WORTHINGTON — The Globe garnered 13 awards in the Minnesota Newspaper Convention’s annual Better Newspaper Contest during a virtual gala Thursday evening.
The honors were presented for works produced by staff between Sept. 1, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2020. Members of the Michigan Press Association judged the more than 3,100 entries submitted by large and small newspapers across Minnesota.
The Globe’s newsroom staff was recognized with two first-place awards, including General Reporting for non-dailies with a circulation class of 3,001 to 7,000. Noted the judge, “(This was a) very difficult category to judge because of so many good community papers. Globe picked here for its mix of stories, and particularly for its response to packing plant closure.”
Also garnering first place in Local Breaking News Coverage in the same circulation category was coverage of the George Floyd Protest in Worthington. The award, given to Ryan McGaughey, Julie Buntjer, Leah Ward, Doug Wolter and Tim Middagh, included the following judge’s comment: “Excellent work. These pieces were thorough, objective and kept your readers informed in a timely manner.”
In addition, Buntjer earned both first and third place in Hard News reporting, non-dailies, circulation 3,001 to 7,000 for her entries: “Pork producers face dire days” and “Hail wipes out beautiful crops” respectively. The judge said the story on area pork producers “was a well-reported glimpse of a substantial supply chain disruption as it unfolded during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a strong example of telling a story as it happens and providing important context along the way. Well done.” For the hail-damaged crops story, the judge wrote: “This story was a good example of thorough reporting on a news event that had widespread impact.”
Buntjer also earned third place Business Story for non-dailies, circulation 3,001 to 7,000, for her story about salons and barbershops reopening after state COVID-19 executive orders were lifted. Said the judge: “Good variety of sources. You can feel the pressures and relief of everyone in this article.”
In the category Best Use of Social Media, Advertising Manager Roberta Fultz won first place among all non-dailies for the “LIKE My Summer” photo contest. The judge wrote, “Wonderful use of the social media platform and print combination to engage readers.”
The Globe also earned second place in the same category, with Wolter and Middagh teaming up to produce "The Drill," featuring Worthington High School athlete McKenna Prunty. Coincidentally, the same submission garnered a second-place award in the category, Best Use of Video, among all non-dailies. Noted the judges: “Nice hometown social media feature,” and “Solid production with great editing and use of still images throughout the piece. Overall, a very nice video.”
Middagh and Wolter also won a third-place award in the Best Use of Video category with another "Drill" submission, this one featuring Minnesota West Community & Technical College athlete Emmanuel Akot. Wrote the judge: “Nice job with this piece. Editing was very good.”
Fultz garnered third place in Self Promotion or House Ad, non-dailies over 3,000 circulation, with her entry, “Meet Your Team” featuring each of The Globe’s employees. She also earned a third-place award with Dan Young in the Innovative Online Advertising category, among all circulation groups, for the Worthington Strong campaign.
In competition among all non-dailies for Best Magazine, The Globe’s Jessica Pass, Kayla Carlson and Fultz earned third place for their production of the Worthington Community & Visitor Guide.
The Globe also was awarded third place in Best Use of Multimedia among all non-dailies for its Nobles County 4-H Showcase, which included videos, photos and stories. Sharing in the work — and the award — were Fultz, Buntjer and Middagh. The judge wrote, “Nice focus on an event that otherwise may not have been publicized well due to COVID-19.”
“With all the challenges of 2020, it is great to be recognized among our peers at the statewide level,” shared Joni Harms, publisher of The Globe. “Winning first in the category of General Reporting confirms the emphasis we put on strong community relations and connecting you, our readers, with local news each and every day. I am so proud and honored to be working with such a dedicated, talented staff.”