The Platte County Landmark captured a total of eight awards in the Missouri Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest.
Winners were announced at an awards luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 22 during the MPA’s annual convention held in Columbia. The awards announced are for work performed in the calendar year of 2011.
The Landmark won first place in two categories: Best Editorial Pages and Best Sports Photograph. Editorial pages in The Landmark each week are pages A-2 and A-3 and include opinion pieces from Landmark publisher Ivan Foley and contributors James Thomas, Brian Kubicki, Chris Kamler, and Chris Stigall, as well as editorial cartoons by Matthew Silber.
Judging of the Missouri contest this year was done by members of the Wisconsin Press Association.
In their notes, judges described The Landmark’s editorial page entries as “interesting, creative yet consistent” and praised the layout, design and headlines.
The Best Sports Photograph award is for a shot by Landmark photojournalist Bill Hankins that was entitled “Good Save,” which judges said “captured the moment” with “good composition.”
Two second place honors went to The Landmark: A series of four articles written by Foley regarding a head-on crash of two Central Platte Fire District trucks grabbed second in the Best News Series category. Judges remarked: “This had to be hard for the community The Landmark serves. Foley did a good job telling the story fairly and following it to the final decisions. Interesting to follow. Good writing.”
The other second place finish for The Landmark went to Hankins in the category of Best Feature Photograph for his picture entitled “Happy 104th,” which judges described as a “touching photo that truly captures the moment.”
A third place finish went to Matthew Silber, Landmark cartoonist, for his piece entitled “True Grit,” described by judges as “funny, relative to today.”
The Landmark was awarded honorable mention awards in three categories, including Best Front to Back Newspaper Design. Judges wrote that The Landmark has “compelling images and crisp photos” and praised its thick borders and boxes on the editorial pages.
Other honorable mentions went to The Landmark in the category of Best News Content for overall news coverage and to Silber in the Best Editorial Cartoon category for his entry entitled “Pool Project,” described as “ironic and funny.”