Staff wins prestigious General Excellence award among small dailies

For the third straight year, the Hannibal Courier-Post was honored with the highest recognition in the annual Missouri Associated Press Media Editors contest. The newspaper was one of four across the Show-Me State to win the General Excellence award for all-around journalistic excellence in the 2018 contest honoring the best in writing, photography, and graphics. The awards were divided among four categories by newspaper size and were announced at the state capitol on Feb. 7.

“I am extremely proud of our small staff for again bringing home the General Excellence award,” managing editor Eric Dundon said. “Our consistent recognition across most categories shows our dedication to providing a well-rounded newspaper for the community.”

Other newspapers winning General Excellence were the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Springfield News-Leader and Columbia Daily Tribune.

Aside from General Excellence, the Courier-Post took home five additional first place awards.

Reporter Danny Henley won a pair of first place awards. One was in the headline writing category for “Is time running out for century-old clock?” He also ranked first in spot news coverage for a multi-faceted approach to a November drive-by shooting on St. Mary's Ave.

Reporter Trevor McDonald took home first in the feature reporting category for a story published in July chronicling the inspiring journey a man took to finish an intricate wooden model car started by his deceased friend.

Sports editor Kevin Graeler won first in sports feature writing for a story on a Hannibal High School football player who received cochlear implants.

The newspaper's website also took top honors.

Full awards:

General Excellence

Feature writing – Trevor McDonald, first place, for "Craftsman's Model Car Completed by Friend"

Headline writing – Danny Henley, first place, for "Century Old Clock"

Headline writing – Eric Dundon, third place, for “The Hoots”

Opinion writing – Eric Dundon, second place, for "School Policing"

Investigative writing – Eric Dundon, second place, for “An Earned Reputation?”

Investigative writing – Danny Henley, third place, for “The Beast Beneath”

Sports feature - Kevin Graeler, first place, for "How Sweet the Sound"

Sports feature - Kevin Graeler, second place, for"Finding Her Place"

Sports feature - Travis David, third place, for "Battling More Than Opponents"

Spot news – Danny Henley, first place, for “Gunfire Not New"

Spot sports – Kevin Graeler, second place, for “Going out on top”

Spot sports – Staff, third place, for “Panthers pounce”

Sports photo – Mathew Kirby, second place, for “Championship celebration”

Website – Staff, first place