Madison365 has been named a finalist for six 2021 Milwaukee Press Club Awards, including for reporting, social media and overall excellence for online news publication.
MPC named three finalists in each category, with final placement of gold, silver and bronze awards to be announced at the organization’s Gridiron Dinner on May 6.
Madison365 earned finalist honors in the following categories:
- Best Local News or Feature Website
- Best Hard News Feature for Kynala Phillips’ coverage of maternal health disparities in Northeast Wisconsin
- Best Sports Story for Robert Chappell’s feature on the effort to rename a Milwaukee high school stadium after soccer legend Jimmy Banks
- Best Investigative Story or Series for Robert Chappell’s exposé on Dane County Deputies breaking a man’s hip and neglecting him for 15 hours
- Best Column for Henry Sanders’ opinion piece on the rapid increase in people of color taking positions of power in Madison
- Best Use of Social Media to Tell or Enhance a Story for Henry Sanders’ virtual town hall event with Wisconsin’s Black police chiefs
“Every day we focus on highlighting communities of color and making sure their voices are heard and their work isn’t done in vain. We appreciate our peers recognizing the importance of our work and also the quality of our work,” said Sanders, publisher of Madison365 and CEO of 365 Media Foundation. “These awards honor some incredible journalists and media organizations, and we are proud to have earned a place in their company. I couldn’t be more proud of our team.”
Madison365 has been recognized locally and nationally, earning a 2021 award for Excellence in Revenue and 2019 awards for Best Breaking News and Publication of the Year from the national organization LION Publishers.
This year’s MPC contest drew more than 800 entries from throughout Wisconsin in professional and collegiate categories. The competition was judged by professional journalists from press clubs throughout the U.S., including statewide clubs in Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Western Pennsylvania and Southeast Texas and metro-area clubs in Cleveland, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco and Syracuse.
Representing journalists and news outlets since 1885, MPC is the oldest continually operating press club in North America.