News-Press staff capture 11 awards

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Eight staff members of the St. Joseph News-Press won a total of 11 awards in the Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors’ excellence in journalism competition for 2010.

The awards announced in February included first-place honors for Sports Editor Ross Martin and Graphics Editor George Stanton. The News-Press competed in Division II, consisting of AP member newspapers with daily circulations between 10,000 and 49,999.

The newspaper’s winning entries:
Spot News – 2nd place, Marshall White, “Early morning fire claims four lives”; 3rd place, Clinton Thomas, “Capell leaving next year” (concerning St. Joseph City Manager Vince Capell).

Feature Writing – 2nd place, Erin Wisdom, “A different kind of capable” (a story about St. Joseph resident Sarah Kovac); 3rd place, Erin Wisdom, “Christmas past meets Christmas present” (a story about former homeless men ministering to the homeless).

Spot Sports – 2nd place, Cody Thorn and Andrew DeWitt, “Auld Lang Syne” (a package of stories on the retirement of longtime Northwest Missouri State University football coach Mel Tjeerdsma).

Sports Feature Writing – 1st place, Ross Martin, “Luckiest man alive” (a story about Chillicothe wrestling coach Dave Kinen); 2nd place, Ross Martin, “Unknown commodity” (concerning South Harrison athlete Jordan Shipers); and 3rd place, Sam Robinson, “Comeback of the third kind” (concerning former Benton High athlete Alicia Bell).

Headline Writing – 1st place, Ross Martin, “Helu and goodbye” (concerning the play of Roy Helu Jr. in the final Nebraska-Missouri football game before NU left for the Big Ten).

Graphics – 1st place, George Stanton, “How to transfer your SIM card”; 2nd place, George Stanton, “Chiefs Training Camp map.”