The Merc Wins Awards for Design

The San Jose Mercury News recently shared top honors for newspaper design with five other papers in a world-wide competition sponsored by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Society for News Design. 

A panel of judges met in early February, sifting through 349 papers from 26 countries, looking for the best design, graphics and photography.

 ``The top-five honors are the Pulitzer Prizes of design, so this is quite an achievement for the designers and editors who work hard every day to do something special for readers,'' Mercury News Executive Editor David Yarnold said in a Mercury article.

 The four other newspapers named ``World's Best Designed'' were the Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va., circ. 220,000), Die Zeit (Hamburg, Germany, circ. 450,000), Palabra (Saltillo, Mexico, circ. 15,000) and the Independent on Sunday (London, England, circ. 220,000).