MNSPJ Seeks Candidates for Board of Directors

MNSPJ is seeking candidates for the 2020-21 board year. Join us! Up for election are four board seats. Also up for election are the executive board positions: president-elect (the elected officer will serve as president 2021-2022), 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…
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Final Contest Deadline Moved Back to Monday, Feb. 10

The Minnesota Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (MNSPJ) is providing one more deadline extension for the annual Page One Awards.  We will now accept entries through midnight on Monday, Feb. 10. The price of a contest entry is $22. Journalists working for all print, broadcast and online news outlets in Minnesota (or news outlets in neighboring states that…
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Page One Contest Deadline Extended Until Feb. 7

The Minnesota Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (MNSPJ) is extending the deadline for the annual Page One Awards.  We will now accept entries through Friday, Feb. 7. The price of a contest entry is $22. Journalists working for all print, broadcast and online news outlets in Minnesota (or news outlets in neighboring states that cover Minnesota) are eligible…
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MNSPJ objects to restrictions on access to public meeting in Minneapolis

On the evening of Jan. 22, local journalists were prevented from recording a public meeting of a committee advising the city of Minneapolis on the Upper Harbor Terminal redevelopment. Members of the press were told they could not take photos or record video of the meeting, which violated the spirit of Minnesota’s Open Meeting Law and the committee’s own bylaws, which…
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Journalism in MN: The Inside Scoop

How do journalists come up with stories?  What are the ethical norms that journalists follow?  What makes journalism different from propaganda, opinion and advertising — and what can readers and viewers do when they believe journalism has veered toward one of these other categories? The Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (MNSPJ) wants to explore these and other…
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Journalism Students: Apply now for a $2,500 scholarship

Attention college journalists: The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists (MNSPJ) is now accepting applications for its 2020 student scholarship. This year, MNSPJ will award one $2,500 scholarship to a student pursuing a career in broadcast, print, online or visual journalism. A second winner will receive $1,000. Applicants must either be enrolled in a post-secondary institution in Minnesota or have graduated…
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2020 Page One Awards — Now Accepting Entries!

The Minnesota Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (MNSPJ) recognizes the best in Minnesota journalism each year with its annual Page One Awards. Contest entries can be submitted between now and Friday, Feb. 7. Finalists will be notified in the spring, with winners named at the annual Page One Awards banquet later this year. Contest categories and rules…
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2020 Page One Awards Contest Categories

1. NEWSPAPER/NEWS WRITING a. Breaking News Coverage (Up to three stories showing excellence in coverage of a single news event that’s breaking/was not expected. Examples include but aren’t limited to crime stories, public safety emergencies, deaths/resignations involving prominent news figures and sudden layoffs The goal is to showcase depth of coverage from a journalist or journalists working on a tight deadline on…
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2020 Page One Awards Contest Guidelines

GENERAL GUIDELINES The fee is $22 per entry. Entries must be submitted no later than midnight, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. All work published or broadcast during the 2019 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…
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