Final Contest Deadline Moved Back to Monday, Feb. 10

The Minnesota Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (MNSPJ) is providing one more deadline extension for the annual Page One Awards.  We will now accept entries through midnight on Monday, Feb. 10.

The price of a contest entry is $22.

Journalists working for all print, broadcast and online news outlets in Minnesota (or news outlets in neighboring states that cover Minnesota) are eligible to enter. All work published or broadcast during the 2019 calendar year is eligible.

The date and location for the awards banquet will be announced later.

Important Links:

Please contact MNSPJ with any questionsminnesota.spj@gmail.com

Page One Contest Deadline Extended Until Feb. 7

The Minnesota Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (MNSPJ) is extending the deadline for the annual Page One Awards.  We will now accept entries through Friday, Feb. 7.

The price of a contest entry is $22.

Journalists working for all print, broadcast and online news outlets in Minnesota (or news outlets in neighboring states that cover Minnesota) are eligible to enter. All work published or broadcast during the 2019 calendar year is eligible.

The date and location for the awards banquet will be announced later.

Important Links:

Please contact MNSPJ with any questionsminnesota.spj@gmail.com

MNSPJ objects to restrictions on access to public meeting in Minneapolis

On the evening of Jan. 22, local journalists were prevented from recording a public meeting of a committee advising the city of Minneapolis on the Upper Harbor Terminal redevelopment. Members of the press were told they could not take photos or record video of the meeting, which violated the spirit of Minnesota’s Open Meeting Law and the committee’s own bylaws, which state that “meetings will be open to the public.”

Minneapolis officials told the Star Tribune Jan. 23 that they will reiterate the requirements of the Open Meeting Law for committee members. The board of the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists commends the city’s response, and stands with the journalists who attempted to cover this public meeting. At a time of increasing restrictions of public information and rising animosity toward members of the press, the board calls on community leaders and elected officials in Minneapolis to do the same.

Contact: Christopher Snowbeck, MNSPJ President, minnesota.spj@gmail.com

Journalism in MN: The Inside Scoop

How do journalists come up with stories?  What are the ethical norms that journalists follow?  What makes journalism different from propaganda, opinion and advertising — and what can readers and viewers do when they believe journalism has veered toward one of these other categories?

The Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (MNSPJ) wants to explore these and other questions during a series of meetings called Journalism in MN: The Inside Scoop.

The idea is to dispatch journalists to classrooms, senior centers and other community gathering places across our state for candid conversations about how journalism works and how news organizations can best meet the needs of Minnesota.  We want these to be honest and constructive sessions that build relationships and understanding. And we’re looking for community partners who can help us get the ball rolling.

Would your group like to host an Inside Scoop session?  Send us an email at minnesota.spj@gmail.com with information about your community group and journalism topics of interest and we’ll make a plan. If you’re a journalist who’d like to volunteer, please fill out this form.

 

Journalism Students: Apply now for a $2,500 scholarship

Attention college journalists: The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists (MNSPJ) is now accepting applications for its 2020 student scholarship. This year, MNSPJ will award one $2,500 scholarship to a student pursuing a career in broadcast, print, online or visual journalism. A second winner will receive $1,000.

Applicants must either be enrolled in a post-secondary institution in Minnesota or have graduated from a high school in Minnesota and be enrolled in college elsewhere. Preference will be given to Society of Professional Journalists members.

Click here to submit an application form –- the first step. Email the additional application materials to minnesota.spj@gmail.com. Here’s what’s required:

Application form, which can be found here 
Resume
College transcript (unofficial transcript is fine)
Letter of recommendation
Essay (limited to 500 words): Why have you chosen journalism as a career?
Up to six samples of work via a link to your portfolio, a PDF of clips or story URLs

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on April 5, 2020. No late submissions will be accepted. The scholarship winners will be announced prior to MNSPJ’s annual Page One Awards banquet, where recipients will receive their awards.

Questions? Email minnesota.spj@gmail.com.

2020 Page One Awards — Now Accepting Entries!

The Minnesota Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (MNSPJ) recognizes the best in Minnesota journalism each year with its annual Page One Awards.

Contest entries can be submitted between now and Friday, Feb. 7. Finalists will be notified in the spring, with winners named at the annual Page One Awards banquet later this year.

Contest categories and rules are largely the same as last year, with only a few minor changes. As a reminder, we’re again opening the large newspaper division to submissions that appear in online-only publications in hopes of promoting more competition. And we’re again allowing journalists at smaller news organizations to compete against larger organizations by submitting their work in the larger circulation/employee divisions (although that entry can’t also be submitted in the smaller category).

Once again, MNSPJ has elected to hold the price of a contest entry steady at $22.

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Journalists working for all print, broadcast and online news outlets in Minnesota (or news outlets in neighboring states that cover Minnesota) are eligible to enter. All work published or broadcast during the 2019 calendar year is eligible. Entries must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 7. 

The date and location for the awards banquet will be announced later.

Important Links:

Please contact MNSPJ with any questionsminnesota.spj@gmail.com