The Cass County Democrat Missourian brought home a handful of awards, including two gold medals, from the annual Society of Professional Journalists Heart of America awards competition June 22 in the non-daily print category.
The contest, sponsored by the Kansas City Press Club, gave out nearly 250 awards to local newspapers, radio stations, magazines and television broadcasts throughout the region during a luncheon June 22 at the Grand Street Cafe in Kansas City.
Reporter/photographer Bethany Bashioum earned gold in the category of Photojournalism-Breaking News for her piece, “Sweeping up the Streets,” published on July 6, 2012; and in the Editorial/Commentary category, for her commentary published Nov. 14, 2012, “What Veteran’s Day Means to Me.”
Bashioum also earned silver in the category of Business Reporting, for her Dec. 21, 2012 feature “Wine shop opens in time for holidays,” and a bronze for Breaking News Reporting, for her article, “Tate Wins,” also published on Dec. 21.
Sports Editor Stephanie Yeagle swept the Photojournalism-Sports category, earning silver and bronze for the Democrat Missourian and a gold for the newspaper’s sister paper, the Lee’s Summit Journal.
Yeagle’s honors for her work in Cass County included “Game by Game,” a piece published Nov. 2, 2012, and her “Helias Heartbreak” photo published Nov. 23, 2012.
“I am extremely proud of what our news team has been able to accomplish in the past year, and these awards help show how we continue to lead the way in Cass County,” Publisher John Beaudoin said. “Stephanie’s experience on the sports desk is vital, but she’s also proven a top-notch photographer. Bethany has done well covering the entire county in her first year here as well.”
Judging for the contest was based on entries from 2012.
“Community journalism is alive and well at the Democrat Missourian and both of them play key roles in helping to deliver the news each day, each week here. I am proud of them and for the awards we’ve been honored to accept.”