2019 Page One Awards in Newspaper Journalism

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

BREAKING NEWS

Less than 50,000 circulation:

First place

“’It felt like a bomb’ — Explosions, fire rock Superior oil refinery.”

John Myers, Jana Hollingsworth and Jimmy Lovrien, Duluth News Tribune

The judge said the story “had incredible quotes, plenty of sources and terrific detail.”

 

Second place

“Grim discovery on quiet street.”

Andrew Haffner, Grand Forks Herald

 

50,000+ circulation:

First place

Coverage of the Jacob Wetterling case

Rochelle Olson and Jim Walsh, Star Tribune

The judge described it as “a huge amount of material that was put together to make a most fascinating story,” adding, “as soon as I started reading it, I knew it was the first place winner.”

 

Second place

Coverage of the charges against former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor

Libor Jany, David Chanen, Brandon Stahl and Faiza Mahamud, Star Tribune

 

DEADLINE NEWS COVERAGE

Less than 50,000 circulation:

First place

“UND, donor at odds over logo.”

Tom Miller, Grand Forks Herald

The judge said: “I love it when reporters use open records laws to dig up facts that might not have otherwise become public, which Miller did here. He put a lot of work into this.”

 

Second place

“A call for action.”

Dylan Thomas, Southwest Journal

 

Third place

“A ‘hostile’ relationship.”

Andrew Haffner, Grand Forks Herald

 

50,000+ circulation

First place

Coverage of the 2018 Super Bowl

Star Tribune staff

The judge called it “Well-written” and “comprehensive,” “from the beginning to the end.”

 

Second Place

Coverage of the 2018 Election

Star Tribune staff

 

Third place

Coverage of the Minnesota Vikings

Chris Tomasson, St. Paul Pioneer Press

 

FEATURE

Less than 50,000 circulation:

First Place

“The cost of a home.”

Michelle Bruch, Southwest Journal

The judge said: “This piece does an excellent job of connecting faces and personal stories to an issue that would otherwise be all about impersonal statistics.”

 

Second Place

‘Not just a sandwich’ — Duluth’s beloved ‘micro-smokery’ celebrates 20 years”

Jana Hollingsworth, Duluth News Tribune

 

Third Place

“Life after lotto.”

Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald

 

50,000+ circulation:

First Place

Selection of feature stories

Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune

The judge said: “These entries do a great job of translating big personalities onto the page.”

 

Second Place

“50 years ago, St. Paul police tear gassed a barricaded dance hall. So began the Stem Hall race riots.”

Nick Woltman, St. Paul Pioneer Press

 

Third Place

“The #MeToo movement in Minnesota’s immigrant communities.”

Mila Koumpilova, Star Tribune

 

Enterprise/In-Depth (Single story)

Less than 50,000 circulation:

First place

“Silent Killer: Family loses loved ones to poisoning.”

Brian Arola, Mankato Free Press

The judge called it “well-written,” and “a touching article about a family’s loss and grief due to a silent killer that could have been prevented.”

 

Second Place

“Parents’ rights unsolved.”

Janelle Vonasek, Grand Forks Herald

 

Third Place

“Mom speaks out after autistic son sent to jail.”

Trey Mewes, Mankato Free Press

 

50,000+ circulation:

First Place

“The Wall of Forgotten Natives: Inside Minneapolis’ largest homeless encampment.”

Susan Du, City Pages

The judge said: “The reporter did a good job reminding everyone that homeless people are important members of society, they once had jobs and homes but due to hard times or crisis they have hit rock bottom.”

 

Second Place

“Fatal plunge into Lake Minnetonka tests a father and a marriage.”

Mary Lynn Smith, Star Tribune

 

Third Place

“Adoption numbers plummet in Minnesota and nationwide.”

Shannon Prather, Star Tribune

 

Enterprise/In-Depth (Series)

Less than 50,000 circulation:

First Place

“The risk remains.”

Brooks Johnson, Duluth News Tribune

The judge called it a “well-written article that sheds light on potentially dangerous chemicals that are in our communities that we are not aware of, or don’t think about until disaster happens.”

 

Second Place

“Sustainable.”

Frank Jossi, Finance & Commerce

 

Third Place

“UND budget cuts.”

Andrew Haffner, Grand Forks Herald

 

50,000+ circulation:

First Place

“Aging parents, stressed families.”

Jackie Crosby, Star Tribune

The judge said: “This reporter touches on the lives of families that are struggling to deal with the medical diagnoses of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and the walls they face as they decide how to care for their aging parent … Good job exploring a subject that needs to be brought to the forefront.”

 

Second Place

“A Test of Faith: The Un-churching of America.”

Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune

 

Third Place

“Minnesota Historical Society broadens how it tells the state’s history.”

Shannon Prather, Star Tribune

 

Investigative

Less than 50,000 circulation:

First Place

“Dentistry in decay: Twin Ports dentists struggle to see area’s poorest children.”

Brady Slater, Duluth News Tribune

The judge called it “a well-sourced story that details both the local and broader scope of the problem, looks at a current model of care and lays out potential solutions.”

 

Second place

“Sex buyer ‘john’ has a name.”

Sara Marie Moore, Shoreview Press

 

Third place

“The saga of Superintendent Rod Thompson.”

Amanda McKnight and Deena Winter, Shakopee Valley News

 

50,000+ circulation:

First Place

“Denied Justice.”

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

The judge said the story “is very well written and draws the reader into the story right away … Readers should be angry that this is happening and work with these women to seek justice not only for them, but for others as well. Good job.”

 

Second Place

“The Unknowable Truth: Jurors think Mariel Grimm nearly killed a baby. How she did it, no-one could say.”

Susan Du, City Pages

 

Third place

“Lake Elmo didn’t make 3M pay.”

Bob Shaw, St. Paul Pioneer Press

 

Business news coverage

Less than 50,000 circulation:

First Place

“Firm footing for now.”

Andrew Haffner, Grand Forks Herald

The judge described it as “Great coverage” with and “enticing layout” and “graphics [that] really grab your attention. Top notch.”

 

Second Place

“Surly tip-pooling settlement has a ripple effect.”

Michelle Bruch, Southwest Journal

 

Third Place

Selection of stories

William Morris, Finance & Commerce

 

50,000+ circulation

First Place

“Legal War Engulfs 3M Device.”

Joe Carlson, Star Tribune

The judge called it “An entry to be proud of, and a joy to read.”

 

Second Place

“Raise Your Hamm’s: As Minnesota craft beer booms, the humble ‘Beer Refreshing’ is having a resurgence of its own.”

Em Cassel, City Pages

 

Third Place

“Hey St. Paul: Here’s some TIF Advice.”

Frederick Melo, St. Paul Pioneer Press

 

Sports News Coverage

Less than 50,000 circulation:

First place

“Maverick Hockey Section.”

Shane Frederick, Pat Christman and Jackson Forderer, Mankato Free Press

The judge called it “A solid preview section. It’s packed full of information and offers a little bit of everything for fans of MSU hockey. Well done.”

 

Second place

“NCHC ref Dan Dreger takes puck to face.”

Brad Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald

 

Third place

“A year after cutting sports, UND athletics adjusts.”

Tom Miller, Grand Forks Herald

 

50,000+ circulation:

First Place

Coverage of the Minnesota Vikings

Ben Goessling, Star Tribune

The judge said: “Ben’s writing style is smooth and entertaining. The story about Diggs’ playoff-winning touchdown provided a jolt while reading it, despite it being well more than a year later.”

 

Second place

Coverage of the Minnesota Wild

Sarah McClellan, Star Tribune

 

Third place

Coverage of the Minnesota Gophers

Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune

 

Sports Feature Story

Less than 50,000 circulation:

First place

“The draw of history.”

Melinda Lavine, Duluth News Tribune

The judge said: “You follow the No. 1 rule of feature writing: You show rather than tell. Great job on getting me hooked on a topic I don’t normally read.”

 

Second place

“YouTube punter.”

Tom Miller, Grand Forks Herald

 

Third place

“All aboard.”

Brad Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald

 

50,000+ circulation:

First place

Ben Goessling, Star Tribune.

The judge said: “Ben has a knack for telling behind-the-scenes stories that pique the interest of even non-Vikings fans. That peel-back-the-curtain style is exactly what feature writing should be.”

 

Second Place

Rachel Blount, Star Tribune

 

Third place

Dennis Anderson, Star Tribune.

 

Sports column [NOTE: no distinction in this category based on circulation]

First place

Chip Scoggins, Star Tribune.

The judge said: “Good style with a mix of opinion and strong storytelling. Great job.”

 

Second place

Shane Frederick, Mankato Free Press.

 

Third place

Brad Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald.

 

Arts & Entertainment Coverage

Less than 50,000 circulation:

First place

Selected Arts & Entertainment coverage

Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune

The judge said: “Each of these stories really brings the emotions of the subjects to the forefront, and that makes for compelling tales.”

 

Second Place

“The art of entertaining: Burlesque dancers make strides toward acceptance.”

Melinda Lavine, Duluth News Tribune

 

Third Place

“When arena rock tribute band Hairball plays Prince at the Minnesota State Fair.”

Jackie Renzetti, Hastings Star Gazette/Rivertown Multimedia

 

50,000+ circulation:

First place

Jon Bream, Star Tribune

The judge complemented Bream’s writing in particular, saying, “Like Springsteen, you are a great storyteller.”

 

Second Place

Jeff Baenen, Amy Forliti, and Doug Glass, Associated Press.

 

Third Place

Jenna Ross, Star Tribune

 

Arts Criticism/Reviews

Less than 50,000 circulation:

First place

“Exhibition as experience.”

Dylan Thomas, Southwest Journal

The judge said: “The author obviously knows much about the arts, but also a lot about how the arts are presented in exhibition. Armed with this expertise, the reviewer deftly places the exhibition in context … a strong effort.”

 

Second place

“On Movies: Crazy Rich Asians.”

Yun Ji Nam, Red and Green

 

50,000+ circulation:

First Place

A selection of theater reviews

Pamela Espeland, MinnPost

The judge complimented Espeland’s “crisp writing” and thoughtful approach.

 

Second Place

A selection of restaurant reviews

Hannah Sayle, City Pages

 

Third Place

Selected reviews

Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune

 

Column

Less than 50,000 circulation:

First Place

A selection of columns

Robb Murray, Mankato Free Press

The judge said: “Mr. Murray’s columns displayed not only meaning and emotion but personal courage … These were three fine pieces of writing that I truly enjoyed.”

 

Second Place

“My Minneapolis.”

Jim Walsh, Southwest Journal

 

Third Place

“Maybe the Reddi-Bacon will return.”

Tim Krohn, Mankato Free Press

 

50,000+ circulation:

First place

A selection of metro columns

Jennifer Brooks, Star Tribune

The judge said: “All three columns discuss topics that are timely and relatable, not only for local readers, but on a national level.”

 

Second Place

“Frederick Melo: You don’t know TIF!”

Frederick Melo, St. Paul Pioneer Press

 

Third Place

A selection of metro columns

Ruben Rosario, St. Paul Pioneer Press

 

Editorial

Less than 50,000 circulation (all winners submitted a selection of editorials):

First place

Brian Hunhoff, Yankton County Observer

The judge said: “It’s not often that an editorial can be considered a “joy to read,” but Brian Hunhoff pulled it off three times with his entries. All are well-written, engaging and take definitive stands on issues of consequence.”

 

Second place

Joe Spear, Mankato Free Press

 

Third Place

Mike Jacobs, Grand Forks Herald

 

50,000+ circulation:

First place

“Lives at stake, voices raised.”

Star Tribune Editorial Board

The judge said: “The editorial board is to be commended for its clear, concise arguments that are supported well and draw logical conclusions. All of the submissions addressed important community topics, and the board’s stands provided thought leadership on those issues.”

 

Second Place

A selection of columns

Lori Sturdevant, Star Tribune

 

Third place

“The new war on birthright citizenship.”

Star Tribune Editorial Board

 

Graphics/Art and Illustration

Less than 50,000 circulation:

First Place

“Ranking risk.”

Carli Greninger, Grand Forks Herald

The judge said: “The primary art for this graphic actually made me say, “Wow,” out loud … Great work.”

 

Second place

“Is ignorance bliss?”

Isis Cabral, Red and Green

 

50,000+ circulation:

First Place

“Warm, but not too warm.”

Ray Grumney, Star Tribune

The judge said: “Using nothing but data as a visual illustrator for a story is incredibly difficult, but you’ve done it masterfully here … Absolutely stunning.”

 

Second Place

“No big deal.”

Ben Ramsden, Mark Reilly and Patrick Rehkamp, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

 

Third Place

“Holiday book guide.”

Mike Rice, Star Tribune

 

Page Design

Less than 50,000 circulation:

First Place

“Gold rush/Hockey town hero.”

Kirsten Stromsodt and Meaghan MacDonald, Grand Forks Herald

The judge said this submission’s “striking layout stops the eye cold – in all the right ways.”

 

Second place

“The year that was with Lizz Winstead.”

Brenda Taylor, Southwest Journal

 

Third Place

“The fig is up.”

Micah Edel, Southwest Journal

 

50,000 circulation:

First Place

“Portraits of Prince’s Hometown Love Affair.”

Mike Rice and Tom Wallace, Star Tribune

The judge called this submission an “excellent marriage of headline, story and photo … Good thinking and execution went into this page design.”

 

Second place

“Super Bowl bet.”

Ben Ramsden, Mark Reilly and Dirk DeYoung, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

 

Third Place

“Gold rush.”

Josh Jones, Star Tribune

 

Headlines

Less than 50,000 circulation:

First Place

“Flushing truth down an Oval hole”; “An angel walked among us” and “Ghosts of aging dream still haunt Devil’s Nest.”

Brian Hunhoff, Yankton County Observer

The judge said: “These headlines accurately and concisely highlight each article’s most intriguing angles.”

 

Second Place

“A touch of classic Yankton”; “Love the Mall you have” and “The bird man of downtown Yankton.”

Kathy Church and Brian Hunhoff, Yankton County Observer

 

50,000+ circulation:

First place

“These kids hope to be arrow-dynamic”; “For some, skiing is believing” and “Cue snow globe, it’s Super Sunday.”

Mark Wolleman, Star Tribune

The judge said: “Your headlines are on the right side of the line between being clever and corny. Good job.”

 

Best Issue

Less than 50,000 circulation:

First Place

Mankato Free Press

The judge said: “The Free Press has a good balance of sharing the national and local news. One of their features in this issue on Somali language classes for Mankatoans points out the importance of diversity in the local as well as national arenas. A delightful plus for the paper is their inclusion of fiction as part of their Sunday edition.”

 

Second Place

Grand Forks Herald

 

50,000+ circulation:

First place

Star Tribune

The judge said: “This newspaper won hands down with the reporting, writing, photography, graphics and layout … I’d look forward to a Sunday read with this newspaper.”

 

2019 Page One Awards in Magazine Journalism

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

MAGAZINES

Best Profile Story

First Place

“The 100-foot fall.”

Renee Berg, Rochester Magazine

The judge said: “The writing here keeps you engaged in Amber’s story and invested in the outcome, while also revealing her personality along the way.”

 

Second place

“Born to run.”

James Walsh, Star Tribune

 

Third Place

“The ramen architect.”

James Norton, The Growler

 

Best Feature Story

First Place

“Beyond the talk.”

Jennifer Hyvonen, Minnesota Parent

The judge called it “a personal and educational piece told in a very warm, humorous and informative manner.”

 

Second Place

“The IUD is back and better.”

Kate Dohman, Minnesota Parent

 

Third Place

“Sixty years of Omm Pah Pah.”

Robb Murray, Mankato Free Press

 

Best Department

First Place

“Random Rochesterite.”

Jennifer Koski, Rochester Magazine

The judge complemented this entry’s “great layout, overall great look and feel to the sections.”

 

Second place

“State secrets.”

Eric Roper, Star Tribune

 

Third Place

“Ten Questions.”

Steve Lange, Rochester Magazine

 

Best Column

First place

“Oddchester.”

Steve Lange, Rochester Magazine

The judge said: “Highly relatable subject matter, combined with an enjoyable voice and style, reminds us that a sense of community is still an important part of our lives. We need steady, dependable columnists more than ever.”

 

Second place

“Afraid to ask.”

Gail Rosenblum, Star Tribune

 

Third place

“World’s okay-est mom.”

Katie Dohman, Minnesota Parent

 

Best Cover

First Place

Micah Edel, Minnesota Good Age’s July 2018 issue.

The judge said: “GREAT use of color for coordinating with the photo used. Overall, clean design and feel, while bringing out design from the photo into the design of the text and lines.”

 

Second Place

Casie Beldo, Ari Woeste and Erica Loeks, Minnesota Monthly’s December 2018 issue.

 

Third Place

“Fall arts.”

Emily Utne, City Pages

 

Best Page Design

First Place

“The Wild Side.”

Micah Edel, Minnesota Good Age

The judge called this entry “cohesive and pleasing to look at. Impressive work.”

 

Second place

“Diagnosis: Gifted.”

Valerie Moe, Minnesota Parent

 

Third Place

“X-Games: Your favorite extreme sports throw-down is back in Minneapolis.”

Emily Utne, City Pages

 

Graphics/Art and illustration

First place

“Fringe 2018.”

Sango Bang and Emily Utne, City Pages

The judge complimented this entry’s use of color and level of detail.

 

Second place

“Born to run.”

Tim O’Brien and Kim Vu, Star Tribune

 

Best Issue

First Place

Mankato Magazine, December 2018 issue

The judge called this submission “a stand-out in its category. Not only did the main story grab interest, but the variety of articles was outstanding and all of the articles had meat to them. The layout was eye pleasing and the balance of content to advertisements was spot on.”

 

Second place

“Born to run.”

Star Tribune

2019 Page One Awards in Television Journalism

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

TELEVISION

Spot/Breaking News

Fewer than 50 employees:

First Place

“Refinery fire.”

WDIO staff

The judge called this entry “very comprehensive.”

 

Second Place

“Tornadoes.”

KTTC staff

 

Third place

“Refinery Explosion.”

KBJR staff

 

50+ employees:

First place

“Hundreds protest in Minneapolis following high court’s travel ban decision.”

Jeff Wagner and Lewis Karpel, WCCO

The judge said: “Excellent reporting and very good videography make for a compelling spot news story.”

 

Hard News Report

Fewer than 50 employees:

First Place

“Guns and schools.”

Amy Adamle and Clayton Zervas, WDIO

The judge said: “Very good, well-developed story focus.”

 

Second Place

“Through fire comes steel.”

Baihly Warfield and Clayton Zervas, WDIO

 

Third place

“PTSD in the fire industry.”

Katie Lange, KIMT

 

50+ employees:

First Place

“A death in Tent City.”

Tom Lyden and Brad Swagger, KMSP

The judge called the story “An in-depth look inside a troubled place where most people would never dare to go.”

 

Feature

Fewer than 50 employees:

First Place

“Waiting for a heart transplant.”

Katie Lange, KIMT

The judge called this a “very human story with good information on the problem of finding organ donors.”

 

Second Place

“Breathing new life.”

Deedee Stipan, KIMT

 

Third Place

“Joe’s great haircuts.”

Tom Overlie and Chuck Sibley, KTTC

 

50+ employees:

First place

“Eddie’s sign.”

Boyd Huppert and Chad Nelson, KARE

The judge said: “This in-depth story of a family healing from tragedy is alternately heart-warming and heart-rending.”

 

Special Project/In-depth Series

Fewer than 50 employees:

First place

“Does Logan hold the key?”

Darren Danielson, Carl Sauer and Clayton Zervas, WDIO

The judge said: “Important topic and new information. Good videography. Well-written.”

 

Second place

“Under water searching for air.”

Taylor Holt and Glenn Kellahan, WDIO

 

Third place

“Road to recovery.”

Katie Lange, KIMT

 

Special Project/In-depth Series

50+ employees:

First Place

“A Pattern of Denial”

AJ Lagoe, Steve Eckert and Gary Knox, KARE 11

Judges called this an “outstanding investigative piece which affects millions of veterans not only in Minnesota but across the country. The piece was so strong that results were immediate and representatives were calling for investigations across the country.”

 

Second Place

“North at a crossroads.”

Tom Lyden, Brad Swagger, John Michael and Tyler Ryan, KMSP

 

Third Place

“Huppert dairy.”

Boyd Huppert, Chad Nelson, Rob Collett and Kevin Sullivan, KARE

 

Investigative

Fewer than 50 employees:

First Place

“Digging deeper: Hit-and-run drivers.”

Caitlin Alexander, Spencer Ellingson, Chuck Sibley and Joe McDevitt, KTTC

The judge complimented this entry’s “good sources” and “very good presentation.”

 

50+ employees:

First Place

“Double Billing the Badge: The patrol car payback.”

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

The judge said the “series reveals great depth of analysis and dogged pursuit of the truth of the situation … Excellent job of making a complicated scheme understandable.”

 

Second Place

“Casanova of the courthouse.”

Tom Lyden and Brad Swagger, KMSP

 

Newscast

Fewer than 50 employees:

First Place

Coverage of the Superior refinery explosion and fire on Eyewitness News at 10

WDIO

The judge called this entry “very comprehensive,” and complemented its “good, fresh angle.”

 

Second Place

“KBJR 6 News at Ten.”

Kevin Jacobsen, KBJR

 

Third place

NewsCenter at 10 p.m., October 4, 2018

KTTC

 

Sports news coverage           

Fewer than 50 employees:

First Place

“WDIO Sports Excellence.”

Dan Williamson, WDIO

The judge said they “loved your story about the Nun that turned into a coach … You are on your way to greatness.”

 

Second place

“CBS 3 Thursday Night Faceoff.”

Kelly Hinseth, KBJR

 

Third place

Mark Poulose, KTTC

 

50+ employees:

First place

Boyd Huppert, Chad Nelson and Rob Collett, KARE

The judge said: “You are a gifted storyteller and show how sports should be not about the highlight, but the heart and soul of our communities. Keep up the good work.”

2019 Page One Awards in Radio Journalism

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

RADIO

Hard News Report

First place

“Train to nowhere: Twin Cities light rail becomes home for the homeless.”

Nina Moini and Laura McCallum, MPR News

The judge said: “The final product is seamless and highly listenable. This is what good community journalism on radio sounds like. Bravo.”

 

Second place

“Minnesota Native News: Minnesota Historical Society Works With Tribes on Historic Sacred Site.”

Cole Premo, Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations

 

Feature

First Place

“Bending Nimbus to her will.”

Anna Stitt, KFAI

The judge said: “A very good balance of different voices, sounds and attention to detail in the story … Nice work.”

 

Second Place

“A violinist grapples with death.”

Ryan Dawes, KFAI

 

Third Place

“Common carp are being removed from Minnesota lakes by the truckload.”

Elizabeth Dunbar and Meg Martin, MPR News

 

Special Project/In-depth Series

First Place

“Sex trafficking: The new slavery.”

Laurie Stern, Freddie Bell and Chantel SinGs, Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations

The judge said: “This is truly in-depth reporting, unusual for radio in its level of detail, sourcing and impact on the listener. This kind of journalism is all too rare in this day and age, and all too necessary for the profession and society at large.”

 

Second place

“Experts worry fatal brain disease could threaten Minnesota’s $1 billion deer-hunting industry.”

John Enger and Euan Kerr, MPR News

 

Third place

“An Unvarnished, Unholy Tour of Franklin Avenue.”

Melissa Olson, KFAI

 

Investigative

First Place

“At Renaissance Festival, women recount years of harassment.”

Marianne Combs and Eric Ringham, MPR News

The judge said: “This is a difficult subject to report on in any context. The reporter did an excellent job of handling it in a highly professional way, getting comment from multiple points of view. A top piece of work.”

 

Newscast

First place

“Minnesota Native News: It’s never just housing.”

Melissa Townsend and Marie Rock, Association of Minnesota Public Educational Radio Stations

 

Sports news coverage

First place

“Playing the National Anthem on a Pipa? Gao Hong brings it.”

Ryan Dawes, KFAI

 

Second place

“Why she skateboards despite the pain.”

Katie Thornton, KFAI

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