City Pages wins 27 SPJ Page One Awards, 15 first place honors

The Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists held their annual Page One Awards banquet Thursday night to honor the best journalism in the state.

City Pages took home 27 awards, including 15 first-place honors. In 2008, CP won 16 SPJ awards, eight of them first place.

Pioneer Press won 28 awards, nine of them first place. Star Tribune brought home 15 awards, 8 of them first place. Duluth News Tribune was another big winner with 23 awards, 15 of them first place in the under 50K circulation category. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal won 21 awards, 11 of them first-place honors.

We had a great time at the banquet and want to congratulate all winners. Check out the full list of the CP wins below. We will update with the complete list of winners later this morning.

Here is the rundown of all CP wins last night. All print awards are for newspapers over 50K circulation.

News and Feature

Short feature: First Place

Ward Rubrecht-- "Settled dust reveals concealed carry stalemate"

Investigative: First Place

Jonathan Kaminsky-- "The Slumlord of South Minneapolis"

Spot news: Second Place

Matt Snyders-- "Moles Wanted"

Long feature: Second Place

Matt Snyders-- "Gimme Shelter: A week of living in the streets"


Spot news: First Place

Kevin Hoffman-- "UFC 87: The fight of Roger Huerta's life"

Feature: Third Place

Bradley Campbell-- "The Endless Winter"

Editorial and Opinion

Editorial page cartoon: First Place

Kevin Cannon-- "Xcape from Xcel"

General Column: First Place

Matt Snyders-- "The Drug Test"

Graphics and Illustrations

Spot news: First Place

Mike Kooiman-- "Skate Or Die"

In-depth: First Place

Jon Krause-- "A Long Way Down"

Art and illustration: Second Place

Dan Picasso, Nick Vlcek-- "Strike Anywhere"


General news: First Place

Cameron Wittig-- "Dosh's World"

Sports: First Place

Nick Vlcek-- "Franchise 2.0"

Feature: First Place

Nick Vlcek-- "Gimme Shelter"

Photo essay: First Place

Alec Soth-- "Freeze Frame"

Pictorial: First Place

 Nick Vlcek-- "Hairball"

Portrait: Second Place

Nick Vlcek-- "Summer Girl"

Page Design/Layout

Feature page layout: First Place

Nick Vlcek-- "Tron Guy"

Feature headline: First Place

Will Staehle-- "Slumlord of South Minneapolis"

Page 1 layout: Second Place

Nick Vlcek-- "Superheroes in Real Life"

Section front layout: Second Place

Nick Vlcek-- "Sex 'n' Drugs 'n' Awesome Hair"

Packages, special sections

Best special section, newspapers: First Place

City Pages Staff-- "Best of ..."

Best overall newspaper package: Second Place

City Pages Staff-- "Field Guide to the Republican National Convention"

Online, affiliated Web site

Best affiliated news Web site: Second Place

Newsroom Staff-- ""

Best single news story: Second Place

Matt Snyders-- "RNC Arrests: Police State of Mind"

Best continuing coverage: Second Place

Newsroom Staff-- "Elephants in the Room"

Best newsroom blog: Second Place Newsroom Staff-- "The Blotter"