The Vandalia Leader was recognized this past Saturday at the 148th Missouri Press Association Convention in Columbia for winning six awards in the 2014 Better Newspaper Contest.
“I am extremely excited that our newspaper was recognized once again by our peers in the industry,” said The Vandalia Leader’s General Manager/Editor Ron Schott. “Our staff works hard each week to provide a quality newspaper to our readers and our advertisers. Winning these awards are extra special in 2014 as The Vandalia Leader is currently celebrating 140 years of serving the public.”
The publication received two second place awards.
Schott and former re-porter Jeremy Lile each received second place honors for their efforts in the Best Page Design category with the Veteran’s Day featured called “Saluting our Veterans.”
Though judges sought a dominant photo, they also said the collection “captures many views of the event.” They said “it does well to honor the veterans up top while still including images from what else is happening.”
The other second place award was given for Schott’s article on David Ray and his daughter going on a missionary journey to Oklahoma.
The article featured Ray’s personal account as organized into a story form by Schott.
The Vandalia Leader also won three third place honors. A photo illustration featuring a woman with a black eye shown in a picture frame to go alongside a story on domestic abuse received a third place certificate.
Judges noted some resolution issues but said “the concept is simple and powerful.”
Schott and Lile also received credit for helping the newspaper take third in the Best Coverage of Community/People/Lifestyles going against competition in classes one and two.
Judges said the publication had a “solid range of news and community events, with photos of community people.” They also said the “paper seems very connected to its readers.”
A news photo showing some destruction in Laddonia also received a third place certificate.
Schott also earned honorable mention honors for his editorial written on the topic of television getting more difficult to watch with kids. During the same convention, former publishers Gary and Helen Sosniecki were inducted into the Missouri Press Hall of Fame.