The Mirror earns national recognition
The Mirror is again being rated among the best weekly newspapers in America.
The newspaper took third place in Inland Press Foundation's 2008 Best Non-Daily Newspaper Contest, which judged newspapers across the country on coverage, presentation, and writing quality. Finishing ahead of The Mirror were the Nogales (Ariz.) International and the Forest Park (Ill.) Review.
"This newspaper continues to win awards," the contest judges noted, adding, "The Mirror's design could be copied by small and large newspapers everywhere."
"This is great recognition for both The Mirror and Tonganoxie," said John Taylor, The Mirror's editor. "But beyond that, it's a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff."
Taylor noted The Mirror had undergone several staff changes in the past year, including the promotion of Shawn Linenberger from sports editor to news editor and the hiring of Eric Sorrentino on the sports desk and Joel Walsh and Estuardo Garcia as news reporters.
"These journalists were on a short learning curve, but they come through week in and week out with a great newspaper," Taylor said. "This award truly belongs to our staff."
The Mirror is no stranger to placing in the Inland contest. The newspaper won first place in the Best Non-Daily Newspaper Contest in 2001 and from 2004 to 2006.
"While we're pleased with our third-place finish, we'll continue to strive to regain the top spot," Taylor said.
Inland is a Chicago-based organization with more than 1,200 member newspapers from the United States, Canada and Bermuda.