The honors were presented on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the MPA convention at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, according to a news release from the newspaper.
"We are fortunate to have a newspaper reporting staff that turns out high-caliber work on a daily basis," said Marshall Democrat-News Publisher Shelly Arth. "They each have their own journalistic style which enhances the mix of news coverage in the newspaper as well as our special sections, magazines and online work."
The awards, all in the Class 1 daily category, included the top two awards for Best Special Section and a first place in Best Feature Photograph.
The Century Farm Magazine, written by Gorrell and edited by Eric Crump, was awarded first place in Best Special Sections. Judges comments included "neat idea," "incredibly comprehensive" and "nice use of photographs."
Reed received two awards, including first place in Best Feature Photograph for a photo of Alfred, a dog at the Marshall Animal Shelter. Judges comments included: "terrific photo -- great detail," "good angle," "perfect detail" and "cropped right."
Reed also won second place for Best Special Section for She Magazine, Fall 2011. Judges called it a "cute idea, simple, handy, neat design."
Menderski received two second place awards including Best News Story for a piece on a former Marshall Habilitation Center employee. Judges noted the article was a "great example of working a courthouse beat, find an interesting case and get(ting) the story." Menderski also received second for Best Feature Story for an article on a young dancer. Judges called the story "entertaining and in-depth."
Menderski was awarded third place in Best Story About History for an article about preserving history in the clerk vault. She also was awarded an Honorable Mention for Best Story About the Outdoors, for an article on purple martins.
Gorrell was awarded third place in Best Coverage of Rural Life or Agriculture for an article on the Weaver Century Farm. She also received two Honorable Mention awards in the same category for stories on the 2011 Missouri River flood.
"I am delighted to see Marcia, Sarah and Maggie get this recognition," MDN Editor Eric Crump said. "They are passionate about their work, and they have been a great team."
"Anytime you are recognized by your peers it is an honor," Arth said. "We are pleased the Marshall reporting staff fared well in the Missouri Press Association competition and congratulate Marcia, Sarah, Maggie and Eric on their awards."
Best Feature Photograph
Best News Story
Best Feature Story
Best Story About History
Best Story about Outdoors
Best Story about Rural Life or Agriculture