Mining Journal entries are finalists for 7 AP awards

MARQUETTE – The Mining Journal has seven finalist entries – spread among five staff members – in the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors 2012 newspaper competition.

The AP changed its presentation of the awards this year. The finalists were announced recently; the actual order of finish in each of 18 categories in three circulation divisions will be announced June 1 at the annual APME awards banquet in Lansing.

“This is just another example of how The Mining Journal serves the best interests of its readers by consistently providing top-quality content,” said Managing Editor Bud Sargent. “These awards programs are highly competitive, involving newspapers from all over the state. That we do so well, year after year, is a credit to the staff and its commitment to excellence.”

Listed are the 2012 contest contenders, which in June will be named either first, second or third-place finishers in Michigan:

Journal Staff Writer Jackie Stark was chosen as a finalist in two categories: Best Investigative Reporting for her work on “Haynes The NMU Interim,” covering the appointment of David Haynes as Northern Michigan University’s interim president; and in Best News Column for “Next Generation: What Kind of World Do We Want?” a reflective piece on what she wants the future to hold for her nieces.

Sports Writer Steve Brownlee also was selected in two categories: Best Sports for “State Champions,” for his coverage of the Ishpeming High School football team’s run to a Michigan Division 7 title; and in Best Sports Column for “Late Son on Mind of Season’s First 300 Bowler” about a father’s bowling achievement earned as he felt the presence of his late son beside him.

Photographer Matt Keiser was named a finalist in Best Feature Picture for “Kiteboarding: It’s Not for the Faint of Heart,” which was part of a package about the growing sport.

Staff Writer Renee Prusi was selected a finalist in Best Enterprise Reporting for “Honor Flight,” about the journey of Upper Peninsula World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorial in their honor.

News Editor Dan Weingarten was chosen a finalist in Best Informational Graphics or Illustrations for “Pension Costs Keep Rising,” which accompanied a story about the underfunded pension system for Michigan teachers.

In all, 33 daily newspapers submitted 1,180 entries in the contest, which included news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2012.

The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,500 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States. Members of the AP include 48 daily newspapers in Michigan.