The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Joplin Metro

April 2, 2012

Globe wins news-reporting award from ASNE

WASHINGTON — The Joplin Globe was awarded the Jesse Laventhol Prize for Deadline News Reporting by the American Society of News Editors on Monday in Washington D.C.

“The first 24 hours were critical in trying to get information out to the community and the world,” said Editor Carol Stark. “Our reporters and photographers were there working for them.”

Thirty-three employees at the Joplin Globe -- about one third of the staff -- lost homes or sustained severe damage. Page designer Bruce Baillie was killed on May 22.

The next day’s newspaper went out only an hour late.

“I am extremely proud of my entire newspaper team,” said Publisher Michael Beatty. “To get the news to our readers as soon as we did required work and dedication from not only the incredible efforts of the newsroom but from every department in the newspaper. We will conintue to be the news leader for our community reporting the breaking new online and in print.”

Stark, Beatty, photographer Roger Nomer, reporter Wally Kennedy and Enterprise Editor Scott Meeker attended the ASNE convention in Washington D.C. to accept the award.

News organizations of all sizes compete against each other in the contest, according to ASNE’s Web site.

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