The University of St. Thomas-based ThreeSixty Journalism program received a Special Award of Excellence, and nine ThreeSixty students won individual awards for their articles, at last week’s annual convention of the Minnesota Newspaper Association.

The youth journalism program works with high school students and is an outreach initiative of St. Thomas’ College of Arts and Sciences. The program targets low-income and minority teens and serves more than 150 students a year. ThreeSixty Journalism publishes a quarterly magazine, which can be seen here.

The journalists who judged the Minnesota Newspaper Association competition said this about ThreeSixty’s magazine: “Journalism today demands innovation. And that is what ThreeSixty brings. Not only is it a unique collaborative project, but it is also excellent storytelling – in text and visuals. The student journalists involved with this publication have put together a group of stories about who we are and what we do in a way that compels you to keep turning the page. Bravo.”

Four of the nine ThreeSixty students who won awards attended the association’s convention in Bloomington Jan. 26 to accept their awards in person.

More details about the students and the awards can be found here.