SIKESTON - The Sikeston Standard Democrat brought home numerous awards in the 2005 Missouri Press Association Foundation's Better Newspaper Contest, including honors for general excellence. The awards were presented in Kansas City Sept. 24.
In the Class 2 competition for daily newspapers, the Standard Democrat was awarded third place in general excellence. Competing in Class 1, the paper also earned third place for best newspaper design.
Publisher Michael Jensen was presented a third place award for best editorial page.
Photographer Tim Jaynes received honorable mention awards in the spot news category (two awards), feature photography and sports photography divisions. Assistant Managing Editor David Jenkins was honored for photo package layout in the Class 1 Division, earning a third place award, and he received an honorable mention award for his sports feature story on pole vaulting.
Honorable mention honors went to Sports Editor Derek James in the category of Best Sports Page for dailies in the Class 1 Division. Also honorable mention honors were presented to City Editor Scott Welton for his government coverage on the Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority.
Managing Editor Jill Bock received a third place award for a business story on DeWitt Industries and an honorable mention among the state's newspapers for business coverage. Also a story on a New Hamburg man's handcrafted rosaries, written by Bock, received honorable mention honors.
"It is good to be recognized by your peers for our efforts to cover the Sikeston community and the surrounding area," said Jensen. "Our goal is and always has been to provide our readers with complete and accurate coverage on a daily basis."
According to Lesa Litty, director of the contest, more than 1,700 daily newspaper entries were received. Entries were judged both across the board and according to circulation.