Because of its targeted readership, the success of Joplin Tri-State Business has been largely overlooked.
The newspaper, which began in 2006 and is a sister publication of Springfield Business Journal, has delivered the goods, consistently scooping the Joplin Globe on business-related stories and announced in its Jan. 15-28 edition that it will increase its staff from four to six this year.
The newspaper has received strong reporting from its editor, former Joplin Globe reporter Jeff Wells, and former Springfield News-Leader reporter Matt Wagner. As of Feb. 5, former Globe and Carthage Press reporter Chris Roberts, who most recently has been working for GateHouse Media, will join the staff.
The Globe is still on top of the mountain, but its challengers are carving out their own chunks of readership. Joplin Tri-State Business, using its own pages and the Springfield Business Journal website, has made a name for itself with extensive business coverage and with its scoops.
The Joplin Daily is beginning to show more consistency and is having some success at playing the good cop to the Globe's bad cop.
New Globe Editor Carol Stark has her work cut out for her.