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Winona Post takes home state newspaper awards (01/30/2013)
By Chris Rogers
Buss ‘New Journalist

of the Year’

The Winona Post received seven awards from the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s (MNA) 2011-2012 Better Newspaper Contest at the MNA’s annual conference in Bloomington on Thursday, January 24. Awards went to the Winona Post for advertising and photography; reporters Emily Buss and Sarah Squires won individual awards, as well.

Emily Buss, who began writing for the Winona Post in February 2012, received second place for New Journalist of the Year. “Emily has an easy conversational style and a good grasp of the issues,” said judges from the Indiana (Hoosier State) Press Association who presided over the MNA awards.

Sarah Squires received a number of awards for her coverage of the Chase Kolstad shooting—both for breaking news coverage of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s (BCA) investigation and in-depth reporting on the role of the drug “plant food” in Kolstad’s final days. Squires received second place for Local Breaking News Coverage for the stories “BCA releases transcripts in Kolstad shooting” and “What part did ‘plant food’ play in death.” Squires also received second place for Social Issues Story and Investigative Reporting for “What part did ‘plant food’ play in death.” Additionally, Squires received third place for Best Columnist. The Kolstad stories may be found at www.winonapost.com.

The Winona Post also won second place for Advertising Excellence. The Post has, “excellent registration on all color pages, a good variety of advertisers and products, [and] pages laid out well,” judges said.

The Post received third place for Use of Photography as a Whole. “Solid looking 1A’s,” judges said. “[The] paper does a nice job of using photos in the flag, as well as building compelling [cover pages] with strong art.” Post graphic designer Monica Veraguth is the page one designer.

Another group, the Independent Free Papers of America (an association of North American free newspapers) awarded the Winona Post third place for General Excellence for 2012 last fall.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the awards brought home by our news team and our graphics department,” Winona Post publisher and owner Fran Edstrom said. “We work very hard at the Post to be your best source of news and advertising, and want our readers and advertisers to know that their support and contributions are appreciated and helped us bring home home these MNA awards. We’re already working on next year!” 


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