Once again we here at the House of News have been honored by our peers in journalism for our editorial and advertising accomplishments in 2019 and 2020. This year, however, we garnered a top honor among weekly newspapers across the state for which our team is exceedingly proud. We’ll get to that here shortly.

Every year the Missouri Press Association and the Missouri Press Advertising and Marketing Executives sponsor statewide awards for newspapers in both the Advertising and the Editorial sides of the proverbial house.

This year, The Northeast News secured eight top-level awards from MPA in their annual Better Newspaper Contest. Former Managing Editor Elizabeth Orosco scored a First Place award in Investigative Reporting for her “A Home for the Homeless” piece, profiling the out-of-control homeless population under I-435 at 24 Highway and how it negatively impacts the North Blue Valley neighborhood.

Orosco also scored two Second Place awards, one for her profile of local KC Superman Michael Wheeler hanging up his cape and another for her “A Diverse and Thriving Small Business Community” news story profiling the widely diverse Historic Northeast business community.

Third Place awards went to Art Director Bryan Stalder and Elizabeth Orosco for Check Out the Ads in That, a house ad designed to promote readership, another Third Place for Best Information Graphic following the municipal election, and a Third Place award in Best Editorial Cartoon: Impeachment or Democracy. Publisher Michael Bushnell secured a Third Place award in the Community Service category for his organization and placement of a permanent memorial to fallen Firefighters John Mesh and Larry Leggio.

From the Missouri Press Advertising and Marketing Executives, The Northeast News also struck gold with a First Place award in the Best Ad Series category for the design of the weekly center spread promoting local businesses in the Independence Avenue CID. Another First Place Award for Best House ad for, you guessed it, Check out the Ads in That and an Honorable Mention for Best Multimedia ad campaign.

The icing on the cake, however, was when we learned we received the Best Of Show Award for Weekly Newspapers in the State of Missouri for the Independence Avenue CID center spreads. The Northeast News, your locally-owned, weekly community news source went up against over 150 weekly newspapers in the State of Missouri and came home with the Best Of Show Award. Wow.

This super proud community-minded News Dog is tickled pink and offers a huge shout out to our team here at The House of News who is dedicated to bringing you up-to-date news and super effective ad campaigns on all of our news platforms. Thank you to all our loyal advertisers and our faithful readers. Without you, there would be a huge void in community journalism in the Historic Northeast.