Mirror newspaper honored for front page
For a second time, The Mirror newspaper of Tonganoxie has won first place in its division in the Inland Press Association's national front page contest.
The Mirror, a weekly newspaper that has a circulation of about 2,300, competed with both daily and non-daily newspapers with circulations of up to 10,000.
"I think our performance in this contest underscores what our readers already know: We offer a sophisticated newspaper with a hometown flavor," said Caroline Trowbridge, editor and publisher of The Mirror.
"The judges recognized the hard work and excellence of our three-member news staff. Lisa Scheller and Shawn Linenberger are terrific journalists who deserve this recognition. Our little weekly newspaper measures up extremely well against much larger papers.
"I'm really proud of our work."
The honor will be awarded next Monday during Inland Press Association's 121st annual meeting in Chicago.
Here's what the judges said about The Mirror's entries in the 2006 competition.
"The newspapers showed solid local angles to national stories, with writing, photography and general presentation that is compelling."
The judges also praised the behind-the-scenes work, which involves those who print the newspaper at the World Company offices in Lawrence.
"And because we know teamwork is required to do this, let's not forget the men and women in the shop," the judges wrote. "Terrific press work here. All in all, the best 75 cents you can spend in Tonganoxie."
Other winners in the competition included the Lawrence Journal-World, which took first place in the 10,000-25,000 circulation category. The World Company owns The Mirror and the Journal-World.
The Mirror also won the Inland front page competition in 2001.