Ifrah Jimale won second place in the independent news blog category for her “Ask a Somali” blog on the TC Daily Planet. Sheila Regan won third place for best continuing coverage online for her series on contracts, transparency and Minneapolis Public Schools. Both were honored at the annual Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists Page One awards banquet June 19. The awards were among more than a hundred at the celebration, which includes categories for large and small newspapers, magazines, television, radio and online journalism.
MinnPost and MPR were the big winners in the online news categories, though City Pages walked away with the prize for best website. MPR won first place for best single news story, “Minnesota: weak on bullying” by Tom Weber, Bill Wareham, Jeffrey Thompson and Justin Heideman, with MinnPost taking first place in best continuing coverage for Sharon Schmickle’s “Rural Minnesota: A generation at the crossroads.” KSTP, the St. Cloud Times, Finance & Commerce each garnered one award in the online category.
Congratulations, too, to former TC Daily Planet contributor Madeleine Baran — she’s part of the MPR team (with Jeffrey Thompson, Laura McCallum and Mike Edgerly) that won second place in the online category for best continuing coverage, for “Failed justice: Death investigations in Minnesota.”
And that’s not all — there are lots of print and broadcast categories, too. Here’s the link for the full list of Page One awards.
One notable award: The Park Bugle won the award for best single issue in publications with circulation under 50,000.
Thanks to SPJ for running the Page One awards every year—we love winning awards in 2012 as much as we did in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011!! And thanks to Ifrah and Sheila — and to all of the other writers who contribute to the Daily Planet and help us bring you the news from the many communities of the Twin Cities. We love the diversity of your voices and visions, the challenge of coordinating assignments and writing, and the excitement of publishing the news — your news — every day.