Post Review continues to win awards in statewide competition

The Post Review staff with their MNA Better Newspaper Contest awards are (l to r) standing: Mary Eslinger, sales; Victoria Dahlin, sports; Derrick Knutson, assoc. editor; Jon Tatting, reporter; and seated, MaryHelen Swanson, editor. Not pictured is Shelley Schmidt, graphics.

The 137-year-old Post Review has done it again. Staff has received awards in the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

Reporter Jon Tatting’s immediate and thorough coverage of the Aug. 2 storm, that took down hundreds of trees in the North Branch area, earned him a first-place award in the Local Breaking News category.

The storm blew through with a vengeance on that Tuesday morning, and in spite of it being the Post Review’s production day, Tatting and staff were able to get photos of the severe damage and coverage in the paper that day.

The photos and updates were also posted on the Post Review’s website almost immediately after the storm and continued for several days. Breaking news postings are some of the reasons why the newspaper also received a second-place award for its website.

The judges said, “The Post Review site proves that clean and simple can still be effective and award-worthy. Features are easy to find and navigate to and photos are used effectively.”

Editor MaryHelen Swanson constantly strives for thorough and complete news coverage and that is why the Post Review proudly accepted a first-place award for Best Use of Multimedia. Coverage of the 2011 Relay for Life was not limited to photos in the print edition, but a video/slide show, prepared by the editor herself, was posted online which added to the complete coverage of this very important annual event.

Finally, The Post Review reporters continually work to provide exceptional visuals, including crisp, clean, interesting photos. It is with pride that we announce that sports reporter Victoria Dahlin took home her first MNA award, for a photo of a father and son playing at the Rush City pool last August.

There were over 3700 entries in the Better Newspaper Contest and some 300 winners statewide.

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