The Manhattan Mercury won 11 first place awards and 16 other awards in the 2012 Kansas Newspaper Association contest, results of which were announced recently.
Competing in the 5,000 to 15,000 circulation category, The Mercury won top honors for news and writing excellence and best sports pages. It also won eight individual first place awards and one collective one. Those winners were:
Walt Braun, editorial writing; Ned Seaton, column writing; Cole Manbeck, sports story; Bill Felber, headline writing; Kimber Wallace, business feature; Rod Mikinski; feature photo; Matt Binter, news photo; Brad Dornes, youth story; and the Mercury staff, best photo illustration, for a photo illustration accompanying coverage of the November football game with Texas.
Second place awards were won by: Burk Krohe, business feature; Josh Kinder, best series; Javier Gonzalez, column writing; Manbeck, sports column; Gonzalez, headline writing; Felber, government writing; Braun, editorial page; and by The Mercury staff, for best front page.
The Mercury took third pace awards in the following categories: Bryan Richardson, education story; Whitney Hodgin, investigative reporting; Seaton, news story; and Kinder, sports story. The Mercury staff also took third place awards for design and layout excellence, website, special section, and community service.