The Minnesota Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (MN SPJ) recognizes the best in Minnesota journalism each year with its annual Page One Awards.

A few changes have been made to the awards this year — including exciting new categories that were much requested by Minnesota journalists. The new categories are:

  1. A special award for Best Beat Reporting, open to a reporter in any medium who works a beat and can demonstrate why her reporting stands above the rest.
  2. Two new categories for newspaper reporting: Best Arts Criticism/Review and Best Meeting/Planned News Event feature.
  3. A new category for Television: Best Meeting/Planned News Event feature
  4. A new category for Radio: Best Meeting/Planned News Event feature
  5. Two new categories for Online: Best Arts Criticism/Review and Best Meeting/Planned News Event feature.

In addition to these new categories, Minnesota SPJ has instituted a small price increase for this year’s Page One Awards, raising the prices from $20 per entry to $22 per entry. This price increase is a direct result of declining support for MNSPJ’s silent auction, which funds student scholarships. In order to continue to offer student scholarships, MNSPJ has instituted this small price increase to replenish the scholarship fund.


Journalists working for all print, broadcast and online news outlets in Minnesota (or news outlets in neighboring states that cover Minnesota) are eligible to enter. All work published or broadcast during the 2016 calendar year is eligible. Entries must be submitted by Friday, February 24. The fee is $22 per entry.

Contest winners will be honored at MN SPJ’s Page One Banquet, an annual spring event celebrating excellence in Minnesota journalism. The date and location for the banquet will be announced later.

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