2022 MNA Better Newspaper Contest

Sports Feature Story ( Under 1,000) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: New York Mills Dispatch
    Entry Title: Klinnert wraps up 45th year as official
    Entry Credit: Chad Koenen
    Judge Comment: I like the look at your subject's whole career. I also appreciated the quotes you included from him. I wished a bit for some quotes from long-time area coaches or the association that handles refs, too, but overall, I appreciated hearing Klinnert's voice throughout and that the reporter let him tell his own story.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Henderson Independent
    Entry Title: Giant effort pays off
    Entry Credit: Rachel Miller
    Judge Comment: This was a neat highlight of what I can only imagine is an undercovered sport for high school athletics. The only thing that dropped this down a bit was lack of quotes. There were none at all until the jump, and I would have loved to hear more from Emily, since the story is about her.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Kerkhoven - The Kerkhoven Banner
    Entry Credit: CORMAC DODD
    Judge Comment: I'm guessing this family was a hoot to interview. I wished for even more quotes from them. The story was well put together, but it could have used some self-editing, too, to eliminate some repetitiveness.
  • Competition Comment: I appreciated the variety of subjects for sports features in this category.