Minnesota SPJ also honored long-time First Amendment and public access champion Jane Kirtley with the 2011 Peter S. Popovich Award for Freedom of Information. Kirtley is director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law. She is an outspoken advocate for the public’s right to access government to hold elected and administrative officials accountable. She pushes for openness and transparency in the United States and abroad. She recently returned from Azerbaijan where she advocated for American First Amendment-style reforms for the struggling government.
“There isn’t one single event or action that we as a board could point to in nominating Jane for this award, but rather her impressive body of work, throughout her career, is worthy of notice,” said Minnesota SPJ President Sarah Bauer at Tuesday evening’s award banquet.
Governor Mark Dayton was the keynote speaker at the annual Page One Banquet, where the winners were announced. Dayton spoke about the need to protect Minnesota’s education system, his frustration with what he portrays as inflexible freshmen Republican legislators, and his surprise at the media interest in his dog, Wanamingo.
About the Page One Awards
The Minnesota Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honors the best in journalism each year with the Page One Awards. The entries are all shipped to different cities for judging to avoid conflict of interest. The 2011 awards entries were judged in Seattle, Detroit and Connecticut.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to name Minnesota Public Radio News as the recipient of its New America Award, which honors work that explores and exposes issues of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities living in the U.S.
The entry, “Civil War Kids: Young Somalis in Minnesota,” was chosen based on the extensive work of Laura Yuen, Laura McCallum and Mike Edgerly. The three-part series offers a timely and unflinching look at the continuing violence rippling throughout Minnesota’s Somali community, as well as the vulnerabilities, challenges and triumphs of its youth.
The first part of the series focuses on both gang violence and the radicalization of a small segment of young men in the Twin Cities. The second piece explores the rarely discussed issue of mental health in the community and the post-traumatic stress from the experiences of war. The final installment sheds light the successes of young Somali-Americans who are thriving in school and giving back to the local community. Continue reading →
The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists cordially invites you to attend the 2011 Page One Awards Banquet, honoring the best in Minnesota journalism from 2010. Governor Mark Dayton will be this year’s keynote speaker, continuing a long-standing tradition of first-term governors addressing SPJ’s annual awards banquet.
Date: Tuesday, June 7th
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.
$40 for SPJ Members**
$50 for non-members
**SPJ members may purchase up to two meal tickets at the member rate.
The Page One Awards honor the best in journalism from across the state. At this event, we will also present awards to our Minnesota SPJ Student Scholarship recipients and the 2011 Peter S. Popovich Award, MN SPJ’s most prestigious award, honoring a person or organization that exemplifies the fight for First Amendment Rights.