OOIDA media professionals were among the Missouri and Kansas print and broadcast journalists who gathered June 7 in Kansas City, MO, for the 2008 KC Press Club Heart of America Awards. OOIDA won eight awards for excellence in reporting, including four Gold awards.
The judges called Land Line Magazine “multi-faceted, topic rich and exquisitely produced” and described it as a “marvelous magazine.” Judges also commended “Land Line Now” entries as “first class in content and production as well.”
In the business-to-business division, publications category, the Gold award went to Managing Editor Sandi Soendker and staff for Land Line Magazine.
In the general reporting category, Mark Reddig, Reed Black, Patsy Terrell, Barry Spillman earned a Gold for “Land Line Now” for its coverage – “Greensburg: A trucking town faces disaster.” Judges commented “this is the bar for in-depth radio reporting that matters. Bravo!”
Reed Black and James Fetzer also won a Silver award in the general reporting category for “Alaska’s road to nowhere.”
In the business reporting category, Terry Scruton and Barry Spillman earned a Silver award for “The underground world of Subtropolis.”
In the investigative reporting category, Mark Reddig and Barry Spillman won the Gold award for “Paying for highways in Pennsylvania.” The judge commented that the story was incredibly researched and brilliantly executed.
In the print, non-daily division, Charlie Morasch won a Bronze award in the general reporting category with his feature on the California Air Resources Board, “CARB.”
In the investigative category (print, non-daily), Clarissa Kell-Holland won the Gold award for her news story “Food fight – produce safety.”
The Silver award in print, non-daily feature writing went to David Tanner for “Pass go, collect billions.”
The club is the regional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.