The Forum took home many awards during the recent Minnesota Newspaper Association 2017 Better Newspaper Contest.
The annual contest, which covered articles and issues published between September 2016 and September 2017, aims to recognize journalism and advertising excellence in the state.
The Forum competes in the largest daily circulation category.
The Forum won several newspaper-as-a-whole awards, including second place for general reporting and headline writing; and third place for use of photography as a whole, website, editorial portfolio and use of social media.
The Forum's individual first-place winners were:
Mike Nowatzki, social issues story
David Samson, feature photo
Jack Zaleski, Herman Roe Editorial Writing award
Meaghan MacDonald, use of informational graphics and graphic illustrations
Jamie Hoyem, self-promotion or house ad
The Forum's individual second-place winners were:
Tu-Uyen Tran, investigative reporting
Archie Ingersoll, government/public affairs reporting
Matthew Von Pinnon, explanation of news operations and newspaper ethics
Chris Murphy, sports story
Michael Vosburg, news photo
Dave Wallis, sports photo
David Samson, press photographer's portfolio
Archie Ingersoll and Chris Flynn, best use of video
The Forum's individual third-place winners were:
Helmut Schmidt, investigative reporting
Patrick Springer, human interest story
Dave Olson, social issues story
Amy Dalrymple, local breaking news coverage
Chelsey Engelhard Ewen, arts and entertainment story