By Stephanie Stanislao
Forum News Service
Erik Burgess and Ryan Johnson each claimed the No. 1 spot for their submissions in their respective categories. Burgess was awarded first place in the personality profile category, for his article on an, “81-year-old constant critic of Moorhead city government,” Forum Editor Matt Von Pinnon wrote in an email to colleagues.
Johnson took home first place for his investigative piece regarding the many controversies recently surrounding the North Dakota higher education system.
Receiving first place in this competition is noteworthy, Von Pinnon said. However, that is not the only outstanding aspect of these achievements.
“What’s more impressive is their work won in the 50,000-100,000 circulation category, of which we are among the smallest papers,” Von Pinnon wrote in his email.
The Forum has not participated in the Inland Press Association’s contest for many years, Von Pinnon said, but chose to submit a few pieces that overlapped with entry categories for the Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest.
In addition to the individual awards, The Forum also was awarded as the newspaper with the best reproduction. This means that the press and toning work done by The Forum was among the best papers that competed in the reputable contest.
The Forum is owned by Forum Communications Co. Forum Communications is a multimedia information company based in Fargo, and owns dozens of newspapers, websites and television and radio stations, and commercial printing plants in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.