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Fulton Sun wins three APME awards, one first-place

Fulton Sun wins three APME awards, one first-place

February 1st, 2019 in Local News

A firefighter inspects the aftermath of an accident involving three semis Aug. 15. The Fulton Sun story published about the accident earned first place for spot news in the Missouri Associated Press Media Editors contest.

Photo by Helen Wilbers /Fulton Sun.

Last August, Fulton Sun reporter Helen Wilbers was called to Kingdom City to investigate a major crash on Interstate 70.

Her description of the three-semi accident — one leaking beer across the asphalt — has earned Wilbers a first-place award in Spot News reporting, Division I. Results from the Missouri Associated Press Media Editors newspaper contest were revealed Thursday at the state Capitol.

Wilbers' story ("Several Hurt in 3-Semi Accident on I-70") can be read on the Fulton Sun website: bit.ly/2GipDsu.

In addition, two stories written by editor Jenny Gray took third-place awards. One was in Opinion Writing: "Anniversary of 9/11 is Personal." The other was in Public Interest/Investigative or In-Depth Reporting: "Historic Church's Tiny Statue is Mostly a Mystery."

Sister newspaper, the Jefferson City News Tribune, took a third-place for Best Website, third-place in Feature Writing, second-place in Opinion Writing and first-place in Spot Sports reporting.

In the 2017 APME contest, Wilbers also won a first-place award in Public Interest/Investigative or In-Depth Reporting for a collection of stories about the death of Carl DeBrodie.

Nineteen newspapers submitted 413 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories and photos from 2018. A list of winners can be found at discover.ap.org/contests/Missouri-newspaper.

The Associated Press is a nonprofit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.