Awards

2011 Awards

Society of Professional Journalists, DC Pro Chapter - The Washington Independent

  • 1st place, Online-only news/features: Series on pipeline safety, Andrew Restuccia

Society of Professional Journalists, Page One Awards - The Minnesota Independent

  • 1st place - Best Independent News Blog: The Minnesota Independent
  • 1st place - Photo essay: President Barack Obama’s 2010 rally at the University of Minnesota, Kathy Easthagen
  • 3rd place - Best Website: The Minnesota Independent

2010 Awards

Society of Professional Journalists, Page One Awards - The Minnesota Independent

  • 1st place - Best Continuing Coverage, Online News site: Ongoing series on the controversial Christian band/public school ministry You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, Andy Birkey
  • 1st place - Best Spot News Photo: Photo-essay on Barack Obama's healthcare reform rally in September 2009, Kathy Easthagen
  • 2nd place - Best Web Site, The Minnesota Independent

American Civil Liberties Union (New Mexico chapter) - The New Mexico Independent

  • "First Amendment" award - for “Outstanding commitment to transparency and honesty in reporting, regardless of how it challenges popular opinion and the status quo.”

The Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors - The Michigan Messenger

  • 3rd place - Online-Single Report for coverage leading to the arrest of a sex offender (Adrian Hill) who had eluded police for three years: Todd Heywood

The Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors - The New Mexico Independent

  • 2nd place - Online-Single Report:“City contractor alleges corruption in Albuquerque City Hall,” Trip Jennings
  • 2nd Place - Online-In-Depth Reporting: “Governor, entourage leave scene of Elephant Butte boat crash,” Trip Jennings

The Sierra Club of Michigan

  • Online Environmental Reporter of the Year: Eartha Jane Melzer

2009 Awards

Society of Professional Journalists - The Washington Independent

  • 1st place - Daily Newspaper Feature, Independent Web site: “Foreclosure Machine Grinds On Through Holiday Season,” Mary Kane
  • 2nd place - Daily Newspaper Business Reporting, Independent Web site: “Fraud Worsens Foreclosure Crisis” and “The Reach of Redlining” two-part series, Mary Kane

Society of Professional Journalists - The Minnesota Independent

  • 1st place - Best Single News Story, Independent Web site: “Convention Cash: A last look at the largest loophole in campaign finance laws,” Paul Demko
  • 1st place - Best use of multimedia, Independent Web site: RNC Multimedia, Newsroom
  • 1st place - Best use of video, Independent Web site: “The F30 Pedal Cloud brings people-powered protest to the RNC,” Paul Schmelzer
  • 1st place - Best independent news blog, Independent Web site: “The Monitor blog,” Newsroom
  • 2nd place - Best single news story, Independent Web site: “Are jihadist groups luring Minnesota Somalis back to fight?,” Abdi Aynte
  • 2nd place - Best Web site, Independent Web site: Newsroom Staff
  • 3rd place - Best continuing coverage, Independent Web site: “Nasser Kazeminy/Norm Coleman lawsuits,” Steve Perry
  • 3rd place - Best single news story, Independent Web site: “Minneapolis parks’ Red Bull and Pepsi dealings put Coke contract at risk,” Chris Steller

Society of Professional Journalists - The Colorado Independent

  • Top of the Rockies 2008 Awards Contest

McCormick Foundation Specialized Reporting Institute on Financial Crime - The Michigan Messenger

  • Fellowship (one of 21) Eartha Jane Melzer

The Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors - The Iowa Independent

  • 1st place - Beat Reporting, Online Division: Iowa Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling, Jason Hancock, Chase Martyn, and Lynda Waddington
  • 3rd place - Columns/Commentary/News Analysis, Online Division: Chase Martyn
  • 3rd place - In-Depth Reporting, Online Division: Investigating the state’s toxic coal ash regulations, Jason Hancock

The Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors - The New Mexico Independent

  • 2nd place - Single Reporting, Online Division: “Malott’s firm has seen boom in state auditing contracts under guv,” Trip Jennings

2008 awards

Society of Professional Journalists - The Colorado Independent

  • 1st place - Online/General Web Site Excellence: Colorado Confidential
  • 1st place - Online/Interactive: Colorado Confidential
  • 1st place - Online Blog: Cara DeGette
  • 1st place - Online/Feature Story: Wendy Norris, Sandra Fish and Kerri Rebresh
  • 2nd place - Online/Feature Story: Wendy Norris, Cara DeGette, Andrew Oh-Willeke, Kerri Rebresh, Leslie Robinson, and Erin Rosa
  • 2nd place - Online Breaking News: Jim Spencer
  • 3rd place - Online/Photo: Leslie Robinson
  • Honorable Mention - Online/Photo: Kerri Rebresh
  • Honorable Mention - Online/Web Site Design

Society of Professional Journalists - The Minnesota Independent

  • Best Online News Story: Paul Schmelzer
  • Best Independent Newsroom Blog: Eric Black
  • 3rd place- Best Independent News Site

National Press Club's Sandy Hume Award for excellence in political journalism - The Michigan Messenger

  • Honorable mention: Eartha Jane Melzer

"Sexie" award for Sex-positive journalism - The Minnesota Independent

  • Andy Birkey

The Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors - The Colorado Independent

  • Honorable Mention: State House coverage, Cara DeGette

2007 Awards

Society for Professional Journalists - The Colorado Independent

  • 1st place - Online Breaking News: Trailhead to Nowhere, Jason Bane and staff
  • 1st place - Blog: Political Gravy, Jason Bane
  • 1st place - General Web Site Excellence: ColoradoConfidential.com
  • 2nd place - Online Breaking News Staff: Primary Election Coverage, Multiple stories
  • 2nd place - Online Interactive: ColoradoConfidential.com
  • 3rd place - Online Breaking News: GOP Takes Legally Questionable Gift from Oil and Gas Group, Wendy Norris
  • 3rd Place - Online Photo Story: Hush, Hush and on the QT: Part II, Leslie Robinson

Society for Professional Journalists - The Minnesota Independent

  • 2nd place - Best Online Reporting: Paul Schmelzer

Online News Association's Online Journalism Awards- The Minnesota Independent

  • Honorable Mention - Beat Reporting: Andy Birkey

2007 FRANK PREMACK PUBLIC AFFAIRS JOURNALISM AWARD, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM & MASS COMMUNICATION

  • “Who owns the J-word? Videoblogger’s Jailing Raises Questions for Journalists”: Paul Schmelzer