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Newspaper earns national contest honors

February 26, 2004

The Mirror newspaper of Tonganoxie is a national award-winner.

Inland Press Foundation has named The Mirror as the winner in its circulation category of the Nation's Best Non-Daily Newspaper contest. The Mirror won the same contest in 2001.

Last week, Caroline Trowbridge, The Mirror's editor and publisher, and Lisa Scheller, news editor, traveled to Miami Beach to accept the award during Inland's Weekly Newspaper Publishers Conference.

At the awards ceremony, Ray Carlsen, executive director of Inland, said the judges noted The Mirror's "smooth design" throughout the newspaper. The judges' praise also extended to Scheller's stories about local people and her photography.

"Good local columns, sense of place and people," the judges said.

The Mirror, with a circulation of about 2,200, won in the circulation category of 5,000 and fewer.

One of the judges, David L. Nelson, who chairs the newspaper department at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, said the quality of this year's entrants was high. He said he and fellow judge, William Roesgen, a retired editor and publisher, looked at newspapers' ability to attract readership, its design for readability, its efforts to provide good community coverage and the presentation of high-quality writing and execution.

"Your paper was both his first choice and my first choice, which is not all that common," Nelson said. "We usually have to do a little horse trading to get to agreement.

"I can tell you that in judging with Bill, this is the first time that I'm aware of that he and I both agreed."

Roesgen said he was impressed with the design and photographs "especially for a paper this size."

Trowbridge said that she was proud of the honor that the newspaper staff received.

"I couldn't be happier for our staff," she said. "They're a terrific group of people who work very hard. And it's wonderful that their efforts have been recognized with this national award. It's great such a positive spotlight is shining on them."

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