The Globe wins 21 awards in Better Newspaper Contest

Honors presented Thursday during Minnesota Newspaper Convention

MNA 22 Fc The Globe
Globe staff members receiving awards during the 2022 Minnesota Newspaper Association convention last week included Julie Buntjer (clockwise from top left), Doug Wolter, Tim Middagh, Jessica Pass and Roberta Fultz.

BROOKLYN PARK — The Globe and its staff captured 21 awards during the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were presented Thursday evening, during the 155th MNA convention, hosted at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest.

More than 3,200 entries were submitted from 120 newspaper organizations across the state for the annual Better Newspaper Contest. In most categories, the top three entries selected by judges were honored.

“The Globe team earned a record high 21 awards this year! Being recognized among our peers is a great accomplishment,” shared Globe Publisher Joni Harms. “I am extremely proud of this group that works hard every day to put out a quality product for our community. Receiving these awards is a well-deserved bonus.”

Honors received by The Globe spanned everything from the newspaper as a whole to advertising, editorial content, use of multimedia and use of graphics.

The Globe earned three second place awards for its content as a whole, including use of photography, typography and design and sports reporting; while notching third place in advertising excellence. Judges appreciated the photo choices of hometown people to captivate the reader, well-written and edited sports stories that make great use of color photography, and good content and layout in advertising.


Each year, the MNA selects one surprise subject matter as its Category “X”. For the Oct. 1, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2021 contest period, the subject was COVID in your community. The Globe earned first place among all non-multi day newspaper publications for its submissions, which included the following stories: ‘They’re running a marathon every day,’ on Sanford Worthington Medical Center nurses treating COVID patients; ‘More than a number,’ the story of Merle Klosterbuer’s death from the virus; ‘Covid long haulers: Susanne Murphy and Jolene Wieneke’; ‘Adjust and Adapt’ on sports events impacted by the virus; and ‘A Year Like No Other,’ the special front page graphic marking one year of COVID in our communities. Staff recognized for the award included Julie Buntjer, Doug Wolter, Leah Ward and Becca Clemens.

Wrote the judge: “A collection of personal and compelling articles. They take you through the spectrum of the pandemic, with a variety of articulate viewpoints. The pandemic timeline had exceptional design and detail.” And the overall competition comment: “Entrants captured the complexities of the pandemic by focusing on the people, their livelihoods, trials and tribulations. Strong community journalism.”

The COVID-related graphic, “A Year Like No Other,” also won first place in Use of Information Graphics and Graphic Illustrations among all non-multi day newspapers. The award was presented to Becca Clemens, Leah Ward and Julie Buntjer.

“What an attractive page and a fun page, not for the tragic topic of COVID-19, but for a review of the year that lets you look back at simple stats in a simple format or dive deeper into events with the timeline on the bottom half,” wrote the judge. “There’s clearly a lot of writing, editing and assembly that went into this, and then an artist’s touch with the headline up top, not to mention throughout with the backgrounds and use of color such as for labeling.”

Globe writers Doug Wolter and Leah Ward swept the category of Sports Feature writing among all non-multi day publications with 3,001 to 7,000 subscribers. Wolter took first place for “Preston presses on” and third place for “Right where he belongs,” while Ward garnered second place for “Caught up in trapping.”

Judges appreciated the heartfelt story on Preston, with very good writing and well-selected quotes that accurately portrayed the emotions the athlete was going through after losing a sibling, and said Wolter’s story “Right where he belongs,” was captivating with good quotes and story structure. On Ward’s story about a Luverne trapper, the judge wrote, “Good, informative and interesting feature. I learned a lot about trapping and the fur industry that I hadn’t known before.”

Additional awards were presented to The Globe in the following categories:

Institutional Advertisement (non-multi day, over 3,000): The Globe, first place, Kayla Carlson and Jessica Pass, Benson Funeral Home Christmas Pies; The Globe, second place, Roberta Fultz and Luanna Lake, Dingmann Funeral Home business directory.


Self-Promotion or House Ad (non-multi day over 3,000): The Globe, first place, Roberta Fultz and Sara Slaby, Pride in our People.

Use of Color in Advertising (non-multi day over 3,000): The Globe, first place, Roberta Fultz and Rebecca Ness, Marthaler Chevy. “Fantastic auto ad. Perfect blend of color and design. Top notch entry that makes me want to buy this car!” wrote the judge. The Globe, second place, Katie Hastings, Johnson Jewelry. The judge wrote: “Terrific use of background color mixed with a full color photograph. Understated, by design, that creates a terrific look for your client. Pops of red complete the look. Very well done.”

Best Use of Social Media (all non-multi day): The Globe, first place, Roberta Fultz, LIKE My Summer Photo Contest. The judge wrote: “LIKE My Summer Photo is absolutely the perfect way to get print readers involved online and vice versa. Readers love seeing the faces and names of people they know, and that’s exactly what this charming feature does.”

Hard News (non-multi day, 3,001-7,000): The Globe, second place, Julie Buntjer, “What’s next for Manfred House?” Competition comment: “Really good entries here.”

Arts and Entertainment Story (non-multi day, 3,001-7,000): The Globe, second place, Leah Ward, “Worthington local named a finalist in Minnesota Book Awards.” Wrote the judge: “This could have been a routine story, but it feels as if it truly told the story behind the story.”

Innovative Online Advertising (all non-multi day): The Globe, second place, Roberta Fultz and Dan Young, City of Worthington and Nobles County CARES grant. The judge wrote: “Great campaign to make sure small businesses knew of resources available during the pandemic.”

Best Advertisement (non-multi day over 3,000): The Globe, second place, Kayla Carlson and Jen Phillips, Ecumen Meadows Missing Ingredient. Wrote the judge: “Love the different approach. Very clean.” The Globe, third place, Roberta Fultz and Tasha Kenyon, Worthington-Opoly Windsurfing Regatta feature. “Love the use of color. Great layering,” wrote the judge.

Portrait and Personality Photography (non-multi day, 3,001-7,000): The Globe, third place, Tim Middagh, Charles Worm with lamb. Wrote the judge: “You can feel the farmer’s love for animals.”

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Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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