Journal takes 8 AP awards, named among top papers in state

LANSING – The Mining Journal won eight awards in the annual Michigan Associated Press Media Editors 2012 newspaper competition, including a second-place tie for general excellence.

Competing in Division I, for newspapers with daily circulation under 15,000, The Mining Journal tied for second place in the General Excellence category along with The Grand Haven Tribune. The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus placed first.

“I am extremely pleased our newspaper did so well in this very competitive state-wide contest,” said Journal Managing Editor Bud Sargent. “Individually, many staff members were recognized for superlative work. Of special note was the general excellence citation. The Journal is an outstanding small-town daily and its readers interests are well served.”

Winning individual awards were:

– Mining Journal sports writer Steve Brownlee, who took first place in the Best Sports category for “State Champions,” his coverage of the 2012 Ishpeming High School football team. Brownlee also took first place for his sports column, “Late Son on Mind of Season’s First 300 Bowler.”

– Journal news editor Dan Weingarten won first place in the Best Informational Graphics or Illustrations category for a informational graphic on rising pension costs for public school employees.

– Journal staff writer Jackie Stark took second place in the contest’s Best Investigative Reporting category for her story “Haynes the NMU Interim,” examining the naming of a new president at Northern Michigan University.

Stark also took third place for Best News Column with “Next Generation: What Kind of World Do We Want?” an installment of her semimonthly column, “A Tad Askew.”

– In the Best Enterprise Reporting category, staff writer Renee Prusi took second place for her coverage of an Honor Flight trip to Washington D.C. with area World War II veterans.

– Photo editor Matt Keiser received third-place honors for Best Feature Picture with an action shot “Kiteboarding: It’s Not for the Faint of Heart.”

Thirty-three daily newspapers submitted 1,180 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2012.

Entries were judged by editors from the state of Illinois.

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 AP include 48 daily newspapers in Michigan.