On an international level, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association media – print, Web and radio – represents the best in trucking journalism. Regional recognition is important, too. In a prestigious competition held every year by the Kansas City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Land Line Magazine and Land Line Now collected multiple awards.
The Kansas City Press Club annually presents the Heart of America Awards to honor outstanding reporting, writing and photography in print, broadcast and online journalism in eastern Kansas and western Missouri.
In the print division, Managing Editor Sandi Soendker accepted the award for Land Line Magazine, which was named Best Business-to-Business Publication in the Trade Publication category. Land Line has won the Gold Award four times out of the past seven years and has been a Silver Award winner three times.
Staff Writer Charlie Morasch won a Gold Award for Investigative Reporting for his “Grand Theft Cargo” story, which took him to Miami in the fall of 2008 to ride with the Miami-Dade Police Department’s cargo theft task force. It was Land Line’s November 2008 cover story.
Staff Writer Clarissa Kell-Holland won a Silver Award in Investigative Reporting for “Long live the Queen,” a story of an OOIDA member whose expertise in bees has helped crack the mystery of colony collapse. The story appeared in October 2008.
Senior Editor Jami Jones took home a Silver Award in General Reporting for the “American Idle” cover story featured in the August/September 2008 issue. “American Idle” was a 21-page special section planned and produced by Jami, written by Jami and the Land Line staff. It delivered to OOIDA members the latest info on idle-reduction equipment, maintenance, regs, incentives and more.
Charlie also won a Silver Award for “When does the truck start driving you” – a cover story that appeared in the March/April 2008 issue.
Clarissa also won a Bronze Award in General Reporting for “You would be naked and hungry” – our June 2008 cover story. The story featured the efforts of OOIDA members/activists who are out there reminding the public how important truckers are to the economy.
Staff Writer David Tanner earned an Honorable Mention in Business Reporting for “There are 50 ways to leave your toll road.” This story appeared in the July 2008 issue of Land Line.
Staff Writer Reed Black earned an Honorable Mention in General Reporting for “There’s a Wall in Washington.” Originally a radio piece, the print version of the story appeared in the July 2008 issue of Land Line.
In the radio division, the staff of Land Line Now – OOIDA’s satellite radio show on Sirius-XM – won a Silver Award in the best news program category. Host Mark Reddig collected a Silver Award for “Going green: a concern over regulation in California.”
LL Now Staff Reporter/News Anchor Reed Black won a Bronze Award in Business Reporting for “Tomcats take a bite out of cargo theft.” Reed also won a Bronze Award for “Is ethanol the right choice?”
LL Now Senior Reporter Terry Scruton earned Honorable Mention for “Who sets the price?”
Entries were judged by the Los Angeles Press Club, the Western Washington Pro Chapter, the Indiana Pro Chapter and the Greater Tri-Cities, Mountain Empire Chapter of East Tennessee/Southwest Virginia.