman vs. Jefferson City baseball;

third Columbia Daily Tribune, Don Shrubshell, Mizzou vs. Kentucky soccer.

Spot News Photos

First, Columbia Daily Tribune, Don Shrubshell, Car in Harmony Creek;

second, Columbia Daily Tribune, Don Shrubshell, Animal water rescue;

third, The Sedalia Democrat, Nicole Cooke, Brush fire.

Division IV

Graphics

First, Daily Star-Journal, Jack Miles Ventimiglia, Amendment 3;

second, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Ryan O’Shea and Lora Wegman, Money 20: Step up;

third, The Monett Times, Christopher Vore and Jared Lankford, Cubs go north to face Indians.

Best Website

First, The Monett Times, Staff;

second, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Sydney Miller and staff;

third, no winner.

Feature Photos

First, The Monett Times, Melonie Roberts, Guardsmen receive heroes’ welcome;

second, Daily Star-Journal, Jack Miles Ventimiglia, Focus on DARE;

third, Daily Star-Journal, Jack Miles Ventimiglia, In good hands.

Photo Story

First, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Karen Elshout, Night court;

second, Daily Star-Journal, Jack Miles Ventimiglia, Festival of champions;

third, no winner.

Sports Photos

First, Daily Star-Journal, Dustan Sedgwick, Blocked goal;

second, Daily Star-Journal, Dustan Sedgwick, Beating the throw;

third, The Monett Times, Jacob Brower, Pierce City loses close home opener.

Spot News Photos

First, Daily Star-Journal, Jack Miles Ventimiglia, House fire;

second, Constitution-Tribune, Catherine Ripley, Overnight snow;

third, Daily Star-Journal, Jack Miles Ventimiglia, Overcome by smoke.


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