The Landmark has been awarded second place in the category of General Excellence in the Missouri Press Association’s statewide Better Newspaper Contest.
The General Excellence award is judged on a list of factors involved in the overall quality of a newspaper. Weighted heaviest in the judging criteria is the range and depth of news coverage. Other criteria include quality of writing, front page, editorial page, general layout, use of photos and artwork, advertising design and layout, sports page, headline language and treatment of public notices.
Awards were presented on Saturday at the annual convention of the Missouri Press Association held in St. Louis.
The contest consisted of work performed in the 2017 calendar year.
The award in the General Excellence category is presented to the entire staff of the newspaper. Landmark staff members whose work contributed to the honor include Ivan Foley, Cindy Rinehart, Valerie Verkamp, Chris Kamler, Brian Kubicki, Matthew Silber, Debbie Coleman-Topi, Alan McArthur, Greg Hall and Hearne Christopher.
Other awards won by The Landmark included a second place finish in the category of Best Editorial Pages. The Landmark has been a frequent winner in this category over the past decade. The honored editorial pages included weekly columns by Ivan Foley, Chris Kamler, Brian Kubicki and Hearne Christopher, as well as a weekly editorial cartoon by Matthew Silber.
Silber was honored with awards in the category of Best Editorial Cartoon. He grabbed second place for a cartoon entitled Taxing that ran April 5, 2017 and received honorable mention for a May 31, 2017 cartoon entitled Police State.
In addition, Greg Hall of The Landmark brought home first place in the category of Best Sports Feature Story. Hall’s award-winning piece was a feature on Park Hill High School track star Papay Glaywulu headlined “Proof that bad kids can grow to be great.”
Judging for the Missouri contest this year was performed by members of the Illinois Press Association.