The Joplin Globe and Neosho Daily News each captured six awards Friday in the annual Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) Contest.
In a notable and welcome departure from the way it has handled past awards, the Globe actually publicized the work of its reporters and photographers, placing the story on page one of the business section, which the Globe for some reason calls "Your Money." (If it was ever my money the Globe was writing about, it wouldn't take up much space.)
The Daily won three first-place awards- Cody Thorn in sports feature for his piece on the final game of Neosho High School graduate and Missouri State University standout Tyler Chaney, Thorn in spot sports, and Wes Franklin, John Ford, and Todd Higdon in community affairs for "Post 163."
The newspaper also earned second place awards for Wes Franklin in feature writing, and Rick Rogers in headline writing, and a third place award for Rogers, Franklin, Ford, and Higdon in spot news for their coverage of the Micronesian church shootings.
The Globe also received two first place wins- one by Wally Kennedy in community affairs for his coverage of CAFOs, and the other by Greg Grisolano in feature writing.
Susan Redden made it a one-two finish in Community Affairs, taking second for her investigation of Jasper County Public Administrator Rita Hunter. Derek Spellman and Jeff Lehr took second in spot news with their coverage of the Rowan Ford murder. Globe photographers T. Rob Brown and Roger Nomer had third place finishes in sports photo and spot news photo, respectively.