2022 MNA Better Newspaper Contest

Sports Feature Story ( 1,001 - 1,500) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: St. Peter Herald
    Entry Title: St. Peter senior athlete moves past the intolerance, hopes to inspire
    Entry Credit: Ben Camp, Philip Weyhe
    Judge Comment: I appreciated the way a sensitive issue was handled with care by the writer. It was also a winner with how many voices were featured throughout the story with multiple interviews.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Cambridge/North Branch-County News Review
    Entry Title: McDonald keeps the family business humming
    Entry Credit: John Wagner
    Judge Comment: This had to be a fun one for the reporter to play with. I especially liked the lead, culminating with the quote from the wife/mom. I thought the author did a good job talking through the multitude of McDonalds without it getting confusing for the reader, as well. It was a fun read--even for a non local.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Kimball - Tri-County News
    Entry Title: For this family, it's all about baseball (Marquardts)
    Entry Credit: Jean Matua
    Judge Comment: I especially liked the unique way the reporter organized this feature--giving each family member their own section. I thought it was a neat way to organize the information.
  • Competition Comment: There was some solid reporting in this category. I ended up focusing my vote on not only the quality of writing/reporting but also on the creativity of the various reporters in how they approached their subjects.