Tickets Now on Sale for 2014 Page One Awards Banquet May 29; Politico Co-founder John Harris to deliver keynote address

The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists invites you to attend the 2014 Page One Awards Banquet, honoring the best in Minnesota journalism from 2013.


The evening will feature a keynote address by John F. Harris, the co-founder and editor in chief of Politico. Harris, a Carleton College graduate, began his newspaper career at the Washington Post, where he covered politics for more than 20 years until launching Politico in 2007 with colleague Jim VandeHei. Politico, which now has more than 180 employees, has become one of the country’s most-trafficked news sites. The company has also gained widespread attention for its efforts to create a new editorial and business model to sustain journalism during a changing media landscape. Harris wrote the New York Times bestseller, The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House, and co-authored a book on modern politics, The Way to Win. He’s been named one of the most influential Washington, D.C. journalists by The Telegraph and one of the most influential people in Washington, D.C. by GQ Magazine.

Date: Thursday, May 29
Place: Town & Country Club
(300 Mississippi River Blvd. N., St. Paul, Minn.)
Time: Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner served at 7:00 p.m.

Click here to purchase Page One Awards Banquet tickets.

Ticket prices:
SPJ Members: $40 (Members may purchase up to two tickets at the discounted rate)
Non-members: $50
Not an SPJ member? Sign up here and join today!

All 2014 Page One Award winners have been notified via email. Please check your inbox for a message from MNSPJ!

The Page One Awards honor the best in journalism from across the state. At this event, we will also present awards to our Minnesota SPJ Student Scholarship recipients and the 2014 Peter S. Popovich Award, MN SPJ’s most prestigious award, honoring a person or organization that exemplifies the fight for First Amendment Rights.

We will also hold our sixth-annual SPJ Page One Silent Auction to benefit our student scholarship fund. Come prepared to bid on some great items for a great cause! Proceeds allow Minnesota SPJ to award scholarships to Minnesota students studying to enter the field of journalism.

MN SPJ is Looking for Board Members

SPJlogoThe Minnesota Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is seeking nominations for its 2014 elections. Would you like to play an active role in the future of MN SPJ and Minnesota journalism? Consider running for the MN SPJ board of directors this spring. Several director positions will be open.

Directors serve two-year terms. Members from all over the state are encouraged to get involved (MN SPJ can arrange for telecommuting to meetings and/or help with travel costs).  The only requirement to apply is an interest in Minnesota journalism and current SPJ membership. Board members help with the statewide Page One Awards journalism contest, planning events, keeping an eye on FOI issues and much more.

Please contact MN SPJ or outgoing MN SPJ President Anna Pratt with any questions. Interested candidates should send a bio and short statement of interest by Monday, May 19, to

MNSPJ EVENT: Take Better Photos and Video With Your Smartphone

Learn how to stop taking crappy photos and video with your phone!


Pioneer Press photographer and MNSPJ board member Ben Garvin shares his top 10 tips and tricks on using your smartphone to improve your visual reporting skills. Bring your phone, your questions and your thirst for beer!


DATE: Thursday, April 24
TIME: 7-9 p.m.
PLACE: Grumpy’s (1111 Washington Ave. S. in Minneapolis)

Event is free and open to all Minnesota journalists. Appetizers will be provided. Bring your own cash/cards for drinks!

Download the MNSPJ event flier to post and share!

After the trauma: The challenges of covering traumatic events on and off the job

SPJ_MJC_MWJCMidwest Journalism Conference Kickoff Event

Thursday, March 27 | 7:00 p.m.

Murphy Hall Auditorium, University of Minnesota
206 Church St. SE, Mpls


From covering mass shootings to daily crime stories, reporting on traumatic events can be challenging for journalists, professionally and personally. Join CCTV anchor Mike Walter and Star Tribune reporter Paul McEnroe – both former Ochberg fellows with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma – as they discuss reporting on traumatic events. They will be joined by local psychologist Jenna Bemis and State Patrol trooper Dan Lewis to talk about how they, although in a different professions with different objectives, also interview people after traumatic events and cope personally with the job’s emotional stress.

The event is free and open to all journalists, including those attending the Midwest Journalism Conference. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will also be provided.

Parking is available in the Church Street parking garage on campus, a short walk to the Murphy Hall auditorium.

This event is sponsored by the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists and the Minnesota Journalism Center.  The 2014 Midwest Journalism Conference kicks off on Friday morning in Bloomington.  For more information and to register, visit:

This is free but please register online:

Register for the 2014 Midwest Journalism Conference – March 28 & 29 in Bloomington, MN

Registration is now open for the 2014 Midwest Journalism Conference March 28 and 29at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites Airport at 34th Avenue South and American Boulevard in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Go to the conference website to register.

Journalists from across the upper Midwest are invited to attend two busy days of training sessions geared toward professional development, career growth and recognition of the region’s most outstanding work. The Midwest Journalism Conference is the second-largest regional event of its kind in the country, regularly drawing more than 300 working professionals and journalism students for two intense days of seminars, awards programs and networking opportunities.

Sessions this year include:
-Dealing with trauma in your newsroom;
-Looking ahead to the 2014 election season;
-The changing role of newsroom internships;
-Covering diverse communities;
-Producing great newscasts on air and online;
-Effectively using social media and mobile journalism tools in your newsroom;
-Rewriting the SPJ & RTDNA Code of Ethics;
-Getting your foot in the door at your first job;
-Unleashing your inner broadcaster;
-and much more!

Special hotel rates are available to MJC attendees at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites Airport. The Deadline to make reservations using our special rates is Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

Make your reservations online HERE or call 877-227-6963 and mention the Midwest Journalism Conference to get the group rate.

Find out more at

The Midwest Journalism Conference is organized by the Northwest Broadcast News Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Upper Midwest Emmys, Minnesota Associated Press, Minnesota Asian American Journalists Association, Online News Association, Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the University of Minnesota-School of Journalism & Mass Communication.

Call for Applications: 2014 MNSPJ Student Scholarship

The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists (MNSPJ) is now accepting applications for its 2014 student scholarship. This year, MNSPJ will award two $2,500 scholarships to students pursuing a career in journalism.

Applicants must either be enrolled in a post-secondary institution in Minnesota or be a Minnesota high school graduate enrolled in a post-secondary institution outside of Minnesota. Preference will be given to Society of Professional Journalists members.

Click here to download an application form:
2014 MNSPJ Scholarship (Word DOC)
2014 MNSPJ Scholarship (PDF)

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, April 18th. No late submissions will be accepted.

Scholarship winners will be announced this spring and receive their awards at MNSPJ’s annual Page One Awards banquet.

Questions? Email