All posts in News

Seven elected to MNSPJ board

Four new board members and three officers have been elected to the Minnesota Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for the 2018-2019 year.

Briana Bierschbach, Amy Forliti, Reed Fischer and Emma Nelson joined the board as directors for two-year terms. Board member Fred Melo was re-elected board secretary, and board member Chris Snowbeck was voted president-elect. Anna Pratt was voted treasurer.

Bierschbach is a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio News and has covered the State Capitol for eight years. She also worked for the Associated Press, MinnPost, and Politics in Minnesota.

Forliti is a reporter at The Associated Press in Minneapolis, where she has focused on top national breaking news stories, law enforcement and courts. She has also worked at the AP in Indiana, managed the AP’s Rhode Island bureau and worked for the Star Tribune.

Fischer is the senior editor at Minnesota Monthly and also worked at GoMN as the editorial director and was the music editor for City Pages. He has done freelance work for Rolling Stone, Village Voice and other national publications.

Emma Nelson began working as a reporter at the Star Tribune shortly after graduating from the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She has covered various government beats and now covers the city of St. Paul.

Chris Snowbeck has been a business reporter for the Star Tribune since 2014 and worked at the St. Paul Pioneer Press for eight years before that.
Fred Melo has worked at the Pioneer Press since 2005 and is currently the St. Paul City Hall bureau chief.

MNSPJ to city: Drop confidential source hunt

The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists supports efforts of the Star Tribune to vigorously seek truth and report it with regard to the questionable practice of Minneapolis police encouraging the use of the tranquilizer ketamine involving people suspected of crime and others.

Efforts by the city to investigate confidential sources who leaked a critical ketamine use report to the Star Tribune go against the spirit of the Minnesota Free Flow of Information Act that protects journalists from revealing confidential sources. The investigation will have a chilling effect on whistleblowers who are sometimes the only access a free press has to the secrets of government malfeasance.

The damage by the city’s inquisition to the free flow of information and government accountability and transparency outweighs any purported or imagined damage to the city’s information security systems.

We urge the city of Minneapolis to drop its investigation of the Star Tribune’s confidential source or sources, abide by the spirit of the Free Flow of Information Act and instead use its public resources for addressing the serious problem of the use of ketamine against suspects and others without their consent.

Joe Spear, president, MNSPJ

Hal Davis, FOIA committee

Fred Melo, secretary, MNSPJ

For media inquiries, contact Joe Spear. 507-317-8073.

2018 Page One Awards Honor great journalism in Minnesota

 

Scholarship winner Nick Kelly at the Page One Awards

Local journalists gathered to celebrate the best in reporting, photography, broadcast, and digital production Thursday night at the 2018 Minnesota SPJ Page One Awards.

 

Jennifer Bjorhus, an investigative reporter for the Star Tribune, took home Journalist of the Year honors while Sam Brodey, the Washington correspondent for MinnPost, was named Young Journalist of the Year. Chris Serres of the Star Tribune received the Story of the Year award for his “Left to Suffer” series on the abuse of residents in senior homes across Minnesota.

 

In other news, Ken Goulart, Larry Gubbe, Tom Funk, Alan Kildow, Sonya Braunschweig and other members of a citizens group in Victoria, Minn., received the 2018 Peter S. Popovich Award, which is given to a person or organization that exemplifies the fight for First Amendment rights. Over the span of five years, the group had pushed their City Council for access to basic public records like council meeting minutes and email communications, and later the group was victorious in court when several council members were found to have violated the state’s Open Meeting Law.

 

The Page One Awards honor the best in Minnesota journalism. About 150 journalists working in print, TV, radio and online attended the event, which was held at the Town & Country Club in St. Paul. The entries for this year’s awards were judged by members of the Florida pro chapter of SPJ.

 

Christopher Ingraham, a Washington Post reporter who became infamous in Minnesota after publishing a report that ranked Red Lake County, Minn., last in the nation in terms of “natural amenities,” gave the keynote address. Ingraham, who described himself as a “born again Minnesotan” after he moved his family to Red Lake, talked about his new life in rural Minnesota as well as the importance of data especially in a world where some are suspicious of media and “fake news.” “The challenge we face is that we know there are a lot of misconceptions out there,” he said. Visual data such as charts and other graphics can often be more convincing than just plain text, Ingraham said.

 

Minnesota SPJ also announced the winner of a $2,500 scholarship — Nick Kelly, a sophomore at the University of Missouri-Columbia who has interned at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Star Tribune, ESPN Radio, the Rochester Post Bulletin and several other outlets. He currently has an internship with The Athletic.

 

Minnesota SPJ President Jenna Ross awarded the President’s Award to treasurer Christopher Snowbeck highlighting his meticulous financial bookkeeping and invaluable contributions to the chapter.

 

The awards ceremony was hosted by Star Tribune metro columnist Jennifer Brooks.

 

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the oldest and largest organization of journalists in the U.S., was founded as Sigma Delta Chi in 1909.  The Minnesota Chapter, which has about 100 members, was founded in 1956.

 

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

 

The complete winner’s list can be viewed here. Check out a gallery capturing the night’s speeches, music and socializing. 

Emcee Jennifer Brooks crafted a mascot for the evening.

And the 2018 Page One Awards Go To …

Thanks to all the journalists who joined MNSPJ for the annual Page One Awards banquet on Thursday night. All winners have now been posted to the website — use these links to navigate categories.  Congratulations!

 

Special Awards:

2018 Page One Awards — Special Award Winners

Newspapers:

2018 Page One Awards in Newspaper Journalism

Magazines:

2018 Page One Awards in Magazine Journalism

Television:

2018 Page One Awards in Television Journalism

Radio:

2018 Page One Awards in Radio Journalism

Online:

2018 Page One Awards in Online Journalism

Photography:

2018 Page One Awards in Photography

2018 Page One Awards — Special Award Winners

 

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

 

Best Use of Public Records

First Place, James Shiffer, StarTribune “Secrecy Rules”

 

Judge’s comment

“Stories about public records laws are rarely sexy, but in an era where government is attempting to become more secret, stories such as “Secrecy Rules” are more needed. Kudos to the StarTribune for giving the reporter as long as he needed to complete this series investigating the state’s increasingly pervasive nature of government secrecy.”

 

Second Place, Brian Hunhoff, Yankton County Observer “In A Minutes Notice”

Third Place, A.J. Lagoe, Steve Eckert, Gary Knox, KARE “Double Billing the Badge”

 

Best Beat Reporting

First Place, A.J. Lagoe, KARE        

“A.J. Lagoe: On the VA Beat”

 

Judge’s comment

“Forcing change is a mark of great beat reporting. While several applicants in this category produced work that forced change, none could match the gyrations caused by A.J. Lagoe’s reporting on the VA medical center. Not once, not twice but three times Lagoe produced stories off his beat that caused the VA to react, and in one case, the reactions poured in from outraged members of Congress as well. His stories produced outrage because he had vivid examples told by sympathetic characters, veterans who fought for the country only to find themselves vexed by the nation’s response when they needed long-promised help. His work rose to the top as a shining example of how reporters can provoke change by covering their beats well.”

 

Second Place, Chris Tomasson, St. Paul Pioneer Press

Third Place, Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune

 

Young Journalist of the Year

First Place, Sam Brodey, MinnPost

 

Judge’s comment

“Brodey has tackled complex issues in his reporting, made even more impressive with the fact that he is the lone Washington reporter on staff. His writing shows maturity and a deep understanding of the issues beyond his 26 years.”

 

Second Place, Riham Feshir, MPR News

Third Place, Mark Vancleave, Star Tribune

 

Journalist of the Year

First Place, Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune

 

Judge’s comment

“Jennifer Bjorhus exemplifies the best of our profession. She dug through records. She interviewed. She reported. She wrote. She published a months-long investigation into police misconduct – shining a bright light on the state’s broken system of disciplining officers who have committed crimes including violent crimes. The state responded promptly by updating its outdated policies and police agencies across the state adopted new training protocols. And if that story wasn’t enough she also reported on the sexual harassment of a couple of state legislators that were forced to resign in the wake of the MeToo movement. Kudos to her and body of work.”

 

Second Place, Brian Bakst, MPR News                 

 

Story of the Year

First Place, Chris Serres, StarTribune        

“Left to Suffer”

 

“Left to Suffer” stood head-and-shoulders above the competition. The writing was excellent, clear and focused without being “writerly.” Reporter Chris Serres fully detailed the abuse and its impact, but this sensitive subject matter was never sensationalized, which made it all the more compelling. Stories seamlessly wove the broader systemic failures into the personal stories. David Joles photos were compelling, and the decision to make them black-and-white only emphasized their power. The interactive graphic in the Grayce Braaten case was stunning, and persuading David DeLong to speak was a true “get”. Finally, change- the Heritage House licenses- was triggered by the stories’ findings even before the story published, evidence of having unearthed irrefutable findings. An important story, and the clear category winner.”

 

Second Place, Briana Bierschbach, MinnPost

“Sexual harassment at the Capitol”

Third Place, A.J. Lagoe, Steve Eckert, Gary Knox, KARE

“Double Billing the Badge”

2018 Page One Awards in Newspaper Journalism

 

MNSPJ congratulates all the winners recognized Thursday night at the annual Page One Awards!  Here’s a list of winners for excellence in newspaper journalism.

 

Spot News  Newspaper  – 50,000+ circulation

First Place, Paul Walsh, Libor Jany, Miguel Otarola, Star Tribune

“Minnehaha Academy Explosion”

 

Judge’s comment

“Great reporting. The reporters do a nice job putting the reader at the scene of what happened and adding key context — giving a face to the victims and exploring the history of gas leaks in the state. It’s a nice package. The photos are also gripping.

 

Second Place, Neal Justin, Star Tribune

“Scandal Hits Home”

Third Place, Kristen Leigh Painter, Kavita Kumar, Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune

“Macy’s sells landmark home of Minneapolis retail”

 

Meeting/Planned news event  Newspaper – LESS than 50,000 circulation

First Place, Nate Gotlieb, Southwest Journal

“School Board votes to rectify ‘wrongful firings’ of seven employees”

 

Judge’s comment

“This piece clearly meets journalistic standards. The lede clearly and efficiently explains what the story is about. There are multiple sources and the board vote is explained in detail.”

 

Meeting/Planned news event  Newspaper – 50,000+ circulation

First Place, Staff Star Tribune         

“Franken resigns”

 

Judge’s comment

 “Well done by the staff of the Star Tribune. The event was covered from multiple angles, with each story being very clear and consistent. Sourcing was phenomenal.”

 

Second Place, Shannon Prather, Star Tribune

“New St. Paul shelter offer paths out of homelessness”

Third Place, Chris Tomasson, St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Tom Brady leads Patriots to fifth Super Bowl win as Falcons collapse”

 

Feature  Newspaper  – LESS than 50,000+ circulation

First Place, John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune    

“She taught me how to walk”

 

Judge’s comment

 “Lovely writing. Well-sourced story. Full of great scenes.”

           

Second Place, Jana Hollingsworth, Duluth News Tribune

“My life mattered”

Third Place, Zac Farber, Minnesota Lawyer

“Politics of the Past: Minnesota’s “Wild Woman” charged with impersonating a man in 1858”

 

Feature  Newspaper  – 50,000+ circulation

First Place, Mila Koumpilova, Star Tribune         

“Mohamed in the middle”

 

Judge’s comment

 “Wonderful storytelling. Puts a face on a young immigrant trying to navigate his way to college.”

 

Second Place, Susan Du, City Pages

“An underground club is raided, and Minneapolis must face the times”

Third Place, S. M. Chavey, Pioneer Press

“After a fall, Twin Cities woman forgot her entire life”

 

Enterprise/In-Depth (Single story)  Newspaper – LESS than 50,000 circulation

First Place, Mark Fischenich, Mankato Free Press

“A Blast Gone Bad”

 

Judge’s comment

 “Great in-depth reporting that tells a really interesting story and does a solid job explaining what happened.”

 

Second Place, Brian Johnson, Finance & Commerce

“Investors cut back on affordable-housing tax credits”

Third Place, Melinda Lavine, Duluth News Tribune

“You’re not a fraud”

 

Enterprise/In-Depth (Single story)  Newspaper – 50,000+ circulation

First Place, Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune

“A new reformation”

 

Judge’s comment

 “This could have been a mundane story–500 years since Martin Luther made religious history. Instead, the reader is taken to Europe to see a pilgrimage of locals seeing where it all happened. Very interesting and entertaining read.”

 

Second Place, Tad Vezner, Pioneer Press

“Businesses facing ADA lawsuits”

Third Place, Pam Louwagie, Star Tribune

“Trying to escape shadow of dread”

 

Enterprise/In-Depth (Series)  Newspaper – LESS than 50,000 circulation

First Place, Business Journals’ local and national staff, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

“The Amazon Effect: How taxpayers are funding disruption of the U.S. economy”

 

Judge’s comment

“Amazon offers its customers convenience but at what cost? This fascinating, well researched piece answers that question and it is nothing short of an eye opener.”

 

Second Place, Dylan Thomas, Michelle Bruch, Eric Best, Nate Gotlieb, Southwest Journal

“Making Change”

 Third Place, Mike Longaecker, Michelle Wirth, RiverTown Multimedia

“Public Safety Magnet”

 

Enterprise/In-Depth (Series)  Newspaper – 50,000+ circulation

First Place, Chris Serres, David Joles, Star Tribune

“Left to Suffer”

 

Judge’s comment

“Left to Suffer” stood head-and-shoulders above the competition. The writing was excellent, clear and focused without being “writerly.” Reporter Chris Seres fully detailed the abuse and its impact, but this sensitive subject matter was never sensationalized, which made it all the more compelling. Stories seamlessly wove the broader systemic failures into the personal stories. David Joles photos were compelling, and the decision to make them black-and-white only emphasized their power. The interactive graphic in the Grayce Braaten case was stunning, and persuading David DeLong to speak was a true “get”. Finally, change- the Heritage House licenses- was triggered by the stories’ findings even before the story published, evidence of having unearthed irrefutable findings. An important story, and the clear category winner.”

 

Second Place, Kristen Leigh Painter, Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

“The Future of Food”

Third Place, MaryJo Webster, Anthony Lonetree, Beena Raghavendran, Beatrice Dupuy, Star Tribune

“Students in Flight”

 

Investigative  Newspaper – LESS than 50,000 circulation

First Place, Jana Peterson, Pine Journal

“Police chief suspended”

 

Judge’s comment

“This is a wonderful example of community journalism — closely following the actions of a public body, challenging that body when it violates open meetings laws, giving context and history to problems with the police department, and following up the resolution with a deep dive into documents underlying the story. The town of Cloquet is obviously well-served by its newspaper.”

 

Investigative

Newspaper – 50,000+ circulation  

First Place, Jennifer Bjorhus, MaryJo Webster, Star Tribune

“Shielded by the Badge”

 

Judge’s comment

“Journalism at its finest. This powerful data reporting exposed how hundreds of Minnesota law enforcement officers kept their badges despite convictions for violent criminal offenses. The four-part series reveals a state licensing system that is failing the public. Well done!”

 

Second Place, Susan Du, City Pages

“From wedding to body bag in 12 hours — what happened to Elisa Gomez?”

 

Business Story  Newspaper — LESS than 50,000 circulation

First Place, Nicholas Halter, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal      

“Where have you gone Mr. Holmes?”

  

Judge’s comment

 “A well-reported profile that was hard to put down. The story really brought out the mystery behind Mr. Homes and his real estate business.”

 

Second Place, Katharine Grayson, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal        

“Ready for a race?” 

Third Place, Matt Johnson, Finance & Commerce

“Perking up an old coffee factory in the North Loop”

 

Business Story  Newspaper – 50,000+ circulation

First Place, Jeff Meitrodt, Star Tribune

“Cost of affair, family rift measured in millions”

 

Judge’s comment

 “This is what business journalism is all about. The reporter peels back the curtain on allegations of misspending by a chief executive at one of Minnesota’s largest privately owned companies and how it has torn the family business apart.”

 

Second Place, Susan Du, City Pages

“Reefer Riches: What Minnesota could learn about recreational marijuana”

Third Place, Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press  

“Liquor’s Sunday shift”

  

Sports News Story  Newspaper – LESS than 50,000 circulation

First Place, Shane Frederick, Mankato Free Press

“Contract shows MSU’s commitment to Hastings”

 

Judge’s comment

 “Fantastic. The reporter used quotes from the sports coach and the president of the university, two very important sources. There’s also a utilization of a public information request. which heavily benefits the story. The combination of data and sourcing combines for an interesting, informational news piece.”

 

Sports News Story  Newspaper – 50,000+ circulation  

First Place, Heather Rule, Star Tribune

“Gophers men’s hockey team spreads the wealth in victory over Harvard”

 

Judge’s comment

 “This one stood apart from the rest because, simply, it was a news story. This story has detail, quotations from multiple sources, and gets to the point from the get-go.”

 

Second Place, Chris Tomasson, St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Ex-Viking Mike Harris upbeat despite congenital brain condition forcing retirement”

 

Sports Feature Story  Newspaper – 50,000+ circulation

First Place, Chris Tomasson, St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Latavius Murray: Late best friend ‘will be looking down’ when he takes field for the Vikings”

 

Judge’s comment

 “A very captivating piece. The lede drew me in and the storytelling had plenty of verve. The quotes tell me that the writer knew to ask the right questions.”

 

Second Place, Andy Greder, St. Paul Pioneer Press

“It took a village to change the life of Gophers running back Shannon Brooks”

 

Arts & Entertainment Story  Newspaper – 50,000+ circulation

First Place, Sarah Horner, Pioneer Press

“Drug-abuse expert knows how to make meth, and, evidently, meatloaf”

 

Judge’s comment

 “In “A Way of Thinking ‘Outside the Pan,'” Sarah Horner takes us inside Carol Falkowski’s kitchen to watch the former drug-abuse expert sculpt faces out of meatloaf. It’s as ridiculous and hilarious as you’d expect because of Horner’s attention to detail. Horner steers the reader through this cooking adventure masterfully.”

 

Second Place, Erica Rivera, City Pages

“Man of constant sorrow: Charlie Parr’s quiet battle to stay alive”

Third Place, Susan Du, City Pages

“One Minneapolis lawyer’s neo-Nazi record label, and the fight to shut it down”

 

Arts Criticism/Reviews  Newspaper – LESS than 50,000 circulation

First Place, Dylan Thomas, Southwest Journal

Art Beat

 

Judge’s comment

 “This eloquent piece captures the essence of the artist’s work and their goal of delivering an impactful statement on the dangers of plastic in the environment. Well done!”

 

Arts Criticism/Reviews

Newspaper – 50,000+ circulation

First Place, Keith Harris, City Pages

“Taylor Swift would very much like to exclude us from her narrative”

 

Judge’s comment

 “Thoughtful article and very fun to read. He does a great job analyzing both Swift and West in a way that was insightful.”

 

Second Place, Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune

Third Place, Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune

 

Column  Newspaper – LESS than 50,000 circulation

First Place, Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune

“In the kitchen: We found solace, laughter, turkey rollups where the food was”

 

Judge’s comment

 “Lovely descriptive writing and a great reminder that the best food writing is often about so much more than food.”

 

Second Place, Tim Krohn, Mankato Free Press

“Some good shepherds still around”

Third Place, Robb Murray, Mankato Free Press

“Batter Up: The swing that supercharged a summer”

 

Column  Newspaper – 50,000+ circulation

First Place, Jon Tevlin, Star Tribune

“Giant of Senate is now its ghost”

 

Judge’s comment

 “Tevlin’s thoughtful piece on Franken’s tarnished political career simultaneously rings the alarm on using social media as the sole platform for revealing sexual harassment allegations. Well done!”

 

Second Place, Mike Mullen, City Pages

“Capitol Crimes: Minnesota’s ‘new normal’ is a mess”

Third Place, Scott Gillespie, Star Tribune

“The trains and buses that bind”

 

Editorial  Newspaper – LESS than 50,000 circulation

First Place, Brian Hunhoff, Yankton County Observer

“Democracy dies behind closed statehouse doors”

 

Judge’s comment

“Brian Hunhoff’s editorial clearly and compelling lays out what’s at stake when state lawmakers’ insist on secrecy. It hits all the right notes, illustrating what can go on behind closed doors, such as decisions on Medicaid and teachers’ pay.”

 

Second Place, Chuck Frederick, Duluth News Tribune

“Ending Sex Trafficking”

Third Place, Joe Spear, Mankato Free Press

“Quarry Blast Needs Robust Investigation”

 

Editorial  Newspaper – 50,000+ circulation

First Place, Editorial Board, Star Tribune

“Downtown’s Dilemma”

 

Judge’s comment

“This is carefully considered editorial, and clearly deserving of this year’s first-place award in the category. It informs as well as opines, and appears to be the product of research and reporting, instead of merely regurgitating what was already in the news and slapping an opinion on it”

 

Second Place, Patricia Effenberger, Pioneer Press

“Beneath the turmoil: heart and civic muscle”

 

Graphics/Art and Illustration  Newspaper LESS than 50,000 circulation

First Place, Ben Ramsden, Steve Thomas, Dirk DeYoung, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal   

“One of Minnesota’s greatest champions”          

 

Judge’s comment

 “It’s not easy making old white businessmen into compelling lead art. It’s also not easy to make business news – as important as it is – clean and clear looking. Here’s how you do that, if anyone else is curious.”

 

Graphics/Art and Illustration  Newspaper – 50,000+ circulation

First Place, Emily Utne, City Pages

“Picked to Click 2017”

 

Judge’s comment

 “The page layout is a clean balance of skilled typography, original photography, and effective overall layout. The design is fairly minimalist, allowing the graphics present to shine without challenging other elements on the page.”

 

Second Place, Brandon Ferrill, Mark Boswell, Josh Penrod, Derek Simmons, Star Tribune

“Executive Compensation Report”

Third Place, Chrissy Ashack, Star Tribune

“The hippies were right”

 

Page Design  Newspaper – LESS than 50,000 circulation

First Place, Ben Ramsden, Nick Halter, Dirk DeYoung, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

“The X Games”

Second Place, Valerie Moe, Southwest Journal

“Diners’ delight”

Third Place, Casey Selix, David Bohlander, Finance & Commerce        

“Restoring the Glory”

 

Page Design  Newspaper – 50,000+ circulation

First Place, Derek Simmons, Greg Mees, Ross Bruggink, Star Tribune

“Celebrating Minnesota Culture”

Second Place, Greg Mees, Deb Pastner, Josh       Penrod, Derek Simmons, Star Tribune

“The Inauguration of Donald Trump      

 

Headlines  Newspaper – LESS than 50,000 circulation

First Place, Casey Selix, Finance & Commerce

“Sink or swim in amenities race,” “Sparkle fading for “starchitects,” “Another tall order for Edina”

 

Judge’s comment

 “The headlines are concise and to the point. They’re straight ahead and informative. The play on words are clever but not distractingly so, and invite the reader in without overplayed tease”

 

Second Place, Jeff Sjerven, Finance & Commerce

“Deconstructing buildings, reconstructing lives; Mississippi has inside lane for auto plant”

Third Place, Brian Hunhoff, Yankton County Observer

“Three cheers to Tabor triplets as graduation nears; Opponents flunk Medicaid math; Yankton’s vital signs past and present”

 

Headlines  Newspaper – 50,000+ circulation

First Place, Staff, Star Tribune

 

Judge’s comment

 “The three headlines in this entry from the Star Tribune were pithy, informative and intriguing without being “too cute.” The writers and editors were clearly in synch with the desk on these stories – no small accomplishment for any staff. Congratulations for that, and for these fine headlines!”

 

Second Place, Catherine Preus, Star Tribune       

Third Place, Kevin Cusick, St. Paul Pioneer Press

 

Best Issue  Newspaper – LESS than 50,000 circulation

First Place, Newsroom staff Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

August 18, 2017 Edition

 

Judge’s comment

 “This is more than just a slick design and a record of business developments. The journalism here matters, and not just to the stereotypical business reader.”

 

Second Place, Newsroom staff, Mankato Free Press

Jan. 29, 2017 edition

Third Place, Kristal Leebrick, Stephen Parker, Park Bugle

November 2017

 

Best issue  Newspaper – 50,000+ circulation

First Place, Star Tribune staff

 

Judge’s comment

“In an era where it’s not impossible to imagine Sunday newspapers disappearing just as Sunday magazines did, the Star Tribune does a solid job cover to cover keeping itself relevant – and giving their readers many reasons to get newsprint on their hands on the Lord’s Day, instead of tapping on their phone.”

                                                                                   

Star Tribune Best Issue 091717

Second Place, Star Tribune staff

Star Tribune Best Issue 120817