Meet candidates for the 2020-21 MNSPJ Board

SPJ members in good standing should watch for an email on Monday, June 22, with your ballot to elect the 2020-21 board of directors at MNSPJ. Voting will end on Monday, July 20, with winners announced at the MNSPJ annual meeting.
Here are the candidates for three officer positions: president-elect; secretary; and treasurer. Emma Nelson, who was elected president-elect in 2019, will become president next month. Each of the newly elected officers will serve a one-year term; the new president-elect will serve as president from July 2021 to June 2022. There are four open seats for directors, each with two-year terms.

 

President-elect
Christopher Snowbeck
Bio: I’ve been a health care reporter since 1994, working at newspapers in Indiana, Virginia and Pennsylvania before returning to Minnesota in 2006. I worked at the Pioneer Press for eight years before being hired by the Star Tribune in 2014. Currently, I’m on the Star Tribune’s business desk, covering the business of health care. I’ve been a board member at MNSPJ since 2014.
Candidate Statement: It’s never been more important to explain and celebrate the work of journalists in Minnesota.  I’d like to return to the board to keep working on two key projects that were under way when COVID-19 disrupted life in Minnesota.  The board had just launched a great program called The Inside Scoop where reporters and editors visit high school classes to explain the work we do as journalists while teaching civic reasoning skills.  We need to continue and expand that work.  And then, after working to strengthen the Page One Awards contest in 2018-19, we were hoping to re-invent the Page One Awards banquet this spring.  I have great hopes for next year’s banquet, whether it be virtual or in-person.  There’s more work to be done on our technology platform for running the Page One Awards.  I have ideas for recruiting members to MNSPJ.  And I’d like to help the chapter do a better job communicating with journalists across the state.
 
Secretary
Taryn Phaneuf
Bio: Taryn Phaneuf is a digital journalist who cares about explaining what’s going on behind issues and trends, especially those that impact a person’s quality of life. She works as a data reporter and researcher at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and teaches at the University of Minnesota journalism school. She previously worked as an independent journalist covering food and agriculture, education, public health and other topics. Her work appears in MinnPostCrosscutThe AtlanticCivil Eats and The Inlander, among others. In addition to teaching an introductory course in news writing and reporting at the University of Minnesota, she returns each year as a writing coach to Mountain Workshops, a visual journalism bootcamp by Western Kentucky University.
Candidate Statement: I was lucky to have the opportunity to join the MNSPJ Board in the fall. Since then, I’ve seen the ways this organization advocates for free speech and a free press, educates the public and supports young journalists. I’m eager to be more involved in the coming year, which is why I’m asking for your vote to become a board officer and serve as secretary.  In that role, I will work to keep the board organized and accountable to MNSPJ’s mission and to bring fresh ideas and energy as we respond to important issues facing our industry.
 
Treasurer
Briana Bierschbach
Bio: My name is Briana Bierschbach and I’m running to be the treasurer of the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists. I’m a state government reporter at the Star Tribune who has spent a decade covering politics, starting part-time at the Minnesota Capitol for the Associated Press right out of college. I’ve also worked for MinnPost and MPR News. 
Candidate Statement: I’ve been a member of the SPJ since 2018 and took over as treasurer shortly after joining the board. Since then, I’ve helped keep track of our books, deliver financial reports to our national chapter and get checks to everyone from our scholarship recipients to our vendors who work with us to put on events in the community. I’m running for a second term as treasurer because I want to continue to be a part of the work SPJ does to help journalists succeed financially, particularly as many face setbacks like layoffs and limited freelance work during the coronavirus pandemic.  
 
Board Members (four open seats)
 
Brian Arola
Bio: I joined The Free Press in Mankato as a health and nonprofits reporter in 2016. While health remains my primary beat, my other coverage areas range from homelessness to city councils to refugee resettlement. Originally from the Iron Range in northern Minnesota, I started my journalism career at the Hibbing Daily Tribune after graduating from the University of Minnesota.
Candidate statement: As an outstate reporter, I’d be honored to bring a new voice to the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, an organization which so aligns with my values. The board’s work advocating for journalists is always important, but especially so now when attacks on the free press are so frequent and so many news organizations are struggling.  Working in Mankato and Hibbing solidified my passion for local news and the vital role journalists play in informing our communities. Running for a position on the board of directors is an opportunity to turn that passion into service. By promoting news media literacy, empowering future generations of journalists and highlighting the great work of my fellow journalists, I hope to carry on SPJ’s critical mission. 
 
Amy Forliti
Biography: I am a reporter with The Associated Press, focusing on national news stories, law enforcement and courts. Most recently I have been involved in the coverage of COVID-19 and high-profile police shootings and fatalities, including the deaths of George Floyd, Justine Ruszczyk Damond and Philando Castile. Over the years, I have also worked on terrorism recruiting of Somali youth in Minnesota, the pipe bombing of a local mosque, the investigation into Prince’s death, a nightclub fire that killed 100 people, the Interstate 35W bridge collapse and Hurricane Katrina. In 2013, I worked on a project to create new job training and development opportunities for AP staff worldwide. My prior work history includes a stint as the supervisory correspondent (manager/editor) in the AP’s Rhode Island bureau, reporting at the AP in Indianapolis, copy editing at the Star Tribune, reporting at the Chippewa Herald and producing at WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, Wis.
Statement: I feel lucky to have been a part of the MNSPJ Board for the last two years, and I would be honored to continue serving in this role for another term. The advocacy work that the Minnesota chapter of SPJ does is critical at a time when journalists have faced physical violence, the threat of arrest or have lost their jobs due to COVID-related budget cuts. In these challenging times, I believe the role of journalists is more important than ever, and I have been proud to be part of an organization that helps hard-working journalists fight for access to information as they continue to hold people accountable and tell the truth. And as a board member, I would like to continue promoting responsible journalism practices, find ways to bring more diverse voices to the table and work on educating the public about the importance of quality journalism. Thank you for the opportunity.
 
Katie Galioto
Biography: I’m a reporter for the Star Tribune based in the paper’s Duluth bureau, where I cover local governments, schools and a little bit of everything else. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and attended college at the University of Notre Dame, where I caught the journalism bug. After graduating in 2018, I had intern stints at the Chicago Tribune and Politico before returning to Minnesota to start exploring and telling the stories in the Northland.
Statement: Journalists in Minnesota today are doing crucial, historic work while simultaneously facing unprecedented challenges — financial difficulties, physical threats, a need for more rigorous fact-checking to hold those in power accountable and outreach to earn the trust of communities that feel overlooked. I want to join the SPJ board because I believe the work this network produces is vital to this state. I’ve looked to SPJ for wisdom and resources multiple times in my young career, and I’d like to amplify the society’s mission in the Duluth region, particularly for aspiring journalists in northern Minnesota.
 
Nate Gotlieb
Bio: Nate is a journalist at the Southwest Journal community newspaper in Minneapolis, where he covers schools, development, environmental topics and community news. Previously, he was a reporter at the Mankato Free Press, an intern at the St. Cloud Times and part of the digital team at Fox Sports North. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he wrote for the Minnesota Daily’s sports department.
Candidate Statement: Nate is running for the SPJ board because he’s passionate about local news and maintaining a free and vigorous press. He appreciates the impact journalism can have on a community and the news organizations in the Twin Cities doing such critical work. Nate is also passionate about digital journalism, learning new tools and helping future generations of journalists. He hopes to help foster and maintain connections between journalists during a time of physical distancing if elected to the board. 
 
Fred Melo
Bio: A Boston boy who lost his way and landed far from home, Frederick Melo has been a reporter with the St. Paul Pioneer Press since January 2005. He resides in a 1916 St. Paul home with his St. Paul-reared wife and their two St. Paul children.
Candidate Statement: It’s been an honor to serve on the board of MNSPJ these past four years, including spending the last three years as a board officer (Secretary). It’s a small little torch and it’s time to pass it. I’m asking for your vote to re-elect me to the board. For Secretary, I wholeheartedly nominate and endorse Taryn Phaneuf, who will do an excellent job as Secretary. 
I’ve worked hard on efforts to connect younger folks to MNSPJ, to jobs, to scholarships, to our national conference and to the good work that journalists do. For three years I have co-chaired our scholarship committee, which awarded $3,500 in funds to college students this year. I recently spoke to the college SPJ chapter and co-chaired a public zoom discussion with them on diversity in the media. For four years, I’ve overseen Intern Night at WCCO, a networking event that draws a wide range of media employers for a panel discussion with college students each October. I’m not sure how we will pull it off this year, but I promise to find a way! 
For the past two years, I’ve organized autumn Media Mixers at St. Paul taprooms. How will we pull that off this year? Two words: No idea! Give me a minute to think about it, and please give me your vote!
 
Nina Moini
Bio/Candidate Statement: Thank you for considering me for this opportunity to represent and advocate for Minnesota journalists. I have been reporting in Minnesota for the past seven years for WCCO-TV and most recently, MPR News. Before that, I was a multi-media journalist for WBBH/WZVN-TV in Southwest Florida for two years. I am also a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and fully realize I may lose some votes for sharing that!  I got my first shot as a reporter at 16 years old through a magazine show for teens on KARE 11 called The Whatever Show. I am proud that our state’s exceptional professional journalists really helped raise me. With that foundation, I was able to go on to report on a wide range of stories and fortunate to catch a few awards along the way. It is important to celebrate our hard work and service to the public, but also important to facilitate a community for journalists to be heard and supported. I believe community is especially needed in these times of (more than usual) under-staffing, attacks on journalists/news organizations, and financial problems.
As an Iranian-American immigrant kid growing up in Apple Valley, I gravitated toward journalism because I truly believe we are all more alike than different. I believe the best storytelling captures our deepest commonalities. I aim to help Minnesotans talk across differences and enrich their own lives. I am also passionate about making this industry one that is accessible to young reporters who come from all backgrounds and especially those who may not have the family means to make it in this business early on. I would be honored to help us advocate for ourselves and the future of our industry.
 
Tyler Newman
Bio: I’ve worked with print and digital newsrooms in Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and Seattle. Publications include: the Associated Press, the Growler, Leafly, and Public Radio International. 
Candidate Statement: Most of my contributions to journalism have been done on a freelance basis. For some, this is a way of gathering clips, but for me it was a way to train flexibility about where I contributed my work, as well as a way to retain control over what I wrote about. 
Freelance journalism is on the rise. Practitioners of our craft are turning to it for a number of reasons. As a member of the SPJ’s national freelance committee, I’ve worked with fellow freelancers across the country, learned more about their unique achievements and struggles, and tried to address them with the committee. 
As a member of the Minnesota SPJ pro chapter, I would use this accumulated experience, and the input of members of SPJ in Minnesota, to fight for freelancers in my own state. Access to press credentials, protection under shield laws and other legal protections for journalists, and equitable contracts — are all matters that I would like to address with the talented journalists of our Minnesota board. 
Journalism must adapt to the changing world around it. Accommodating the industry for it’s growing ranks of freelancers, echoing a broader trend in the U.S. labor market, is a pillar of that transformation. 
While it’s not the only reform that must come to our field, it’s the one I have the most experience with. For the rest that must come, I rely on the experience of my fellow board members, journalists around the state, and the public, so that the free press remains an effective institution in the digital age. 
  

Journalists Celebrate Page One Awards with first virtual Ceremony

More than 100 people tuned in Tuesday for the first-ever virtual ceremony to recognize winners of the Page One Awards, the annual journalism contest sponsored by the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists (MNSPJ).

 

You can watch a replay of the event at MNSPJ’s YouTube page.

 

Marianne Combs of MPR News earned recognition as Journalist of the Year for reporting on sexual abuse at the Children’s Theater Company.  Story of the Year went to KARE 11 for an investigation into prosecutions hobbled by untested rape kits.  Journalists at the Star Tribune were honored with Best Use of Public Records for detailing how families struggle to obtain benefits for children with complex medical needs.

 

Health concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic prompted MNSPJ to honor journalists during an online ceremony, in lieu of the the annual Page One Awards banquet. Tane Danger, co-founder of the The Theater of Public Policy, hosted the event, which featured comments from keynote speaker Samara Freemark, co-creator and senior producer of AMP Reports’ investigative podcast “In the Dark.” 

 

Before and during Tuesday’s event, donors contributed more than $1,300 to a fund that will help journalists impacted by the economic turmoil with COVID-19.  MNSPJ is contributing $500 to the fund, as well.  Those in need are encouraged to apply for a small grant.

 

Attorney Leita Walker received the Peter S. Popovich Award, which is presented annually by the MNSPJ board to the person or organization that exemplifies the fight for First Amendment rights. In her video acceptance, Walker wore a Superman shirt in honor of John Borger, a pre-eminent First Amendment attorney who passed away late last year.

 

MNSPJ also presented Pioneer Press columnist Ruben Rosario with a lifetime achievement award. Rosario announced earlier this year his retirement plans after decades of work in the Twin Cities and New York.

 

Page One Award winners have been posted to the MNSPJ website with finalists grouped across nine divisions: large newspapers; small newspapers; magazines; large television newsrooms; small television newsrooms; radio; online; photography; and special awards

 

MNSPJ will make arrangements this summer for distribution of plaques and certificates.  The contest was judged by journalists coordinated by the Society of Professional Journalists – Colorado Professional chapter.

 

 

And the 2020 Page One Awards go to…

Thanks to all journalists who joined MNSPJ on Tuesday for the first-ever virtual ceremony for the Page One Awards. All winners have now been posted to the website — use these links to navigate categories. Congratulations!

2020 Page One Awards — Special Award Winners

2020 Page One Awards in Newspaper Journalism (circulation >50,000)

2020 Page One Awards in Newspaper Journalism (circulation <50,000)

2020 Page One Awards in Magazine Journalism

2020 Page One Awards in Television Journalism (>50 newsroom employees)

2020 Page One Awards in Television Journalism (<50 newsroom employees)

2020 Page One Awards in Radio Journalism

2020 Page One Awards in Online Journalism

 

2020 Page One Awards in Photography

2020 Page One Awards — Special Award Winners

MNSPJ congratulates all the winners recognized Tuesday night at the annual Page One Awards!  Here’s a list of special award winners.

 

7A. Young Journalist of the Year [Special] First Place Ryan Faircloth St. Paul Pioneer Press Young Journalist of the Year A reporter who raises his hand to not only tackle new challenges but turn them into great stories, Ryan Faircloth rose to the top in category crowded with great young journalists. His drive and energy are what this industry needs to keep readers interested in newspapers.
7B. Journalist of the Year [Special] First Place Marianne Combs MPR News   Ms. Combs’ work on the decades-old sexual abuse that occurred at the children’s theater was like revealing a piece of history that had been buried. It was obvious that she put a ton of work and compassion into finding and interviewing her subjects and asking them to talk about a sensitive subject. This journalism was a service to the community and to sexual assault survivors everywhere. Well done.
7C. Story of the Year [Special] First Place Brandon

A.J.

Steve

Gary

Stahl

Lagoe

Eckert

Knox

KARE 11 The Untested Incisive, thorough reporting presented in a riveting manner.
             
             
  Second Place Sam Easter Grand Forks Herald Outside Chances  
  Third Place Newsroom   Star Tribune Intense blaze in high-rise kills 5  
7D. Best Use of Public Records [Special] First Place Chris

Glenn

Serres

Howatt

Star Tribune Chaotic Care An immense amount of effort clearly went into this project, not only in public records requests and data visualizations but also in interviewing and working with affected families. That time resulted in a data-driven piece that still strikes at the emotions. Well done.
             
  Second Place Tony Webster MPR News How did the police know you were near a crime scene? Google told them.  
             
7E. Best Beat Reporting [Special] First Place Riham Feshir MPR News Riham Feshir on immigration Feshir’s reporting on immigration — an important topic to everyone in the United States — is hard-hitting and compelling. Excellent work.
  Second Place A.J.

Steve

Gary

Lagoe

Eckert

Knox

KARE 11 On the Veteran Beat  
             
             
  Third Place Libor Jany Star Tribune Libor Jany  
7F. Freedom of Information Award [Special] First Place     Grand Forks Herald Seeking public records in Roosevelt, Minn., other smaller cities Good job pressing officials to produce public records, even after they failed to do so for a records audit.
             

 

2020 Page One Awards in Newspaper Journalism (circulation >50,000)

MNSPJ congratulates all the winners recognized Tuesday night at the annual Page One Awards!  Here’s a list of winners for excellence in newspaper journalism (circulation over 50,000).

1A. Breaking News Coverage [Newspaper] First Place Newsroom Newsroom Star Tribune The Cedar Riverside fire The stories in this entry captured both the human emotion when dealing with fire fatalities and the necessary investigative pieces about the lack of sprinklers that may have contributed to the lethality of the fire.
  Second Place Emma Nelson Star Tribune Coverage of the firing of 5 St. Paul Police officers  
    Randy Furst      
    James Walsh      
  Third Place Bob Shaw St. Paul Pioneer Press Water Gremlin pollution control  
1B. Deadline News Coverage [Newspaper] First Place Chao Xiong Star Tribune Guilty of Murder A colorfully crafted story that took the reader inside the courtroom defined the coverage, but the other package elements added important depth and context that made this team effort stand out.
    Libor

Matt

 Jany

DeLong

     
1C. Feature Writing [Newspaper] First Place John Reinan Star Tribune John Reinan feature writing What an interesting and diverse trio of features. Reinan transports his readers to different locales to learn about Minnesotans.
  Second Place Richard Chin Star Tribune Shooting the waves; Shrimply amazing; At holiday haunted houses, scary is always in season  
  Third Place Rachel Hutton Star Tribune Rachel Hutton  
1D. Enterprise/In-Depth (Single story) [Newspaper] First Place Jeremy Olson Star Tribune Minnesota’s rural hospitals are hanging on — for now Excellent, thorough reporting on an issue with significant impact on rural Minnesota. Since this is the enterprise/in-depth category, it should be noted that the photos by Leila Navidi and graphics by C.J. Sinner and Raymond Grumney also helped complement the overall effect of the story.
  Second Place Tad Vezner St. Paul Pioneer Press St. Paul man’s catch-22 shows impact of ‘accelerated foreclosure’ on the poor  
  Third Place Greta Kaul MinnPost Are Minnetonka Public Schools secretly monitoring students’ social media posts  
1E. Enterprise/In-Depth (Series) [Newspaper] First Place Jennifer Bjorhus Star Tribune Warm Front Series includes a range of topics showing the effect of climate change on a variety of issues that impact a wide population. Excellent work!
    Greg Stanley      
  Second Place Judy Keen Star Tribune Proving Ground  
    Glen Stubbe      
  Third Place Eric Roper Star Tribune Mall of America’s creative water park financing  
1F. Investigative [Newspaper] First Place Chris Serres Star Tribune Chaotic Care I really like how in each of these stories, the issues are told through the voices of individuals experiencing them firsthand. This not only better illustrates the problem but shows the reader why it matters.
    Glen Howatt      
    Richard Tsong-Taatarii      
  Second Place Emma Nelson Star Tribune Coverage of St. Paul’s Department of Safety and Inspections  
  Third Place Joe Carlson Star Tribune Minnesota Blue Cross scrambles to boost cyberdefenses  
1G. Business News Coverage [Newspaper] First Place Adam Belz Star Tribune Organics detective Fascinating, in-depth story with impressive reach. Home site was also beautifully created.
  Second Place Christopher Snowbeck Star Tribune Coverage of UnitedHealth Group  
  Third Place Deanna Weniger St. Paul Pioneer Press Pssst…Wanna buy a Krispy Kreme doughnut?  
1H. Sports News Coverage [Newspaper] First Place Chris Tomasson St. Paul Pioneer Press Selected Stories The selection of stories aptly displayed the writer’s ability to infuse a variety of topics with unique angles. Chris Tomasson has a rare ability to turn a phrase, recognize a resonant quote and write with both enthusiasm and restraint. His work was clearly the best in the field.
1I. Sports Feature Writing [Newspaper] First Place Chip Scoggins Star Tribune Jake Sullivan still has his shot With engaging and immersive prose, Scoggins takes you right into the heart and soul of his subjects. He leads with interest-piquing introductions and continues to reveal information about people and topics in a metered, organic way that is fun and intuitive for readers.
  Second Place Rachel Blount Star Tribune Rachel Blount entry, three sports features  
  Third Place Megan Ryan Star Tribune Tyler Johnson: Pride of the Northside; Photography is more than a casual hobby for Gophers wide receiver Demetrius Douglas; Personal chef: Gophers leading scorer Rem Pitlick took healthy eating into his own hands  
1J. Sports Columns [Newspaper] First Place Chip Scoggins Star Tribune  Firing, abrupt at first glance, was long overdue Knowledgeable and informative on a diverse subjects, great visual storytelling that makes for a good read.
  Second Place Pat Borzi MinnPost Sports columns  
1K. Arts & Entertainment Coverage [Newspaper] First Place Frederick Melo St. Paul Pioneer Press 3 immigrant art exhibits: Armenian massacre, slain Mexican journalists and Caravan Captivating. These stories exhibit a penchant for deep reporting and emotional prose, getting to the heart of the artists behind the work, the stories behind the art.
  Second Place Susan Du City Pages The Smear: A career-killing lie almost ruined this rising Minneapolis dance star  
  Third Place Jon Bream Star Tribune VocalEssence founder networked his way to global greatness over 50 years; From Eagles to Elton, classic songs are packing boomers into Twin Cities nightspots; How Tony Bennett and other singers preserve their voices as they age  
1L. Arts Criticism/Reviews [Newspaper] First Place Keith Harris City Pages Robyn offers shortcuts to ecstasy at her euphoric Palace performance Witty, compelling and honest. Harris makes the reader feel like they’re apart of the live show experience, getting to know these performers for themselves. Excellent work.
  Second Place Jon Bream Star Tribune Mexican superstar Luis Miguel delivers a vocal and visual triumph in St. Paul; A Thank-U note after Ariana Grande’s St. Paul concert; Tony Bennett thrills multi-generational crowd with old-school cool  
  Third Place Rick Nelson Star Tribune Rick Nelson  
1M. Columns [Newspaper] First Place Jennifer Brooks Star Tribune Jennifer Brooks “The worst part is we are going to forget.” With that single opening sentence, Brooks brings readers into an unflinching piece about gun violence that let’s the horror speak for itself. In doing so, she demands readers acknowledge the awful truth of that opening sentence. Brooks’s columns here are grounded in humanity and in the kind of reporting that allows readers connection with the subject.
  Second Place Ruben Rosario St. Paul Pioneer Press Ruben Rosario’s columns  
  Third Place Laurie Hertzel Star Tribune Bookmark  
1N. Editorial and Commentary [Newspaper] First Place  Jill

Scott

David

Burcum

Gillespie

Banks

Star Tribune Not this mine. Not this location. Very solid local, editorial board generated opinion piece. Nice to see such depth given to a local editorial/newspaper commentary. Well done!
  Second Place D.J. Tice Star Tribune D.J. TICE COLUMN (OPED PAGE)  
  Third Place  Anna Thompson Hajdik Minnpost The Mayo Clinic Prioritizes Profits Over Patients As Rural Communities Are Left Behind  
1O. Graphics/Art and Illustration [Newspaper] First Place Jay St. Pierre Star Tribune Man of La Bomba Excellent use of space. Typography is easily readable. Nice use of hierarchy, font, and sizing. Illustration really catches the readers attention. Great use of color.
    Evgeny Parfenov      
    Greg Mees      
  Second Place Thomas

Jay

Oide

St. Pierre

Star Tribune Bomba-stic bashing  
1P. Page Design [Newspaper] First Place Greg Mees Star Tribune Mueller Report: Drawing a Picture Excellent use of typography. Nice hierarchy. Good use of spacing and content.
  Second Place Josh  Jones Star Tribune Odyssey Ahead  
1Q. Headlines [Newspaper] First Place Amy Kuebelbeck Star Tribune Headlines – Kuebelbeck These headlines matched each story or photo perfectly. No other headline would have been appropriate for “unwanted horse guest.”
  Second Place Jim Anderson Star Tribune Headlines by staff  
    Maren Longbella      
    Lisa Legge      
  Third Place Catherine Preus Star Tribune Headlines Catherine Preus 1  
1R. Best Issue [Newspaper] First Place     Star Tribune May 1, 2019 The Wednesday, May 1 edition of the Star Tribune featured an in depth look at a local verdict, the impact of Republican politicking and a feature on the Cub store. All in all, a fine edition that fully represents the local reporting that every Star Tribune reader deserves. Local stories were well crafted, well balanced. The photography, and the art, was well placed. I congratulate the many hands which went into producing this excellent edition.
  Second Place     Star Tribune Sept. 21, 2019  

2020 Page One Awards in Newspaper Journalism (circulation <50,000)

MNSPJ congratulates all the winners recognized Tuesday night at the annual Page One Awards!  Here’s a list of winners for excellence in newspaper journalism (circulation under 50,000).

 

1A. Breaking News Coverage [Newspaper] First Place Tess Williams Grand Forks Herald Man steals car, dies in I-29 crash These stories had good follow-up and asked the right questions. I thought it was important that these articles mentioned that it was unclear why officers initially arrived on the scene and drew attention to the missing body camera footage.
             
  Second Place Emily Allen Grand Forks Herald Bright future for the Base  
  Third Place Kristine Goodrich Mankato Free Press March standoff  
    Pat Christman      
1B. Deadline News Coverage [Newspaper] First Place Emily Allen Grand Forks Herald Bright future for GF Air Force Base The clear, crisp writing and variety of voices elevated the story above the crowd.
  Second Place Tim Krohn Mankato Free Press Flooding in Henderson, Garden City  
    Brian Arola      
  Third Place Adam Kurtz Grand Forks Herald Kittsona seeks deal with city on rent  
1C. Feature Writing [Newspaper] First Place Tim Krohn Mankato Free Press Tim Krohn features on refugees and sawmill Well written, interesting, compelling feature stories.
  Second Place Nate Gotlieb Southwest Journal This is Me and others  
  Third Place Pamela Knudson Grand Forks Herald Art Grabowski receives French Legion of Merit Award  
1D. Enterprise/In-Depth (Single story) [Newspaper] First Place Brian Arola Mankato Free Press Homelessness Address Unknown Excellent reporting, very thorough with lots of sources and human interest.
  Second Place Ann Bailey Grand Forks Herald EMTs, rural emergency  
  Third Place Zac Farber Southwest Journal Training aims to make Minneapolis cops more compassionate  
1E. Enterprise/In-Depth (Series) [Newspaper] First Place Brian Johnson Finance & Commerce Minnesota’s Shadow Workforce Nice work bringing this issue out of the shadows with thorough reporting, extensive interviews and heart-wrenching examples of the people affected by this issue.
  Second Place Nick Halter Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Help Wanted  
    Dylan Thomas      
    Matt Haesly      
    Dirk DeYoung      
  Third Place Hannah Shirley Grand Forks Herald GF Safari Market search and seizure  
1G. Business News Coverage [Newspaper] First Place Andrew Hazzard Southwest Journal Business coverage Nice lede and an interesting topic. Very nice detail and well-sourced.
  Second Place Frank Jossi Finance & Commerce Sustainable: Opportunity zones could boost clean energy  
  Third Place William Morris Finance & Commerce Business News — William Morris  
1H. Sports News Coverage [Newspaper] First Place Tom Miller Grand Forks Herald Self-inflicted wound: UND faces backlash over Ray Richards It was refreshing to see a smaller paper take advantage of public records the way the Herald did in shining a light on the missteps surrounding a golf course and the UND men’s golf program. This was solid investigative work by Miller and Mook that served the public well by making administrators accountable for their questionable actions. With ever-diminishing resources, small papers that can do this kind of work — especially in the sports section — remind the public why great local journalism is indispensable.
    Sydney Mook      
  Second Place Shane Frederick Mankato Free Press Shane Frederick hockey preview, championship gamer  
  Third Place Brad Schlossman Grand Forks Herald Jantuinen opens up on last season  
1I. Sports Feature Writing [Newspaper] First Place Brad Schlossman Grand Forks Herald Persistence Pays The blend of narrative details and feature-style educational prose makes this profile as much about a Twin Cities sanitation worker as it is about a community that rallies behind a shared love for the sport of hockey. A rich and reassuring read!
  Second Place Tom Miller Grand Forks Herald Rising Above  
  Third Place Shane Frederick Mankato Free Press Sound Player  
1J. Sports Columns [Newspaper] First Place Wayne Nelson Grand Forks Herald Good Times Ahead  
  Second Place Brad Schlossman Grand Forks Herald One of a Kind  
  Third Place Tom Miller Grand Forks Herald The football budget math doesn’t add up  
1K. Arts & Entertainment Coverage [Newspaper] First Place Zac Farber Southwest Journal Home in the Woods and More Lengthy, detailed community profiles from print, art and other art circles. Just what you’re looking for in local arts coverage.
  Second Place Harry Colbert Insight News Clubs that shaped the ‘Minneapolis Sound’  
1L. Arts Criticism/Reviews [Newspaper] First Place Max Sparber Absolute Bleeding Edge High Life, Starvation Mode, Strong writing shows the writer’s knowledge about the subject material. These arts columns are an interesting read, even for those who might not be familiar with the author, musician, etc.
1M. Columns [Newspaper] First Place Tim Krohn Mankato Free Press   Nice job weaving in memories with current news and observations. Easy to read style and an overall enjoyable read. Really nice variety of subjects with great visual details.
  Second Place Jim Walsh Southwest Journal    
  Third Place Robb Murray Mankato Free Press    
1N. Editorial and Commentary [Newspaper] First Place Kathy Vos Mankato Free Press Kathy Vos editorials Very strong editorial about the insulin cost issue and the irresponsible Facebook video posted by state Rep. Jeremy Munson. Well done!
  Second Place Brian Hunhoff Yankton County Observer Three Brian J. Hunhoff editorials  
  Third Place  Joe  Spear Mankato Free Press Editorials June 21, July 21, Sept. 15  
1O. Graphics/Art and Illustration [Newspaper] First Place Tim Montgomery River Falls Journal Trumptoons Excellent illustrations that capture the truth wilts giving its viewers a laugh.
  Second Place Valerie Moe Southwest Journal Graphics/Art and Illustration – Valerie Moe  
1P. Page Design [Newspaper] First Place Matt Haesly Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal The Beer Boom is Over Excellent use of space and typography. Hierarchy is really shown here. The use of colors brings it all together.
  Second Place Valerie Moe Southwest Journal Page Design – A Culture of Street Art  
1Q. Headlines [Newspaper] First Place Mark Reilly Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Headlines, print/web Engaging headlines that draw the reader in and start telling the story before the first paragraph.
  Second Place Brian Hunhoff Yankton County Observer Three Observer headlines  
    Dave Wyland      
1R. Best Issue [Newspaper] First Place     Grand Forks Herald Dec. 8, 2019 Overall, solid reporting and writing throughout the entire paper. Really great design and layout throughout: Simple, nice flow of stories. Great use of art, great printing and great use and planning of color.
  Second Place     Southwest Journal Aug. 22 – Sept. 4, 2019  
  Third Place     Mankato Free Press May 19, 2019