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2014 Page One Awards Banquet Set for May 29; Politico Co-founder John Harris to deliver keynote address

The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists invites you to attend the 2014 Page One Awards Banquet, honoring the best in Minnesota journalism from 2013.

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The evening will feature a keynote address by John F. Harris, the co-founder and editor in chief of Politico. Harris, a Carleton College graduate, began his newspaper career at the Washington Post, where he covered politics for more than 20 years until launching Politico in 2007 with colleague Jim VandeHei. Politico, which now has more than 180 employees, has become one of the country’s most-trafficked news sites. The company has also gained widespread attention for its efforts to create a new editorial and business model to sustain journalism during a changing media landscape. Harris wrote the New York Times bestseller, The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House, and co-authored a book on modern politics, The Way to Win. He’s been named one of the most influential Washington, D.C. journalists by The Telegraph and one of the most influential people in Washington, D.C. by GQ Magazine.

Date: Thursday, May 29
Place: Town & Country Club
(300 Mississippi River Blvd. N., St. Paul, Minn.)
Time: Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner served at 7:00 p.m.

The sales period for Page One Awards tickets has now closed. We are unable to sell tickets at the door. Thank you for your understanding.

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 2014 Peter S. Popovich Award, MN SPJ’s most prestigious award, honoring a person or organization that exemplifies the fight for First Amendment Rights.

We will also hold our sixth-annual SPJ Page One Silent Auction to benefit our student scholarship fund. Come prepared to bid on some great items for a great cause! Proceeds allow Minnesota SPJ to award scholarships to Minnesota students studying to enter the field of journalism.

Register for the 2014 Midwest Journalism Conference – March 28 & 29 in Bloomington, MN

Registration is now open for the 2014 Midwest Journalism Conference March 28 and 29at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites Airport at 34th Avenue South and American Boulevard in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Go to the conference website to register.

Journalists from across the upper Midwest are invited to attend two busy days of training sessions geared toward professional development, career growth and recognition of the region’s most outstanding work. The Midwest Journalism Conference is the second-largest regional event of its kind in the country, regularly drawing more than 300 working professionals and journalism students for two intense days of seminars, awards programs and networking opportunities.

Sessions this year include:
-Dealing with trauma in your newsroom;
-Looking ahead to the 2014 election season;
-The changing role of newsroom internships;
-Covering diverse communities;
-Producing great newscasts on air and online;
-Effectively using social media and mobile journalism tools in your newsroom;
-Rewriting the SPJ & RTDNA Code of Ethics;
-Getting your foot in the door at your first job;
-Unleashing your inner broadcaster;
-and much more!

Special hotel rates are available to MJC attendees at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites Airport. The Deadline to make reservations using our special rates is Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

Make your reservations online HERE or call 877-227-6963 and mention the Midwest Journalism Conference to get the group rate.

Find out more at http://midwestjournalism.com/

The Midwest Journalism Conference is organized by the Northwest Broadcast News Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Upper Midwest Emmys, Minnesota Associated Press, Minnesota Asian American Journalists Association, Online News Association, Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the University of Minnesota-School of Journalism & Mass Communication.

Call for Applications: 2014 MNSPJ Student Scholarship

The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists (MNSPJ) is now accepting applications for its 2014 student scholarship. This year, MNSPJ will award two $2,500 scholarships to students pursuing a career in journalism.

Applicants must either be enrolled in a post-secondary institution in Minnesota or be a Minnesota high school graduate enrolled in a post-secondary institution outside of Minnesota. Preference will be given to Society of Professional Journalists members.

Click here to download an application form:
2014 MNSPJ Scholarship (Word DOC)
2014 MNSPJ Scholarship (PDF)

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, April 18th. No late submissions will be accepted.

Scholarship winners will be announced this spring and receive their awards at MNSPJ’s annual Page One Awards banquet.

Questions? Email minnesota.spj@gmail.com.

Digging into Open Data: A Panel Discussion with MinnPost’s Alan Palazzolo

Join the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists for a great event showcasing how to take open data and turn it into a data visualization project. Data visualization expert, Alan Palazzolo of MinnPost, will do a show-and-tell of a recent project – a Minneapolis crime app. The interactive application displays the city’s crime data on a monthly basis.

Date: Monday, February 10
Location: CoCo Collaborative, Downtown Minneapolis (400 South 4th Street, The Classoom — 4th Floor Minneapolis, MN 55415)
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Event is free and open to the public.

Click here to register for the event through EventBrite.

About Alan Palazzolo: Alan is an interactive developer at MinnPost focused on open source software, data visualization, and mapping. Before joining MinnPost, he was an inaugural Code for America fellow in 2011. He has also worked in the nonprofit and NGO sectors, both at home and abroad for more than 7 years. He is an active contributor to the Drupal community and other open source projects, and he is a firm believer that open source is more than just a software methodology.

This event is part of the Black Box Mondays series presented by Coco and powered by Google for Entrepreneurs.

Questions? Email minnesota.spj@gmail.com.

2014 Page One Awards: Contest Guidelines

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • The fee is $20 per entry.
  • Entries must be submitted no later than Friday, February 14, 2014.
  • All work published or broadcast during the 2013 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. The submission deadline for that contest is January 24, 2014.
  • 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.
  • 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 2014 and honored during MN SPJ’s annual Page One Awards Banquet. Date and location, TBD.


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).

CLICK HERE to access the contest submission form

2014 Page One Awards: Contest Categories

1. NEWSPAPER

a. Spot News (One or more stories covering a single spot news event)

b. Feature (A single feature story)

c. Enterprise/In-Depth (One or more stories on a single topic or news event that reflects reporter’s ingenuity, use of sources or special research that help the reader understand a situation beyond information provided in a typical news story)

d. Investigative (One or more stories a single topic or news event containing information not readily available to the news media or public and obtained through reporter initiative)

e. Business Story (A single news story or feature focusing on business-related news)

f. Sports Story (A single news story or feature focusing on sports-related news)

g. Arts & Entertainment Story (A single news story or feature focusing on arts & entertainment-related news)

h. Column (A single column written for any section including but not limited to general interest, business or sports)

i. Editorial (A single editorial)

j. Graphics/Art and illustration (Original artwork, graphs, diagrams, maps or other visual elements that illustrate a story)

k. Page Design (A single page design: taking into account layout and page composition, use of headlines, art, graphics etc.)

l. Headlines (A collection of up to three (3) headlines, submitted along with the accompanying stories)

m. Best issue (Based on reporting, writing, photography, graphics/illustration, layout, copyhandling, etc.)

2. MAGAZINE

a. Best Profile Story (A single profile story)

b. Best Feature Story (A single feature story)

c. Best Department (A magazine component appearing under the same heading and possibly, but not always, written by different writers); send 3 unique examples

d. Best Column (A magazine component appearing under the same heading and always written by the same author); send 3 unique examples

e. Best Cover (A single magazine cover)

f. Best Page Design (A full story or feature layout, single page, two-page or double-truck design)

g. Best Illustration (A single illustration or illustrations accompanying a story)

h. Best issue (Based on writing, photography, graphics/illustration, layout)

3. TELEVISION

a. Spot/Breaking news (coverage of an unscheduled event broadcast within 24 hours; may be a single story or compilation of coverage on a single event)

b. Hard News report (best coverage of a news-related topic; may include in-depth, planned coverage of a single event, or enterprise reporting)

c. Feature (single story done for some other factor than timeliness–may include profile, human interest, or trend stories)

d. Special Project/In-Depth series (a single report or series of reports going in-depth on a particular subject, helping the viewer understand a situation beyond information in a typical news story)

e. Investigative (One or more stories containing information not readily available to the news media or public and obtained through reporter initiative)

f. Newscast (One regularly-scheduled newscast airing on any day in the contest year. The entry should represent the station’s best work in news content, execution, and overall presentation)

4. RADIO

a. Spot/Breaking news (coverage of an unscheduled event broadcast within 24 hours; may be a single story or compilation of coverage on a single event)

b. Hard News report (best coverage of a news-related topic; may include in-depth, planned coverage of a single event, or enterprise reporting)

c. Feature (single story done for some other factor than timeliness–may include profile, human interest, or trend stories)

d. Special Project/In-Depth series (a single report or series of reports going in-depth on a particular subject, helping the viewer understand a situation beyond information in a typical news story)

e. Investigative (One or more stories containing information not readily available to the news media or public and obtained through reporter initiative)

f. Newscast (One regularly-scheduled newscast airing on any day in the contest year. The entry should represent the station’s best work in news content, execution, and overall presentation)

5. ONLINE

a. Best Website (Best use of a website for providing news to an online audience. Judges will look at areas such as ease of navigation, creative design concepts, good organization and degree to which online resources enhance reporting.)

b. Best single news story (Best online coverage of a single news story or event)

c. Best continuing coverage (Two or more online reports demonstrating ongoing coverage of a news event; including original or web-only content)

d. Arts & Entertainment. (Single arts and entertainment-themed feature)

e. Best use of multimedia (Demonstrates outstanding use of photos, galleries, video, and/or audio to enhance original story)

f. Best news video (Single video, or series of videos on the same subject, produced to appear online-only)

g. Best newsroom blog (submit URL for blog, judged on overall excellence in news coverage, affiliated with a newspaper, magazine, TV or radio station)

h. Best independent news blog (submit URL for blog, judged on overall excellence in news coverage, not affiliated with a newspaper, magazine, TV or radio station)

6. PHOTOGRAPHY

a. Best News Photography (Best use of photography in news stories. Submit a collection of up to three (3) news photos.)

b. Best Feature Photography (Best use of photography in feature stories. Submit a collection of up to three (3) feature photos.)

c. Best Portrait Photography (Best use of portrait photography. Submit a collection of up to three (3) portrait photos.)

d. Best Sports Photography (Best use of photography in sports stories. Submit a collection of up to three (3) sports photos.)

7. SPECIAL AWARDS

a. Young Journalist of the Year (Award given to outstanding journalist in any medium with less than 10 years experience; submit three examples of work and letter of nomination)

b. Journalist of the Year (Award given to outstanding journalist in any medium with 10 or more years of experience; submit three examples of work and letter of nomination)

c. Story of the Year (Award for general excellence in any medium, covering a single story or news event submit up to three examples of work and letter of nomination)

d. Best Use of Public Records (Award for excellence in any medium covering a single story or news event where use of public records played a role in getting and telling the story; submit three examples of work and narrative letter explaining work and use of public records)

Entry Tiers

  • Newspaper [50,000+ circulation]
  • Newspaper [LESS than 50,000 circulation]
  • Magazine
  • Television [50+ newsroom employees]
  • Television [LESS than 50 newsroom employees]
  • Radio
  • Online
  • Photography [All photo entries will be judged against each other regardless of publication size]

CLICK HERE to access the contest submission form