2020 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.


5A. Best Website [Online] First Place Staff    MPR News mprnews.org In a field with several examples of thinking outside of some of the stuffier ruts of online news design, mprnews.org presented the cleanest, clearest and most robust website experience.
  Second Place Andrew




  Third Place  Staff   Star Tribune    
5B. Best Single News Story [Online] First Place Mukhtar Ibrahim Sahan Journal ‘Monster in our community’: East African youth break the silence over addiction A moving, well-sourced story that puts multiple, local faces on important issue to this community
  Second Place Erin Hinrichs MinnPost Video attacking equity efforts inflames racial controversy in Eastern Carver Co. Schools  
  Third Place Mukhtar Ibrahim Sahan Journal A northwestern Minnesota county removed a Somali mother’s kids. Somalis want to know why.  
5C. Best Continuing Coverage [Online] First Place Staff    Star Tribune This is Jayme Closs! Call 911!’ This work conveys beautifully a community’s shock and joy at Closs escaping alive, and how it happened. It appropriately respects and reflects the community’s desire to protect her. And what terrific reporting to get the job application her captor filed the day she escaped.
  Second Place  Jessica  Lee MinnPost Housing issues: continuing coverage  
  Third Place Staff    Star Tribune Cedar High Apartments fire  
5D. Best Single Feature Story/Package [Online] First Place Rick




Star Tribune A restaurant revolution This is great, innovative storytelling that relies on the platform (online presentation) to guide the reader. It’s a visually pleasing, clean design that combines photos, text, bulleted information, mugshots, graphics, and pull quotes – but it’s not cluttered. This is a comprehensively reported and beautifully displayed story.
  Second Place Anna




Star Tribune 12 hours with “Live From Here”  
  Third Place Peter








MinnPost A power map of Gov. of Tim Walz’ top staff  
5E. Best Single Sports Story/Package [Online] First Place Staff   Star Tribune An epic canoe journey The entire series was phenomenal–I found myself wanting more as I continued and finished reading all three pieces submitted. The vivid imagery kept me engaged the entire time.
  Second Place Staff   Star Tribune Road to Minneapolis  
  Third Place Chris Tomasson St. Paul Pioneer Press Vikings legend Fred Cox dies at 80: ‘Nobody’s going to live more than I did,’ he had said  
5F. Best Use of Multimedia [Online] First Place Anna Boone


Chris Serres

Richard Tsong-Taatarii

Glenn Howatt

Star Tribune Chaotic Care: Two families plead for help. It never comes. Fantastically good photography and stories that will break your heart. This is one story in a group of seven that share reporters, photographers, and a cross-story, visually arresting design that helps draw the reader in (though it also loads inconsistently and too often the photos are blocked by text). A huge project well executed, and complete with background information, graphics (not too many) and the amazing photos.
  Second Place Tim








MPR News Jingle Dress tradition  
  Third Place  








Minnesota Public Radio / The Current The Current Rewind: The Peters Brothers’ anti-rock crusade  
5G. Best social media account – Individual [Online] First Place Jason DeRusha WCCO-TV @DeRushaJ Jason DeRusha uses social media to inform and engage thousands of followers on myriad topics. Jason’s conversations with followers set him apart in this category. Great use of the medium to strengthen rapport with the public.
  Second Place Frederick Melo St. Paul Pioneer Press @FrederickMelo  
  Third Place Jessica Lee MinnPost @byjlee  
5H. Best social media account – Institutional [Online] First Place  Staff   MPR News MPR News Instagram A wonderful Instagram follow, full of news and entertainment. Delivering information in myriad ways — videos, photo galleries, stories — takes full advantage of everything the medium has to offer. Fans of the page are more than willing to engage.
  Second Place  Staff   Star Tribune Star Tribune Instagram account  
  Third Place  Staff   WCCO-TV WCCO-TV | CBS Minnesota  
5I. Best News Video [Online] First Place Renée Jones Schneider Star Tribune Medicaid waiver process stresses parents already feeling pressure This is actual reporting and storytelling with a video camera. Extra congratulations for visually telling story that is, in the end, about paperwork. Not easy.
5J. Best Newsroom Blog [Online] First Place Michael Rand Star Tribune Randball Nice variety of content on this sports blog, which is well written and timely. Good work!
  Second Place  Rick  Nelson Star Tribune Table Talk  
  Third Place Paul








MPR News Updraft  
5K. Best Independent News Blog [Online] First Place Susan Perry MinnPost Second Opinion blog Blogger Susan Perry finds intriguing topics dealing with health. Her blogs are interesting reads with information that the public should know.
  Second Place Eric Black MinnPost Eric Black Ink  
  Third Place Scott Russell Healing Minnesota Stories Blog (Minnesota Council of Churches) News/Analysis Regarding Proposed Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline  
5L. Best Info-graphic / Data Visualization [Online] First Place Chris




Star Tribune Bombas Away Providing a “graphic look at the Twins’ record-setting 2019 home run barrage,” Bombas Away uses advanced coding to create a user-friendly interactive graphic that presents its data in the most interesting way possible. Readers can choose to view every home run hit during the 2019 season, or they can select a favorite player to see how they measured up. Bombas Away is a baseball lover’s dream and the perfect example of a newspaper using its online capabilities to their fullest potential.
  Second Place Greta Kaul MinnPost An illustrated guide to the signs of Minnesota spring  
  Third Place Eric Roper Star Tribune Take a guided photo tour of Minneapolis in 1907  
    Thomas Oide      
    Jeff Hargarten      
    James Lileks