MinnPost staffers have won eight 2016 Page One Awards, presented Wednesday night by the Minnesota Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).
The annual awards ceremony and banquet, held at the Town & Country Club in St. Paul, featured speaker Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post.
First-place awards went to:
- Briana Bierschbach in the Best Social Media Account category for her Twitter account. Judges said, “This reporter’s use of Twitter is fantastic. … The account also has a very good style that is professional, but feels personal too. There is definitely a brand here.”
- Susan Perry in the Best Independent News Blog category for her daily consumer health column, Second Opinion. Judges commented: “Very accessible, with great links to dive deeper.”
- Andy Sturdevant in the Arts and Entertainment category for “In sticker art, a universe exists between art for art’s sake and commercial promotion.”
Other awards went to:
- Andy Sturdevant: second place in the Best Independent News Blog category for his weekly The Stroll column.
- Joel Kramer, Andy Putz and Corey Anderson: third place for MinnPost in the Best Website category.
- Pamela Espeland, third place in the Best Independent News Blog for her Tuesday-Friday Artscape column.
- Gregg Aamot, third place in the Arts & Entertainment category for his Rural Dispatches story, “An ‘arts ecosystem’ in Winona: Marine art museum, Shakespeare festival among attractions fueling a creative boom.”
- Andy Mannix (who now works for the Star Tribune), third place in the Best Single News Story category for “Disorderly conduct: in its zeal to bust drug dealers and prostitutes, a Minneapolis Police unit crosses the line.”