Doubling up on Gold Cups!

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Monett Times again named best small daily in state

The Monett Times newspaper once again reigned supreme among small daily newspapers in the state of Missouri, winning its second consecutive Gold Cup in the Missouri Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest on Saturday.

The Times earned 21 total awards in the contest, including first place in General Excellence. The awards gave the paper 113 points toward the Gold Cup, and the next-highest scorer, the Sedalia Democrat, finished with 98.

“It is such an honor and a surprise again this year to be named the best small daily newspaper in Missouri,” said Kyle Troutman, The Monett Times editor. “I could not be more proud of our staff for their dedication and quality reporting that has been recognized as being such a high level. Winning these awards would also not be possible without having such a great community to cover and dedicated readers who enjoy our content.”

The Times won seven first-place awards, seven seconds, six thirds and one honorable mention.

The General Excellence first place award involved submitting three complete issues, from April, October and one of choice, only one of which could be a Sunday or weekend edition. The issues were judged as one body of work for things like breadth of coverage, writing quality, layout, photos and artwork, editorial pages, sports pages and headline writing.

As a staff, the Times also won first place for best Sports Pages.

General Manager Lisa Craft won first place in the community service category for her work on raising funds to cover school lunch debt at Monett schools.

Troutman won first place in the best serious columnist category, for which he was required to submit three columns from calendar year 2020, two from the same month and one other from any point in the year. The winning pieces were about how schools were dealing with COVID-19, the debate on masking in our community and a December piece about giving to local families in need.

News Editor Melonie Roberts won three first-place awards, one for best story about rural life or agriculture and another for best photo package. The rural life or agriculture story was for a feature on a local dragonfruit farmer, and the photo package was for photos from the Monett Freedom and Fireworks celebration.

News Reporter Mike Gervais won the final first-place award in the best story about history category for his coverage of the Gilloiz stone being moved to the Monett Historical Museum.

Other awards included:

Second place

• Best News or Feature Special Section, staff

• Best Health Story, Roberts

• Best Online Newspaper or Website, staff

• Best Story About Rural Life or Agriculture, Roberts

• Best Story About the Outdoors, Jordan Troutman

• Best News or Feature Series, Roberts

• Best Overall Design, staff

Third place

• Best News or Feature Special Section, staff

• Magazine/Alternative Publication, staff

• Best Military Story, Roberts

• Best Business Story, Roberts

• Best News or Feature Series, Kyle Troutman

• Best Photo Package, Kyle Troutman and Roberts

Honorable mention

• Best Feature Story, Roberts

Troutman said the annual recognition is a positive for the staff, the newspaper and the industry.

“We are blessed to be working in an industry that takes time to recognize the accomplishments of its members, and I could not be more proud of our paper and staff for the hard work we put in day-in and day-out to provide informative, engaging and entertaining news to the Barry and Lawrence county area,” he said. “In an industry that has had challenges over the last number of years, we continue to thrive because of our focus on local events, local issues and local people.”

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