2019 MNA Better Newspaper Contest

Investigative Reporting ( 10,000 and Over,Under 10,000)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Grand Forks Herald
    Entry Title: Outside chances
    Entry Credit: Sam Easter
    Judge Comment: Absolutely blown away by the commitment to this series. Most impressed by the access to parts of the "system" that few get to see, and even fewer understand. Well done.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Fargo/Moorhead - The Forum
    Entry Title: Within 4 months, her brother and dad died as inmates of North Dakota jails
    Entry Credit: Kim Hyatt
    Judge Comment: This story is at once heartbreaking and maddening and mind-numbingly unbelievable — and yet it's the reality for many. Great work.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Bemidji - The Bemidji Pioneer
    Entry Title: Broken trust: Players detail inappropriate behavior by softball coach, lack of action by BSU
    Entry Credit: Micah Friez, Austin Monteith
    Judge Comment: Exactly what journalism should do: shine a light into dark corners of disgusting that the world needs to see. Fantastic.
  • Competition Comment: This has to be one of the most competitive categories going. I went back and forth on a "shortlist" that wasn't terribly short, truth be told. Access to information and sources, robust storytelling and unique subjects made the decision even harder. So much great reporting and storytelling the state of Minnesota newspapering is solid to say the least.