The Landmark brought home five awards from the 2008 Missouri Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Awards were announced on Saturday at the association’s convention in Columbia.
Reporter Alan McArthur captured third place in the Best News Story division. His winning entry was a story focused on the less-than-stellar attendance record of a local school board member. At the time the story was published in the Oct. 31, 2007 issue, Platte County R-3 School Board member Carey Rolofson had missed around 40% of the board’s meetings in the past year. In the spring of this year, Rolofson decided not to seek reelection for his office.
Judge’s comments on McArthur’s entry included: “Good use of official documents and state law. Boosted, too, by the fact the reporter talked to the subject and gave him ample space to respond.”
Other winning entries for The Landmark included pieces by photojournalist Bill Hankins. Hankins grabbed first place in the Best Feature Photograph category for his picture of a young boy with a mule at the county fair.
Hankins took third in the Best Feature Photograph for an entry entitled “The View From 100,” a photo of a 100-year-old lady watering a plant.
In the category of Best Photo Package, an entry entitled “Farmer and Blacksmith” by Hankins took third.
Hankins’ and The Landmark’s annual special section on the Platte County Pirates’ sports year in review grabbed honorable mention in the category of Best Special Section. Judge’s comments included: “Good idea to do an end of season wrap-up. Stood out from many preview sections. Excellent typography and design. Really helped to have single full page sponsorship on back.”