For the second year in a row Insight News was honored by the Minnesota Newspaper Association (MNA) in the Better Newspaper Contest.
Insight earned a third-place award for General Excellence, for weeklies with more than 5,000 papers distributed. General Excellence is the top overall category. Harry Colbert, Jr., Insight’s managing editor, earned a second-place award for Best Columnist, weeklies more than 5,000 distribution and Insight graphic artist Donald Walker was awarded third-place for Use of Information Graphics & Graphic Illustrations, weeklies 2,500 and above.
The awards were handed out Jan. 24 at the Doubletree by Hilton, Bloomington.
More than 4,000 entries from newspapers throughout the state were submitted, with winners selected by professional journalists in Colorado. This is the second year in a row Insight has been honored by the MNA. Last year Insight took the top prize in the General Reporting category and Colbert was awarded second-place Best Columnist, an honor duplicated this time around.
In the General Excellence category judges remarked, “Well-curated content, phenomenal front page art.” It was that front page art that earned Walker his award. Judges said his win for graphic illustration – the March 5 – March 12, 2018 cover of Insight – “was all about the visuals.” That cover story and corresponding visual was “Numbers Don’t Lie,” an exposé of Minnesota government spending with Black-owned businesses. The article and image pointed out that only 0.5 percent of $4.63 billion spent by seven Minnesota government agencies went to Black-owned businesses.