April Sampler explores anti-Muslim rhetoric

Each month, SPJ’s Minnesota Sampler highlights a work of journalism from around the state.  Below, read about the April installment and view the story:

After Star Tribune reporter Matt McKinney attended an event called Shariah 101, a presentation by a Coon Rapids doctor, he was on his way to exploring a deep strain of anti-Muslim sentiment running through Minnesota.  His subsequent report, about a circuit of speakers active in rural Minnesota, can be read here.

Capehart to headline SPJ’s Page One banquet

Minnesota SPJ’s Page One Banquet, the organization’s annual celebration of the state’s best journalism, is set for June 15 at Town & Country Club in St. Paul.

Jonathan Capehart, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and member of the Washington Post editorial board who writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Capehart was deputy editorial page editor of the New York Daily News from 2002 to 2004 and served on that paper’s editorial board from 1993 to 2000. In 1999, his 16-month editorial campaign to save the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem earned him and the board the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. Capehart left the Daily News in July 2000 to become the national affairs columnist at Bloomberg News and took a leave from this position in February 2001 to serve as a policy adviser to Michael Bloomberg in his first successful campaign for New York City mayor.

Capehart is regularly seen on MSNBC programs and serves as a substitute host on WNYC New York Public Radio. He is a 1989 graduate of Carleton College.

Keep an eye on this site for more details.

Minnesota SPJ to host smartphone workshop

Could you make better use of your smartphone?  Join Twin Cities journalists Ben Garvin and Julio Ojeda-Zapata for a workshop on April 21 in Minneapolis.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21.
Where: Indeed Brewing, 711 NE 15th Ave., Minneapolis.
(Ox taproom opens at 6 p.m.; workshop starts at 7 p.m.)

Garvin, an Emmy Award-winning multimedia photojournalist at KARE11 and an SPJ board member, and Ojeda-Zapata, a technology reporter and blogger at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, will share tips and apps that journalists can use to make better use of smartphones in their visual reporting.

Call for Applications: 2016 MNSPJ Student Scholarship

Attention college journalists: The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists (MNSPJ) is now accepting applications for its 2016 student scholarship.  This year, MNSPJ will award two $2,000 scholarships to students pursuing careers in broadcast, print or visual journalism.

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.  E-mail the additional application materials to minnesota.spj@gmail.com.  Here’s what’s required:

Application form, which can be found here
College transcript
Letter of recommendation
Essay (limited to 500 words): Why have you chosen journalism as a career?
Up to six samples of work: Provide a link to your portfolio, a PDF of clips or links to stories.
Applications must be received by May 1, 2016. No late submissions will be accepted.

Scholarship winners will be announced in May and will receive their awards at MNSPJ’s annual Page One Awards banquet. Questions? Email minnesota.spj@gmail.com.

MPR highlighted in March Sampler

Each month, SPJ’s Minnesota Sampler highlights a work of journalism from around the state.  One of the journalists highlighted in this month’s Sampler is Laura Yuen, Minnesota SPJ’s newest board member.  Below, read about the March installment and view the story:

Minnesota Public Radio, in an in-depth series of print and broadcast stories, photos and graphics, examined Minnesota’s high school graduation rate – including disparities for students of color.  Yuen, Brandt Williams, Tim Pugmire and Solvejg Wastvedt contributed to the report.

Here is a link: Minnesota’s Graduation Gap

Minnesota Sampler

Each month, SPJ’s Minnesota Sampler highlights a work of journalism from around the state.  Below, read about the February installment and view the story:

After recent reports raised questions about the overlapping roles of a state lawmaker, including his directorship of a foundation that provided scholarships for his children, Brianna Bierschbach at MinnPost decided to take a closer look at Minnesota’s complex conflict-of-interest reporting requirements.

Here is Bierschbach’s story: MinnPost