From staff reports
The Joplin Globe has received the 2012 “Newspaper of the Year” award from the Local Media Association, a national trade organization that represents more than 2,000 of the leading suburban and community newspapers.
The judging was conducted by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at Missouri University’s School of Journalism. Joplin won the award in the category for dailies under 30,000 circulation. Second place went to The Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe, N.M., and third place went to the Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence, Kan.
Judges, in comments, said: “The Joplin Globe serves its readers well with a comprehensive news report coupled with in-depth articles and features. ‘Faces of the Storm,’ a compilation of biographies and photos of all the victims of the May tornadoes, is an especially noteworthy effort. Thoughtful design continues throughout the sections, and the advertising is modern and inviting. Headlines are appropriate in size and design and accurately written. This is a newspaper that is paying attention to its readers and its community.”
William Ketter, vice-president of news for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., the parent company of The Joplin Globe, on Tuesday said strong local reporting has been a crucial component of The Joplin Globe for many years, “especially when a historic tornado destroyed one-third of the city on May 22, 2011.”
“The Joplin Globe is a prime example of a newspaper that is indispensable to its readers in good times and in times of crisis,” Ketter wrote in an email.
Michael Beatty is the publisher of The Joplin Globe.