Columbia, Mo. (March 5, 2007) — The Columbia Missourian sports staff scored a national award from the Associated Press Sports Editors‘ (APSE) annual contest, which took place Feb. 26-28 in Long Beach, Calif.
APSE named the Columbia Missourian one of the top 20 Sunday sports sections in the country among papers with a circulation of less than 40,000. The honorable mention award recognizes the Missourian sports staff’s overall achievements in writing, editing, design and photography.
Greg Bowers, assistant professor of newspaper journalism and Columbia Missourian sports editor, said the award is significant because it highlights the combined efforts of his staff members.
“Sports departments in newspapers are team efforts,” Bowers said. “It’s heartening and means a lot.”
The Columbia Missourian is a daily city newspaper that serves as a working lab for Missouri School of Journalism students. Bowers’ team includes Grant Hodder, full-time assistant sports editor, about 12 student reporters per semester and other student designers and photographers.
Being a part of an award-winning staff is just one of many hands-on learning opportunities students receive at the Missourian, Bowers said.
“This is the whole Missouri Method at work,” Bowers said. “The experience of working on a good team will pay off for them in the long run.”
The Missourian sports staff will be recognized in June at the 2007 APSE convention in St. Louis, Mo.
Updated: April 16, 2020