2018 Page One Awards in Online Journalism


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


Best Website Online

First Place, City Pages         


Judge’s comment

“Visitors to the page are not bombarded by copy, but instead are able to easily navigate through the stories with lots of photos to break up the space. Makes it easy to skim through the headlines while picking a story to read.”


Second Place, Newsroom staff, Mankato Free Press



Best Single News Story Online           

First Place, Susan Du, City Pages

“Philando Castile verdict: Covering a wounded St. Paul turns into a long night in jail”

Judge’s comment

“Susan Du’s descriptive coverage of the protests resulting from the Philando Castile shooting verdict paints a vivid picture of the resulting protest. From protesters abusing reporters to police arresting protesters to one driver pretending like they would run over protesters.”


Second Place, Briana Bierschbach, MinnPost      

“Multiple women accuse Minnesota state Senator Dan Schoen of sexual harassment”

Third Place, Mike Mullen, City Pages

“Minneapolis shows what really happens when an emergency vehicle comes upon a protest”


Best Continuing Coverage Online           

First Place, Briana Bierschbach, MinnPost

Sexual harassment

Judge’s comment:

“Like many sexual harassment stories over the past 12 months, Bierschbach’s reporting uncovers and details the Minnesota legislature’s sexist culture. Bierschbach shows the reader exactly how male lawmakers abuse their power by groping, leering at, and inappropriately propositioning women over whom they have power. This open secret has been brought to light, clear as day, thanks in large part to this series of articles.”


Second Place, Greta Kaul, MinnPost        

“Chronic absenteeism“


Arts & Entertainment Online           

First Place, Jay Gabler, The Current / Minnesota Public Radio    

“Minnesota musicians having ‘panic and anxiety’ over planned Affordable Care Act repeal”


Second Place, Rick Nelson, Star Tribune

“Year of immigrants in restaurants”

Third Place, Jim Walsh, MinnPost

“Meet Minneapolis’ punk rock ramen chef, Matthew Kazama: ‘You can’t do this without passion’”


Arts Criticism/Review Online           

First Place, T. Aaron Cisco, Twin Cities Geek

“The Latest Black Panther Trailer Is Us”

Judge’s comment

“I’ll keep it simple and quote from the article…”Oh. Hell. Yes.” There has been a lot written about “Black Panther” and this article ranks among the better ones. Diversity matters. Representation matters. And this article picks up on the importance of both.”


Second Place, Becca Dilley, Michael Cronin, Robb Burnham, James Norton, The Heavy Table

“The Green Line Checklist”

Third Place, Pamela Espeland, MinnPost

“The Moving Company’s ‘Speechless’ needs no words”


Best Use of Multimedia


First Place, Star Tribune Staff         

“Left to Suffer”

Second Place: Star Tribune

“Little Mogadishu”

Third Place, Patrick Winn, GlobalPost Investigations

“Myanmar’s army is tormenting Muslims with a brutal rape campaign”


Best social media account – Individual


First Place, Mukhtar Ibrahim, MPR News

Mukhtar Ibrahim Twitter account

Judge’s comment

“Mukhtar Ibrahim showcases what a journalist’s Twitter account should be. Fantastic. Strong, consistent content and impressive engagement.”


Second Place, Briana Bierschbach, MinnPost      

Briana’s Twitter Account

Third Place, Chris Tomasson St. Paul Pioneer Press       

Chris Tomasson Twitter account


Best social media account – Institutional


First Place, Star Tribune staff         

Star Tribune Instagram

Judge’s comment

“Star Tribune Instagram stood out with its strong and stunning images. The photography is really what pushed Star Tribune ahead.”


Second Place, Sam Erkkila, Duluth News Tribune

Duluth News Tribune Instagram                                     


Best News Video


First Place, Mark Vancleave, Star Tribune

“Dying father battles ALS to see son’s graduation”

Judge’s comment

“Beautiful narration of a moving story. It’s great the access to the life of the characters and also the cinematography was excellent. The movie is simply amazing.”


Second Place, Josette, Elieff, Shaymus McLaughlin, GoMN

“Untold Impact: The enduring life of Marisa Bocanegra”

Third Place, Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune

“A boy’s love of vacuums”


Best Newsroom Blog


First Place, Michael Rand, Star Tribune,


Judge’s comment

“I have to imagine this is one of the more popular features at the StarTribune website. It’s lively and expansive – delivering news across a range of local sports – and offers an incisive mix of original reporting and analysis. My usual preference would be to award a news blog over a sports blog, but Randball seems like a can’t-miss piece of journalism for Minnesota sports fans.”


Second Place, Bob Collins, MPR News



Best Independent News Blog


First Place, Ron Meador, MinnPost

“Earth Journal”

Judge’s comment

“First, kudos to MinnPost for four brilliant blog entires. Earth Journal stood out as the clear winner with its strong and consistent coverage of issues that are truly important in our current climate crisis and political landscape. Great work covering local and national issues but most of all, bringing world-wide concerns to MinnPost readers.”


Second Place, Eric Black, MinnPost

“Eric Black Ink”       

Third Place, Pamela Espeland, MinnPost



Meeting/Planned Event Feature


First Place, Briana Bierschbach, Sam Brodey, Tom Nehil, MinnPost

“Minnesota Election Tracker”

Judge’s comment

“What a clever way for readers to keep track of the election! An excellent landing page that is constantly updated, with a drop-down with more information on each candidate.”


Second Place, Jim Walsh, Star Tribune

“35W Bridge Collapse: 10 Years later”

Third Place, Peter Callaghan, MinnPost

“What the major Minneapolis mayor candidates’ kickoff events say about their campaigns”