Mirror staffers honored by state press association
The work by The Mirror's staff was recognized last weekend in the 2005 Best of Kansas Newspapers contest, sponsored by Kansas Press Association.
This year, The Mirror was awarded six first-place honors, six second places, seven third-place awards and six honorable mentions Saturday night during KPA's convention in Lawrence.
"I'm extremely pleased that the contest judges agreed with my view of this staff's work," said Caroline Trowbridge, editor and publisher of The Mirror. "The folks here who are responsible each week for The Mirror are extremely talented and dedicated to our readers."
The Mirror won honors for a wide range of work. A first-place award was presented to Lisa Scheller for a religion story about Sacred Heart Catholic Church's transition to its new building. In addition, Scheller and her son, John Fatzer, won a first-place award for a photo package The Mirror published on last year's Tonganoxie High School graduation.
"I thought it was great that Lisa and John won a first-place award," Trowbridge said. "I believe it was the only mother-son winning entry. And to make it even more special, Lisa's parents, Phil and Betty Stevens were on hand to see John accept the award."
Shawn Linenberger also brought home two first-place honors. Linenberger won for a story he wrote on a young wrestler and for sports pages.
"I don't know many young men who put more heart into their work than Shawn," Trowbridge said. "He's a true asset to Tonganoxie."
And Trowbridge won two first-place honors -- for editorial writing and in the government/political writing category.
At the Kansas Press Association convention, Trowbridge was elected by the membership to serve as the new first vice president of the organization.