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2012 PAGE ONE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED


Minnesota SPJ congratulates all 2012 Page One Award winners and would like to thank everyone who made the annual celebration a huge success.  A full list of contest winners is published below (in Excel or Word format).

A hard-charging courts reporter, an expose of a questionable Duluth doctor and a fast-paced look at an urban natural disaster are among the more than 180 journalists and their work honored at the 2012 Page One Awards Banquet.

The Minnesota Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists also bestowed its annual Peter S. Popovich Freedom of Information Award on Star Tribune reporters Richard Meryhew and Glenn Howatt. They used public documents and the power of their writing to pry into a pattern of inaction by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice that potentially endangers patients. Their series of articles (beginning Feb. 5, 2012) includes a state-by-state comparison and an online searchable database of doctors.

Among the top awards, judges deemed the Duluth News Tribune’s Brandon Stahl the Journalist of the Year. Among other things Stahl and fellow writer Mark Stodghill completed an investigation of a doctor that started as a records request in 2006. The Star Tribune’s Abby Simons was named the Young Journalist of the Year.

CBS News Correspondent/co-host of “CBS This Morning: Saturday” and Minnesota native Rebecca Jarvis was the keynote speaker at the annual banquet.  Jarvis talked about the high journalistic standards her mother, Gail MarksJarvis imparted on her from a young age; shared memorable stories from her journalism career; and even talked about her experience competing on Season 4 of The Apprentice.

In addition to celebrating the 2012 Award winners, MN SPJ awarded two $2,400 scholarships to collegiate journalists Grace Webb from Minnesota State University-Mankato and Lindsey Branwall from State Cloud State University.  Thanks to the generosity of attendees, the chapter also raised $2,700 for its student scholarship fund at the 4th Annual MN SPJ Silent Auction.

The annual MN SPJ Page One Awards are judged by journalists in other states. This year’s entries were judged by print, online, magazine, radio and television reporters in Washington state, Michigan, Wisconsin and New England.

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

Full Winners List (Word Format)
Full Winners List (Excel Format)

Donate to Minnesota SPJ’s Page One Silent Auction

The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists is collecting items for our fourth annual Page One Awards Silent Auction on Tuesday, June 19th. All the proceeds will benefit MNSPJ’s Student Scholarship fund, which helps us provide scholarships to journalism students to help pay for their education.

We are looking for media outlets, businesses, restaurants, event centers, sports teams, and anyone that has cool swag to donate items for this great auction with a great purpose.

The silent auction will take place in conjunction with our Page One Awards banquet on Tuesday, June 19 at the Town & Country Club in St. Paul, MN. We must receive your pledge no later than Friday, June 15th.

Items we are looking for include (but are not limited to):
-tickets to sporting events, concerts, shows, or local attractions;
-gift certificates;
-gift baskets/prize packs;
-autographed memorabilia (sports gear, photos, books, etc.);
-items from local businesses;
-dinner and/or hotel packages; and
-”swag” packages with local celebrities.

If you would like to donate an item to MNSPJ’s Page One Silent Auction, please fill out the form below. We thank you, in advance, for your generous donation!

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2012 Page One Awards Banquet Set for June 19th; Rebecca Jarvis to be Keynote Speaker

The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists cordially invites you to attend the 2012 Page One Awards Banquet, honoring the best in Minnesota journalism from 2011.

Our keynote speaker will be Rebecca Jarvis, co-host of “CBS This Morning: Saturday” and business/economics correspondent for CBS News. Jarvis, a Minneapolis native, began working for CBS News in 2010. Prior to that, she worked as a business journalist for CNBC, Crain’s Chicago Business, and Business 2.0. Jarvis is a 2003 graduate of the University of Chicago.

Date: Tuesday, June 19th
Place: Town & Country Club
(300 Mississippi River Blvd. N., St. Paul, Minn.)
Time: Reception begins at 5:00 p.m.
Dinner served at 6:00 p.m.

Cost:
$40 for SPJ Members**
$50 for non-members
**SPJ members may purchase up to two meal tickets at the member rate. Become a member.

Please RSVP by June 8. Attendance is not limited to award winners; anyone may attend.
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2012 Page One Awards Submission Period Closed

Thank you to everyone who entered the 2012 Page One Awards contest. The submission period is closed.

Contest winners should be notified the week of May 14.

Please stay tuned for special announcements regarding the 2012 Page One Awards Banquet.

Feel free to contact MN SPJ with any questions: minnesota.spj (at) gmail.com

MN SPJ Announces 2012 Page One Awards

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

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 2011 calendar year is eligible. Entries must be submitted by Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. The fee is $20 per entry.

Contest winners will be honored at MN SPJ’s Page One Banquet, an annual spring event celebrating excellence in Minnesota journalism.

MN SPJ encourages collegiate journalists to enter student work in SPJ’s Mark of Excellence Awards. Submission deadline for that contest is January 25, 2012.

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Contact: minnesota.spj@gmail.com

2012 Page One Awards: Contest Guidelines

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • The fee is $20 per entry.
  • Entries must be submitted no later than Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.
  • All work published or broadcast during the 2011 calendar year is eligible.
  • Journalists (including freelancers and contract employees) working for all print, broadcast and online news outlets in Minnesota (or news outlets in neighboring states that cover Minnesota) are eligible to enter.
  • We encourage collegiate journalists to enter student work in SPJ’s Mark of Excellence Awards. Submission deadline is January 25, 2012.
  • An individual can submit only one entry per category. Exceptions: 1) if a second entry is a multiple-byline entry; or 2) if it is submitted by his/her employer because they could not agree on a single entry.
  • Entries will be judged by journalism professionals outside Minnesota.
  • Judges may move an entry from one category to another.
  • Up to three winners may be chosen for each category. Judges may choose not to name a winner in any category.
  • Entries will not be returned.
  • Awards Presentation: Winners will be announced in the spring of 2012 and honored during MN SPJ’s annual Page One Awards Banquet. Date and location, TBD.

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