The Missouri Press Association’s film about The Joplin Globe’s response to a disastrous tornado has won an EMMY. The Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented the awards Oct. 5 in St. Louis.
"Deadline in Disaster" focuses on how The Globe served its community in the days and weeks after the May 2011 storm that killed 161 people, including one member of the newspaper’s staff.
Accepting awards were Beth Pike, Stephen Hudnell and Scott Charton, directors, editors and producers of the film, and Doug Crews, executive director of the Missouri Press Association, all of Columbia.
Also attending the banquet were Michael Beatty, publisher of The Joplin Globe, and Mrs. Sandy Smith, St. Louis, composer of the film’s music.
The Missouri Press film competed in the Documentary-Cultural category with finalists from Kansas City, Columbia, St. Louis and Champaign, Ill.
This is the second regional EMMY won by the film production team and the Missouri Press Association. The documentary "Trustees for the Public: 200 Years of Missouri Newspapers," a history of the state’s newspapers and journalism, was honored in 2009.
The Missouri Press Association, founded in 1867, is the trade association for about 280 Missouri weekly and daily newspapers.
NATAS Mid-America is one of 19 regional chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, headquartered in New York City. The Mid-America chapter was chartered in 1962 and began honoring outstanding achievement in the region with area EMMY awards in 1976. The Mid-America chapter includes television markets primarily in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois.