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P-B wins award for general excellence

From staff reports

The Rochester Post-Bulletin and its staff members have won several awards in the Minnesota Newspaper Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest.

The newspaper took first place in the general excellence category for daily newspapers with circulations larger than 8,000.

In their comments, the judges said there is "a lot to like about this newspaper. Much local content, but more importantly, interesting local content. Many entry points for readers on covers, which is great for time-strapped readers. The look of the opinion pages is great, lots of photos with columns. It's a well-designed, well-edited newspaper. The editorials appear to have the interests of their readers as a priority."

The editorial page as a whole garnered first place among the state's largest daily newspapers.

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P-B writers won first place in the general reporting category. The judges said "Most stories have 'real' people in them -- not; just official sources. …; Stories also looked ahead and gave readers useful information."

Another first place was won in the best headline writing category. "Headlines speak to the reader in a more personal way. They play it straight when appropriate, but also have fun when appropriate. They also do a good job of telling what it means to people," the judges said.

Jodi O'Shaughnessy Olson won first place in the feature photography category for her photograph "Son Rise."

The awards were presented Friday at the conclusion of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's convention in Bloomington. There were more than 4,400 entries from around the state and more than 300 winners chosen in a variety of editorial and advertising categories.

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