Star Tribune Earns a Record 43 Awards from Society for News Design

by: Press Release | Star Tribune

Star Tribune Media Co., Minnesota’s largest news organization, today announced it earned a record 43 awards from the Society for News Design, whose annual “Best of News Design” competition draws thousands of entries from around the world.


Star Tribune will be among the winners honored this Saturday evening in Washington, D.C., at the Society’s annual conference.
The 43 separate honors—nearly twice the number the company has previously won in a single year—earned Star Tribune its first-ever top 10 finish alongside the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other international publications.

Star Tribune’s four-part “State of Wonders” series, published in the Travel section, was recognized in 17 separate awards acknowledging excellence in both photography and design. The series also won two silver medals, an elite award given to work that rises above general excellence.


Only 56 silver medals were awarded out of 9,500 entries received for the highly praised “Bees at the Brink” series won in a relatively new category that combines work spanning print and digital platforms. That category has recently been dominated by publications such as National Geographic and the New York Times. Underscoring its deep commitment to visual storytelling, Star Tribune was well represented in many categories, taking honors for its coverage of the mid-term election, four special-section covers in Sports (tied with one other publication for most in the world), and coverage of Metro Transit’s new Green Line and the Target data breach. Individual page design and single photographs earned recognition, as did complete bodies of work in design and photography.

“We share the Society for News Design’s passion for visual excellence,” said Derek Simmons, Star Tribune assistant managing editor for visuals, “which makes us particularly proud of this extraordinary recognition. These awards reflect the deep bench of talent that we’ve had the good fortune to attract to our newsroom.”

“Our visuals team is as ambitious and talented as any in the country,” said Editor Rene Sanchez. “It’s gratifying to see their hard work and their creativity honored with these prestigious awards. This is a sign of how vital we believe great visual journalism is to all the stories we give our readers.”

About Society for News Design

The Society for News Design (SND) is an international organization for news media professionals and visual communicators who create print, web, and mobile publications and products. Its members art direct, design, edit, report, illustrate, make photos and video, visualize data and write code. Founded in 1979, SND is a U.S. non-profit organization with around 1,500 members worldwide. It hosts the annual Best of News Design competition open to newspapers and magazines from around the world, and a yearly conference for visual journalists from all over the world. For more information, visit 

About Star Tribune Media Company

Star Tribune Media Company LLC is a locally owned and operated media company serving Minnesota and the upper Midwest. Recently, the company’s flagship property, The Star Tribune, has enjoyed exceptional successes, earning two Pulitzer Prize Awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, and a Gerald Loeb Award—all while recording key gains in circulation. With the seventh-largest Sunday and 12th-largest daily circulation newspaper in the U.S., the most-visited local website, a range of home-delivered advertising solutions, and a popular arts/entertainment publication and smartphone app, Star Tribune reaches more consumers than any other Minnesota media brand.

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