Premack Awards honor Minnesota's best public affairs journalism




The Minnesota Journalism Center hosted the 33rd annual Premack Public Affairs Journalism Awards Program on April 19 at the McNamara Alumni Center. The program, titled "Courageous Journalism in Tough Times," honored six public affairs and opinion journalism winners, the Graven Award winner and the Farr Award winner.




The Minnesota Journalism Center hosted the 33rd annual Premack Public Affairs Journalism Awards Program on April 19 at the McNamara Alumni Center. The program, titled "Courageous Journalism in Tough Times," honored six public affairs and opinion journalism winners, the Graven Award winner and the Farr Award winner.

The Star Tribune swept the "larger organization" awards categories with honors in excellence in coverage of breaking news and investigative/analytical reporting about public affairs, and excellence in opinion journalism. The "smaller organization" awards categories went to the Farmers Independent for excellence in coverage of breaking news about public affairs, the Rochester Post-Bulletin for excellence in investigative or analytical reporting about public affairs, and the Mille Lacs Messenger for excellence in opinion journalism. At the awards ceremony the winning reporters remarked on their entries and the process it took to report and write their pieces, along with the results it produced.

The highlight of the evening was keynote speaker and Graven Award winner Lori Sturdevant of the Star Tribune. Sturdevant has worked for more than 33 years as an award-winning reporter, editor and columnist. In her speech she said that her chosen profession as a public servant is "needed more now than ever." She admonished her colleagues to avoid being "fear mongers" and said, "We are looking for truth and that can be an elusive thing." Journalists must "help people see what's coming and help them to adapt."

James P. Dolan of Dolan Media Company was named the Farr Award winner for his innovative and successful leadership in providing business information and professional services to legal, financial and real estate sectors in the US. The company publishes business journals, court and commercial newspapers, operates websites and conducts a broad range of events for targeted audiences in each of the 21 markets that it serves across the Nation. Dolan accepted his award and spoke about his company's achievements, challenges and opportunities.

The Premack Awards are unique in that its winners are selected by prominent members of the public affairs community. Judges represented the areas of the law, politics, the arts and general society. The competition seeks entries from Minnesota news operations doing public affairs journalism in their community or region.

View the winning entries.

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