The Houston Herald won 24 awards Saturday in the Missouri Press Foundation’s 2019 Better Newspaper Contest, including eight first-place awards.

The awards were announced Saturday during the 153rd annual Missouri Press Association convention in Kansas City.

The Herald won first-place awards for: Best information graphic, best photo illustration, best news photograph, best news or feature in a special section, best military story, best feature photograph, best breaking news story and best sports feature photograph.

It is the seventh consecutive year the Herald has won more than 20 awards. The judging, which included work published in 2018, was conducted by a panel of out-of-state judges.

The newspaper also won four second-place awards for best information graphic, best sports pages, best coverage of rural or agriculture life and best video.

The Herald competed against newspapers with 2,001-5,000 circulation households and won more awards than any weekly newspaper in south-central Missouri.

Third-place awards were received for: best page design, best information graphic, best front page, best investigative reporting, community service, best photo package, best sports feature photograph and best news or feature series.

The Herald won honorable mention in these categories: best sports news story or package, best story about education and best editorial pages.

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