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Sunshine at the Statehouse: a March 29 event

Join MNSPJ for Sunshine at the Statehouse, a conversation about efforts to improve transparency in government. MinnPost legislative reporter Briana Bierschbach and Matt Ehling of the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information (MNCOGI) will discuss bills at the Legislature that would affect what information would be open to journalists and the public. Have a beer and hear about what’s happening this session.

DATE: Thursday, March 29
TIME: Doors open at 6 p.m. Panel at 6:30.
LOCATION: Grumpy’s in downtown Minneapolis
1111 South Washington Avenue

MNSPJ annual meeting July 18

The Minnesota Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will have its annual meeting 7 p.m.,  July 18 at The Cardinal Restaurant and Bar, 2920 E. 38th St., Minneapolis. All members are invited to attend.

MNSPJ invites you to the Page One Awards banquet

The Board of Directors of the Minnesota Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to invite you to the 2016 Page One Awards banquet, celebrating the best in Minnesota journalism.

This year’s banquet will be held June 15 at Town & Country Club in St. Paul. The event will start with a reception at 5:30 p.m., with dinner being served at 7 p.m.

Price for dinner this year will be $55 for non-SPJ members and just $40 for SPJ members — a $5 reduction from the cost in 2014 and 2015.

In addition to honoring the best in Minnesota journalism, MNSPJ will award two $2,000 scholarships. Funding those scholarships is the annual Silent Auction. If you can help us with items for our silent auction, please email Donations will be accepted through June 1 — and every bit helps us help upcoming journalists.

Keynoting this year’s banquet is 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.

To register for this year’s banquet, please complete this form by June 8, 2016. If you or your organization is interested in purchasing a table for the event — which comes at a discount on the non-member price — please email MNSPJ at

RSVP today!

MNSPJ partners with The Uptake for Tuesday night’s Conflict-Sensitive Video Journalism fellowship

The Minnesota Pro Chapter has partnered with The UpTake Institute to explore the role of journalists in covering conflict the evening of Tuesday, September 29 and Thursday, October 22.

These symposiums are part of The UpTake Institute’s Conflict-Sensitive Video Journalism Fellowship, a new 12-week educational program dedicated to enhancing five journalism fellows’ ability to report on the political, social, economic, and cultural conflict that impacts the civic well being of their communities through the unique power of video journalism.

Conflict-sensitive journalism borrows from conflict resolution research and practice to help journalists understand the many types of conflict—political, social, economic, cultural, religious—that they cover on a daily basis. In doing so, journalists can then operate with greater sensitivity and understanding of the role they play as writers, photographers and video journalists reporting on issues where conflict is a central feature. The goal for journalists should be to “minimize harm.” To do so, they must first understand what journalism practices are harmful and exacerbate conflict.

The Sept. 29 and Oct. 22 symposiums will be live streamed at from 7 to 9 p.m.

Download our first guest speaker Ross Howard’s “Handbook for Conflict-Sensitive Journalism” and register for the Sept. 29 symposium and the Oct. 22 symposium.

Page One Awards – May 19!

The 2015 Page One Banquet will celebrate the best in Minnesota journalism from 2014! 

morgenson190We are excited to welcome keynote speaker, Gretchen Morgenson, assistant business and financial editor and a columnist at the New York Times. Ms. Morgenson has covered the world financial markets for the Times since May 1998 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for her “trenchant and incisive” coverage of Wall Street.

Ms. Morgenson is the co-author of “Reckless Endangerment,” published by Times Books in 2011; author of “Forbes Great Minds Of Business,” published by John Wiley & Co., in 1997; and co-author of “The Woman’s Guide to the Stock Market,” published by Harmony Books in 1981.

Ms. Morgenson joined The Times as assistant business and financial editor in May 1998. Previously, she was assistant managing editor at Forbes magazine since rejoining the magazine in March 1996. Before that, she was the press secretary for the Forbes for President campaign from September 1995 to March 1996.

Born in State College, Penn., on January 2, 1956, Ms. Morgenson received a B.A. degree in English and history from Saint Olaf College, Northfield Minn., in 1976.

Date: Tuesday, May 19

Location:The Commons Hotel
615 Washington Avenue S.E.
Minneapolis, MN
Click here for directions

Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner served at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets sales ended on Tuesday, May 12. There’s a chance a few tickets may still be available. Please contact MN SPJ directly to check availability:


Seeking Gear for the Page One Silent Auction

Proceeds fund scholarships for journalism students.

By Christopher Snowbeck

The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists is collecting items for our seventh annual Page One Awards Silent Auction. 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.  The event is tentatively scheduled for mid-May (stay tuned for details) so now is the time to line-up donations. 

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 send an email to We thank you, in advance, for your generous donation!