Mount Mercy Times wins 11 Iowa College Media Association Awards

The Mount Mercy Times, a student-run publication, won 11 awards at the annual Iowa College Media Association (ICMA) Better Newspaper contest 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, breaking last year's record of eight awards.

This year's awards include four first-place recognitions, including a Best Editorial Leadership award for staff editorials.

Award highlights from content produced between November 1, 2009 and October 31, 2010 include:

  • First Place, Best Editorial Leadership for staff editorials
  • First Place, Best Blog, by Zach D'Amico, staff writer
  • First Place, Best Explanatory/Interpretive News Story, by Cynthia Petersen, Editor in Chief
  • First Place, Best Opinion Writing, by Zach D'Amico
  • Third Place, Best Sports Feature, by Brian Heinemann, former Editor in Chief
  • Second Place, Best Profile Story, by Brian Heinemann
  • Second Place, Best Review, by Erich Pilcher, Multi-Media Producer
  • Second Place, Best Blog, by Cynthia Petersen
  • Third Place, Best Opinion Writing, by Cynthia Petersen
  • Third Place, Best Blog, by Ivory Davis, staff writer
  • Honorable Mention, Best Review, by Brian Heinemann

The 2010-2011 staff members for The Mount Mercy Times include, Elizabeth Brumm, Campus Editor, from Cedar Falls, Iowa; Tom Cranston, Graphics Editor, from North Liberty, Iowa; Sophia Fuchs, Video Editor, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Amanda Kleitsch, Business Manager, from Readlyn, Iowa; Jennifer Koeninghain, Design Editor, from Marion, Iowa; Kayla McIntyre, Web Editor, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Jason Novack, Sports Editor, from Lakeview Minn; Cynthia Peterson, Editor in Chief, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Erich Pilcher, Multi-Media Producer, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Ryan Plegenkuhle, Managing Editor, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Jessica Rodman, Assistant Business Manager, from Mount Vernon, Iowa; Amy Stourac, News Editor, from West Amana, Iowa; and Associate Professor of Communication Joe Sheller, faculty advisor.

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

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