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2019 Page One Awards in Online Journalism

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

ONLINE

Best Website

First Place

citypages.com

City Pages

The judge called this entry “dynamic and vibrant,” and “far and away the best integration of multimedia among this year’s entrants.”

 

Second Place

mprnews.org

MPR News

 

Third Place

startribune.com

Star Tribune

 

Best Single News Story

First Place

“Minnesota Rep. Jim Knoblach ends campaign ahead of MPR abuse allegations story.”

Nina Moini, Briana Bierschbach, Will Lager and Paul Tosto, MPR News

The judge said: “The highlight of this entry is the reporters’ tenacity and patience in pursuit of getting the full story … The writing has clarity and is delivered in a way that makes a complex story easy to navigate.”

 

Second Place

“Meth cuts lethal path through Minnesota.”

Stephen Montemayor, Anna Boone and Anthony Souffle

 

Third Place

“Rep. Rick Nolan’s legislative director left the office amid multiple sexual harassment accusations in 2015. Months later, he was hired by Nolan’s campaign.”

Sam Brodey, MinnPost

 

Best Continuing Coverage    

First Place

Housing coverage

Jessica Lee, MinnPost

Judges said: “While other entries involved stories with a far looser topic connection to one another, or were powered by a sheer volume of coverage, this one struck a wonderful balance … This is a winner.”

 

Second Place

“For some who lived in it, Keillor’s world wasn’t funny.”

Laura Yuen, Euan Kerr, Matt Sepic and Eric Ringham, MPR News

 

Third place

Coverage of the 2018 Super Bowl

Star Tribune staff

 

 

Best single feature story/package

First Place

“‘A blessing,’ ‘a family,’ and ‘a shame on Minneapolis’: Voices from the Hiawatha Avenue homeless encampment.”

Jim Walsh, MinnPost

The judge said: “The highlight of this feature is the environmental portrait with each synopsis interview, pairing a face and a story to each aspect of this heartbreaking issue.”

 

Second Place

“You Have Dark Skin And You Are Beautiful’: The Long Fight Against Skin Bleaching.”

Nancy Rosenbaum, NPR Weekend Edition

 

Third Place

“Yes, there are earthquakes in the land of 10,000 lakes.”

Greta Kaul, MinnPost

 

Best single sports story

First Place

“Super Bowl: Pudge, the first pro.”

Mark Craig, Star Tribune

The judge said: “Great research, great writing, and a story that most sports fans had never heard before. Everyone involved with this should be proud.”

 

Second Place

“From $12 to $2,500 and counting.”

Anna Boone, Star Tribune

 

Best Use of Multimedia        

First place

“I was just lost in the dark.”

Star Tribune staff

The judge said: “All three entries that placed were exceptional … This entry stands above for the additional level of production quality that went into the presentation.”

 

Second Place

“In their own image: Native Americans share stories of recovery.”

Evan Frost and Lacey Young, MPR News

 

Third Place

“Feeling Superior: Part Five, Nature Effect.”

Dave Braunger and Brian Peterson, Star Tribune

 

Best social media account – Individual

First place

@frederickmelo

Frederick Melo, Pioneer Press

 

Best social media account – Institutional

First Place

MPR News Facebook page.

The judge said this entry “has a good mix of content … The various formats and endeavors showcase a nice mix of innovation while maintaining the commitment to provide informative and valuable news content to followers.”

 

Second Place

Star Tribune Twitter account

 

Best News Video

First Place

“Denied justice.”

Renee Jones Schneider and Jenni Pinkley, Star Tribune

The judge said: “This was a very difficult category to judge … What separates the winner is the content (and the bravery of the survivors to come forward and share their experiences).”

 

Second Place

“Elections explained.”

Jiwon Choi, Briana Bierschbach, Lacey Young and Chris Graves, MPR News

 

Best Newsroom Blog

First Place

“Randball.”

Michael Rand, Star Tribune

The judge said: “Randball is a great mix of beat reporting with other relevant sports news mixed in. Well-written, conversational style.”

 

Best Independent News Blog

“Artscape.”

First Place goes to Pamela Espeland, MinnPost

The judge said: “Artscape sets itself apart from the other entrants by keeping the focus on the local community and the arts happenings in the Twin Cities.”

 

Best infographic/data visualization

First Place

“Unstoppable and Deadly, Meth Floods the State.”

Anna Boone, Ray Grumney and Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune

The judge said: “Everything about this package is exceptional – the clean, easy-to-understand graphics paint a clear and grim picture about how the meth trade has grown in the last decade.”

 

Second Place

“How Minnesota Voted For Governor, Neighborhood By Neighborhood.”

Chase Davis and Jeff Hargarten, Star Tribune

 

Third place

“Here’s how your Minnesota neighborhood voted in the 2018 midterms.”

Jiwon Choi, MPR News

2019 Page One Awards in Photography

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

PHOTOGRAPHY

Best News Photography

First Place

Rich Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune

The judge said: “These photos put a personal face and convey an emotional context for the news and keep readers from feeling detached or distant from the story.”

 

Second Place

Derek Montgomery, MPR News

 

Third Place

“The Wall of Forgotten Natives.”

Emily Utne, City Pages

 

Best Feature Photography

First Place

Brian Peterson, Star Tribune.

The judge said: “These are spectacular shots. Hats off to Brian!”

 

Second Place (Tie)

“Best in Snow”

Eric Hylden, Grand Forks Herald

“Artists of the Year Cover”

Bobby Rogers, City Pages

 

Third Place

“Meet Brad Peregrine”

Eric Hylden, Grand Forks Herald

 

Best Portrait Photography    

Newspaper – 50,000+ circulation     

First Place

“Santa Larry Jefferson”

Evan Frost, MPR News

The judge said: “[The subject’s] delight is palpable across his entire image and the color balance is terrific.”

 

Second Place

“Denied Justice”

Renee Jones-Schneider, Star Tribune

 

Third Place

“Mikayla Holmgren”

Evan Frost, MPR News

 

Best Sports Photography

Newspaper – 50,000+ circulation

First Place

Eric Hylden, Grand Forks Herald

The judge said: “The photographer uses framing well, submitting artful photographs that utilize the space of the shot.”

 

Second Place

Evan Frost, MPR News

 

Third Place

Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

2019 Page One Awards – Special Award Winners

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

SPECIAL AWARDS

Best Use of Public Records

Winner

“Denied Justice.”

Brandon Stahl, Jennifer Bjorhus, MaryJo Webster and Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune

The judge said: “This series is a testament to the perseverance, patience, tenacity and time spent by this reporting team in uncovering a pattern of injustice buried in thousands of public records. The hard-fought battle to obtain police reports and datasets resulted in stories that gave victims a voice and brought long-overdue change to a broken system.”

 

Finalist

“Double Billing the Badge”

A.J. Lagoe, Steve Eckert and Gary Knox, KARE 11

 

Best Beat Reporting

First Place

Coverage of the sexual harassment allegations against Garrison Keillor

Neal Justin and Jeff Meitrodt, Star Tribune

The judge said: “The reporting was solid and comprehensive. Like many stories that have come to light in the wake of the #MeToo movement, this one exists in the complicated world of workplace relationships, politics and profit. These stories brought all that to light.”

 

Second Place

A.J. Lagoe, KARE 11

 

Third Place

Andy Mannix, Star Tribune

 

Freedom of Information Award

Winner

Coverage of the Roosevelt City Council

Doris Knutson and Julie Nordine Bergman, Northern Light Region

The judge said: “Good job on this. Well written and very clear about what happened–brought the reader to the event.”

 

Finalist

Tess Williams, Grand Forks Herald

 

Young Journalist of the Year

Evan Frost, MPR News

The judge said: “I can tell, based on the letter of recommendation and Frost’s work examples, that he is someone who goes beyond what it means to be a young journalist. His work shows a level of excellence, commitment, and professionalism that far exceeds those who may be more seasoned in this field.”

 

Journalist of the Year

Winner

Dave Hage, Star Tribune.

The judge said: “Because they toil “behind the scenes,” editors are largely un-bylined and therefore often are overlooked in awards contests. Their job descriptions are broad: manage stories from conception to final edit; facilitate collaboration among departments, mentor reporters; administer budgets; ensure adequate staffing, and respond to disgruntled readers, all while walking with one foot in the newsroom and the other in the publisher’s office. Frequently taken for granted, they put in long hours to verify, improve and present the best content possible, on budget and on deadline. His nomination letter states that “he deflects attention and credit toward the (bylined) journalists.” It’s time to put the spotlight on Dave Hage.”

 

Finalist

Matt Sepic, MPR News

 

Story of the Year

Winner

“Denied Justice.”

Brandon Stahl, Jennifer Bjorhus, MaryJo Webster and Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune

The judge called this entry “a detailed and powerful examination of a critical flaw in our legal system. The testimonies of these women–along with information gleaned from public records and interviews with law enforcement and related experts–shine a crucial light on a subject often shrouded in darkness and secrecy in our society. Handled with great respect for the victims, the fact that this series spurred follow-up action on cold cases is a testament to the perseverance and dedication of this reporting team.”

 

Finalist

Coverage of the Hiawatha homeless encampment

Chris Serres and David Joles, Star Tribune

 

MNSPJ seeks board candidates

MNSPJ is seeking candidates for the 2019-20 board year. Join us!

Up for election are four, two-year board terms. Also up for election are the executive board positions: president-elect (the elected officer will serve as president 2020-2021), board secretary and treasurer. Executive board seats are one-year terms.  
 
The chapter is led by a diverse, volunteer board of media professionals, past and present, who are driven by a desire to promote and protect quality journalism and the public’s right to know.

This year’s election will begin on June 20, with candidate statements due by June 15. Results of this year’s election will be announced at the MNSPJ annual meeting in July.

Any member in good standing with the Society of Professional Journalists can run for office. Interested candidates should send a biography and short statement of candidacy to minnesota.spj@gmail.com by June 15.

Questions can be directed to MNSPJ president-elect Chris Snowbeck at chris.snowbeck@startribune.com or President Joe Spear at jspear@mankatofreepress.com.

Deadline Extension — Buy Page One Tickets by Friday!

We’ve extended the deadline to buy tickets for the 2019 Page One Awards until midnight Friday, May 24.

This year’s event, which is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4, will feature a keynote address from Gov. Tim Walz, Minnesota’s 41st Governor.

Angela Davis of Minnesota Public Radio will host the awards ceremony, which celebrates the best in Minnesota journalism.

Longtime Star Tribune journalist Lori Sturdevant will be recognized with the annual Peter S. Popovich Award for steadfast defense and support of First Amendment freedoms.

Buy tickets to the banquet here

For a 10-seat table contact: minnesota.spj@gmail.com

Date: Tuesday, June 4 

Location: Town & Country Club
(300 Mississippi River Blvd. N., St. Paul, Minn.)

Time: 
Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner served at 6:45 p.m.

Please RSVP by midnight on Friday, May 24

Ticket prices are $45 for SPJ members, and $60 for non-members. Ticket prices increase by $5 after the deadline.

Don’t Delay! Buy Page One Tickets by Tuesday!

The deadline is coming soon for tickets to the 2019 Page One Awards, which will feature a keynote address from Gov. Tim Walz, Minnesota’s 41st Governor.

Angela Davis of Minnesota Public Radio will host the awards ceremony, which celebrates the best in Minnesota journalism.

Longtime Star Tribune journalist Lori Sturdevant will be recognized with the annual Peter S. Popovich Award for steadfast defense and support of First Amendment freedoms.

Buy tickets to the banquet here

For a 10-seat table contact: minnesota.spj@gmail.com

Date: Tuesday, June 4 

Location: Town & Country Club
(300 Mississippi River Blvd. N., St. Paul, Minn.)

Time: 
Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner served at 6:45 p.m.

Please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21

Ticket prices are $45 for SPJ members, and $60 for non-members. Ticket prices increase by $5 after the deadline