TommieMedia, Reporters, Photographers Garner Minnesota Newspaper Association Awards

TommieMedia and several of its reporters and photographers earned honors at the Minnesota Newspaper Association Awards Convention Jan. 24-25 in Bloomington, Minn.

Among the awards garnered, TommieMedia was named best website. “This was an honor for us, as TommieMedia has worked very hard over the past four years to develop the site,” remarked Alyssa Adkins, advertising and PR director for TommieMedia.

TommieMedia's individual award winners were:

Human Interest Story (17 entries)

First: Heidi Enninga
When graduation's not the greatest obstacle

Third: Heidi Enninga
"Can I buy you a drink?" Student creates way to send digital beverages

Social Issues Story (13 entries)

First: Kristopher Jobe
St. Thomas community responds to new contraceptive policy

Third: Ryan Shaver, Olivia Detweiler
Student supplement use rising, despite risks

Sports Story (10 entries)

First: Alex Keil
Waldovogel lets his play do the talking

Third: Alex Keil, Ryan Shaver
Whitewater crushes Tommies' championship hopes 20-0

Local Breaking News Coverage (5 entries)

Third: Geena Maharaj
USTGirlProblems draws university's attention

Sports Photo (6 entries)

Second: Ryan Shaver
Senior Wally Baregi hurdles a player

Photo Story (7 entries)

First: Rita Kovtun, Josie Oliver
A day in the life of St. Thomas

Multimedia Special Project

First: Olivia Detweiler
Fire demonstration raises awareness

“It was a busy night for TommieMedia, and we are both honored and excited about the recognition our organization and staff received,” Adkins said.

Visit to view all of the award-winning stories and photographs via the site's search window.