Editorial Excellence Recognized in Minnesota Newspaper Awards

In a surprising twist for this introverted columnist, the spotlight is shining on them for a change. The recently concluded Minnesota Newspaper Association’s annual contest saw the Star walk away with an impressive tally of 10 awards, double the number of any other contender. With a total of 32 MNA awards under their belt since becoming editor, receiving recognition is a source of pride and honor.
 
Of all the accolades, the one that stands out for this journalist is the Editorial Portfolio. This category necessitates the submission of five editorials on serious subjects, published within a specific ten-week period selected by the contest committee. It’s a delicate balance of skill, timing, and a sprinkle of fortune. Penning thought-provoking pieces was not always a priority, as early columns favored lighthearted, folksy topics. However, the encouragement of publisher Jeff Andres inspired a transition towards tackling weightier matters.
 
Participating in the Editors & Publishers Community Leadership Program in 2022 played a crucial role in shaping the columnist’s perspective. It not only revealed the extent to which newspaper editors are regarded as community leaders but also provided the motivation and confidence to fulfill this role through their writing. Garnering second place in the contest, the judge commended the editor for presenting well-articulated opinions without being controversial, exploring impactful issues further.
 
While recognizing that not everyone will agree with their stance, the ultimate aim of these serious columns is to uplift the communities they cover. Rather than tearing communities down, the columnist seeks to build and improve through their work. The E&P Program, responsible for this transformative journey, is currently facing sponsorship challenges. It is hoped that new sponsors will come forward to ensure this valuable program continues, as it not only betters participants but also uplifts the communities they serve.
 
Bill Stickels III, as the editor of the Isanti-Chisago County Star, is at the forefront of this editorial excellence. Readers can reach out to him directly at 651-407-1245 or through the main office number at 763-689-1181, ext. 156. He can also be contacted via email at [email protected].

FAQ:

1. How many awards did the Star win in the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s annual contest?
The Star won a total of 10 awards in the contest.

2. What is the Editorial Portfolio category?
The Editorial Portfolio category requires the submission of five editorials on serious subjects, published within a specific ten-week period selected by the contest committee.

3. What role did the Editors & Publishers Community Leadership Program play in shaping the columnist’s perspective?
The Editors & Publishers Community Leadership Program played a crucial role in shaping the columnist’s perspective by highlighting the role of newspaper editors as community leaders and providing motivation and confidence to fulfill this role through their writing.

4. What was the judge’s comment on the editor’s work in the contest?
The judge commended the editor for presenting well-articulated opinions without being controversial and exploring impactful issues further.

5. What is the aim of the serious columns written by the columnist?
The aim of the serious columns is to uplift the communities they cover and to build and improve them through the columnist’s work.

6. Is the E&P Program currently facing any challenges?
Yes, the E&P Program is currently facing sponsorship challenges.

Definitions:

1. Introverted columnist: Een introverte columnist is iemand die terughoudend en bedachtzaam is en graag alleen werkt.

2. Minnesota Newspaper Association’s annual contest: De jaarlijkse wedstrijd van de Minnesota Newspaper Association is een competitie waarin kranten worden beoordeeld op verschillende categorieën en prijzen worden uitgereikt.

3. Editor: Een editor is een persoon die verantwoordelijk is voor het bewerken en samenstellen van content, zoals artikelen en nieuwsberichten, voor publicatie in een krant of tijdschrift.

4. Editorial Portfolio: Een Editorial Portfolio is een verzameling van vijf redactionele stukken over serieuze onderwerpen die binnen een bepaalde periode zijn gepubliceerd.

5. Editors & Publishers Community Leadership Program: Het Editors & Publishers Community Leadership Program is een programma dat kranteneditors de mogelijkheid biedt om hun leiderschapsvaardigheden te ontwikkelen en de rol van gemeenschapsleiders op zich te nemen.

6. Isanti-Chisago County Star: De Isanti-Chisago County Star is een krant waarvan Bill Stickels III de editor is.

Related Links:

Website van de Isanti-Chisago County Star