The Mount Mercy Times wins eight ICMA Better Newspaper Contest awards

The Mount Mercy Times, a student-run publication, won eight awards at the annual Iowa College Media Association Better Newspaper Contest awards ceremony held on February 4 during the ICMA and concurrent Iowa Newspaper Association annual conventions. This represents the most awards ever won during the ICMA competition by The Mount Mercy Times, including two first-place recognitions for editorial leadership and best sports story.

The Times staff earned first place for editorial leadership for a staff editorial by Bob Jameson, campus editor; first place for best sports story, written by Brian Heinemann, editor in chief; second place for general excellence; second place for best multimedia slide show for aTimes TV package by Jenny Valliere, video editor; second place for best coverage of a First Amendment issue for a story by Katerina Stepnickova, last year’s campus editor; second place for best profile, written by Erika Brighi, last year’s managing editor; third place for best page one design by Kayla McIntyre, managing editor; and third place for opinion writing for columns written by Jameson.

The Mount Mercy Times staff members include Brian Heinemann, editor in chief, from North Liberty, Iowa; Kayla McIntyre, managing editor, from Coralville, Iowa; Bob Jameson, campus editor, from St. Paul, Minn.; Elizabeth Brumm, news editor, from Cedar Falls, Iowa; Cindy Petersen, news editor, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Mallory Fondell, web editor, from Dubuque, Iowa; Mickena Guillaume, design editor, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Tom Cranston, photo editor, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Erich Pilcher, sports editor, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Jenny Valliere, video editor, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Mellette Maurice, business manager, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Zach Kuntz, assistant business manager, from Ely, Iowa; and Associate Professor of Communication Joe Sheller, faculty advisor. 

The Mount Mercy Times publishes 22 times per year. To learn more about The Times or to see video reports, blogs, photos, and special features please visit

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