ThreeSixty Journalism collected five awards in the Minnesota Newspaper Association College Better Newspaper Contest for the 2021-2022 school year, including a general excellence award for the third year in a row. These victories and recognition continue to prove ThreeSixty Journalism’s commitment to producing high quality journalistic content by diverse youth across the state. Even more impressive is the fact those representing ThreeSixty were high schoolers competing against college kids.
“We are thrilled our high school students are honored again at the collegiate level. All four winners are passionate about storytelling, and their hard work paid off in a big way. They are completely deserving of the awards,” said Program Manager Theresa Malloy Lemickson.
ThreeSixty Journalism won second place in the General Excellence category for its ThreeSixty Magazine, which it publishes online and in print. The award marks the third consecutive occasion ThreeSixty received second place in said category.
The judge wrote, “Strong digital integration and layout with wonderful features, graphics, opinions and stories. A very modern layout approach captures the reader’s attention either in print or online.”
Faaya Adem, a freshman at the University of Minnesota and graduate of FAIR Senior High School in Minneapolis, acquired second place for her story “Power of Documenting”, a well-rounded profile piece centering on Georgia Fort, a black journalist in the Twin Cities who has been pivotal in providing honest journalism that reflects underserved communities and who’s pushed for diverse, local journalism told by diverse, local journalists in Minnesota’s homogenized media landscape.
Isaac-Santino Garcia, a junior at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in Saint Paul, took home third place for his story “Respect and Equity,” which reports on Saint Paul’s Family Tree Clinic, an organization making huge strides in provide inclusive health care to the LQBTQ+ community. The story is an incisive one that takes a deeper look at the complexities of the health care system in the US, a process that is even more complicated and at times even unjust for people in the LGBTQ+ community.
Evan Odegard, a freshman at Harvard University and graduate of Nova Classical Academy in St. Paul, secured the top prize for his honest columns which give the reader an insight into the experience and struggle of hailing from two different countries and cultures.
The judge commented, “Evan Odegard superbly chronicles his struggle for belonging while rising floor-by-floor in the elevator of a Chicago skyscraper to the Costa Rican consulate, where he will finally achieve his dual citizenship.”
Caroline Siebels-Lindquist, a freshman at Drake University and graduate of the Great River School in Saint Paul, obtained third place for her pieces. The judge remarked, “Siebels-Lindquist hits a timely home run with her clear, concise argument for comprehensive sex education programs for young people and widespread availability of contraceptives as the best way to prevent unwanted pregnancies.”
ThreeSixty congratulates all its alum who won awards.