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Call earns Better Newspaper Contest honors


September 28, 2005 - Staff Report

Call Newspapers captured five awards in the Missouri Press Foundation's 2005 Better Newspaper Contest.

It was the seventh consecutive year that the newspaper has been honored by its peers in this annual statewide competition.

The Call's staff won five awards this year and scored a total of 16 points in the Missouri Press Foundation's Gold Cup competition, which was judged by the Iowa Press Association.

The awards were presented Saturday during the Missouri Press Association's 139th annual Convention and Trade Show at the Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark.

Call General Manger Bill Milligan received three awards, including a first-place honor for a feature article he wrote about a project to preserve the memories of veterans of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.

"One of the few stories in this category covering World War II and 60 years past. Good project and great story,'' the judges wrote.

Milligan placed third among columnists for a humorous piece he wrote about baseball commentators during the baseball playoffs last year.

"Milligan can poke fun at himself while dealing with serious subjects and current events,'' the judges wrote.

He also received honorable mention for a photograph he took during a Lindbergh High School girls' basketball game.

"Good angle makes this photo appealing,'' the judges wrote.

Call Executive Editor Mike Anthony re-ceived an honorable-mention award in the Best Coverage of Government category for a series of stories about the city of Crest-wood's finances and a bond issue the city's Board of Aldermen placed on the April ballot.

"Very well researched pieces. Great publication,'' the judges wrote.

Call Newspapers' iCall Web site — www.callnewspapers.com — received an honorable mention-award and was one of five Web sites recognized statewide. The category included Web sites of both weekly and daily newspapers. Placing ahead of the Call were the Web sites of three daily newspapers.

"Original flag at the top of each page is an eye-catcher,'' the judges wrote. "Every community newspaper should include photos with their birth announcements like this one.''

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