Springfield Business Journal won six first place awards among its 11 honors at the 2011 Missouri Press Foundation’s Better Newspaper Contest.
SBJ was part of the Class 3 Weeklies category for a circulation of 4,001 to 8,000. An awards luncheon was held Sept. 10 at the Branson Convention Center.
First place awards:
- Best Local Business Coverage;
- Best Newspaper Design;
- Best Page Design - Aaron Scott, editorial designer and photographer;
- Best Online Newspaper or Website;
- Best Ad Idea or Promotion of an Advertiser - Mar'Ellen Felin, advertising and marketing director; and
- Best Ad Idea or Promotion of the Newspaper - Heather Mosley for VIP Pass.
SBJ took home second place honors in General Excellence, Best News Content, and Best Ad Idea or Promotion of an Advertiser, and honorable mentions in Best Ad Idea or Promotion of an Advertiser and Best Ad Idea or Promotion of the Newspaper.
During the ceremony, the Missouri Press Association selected Sarah West, associate editor at Bolivar Herald-Free Press, as one of three journalists to receive the Missouri Outstanding Young Journalist Award.
The Missouri Press Association, founded in 1867, represents more than 285 newspapers in Missouri. Its headquarters are in Columbia.
MPA Director Linda Geist of Monroe City Lake Gazette has sold her newspaper and will retire from the board at the end of 2011, with one year remaining in her term of office. Jeff Schrag of Springfield-based The Daily Events was elected to fill that one-year term.