The Reporter wins 16 awards at the state level, one in the professional division

On Thursday, 12 students from The Reporter attended the annual Minnesota Newspaper Association banquet to accept and honor the winners of the Better Newspaper Contest.

This event celebrates newspapers all over Minnesota, with awards handed out to collegiate and local professional city newspapers in various categories. 

Staff writers and photographers of the newspaper were celebrated for their storytelling and photo excellence.

The Reporter took home 16 awards, four of those being first place. The Editor in Chief of The Reporter, Julia Lin was also awarded second place for Best Arts & Entertainment story about the mural in downtown Mankato that was published in The Free Press of Mankato.

The Reporter as a whole was awarded second place for Best Website and third place for General Excellence. 

Mansoor Ahmad was awarded first place for Best News Photo, Feature Photo and Sports Photo. He also took home third place for Best Photo story. 

Lin was awarded first place for Best Social Issues story about students at MSU from Tigray. Jenna Peterson was awarded three third-place awards in Best Hard News, Investigative Reporting and Social Issues story for her story on the MavPods.

Hafsa Peerzada was awarded third place for Best Local Breaking News Coverage for her story on the peace march on campus. Dylan Engel was awarded four second place awards for Best News Photo, Feature photo, Sports Photo and Photo Story. He also won third place for Best News Photo.

Ahmad was also honored with awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, a national organization that recognizes journalists and photojournalists throughout the country. He was awarded fifth place for best feature photo and in the top ten national finalists for best news photo and design of the year on a single page, respectively.

Header photo: Students from The Reporter went to the Minnesota Newspaper Association Banquet to celebrate the winners of the Better Newspaper Contest. (Photo courtesy of Julia Lin)

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