MNSPJ Announces Election Results for 2014-15 Board of Directors

The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists (MNSPJ) is pleased to announce election results for its 2014-15 Board of Directors. 27 members, in good standing, submitted ballots for consideration. The results are as follows:

President-Elect: Jonathan Kealing (27 Votes)
Secretary: Sarah Bauer (27 Votes)
Treasurer (no declared candidate)**
Write-in Votes:
Scott Theisen: 1
Anna Pratt: 1
The MNSPJ Board will decide how to proceed with filling the treasurer’s position at a later date.

Directors elected to a 2-year term (ending June 30, 2016):

Jenna Ross (Reporter, Star Tribune): 25 Votes
Christopher Snowbeck (Reporter, Pioneer Press): 22 Votes
Kaeti Hinck (Director of News Technology, MinnPost): 20 Votes
Joe Spear (Editor, Mankato Free Press): 19 Votes

Directors elected to a 1-year term (ending June 30, 2015):

Nick Halter (Reporter, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal): 18 Votes
Nathan Hansen (Reporter, Winona Daily News): 18 Votes

Chris Newmarker will serve as MNSPJ President for the 2014-15 year. Congratulations to our new board members!

Annual Meeting Thursday!

SPJlogoThe Minnesota Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is holding its 2014 Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 26.

Members and anyone interested in the chapter’s work are welcome to attend.  Included in the meeting will be an update on the chapter’s activities, leadership and finances as well as the announcement of the results of the 2014 Board of Directors Election.  Please bring any thoughts, comments or “new business” for the chapter to consider in its 2014-15 year.

When:  Thursday, June 26 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Grumpy’s Downtown
1111 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415

*Lot parking and street parking available.

Questions? Please contact us:  minnesota.spj@gmail.com.

2014 Page One Award winners announced

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Minnesota Public Radio’s ongoing investigation of how the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis responded to allegations of sexually abusive priests – “Betrayed by Silence” – was named the Story of the Year at the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists’ Page One Awards on Thursday. The series also won top honors for continuing coverage in online news and Madeleine Baran, one of the lead journalists covering the story for MPR, was named Young Journalist of the Year.

The annual Page One Awards recognize the best in Minnesota journalism. Awards were given in more than 60 categories for newspaper reporting, online news, photography, television, radio, multimedia and several other categories at MN SPJ’s Page One Awards banquet on Thursday evening in St. Paul.  Entries for the 2014 Page One Awards were judged by journalists from the Oklahoma Pro Chapter of SPJ.

Star Tribune State Capitol reporter Jim Ragsdale was named Journalist of the Year. The award for the Best Use of Public Records went to Star Tribune reporters Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and Glenn Howatt, for their reporting on campaign finance in Minnesota.

Art Hughes and Joan Gilbertson were given the 2014 Peter S. Popovich Award, which recognizes people or an organization that exemplifies the fight for First Amendment rights. Hughes, a freelance journalist, and Gilbertson, a WCCO producer, have been instrumental in the ongoing effort to bring cameras into Minnesota courtrooms.

Minnesota SPJ board member Jonathan Kealing presents the Peter S. Popovich award.

Minnesota SPJ board member Jonathan Kealing presents the Peter S. Popovich award.

MN SPJ also announced scholarship awards two journalism students – Jordan Gerard of Winona State University and Gino Terrell of Hamline University. Each received a $2,500 scholarship. MN SPJ awards student scholarships each year, funded partly by generous donations from its annual silent auction.

Minnesota SPJ board member Amanda Theisen presents scholarships to Jordan Gerard and Gino Terrell.

Minnesota SPJ board member Amanda Theisen presents scholarships to Jordan Gerard and Gino Terrell.

Politico co-founder John Harris, a Carleton College graduate, delivered the keynote address at Thursday’s banquet.

John Harris, co-founder and editor in chief of Politico, gives the keynote address during the 2014 Page One Awards banquet May 29 in St. Paul.

John Harris, co-founder and editor in chief of Politico, gives the keynote address during the 2014 Page One Awards banquet May 29 in St. Paul.

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is the oldest, largest and broadest-based organization of journalists in the U.S. and was founded as Sigma Delta Chi in 1909. The MN SPJ chapter was founded in 1956. The chapter membership totals about 150.

If you would like to order duplicate awards, or have any awards-related questions, please contact MN SPJ at minnesota.spj@gmail.com

Download full list of winners/event program (PDF)
Download full list of winners (Excel)

Candidate Statements for MNSPJ 2014-15 Board of Directors

The following statements are from Minnesota SPJ members running for the 2014-15 Board of Directors. Electronic ballots will be mailed to all MNSPJ members currently in good standing with both the national organization and local chapter.

Didn’t receive a ballot in your email but think you should have? Contact minnesota.spj@gmail.com

Ballots must be submitted no later than noon on Thursday, June 26. Results of the election will be announced at the Minnesota SPJ Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Grumpy’s Bar and Grill (1111 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis). All MNSPJ members and local journalists are welcome to attend.

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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 minnesota.spj@gmail.com.

MNSPJ EVENT: Take Better Photos and Video With Your Smartphone

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

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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!

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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!