Pioneer Wins 12 Awards at Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention – Bemidji Pioneer


BROOKLYN PARK — The Bemidji Pioneer received 12 awards at the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s 155th annual convention held Thursday in Brooklyn Park.

Judges of the MNA’s Better Newspaper competition chose the Pioneer as the winner of first place in sports reporting and advertising excellence among multi-day newspapers up to 5,000 circulations. The Pioneer also won second place for general reporting and third place for typography and design.

The Pioneer’s quarterly magazine inBemidji ranked first among all multi-day newspapers. The judges said, “This magazine was so inviting. I loved all the do it yourself things. The photos were stunning and the design of the page made you want to read every post.

Several Pioneer journalists returned to top spots for their reporting on social issues, with Jillian Gandsey receiving top spot for her article “I’m Glad to Be Here: Bemidji Teen Escapes Boulder Filming Scene, comes back the next day with his cello”.

Micah Friez got second place for his story “It’s more than basketball: Mohamed Kone, Benly Olizia on his knees as a call for justice, for unity”.

Pioneer editor Annalize Braught and former Pioneer reporter Hannah Olson won first place in a joint news story titled “Protesters block entrances to Bemidji Enbridge office against Line 3” , the judges commenting: “Fantastic writing, fantastic coverage. The journalists have delivered a balanced and unbiased story on an issue that can be extremely polarizing. I commend the journalists for a job well done.

Olson also received second place in the hard news category for his story “Nation’s Resilience Displayed During State of the Band Address in Red Lake”.

In the sports reporting category among newspapers with less than 10,000 circulations, Pioneer reporter Bria Barton ranked first for her article “Darkhouse Spearfishing Is ‘God’s TV’ for Outdoorsmen air in winter.” The judges commented that this was an “extremely compelling feature for the sport of spearfishing. He covered a lot of ground, including sports controversy. But it also gave a good insight into the spearfisher’s passion for the sport.

Former sports editor Austin Montieth ranked third among all multiday newspapers for his sports article “Beavers stun Badgers: BSU knock off Wisconsin in 6-3 win.” The judges commented that the story was “super easy to read and informative, it answered all the questions I had about the game and held my attention”.

Although the Pioneer is designed by many of the Forum Communications Co. graphic designers, Meghan Dowhaniuk submitted her work on the Pioneer for a design portfolio and won third place among all dailies.

“It’s very gratifying to have our entire team recognized by our industry peers,” Pioneer Publisher Todd Keute said of the awards. print and digital formats. It’s also important to have a community that supports us, engages us and pushes us to be our best.”


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