Scott Stines presents Silver Shovel Award to Ross McPherson Ross McPherson, executive chairman of McPherson Media Group and long-time volunteer leader with INMA, was presented the 2009 Silver Shovel Award Friday, May 15, in Miami at the 79th Annual INMA World Congress.

The Silver Shovel Award honours the newsmedia professional with a distinguished record of service to INMA and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in the discipline of newspaper marketing. The award has been INMA’s highest individual honour since 1949.

Each year’s award recipient is chosen by past Silver Shovel Award recipients based on recommendations from the membership who work and know first-hand the nominee’s qualifications.

McPherson, whose company publishes The Shepparton News and other magazines and newspapers in the Australian state of Victoria, was presented the award before more than 200 delegates from 33 countries at the INMA World Congress’ closing gala dinner in Miami. The presentation capped nearly a week of meetings and World Congress proceedings.

Son Campbell and wife Dianne join Ross McPherson after presentation of Silver...
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