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One Last Deadline Extension — to Monday, Feb. 22

MNSPJ has decided to make one last — super final — deadline extension for the 2021 Page One Awards.

Entries for this year’s contest  can be submitted until 12 noon on Monday, Feb. 22. You can find the entry form here.  Click these links for information on categories and rules.  

Good luck!

page one award deadline extended to friday, feb. 19

MNSPJ is making one more extension to the deadline for submissions to the annual Page One Awards, with submissions now due by Friday, Feb. 19. The price of a contest entry is $22.

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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 2020 calendar year is eligible. Entries must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 19. 

The format for the awards ceremony will be announced later.

Important Links:

Please contact MNSPJ with any questions: minnesota.spj@gmail.com

Applications Open for Student Journalism Scholarships

Attention college journalists: The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists (MNSPJ) is now accepting applications for its 2021 student scholarship. This year, MNSPJ will award one $2,500 scholarship to a student pursuing a career in broadcast, print, online or visual journalism. A second winner will receive $1,000.
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. Email the additional application materials to minnesota.spj@gmail.com. Here’s what’s required:
Application form, which can be found here 
Resume
College transcript (unofficial transcript is fine)
Letter of recommendation
Essay (limited to 500 words): Why have you chosen journalism as a career?
Up to six samples of work via a link to your portfolio, a PDF of clips or story URLs
Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on April 12, 2021. No late submissions will be accepted. The scholarship winners will be announced prior to MNSPJ’s annual Page One Awards banquet, where recipients will receive their awards.
Questions? Email minnesota.spj@gmail.com.

Page One Award Deadline Extended to Monday, Feb. 15

MNSPJ is extending the deadline for submissions to the annual Page One Awards until Monday, Feb. 15. The price of a contest entry is $22.

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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 2020 calendar year is eligible. Entries must be submitted by Monday, Feb. 15. 

The format for the awards ceremony will be announced later.

Important Links:

Please contact MNSPJ with any questions: minnesota.spj@gmail.com

2021 Page One Awards — Now Accepting Entries!

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

Contest entries can be submitted between now and Monday, Feb. 8. Finalists will be notified in the spring, with winners named at the annual Page One Awards ceremony later this year.

Contest categories and rules are largely the same as last year, with only a few minor changes. We have made changes to the contest submission form, so that categories appear only after entrants select the tier in which they want to compete (Newspaper, Magazine, Radio, Television, Photography or Online). Also, entrants are asked to select their news outlet from a drop down menu. If a news outlet is not listed, please select “Other” — the last option — and then enter the organization’s name.

Once again, MNSPJ has elected to hold the price of a contest entry steady at $22.

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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 2020 calendar year is eligible. Entries must be submitted by Monday, Feb. 8. 

The format for the awards ceremony will be announced later.

Important Links:

Please contact MNSPJ with any questions: minnesota.spj@gmail.com

2021 Page One Award Contest Rules

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • The fee is $22 per entry.
  • Entries must be submitted no later than 12 noon on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.
  • All work published or broadcast during the 2020 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.
  • An individual may 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. 
  • An individual may enter in a tier above their news outlet’s division (circulation/employee count), but then may not also enter their own division.
  • Entries will be judged by journalism professionals outside Minnesota.
  • Judges and/or contest organizers 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/summer of 2020 and honored during MNSPJ’s annual Page One Awards Banquet. Date and location, TBD.
  • Note: Beginning with the 2019 contest and for subsequent years, we’ve opened the large newspaper division to submissions that appear in online-only publications in hopes of promoting more competition. And we’re again allowing journalists at smaller news organizations to compete against larger organizations by submitting their work in the larger circulation/employee divisions (although that entry can’t also be submitted in the smaller category).

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

  • NEWSPAPER, ONLINE & PHOTOGRAPHY ENTRIES must be submitted online.
  • FOR PRINT ENTRIES (Newspaper and Magazine): Entrants should submit a link to the online article or a PDF of the news/magazine page on which the story appeared. The date of publication should be visible.
  • FOR NEWSPAPER AND MAGAZINE “BEST ISSUE” CATEGORIES: entries may be submitted by mail. TWO COPIES of each issue must be submitted in an 8 1/2-by-11-inch folder or envelope. Please write category name on outside of folder.
  • FOR GRAPHICS/PHOTOGRAPHY CATEGORIES: Entrants should submit a PDF of the news/magazine page on which the art appeared, or a link to the art published on an online news site. The date of publication should be visible.
  • FOR TV ENTRIES: Entrants should submit a URL where video can be viewed (preferred) or entries may be submitted on a DVD (please include TWO COPIES).
  • FOR RADIO ENTRIES: Entrants should submit a link to the work online (preferred) or entries may be submitted by mail on a CD (please include TWO COPIES).
  • LINKS or PDFs: The contest entry form provides space for up to three links and three PDF attachments. Please contact MNSPJ if you are having trouble fitting entries into these spaces.

CLICK HERE to access the contest submission form