Eight Mirror staffers honored by state organizations

A total of eight Mirror staff members have been recognized by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania.

Keith Frederick of the Life Department was awarded first place for page design at the annual PNA banquet held Saturday night at the Penn Stater Conference Center.

Frederick was also awarded a third place in page design at the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association luncheon held earlier Saturday.

Reporter Kay Stephens won first place in the PWPA for editorial writing, and Tom Worthington II, the Mirror’s creative director, earned first-place distinction for page design at the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania’s annual Golden Quill banquet on May 22.

The Mirror earned a first place in the PNA’s special project category for its preseason glossy high school football preview magazine, “Blitz,” a cooperative effort between the Mirror sports, photography, graphics and advertising staffs.

Cory Giger of the Mirror sports staff won honorable mention for sports beat reporting (Altoona Curve), and Margaret Moses, coordinator of the Mirror’s 20 Under 20 program, earned an honorable mention in the special project category.

Reporter Kelly Cernetich won second place in the PWPA’s lifestyle category while Religion Editor Linda T. Gracey won third place in the PWPA series writing and an honorable mention in religion reporting.

Worthington was also a Golden Quill finalist in the news illustration category, and Stephens and Reporter Bill Kibler were finalists in the history/culture reporting category.

The Mirror participates in the PNA circulation category with newspapers under 40,000.

Earlier this year, the Mirror sports staff was recognized as Top 10 in daily section in the under 30,000 circulation category by the Associated Press Sports Editors, marking the 11th consecutive year the Mirror was recognized for either daily section, Sunday section or special section by APSE.

The Mirror Advertising Department won five awards at the Interstate Advertising Managers’ Association, which primarily serves Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and West Virginia.