2019 MNA Better Newspaper Contest

General Excellence ( Under 1,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Cloquet - Pine Knot News
    Entry Title: Pine Knot News
    Entry Credit: Jana Peterson, Mike Creger, Rose Chu, Kerry Rodd, Ivan Hohnstadt
    Judge Comment: The Pine Knot News sets a high bar for what community newspapers should aspire to: covering a broad spectrum of hard news, features, sports and hyper-local stories that inform, entertain and inspire. The News understands that better than most.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Mountain Lake - Observer/Advocate
    Entry Title: General Excellence
    Entry Credit: Observer/Advocate Staff
    Judge Comment: By far the best-designed newspaper in this category, the Observer/Advocate packages its report crisply. Photo display is eye-catching, and centerpiece treatments do a good job of showing off the week's trophy coverage.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Eden Valley Watkins Voice
    Entry Title: EV-W VOICE
    Entry Credit: EVW VOICE
    Judge Comment: Nice features on a child with leukemia; restoration of a longtime town tavern; and a family's success at the World Dairy expo made for enjoyable reading in editions with a breadth of coverage. Bonus: Readers also learned all about the World Plowing Competition.
  • Competition Comment: Minnesota's rural areas are well-served by the small weekly newspapers that work hard to cover their communities. All of the General Excellence entries had one key thing in common: Devotion to their communities and tireless efforts to cover them. Bravo to you all.