Mirror wins national recognition
For a second consecutive year, The Mirror newspaper has been named best in the nation in its circulation category by Inland Press Foundation of Chicago.
The Mirror also won the award that recognizes work at non-daily newspapers in 2004, as well as in 2001.
"To have won once was a great honor," said Caroline Trowbridge, editor and publisher of The Mirror. "To have won a second time was tremendous. At the time, we weren't sure we could repeat, but we did. When we were notified recently that we'd again won, we were ecstatic. This staff works so hard. I couldn't be happier that they've been recognized nationally for their work."
Last week, Trowbridge and Lisa Scheller, news editor, traveled to Tucson, Ariz., where the award was presented. The Mirror, which has a circulation of about 2,300, competed in the circulation category for newspapers of up to 5,000 circulation. This is the sixth year that Inland Press Foundation has awarded the nation's best non-daily awards to newspapers, and The Mirror has won in three of those years.
In comments, the judges noted the strengths of The Mirror.
"Continued fine work from The Mirror," the three-judge panel said. "Strong news coverage with an unwavering focus on the local. Solid writing and commentary. Clear, expressive design.
"This is what a community newspaper should be."
In Tucson, Trowbridge told those gathered at the awards luncheon that one of the greatest things about working in a small town is the instant feedback that members of The Mirror staff receive. Unlike reporters at larger newspapers, The Mirror's reporters see their sources picking up mail at the post office or shopping in the grocery store, she said.
The Mirror was purchased in September 1999 by the World Company of Lawrence. Trowbridge came on board two months later.
Trowbridge credited the ownership of the family-owned World Company for allowing The Mirror to be transformed into a strong news voice in southern Leavenworth County.
"The Simons family always have supported us here in Tonganoxie, which is important for our success," she said. "I'm one lucky person to be associated with the forward-thinking Simons family, our extraordinary staff at the Mirror and our loyal readers."