City Pages wins 27 SPJ Page One Awards

The Society of Professional Journalists will award City Pages with 27 Page One Awards this year, according to emails from SPJ's state chapter.

City Pages saw a tremendous increase in recognition this year. In 2008, City Pages took home 16 SPJ awards, eight of them first place. The rundown of first-, second-, and third-place awards will be announced at the SPJ May 14 banquet.

Some of the highlights:
  • Staff writer Matt Snyders won four individual awards: Best single online news story, general opinion column, spot news, and general feature.
  • Staff writer Bradley Campbell won for sports feature, Editor Kevin Hoffman won for spot sports news, Editorial Assistant Ward Rubrecht won for short feature, and former staff writer Jonathan Kaminsky won for best investigative story.
  • Art Director Nick Vlcek will take home seven awards. Three for layout, four for photography. Associate Art Director Mike Kooiman won for spot news graphics/illustration. Freelancer Kevin Cannon won best editorial cartoon for his contribution to our annual Comix Issue.
  • The City Pages newsroom received five awards, including two for the Republican National Convention (for continuing online coverage, and for the RNC field guide). Blotter won for best news blog, while earned best website honors. Last year's Best Of issue won for best special section.
View the full list below. We compete in the 50,000+ circulation category.

Best continuing web coverage - Elephants in the Room (CP staff)
Best news Web site
Best special section - Best of the Twin Cities (CP staff)
Best overall package - A field guide to the Republican National Convention (CP staff)
Best newsroom blog - Blotter (CP Staff)

News and Features
Best single online news story - RNC Arrests: Police State of Mind (Matt Snyders)
Spot news - Moles Wanted (Matt Snyders)
Long feature - Gimme Shelter (Matt Snyders)
Short feature - Settled dust reveals concealed carry stalemate (Ward Rubrecht)
Sports Feature - Great lakes surfers pay no mind to frigid temps (Bradley Campbell)
Spot sports news - UFC 87: The fight of Roger Huerta's life (Kevin Hoffman)
Investigative - The Slumlord of South Minneapolis (Jonathan Kaminsky)

Page Design/Layout
Feature headline - Slumlord of South Minneapolis (Will Staehle)
Feature page layout - Tron Guy (Nick Vlcek)
Section front layout - Sex 'n Drugs 'n Awesome Hair (Nick Vlcek)
Page 1 layout - Superheroes In Real Life (Nick Vlcek)

Photo journalism
Pictorial - Hairball (Nick Vlcek)
Portrait - Summer Girl (Nick Vlcek)
Feature photo - Gimme Shelter (Nick Vlcek)
Sports photo - Franchise 2.0 (Nick Vlcek)
Photo essay - Freeze Frame (Alex Soth)
General news photo - Dosh's World (Cameron Wittig)

Graphics and illustrations
Art and illustration - Strike Anywhere (Dan Picasso, Nick Vicek)
In-depth - A Long Way Down (Jon Krause)
Spot news - Skate Or Die (Mike Kooiman)

Editorial and Opinion
General Column - State lawmaker tries to ban salvia (Matt Snyders)
Editorial page cartoon - Xcape from Xcel (Kevin Cannon)