The Cass County Democrat Missourian was named the Non-Daily Newspaper of the Year June 14 at the annual Kansas City Press Club awards luncheon.
The Kansas City Press Club represents the local arm of the Society of Professional Journalists' Mid-America Chapter, which stretches north to St. Joseph, east to mid-Missouri and south into Springfield, as well as portions of northeastern, central and southeastern Kansas.
Democrat Missourian reporter Bethany Bashioum led the charge with five gold awards for her writing and coverage of Cass County. Bashioum received first place honors for General Reporting: “Jeffrey Moreland Murder Trial”; Deadline Reporting/Spot News: “Missing Harrisonville Children”; Beat Reporting: “Boot Block”; Feature: “Cass County Sheriff's Office”; and Entertainment Reporting: “Welcome Home, Tate.”
Bashioum won silver awards in Non-News column and Editorial/Commentary, and bronze awards for Business Reporting (“City cuts ties with BCED”), and for her photojournalism efforts with the feature photo titled “Snow Day.” A Tate Stevens’ concert photo earned her an honorable mention.
Publisher/editor John Beaudoin won a gold award for Non-News column and a bronze for Editorial/Commentary.
This is the first time the Democrat Missourian has been named the press club's non-daily newspaper of the year.
“Bethany covers Cass County from corner to corner. Seeing her earn these awards against other weekly newspapers in our region is something I am very proud of,” Beaudoin said. “It is nice to know where we stand as a news-gathering organization against other quality newspapers. And having Bethany lead the charge for community journalism benefits all of Cass County.”