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Daily Globe captures 13 awards at MNA event

BLOOMINGTON -- The Daily Globe received 13 awards in the Better Newspaper Contest during the 149th annual convention of the Minnesota Newspaper Association Thursday night in Bloomington.The awards were based on works created between Oct. 1, 2014 ...

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Daily Globe staff members pose with their awards following the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest Awards Banquet Thursday night in Bloomington. Shown are Roberta Fultz (front, from left), Jessica Holinka and Zach Hacker. BACK: Ryan Baumgarn, Chandra Carlson, Robin Baumgarn, Publisher Joni Harms, Julie Buntjer and Anita Holmes. (Denise Erwin/Daily Globe)

BLOOMINGTON - The Daily Globe received 13 awards in the Better Newspaper Contest during the 149th annual convention of the Minnesota Newspaper Association Thursday night in Bloomington.
The awards were based on works created between Oct. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2015. This year’s contest, judged by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, included more than 4,350 entries from daily and weekly newspapers across the state.
Daily Globe Publisher Joni Harms presented the awards as she carried out the final duties of her term as president of the Minnesota Newspaper Association. Past MNA President Tom West, assisting during the awards ceremony, told award recipients they “are the elite of Minnesota journalism. These awards do not come easily.”
In categories in which judges consider the entire newspaper, the Daily Globe won four awards among dailies under 10,000 circulation, including first place in Advertising Excellence.
A second-place award was accepted in Typography and Design. In that category, judges wrote: “I like that you use hairlines to break up stories, not many papers do this! Daily Globe Working Together - great design. ‘First solar array?’ - nice use of type and photo for a somewhat dry story. It made me stop and read it. Keep up the nice work!”
The Daily Globe also earned second place in Sports Reporting.
Comments from the judge read, “Solid local, original reporting that reaches for more interesting ways to write recaps. Doesn’t depend on the AP wire like some of the other entries.”
A third-place award was received in Use of Photography as a Whole. The judge wrote: “Good use of colorful and large images along with historical ones.”
The Daily Globe’s “Vietnam Remembered” special section garnered third place among all dailies in the best Special Section category. Judges wrote: “Great local names and faces that bring home an international conflict. Veterans often have fascinating stories, and this section was no exception. Good design helps move the eyes through the pages.”
The Dave Pyle New Journalist Award is presented to the top new journalists among all weeklies and among all dailies. Daily Globe Night Editor Roberta Fultz earned third place among new journalists working in daily newspapers. Judges wrote: “Great page designs. Roberta’s fresh ideas are exactly what a lot of newspapers need.”
Advertising Manager Chandra Carlson and Graphics Manager Jessica Holinka earned first place Institutional Advertisement among all dailies for the advertisement they developed for First State Bank Southwest’s “Tap. Snap. Deposit.” ad campaign. Judges wrote: “Lots of competition in this category and this ad rose to the top. Excellent example of an effective small ad.”
Sales consultant Denise Erwin and graphic designer Ryan Baumgarn joined forces to earn third place among all dailies for Best Self-Promotion or House Ad. The award was presented for the Globe’s “Name that Tune” contest. Judges wrote: “Not only does this ad give readers a reason to be engaged - a game to play - the concept ensures that every ad on the page will be read. Great idea, and nice execution. Well designed and colorful!”
The same ad garnered Erwin and Baumgarn second place for Best Advertisement among dailies under 10,000. Here, judges wrote,”Wonderful idea. I like the juke box image.”
Former Daily Globe Photographer Jesse Trelstad was awarded third place for Best Sports Photo among dailies under 10,000. Trelstad’s image, captured a baseball player sliding into home plate. Judges wrote, “Love that this photo features both teams waiting for the decision of the umpire.”
In the category for best use of Information Graphics and Graphic Illustrations, the Daily Globe earned a clean sweep among all dailies. Fultz earned first place for her entry, Musical Chairs, which illustrated a story about ISD 518 principal moves. Judges wrote: “Love the school look with the chairs - ties everything in with the graphics.”
Fultz combined with Reporter Julie Buntjer to earn second place in the category with an entry on Biohavens, which used text and photos to showcase new floating islands installed in Worthington’s Sunset Bay. Judges wrote: “Very nice illustrations - the images tell the story about the components without needing the words.”
Third place in the category went to Reporter Robin Baumgarn for her entry, “What is the real cost?”, about the impact Iowa’s increased gas tax had on consumers at the pump. Judges wrote: “Clean and great graphics used.”
The 149th annual convention included informative sessions and dynamic speakers, including Jim Brandenburg, whose career in photography was rooted under the guidance of the Vance family at the Daily Globe. Brandenburg has published several books, sharing both images and stories of two of his great loves - the wolves of northern Minnesota and the prairies of southwest Minnesota. He shared stories and photographs that spanned his career, and spoke passionately about saving the prairie and stopping the open hunts on wolves.
Former Vice President Walter Mondale spoke during Friday’s luncheon, which also included an appearance by Gov. Mark Dayton. Earlier in the day, Dayton instructed the Department of Natural Resources to stop its mapping of so-called ‘private ditches’ under last year’s buffer legislation. He said in a press release that “Republican legislators insisted that they did not intend those ditches to be included in the scope of the legislation, even though its buffering requirements would not take effect until November 2018.”
“It’s not bad farmers, it’s bad farming practices,” Dayton said during Friday’s luncheon. “And it’s not bad businessmen, it’s bad business practices. We used to have an ethic in this state to be good stewards, good citizens, good neighbors. And if we lose that ethic, God help us. So let’s help ourselves.”
Mondale, in his remarks, spoke of today’s political climate and the overwhelming influence of money. He also reflected on the environment - noting that most of our problems in that arena are man-made - and compared early Surgeon General warnings about tobacco that proved true to long-existing science about global warming.
“The environment is one of the most existential issues of our time,” Mondale said.
This year’s MNA convention theme was “Newspapers: The Foundation of Vibrant Communities.”

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Former Vice President Walter Mondale speaks Friday during the Minnesota Newspaper Association convention in Bloomington. (Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe)

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