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

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.