The Vandalia Leader received five awards during Saturday’s Missouri Press Association Convention & Trade Show, as part of the Better Newspaper Contest.
Part-time photographer Ben Marshall attended the event and accepted the awards on behalf of the publication.
Marshall received a first place plaque in the Best News Photo category for Class 1 Weeklies.
Judges said Marshall’s photo had “perfect timing, an excellent presentation, and showed great work in Photoshop.” The photo was of a woman spitting out a ball of fire during an event in Martinsburg last August. The Vandalia Leader’s General Manager/Editor Ron Schott received four awards in this year’s contest.
He received a second place certificate for Best Breaking News Story about storm damage on the same day in Laddonia and Farber in 2014.
He also took second for Best Business Story for his piece on “Mary Jane Lane Suspenders,” a New York City based business run by Vandalia native Katie Calcaterra.
Judges said Schott “did a good job of reaching to New York for a business story about a native of the community.”
Schott’s online video he made starring his mom Kay Schott, of Vandalia, also took second place. The video was called “Not Your Typical Mom” and was geared towards The Vandalia Leader’s “What’s Cookin’” part of their website.
Schott received an Honorable Mention Tilghman Cloud Memorial Editorial Award for his commentary on the last verse of the National Anthem. Judges said it was a great opinion as a few simple errors took it away from being the front runner in the category.