Rochester Magazine won five awards (including a first) at the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists Page One Awards, held in St. Paul on June 23.

The magazine finished second in the top category – Best Magazine – for its October 2021 issue, which included an article on fall fashion by Jennifer Koski and Lisa Houghton (and photography by Ken Klotzbach) as well as a profile by Igor Vovkovinskiy by Steve Lange.

Associate Editor Jennifer Koski took home top honors in the Best Magazine Department category (for her “Random Rochesterite” column).

“I found myself reading for fun and not because I was judging a contest,” the judges wrote. “The random Rochesterite layout was cohesive and easy to follow. The photos paired well with the Q&As… Reading through the Q&As was like sitting in a local coffee shop discussing life with interesting people who could lean forward at any time and interrupt the interviewer with ‘Wait, did I tell you about the time I?…'”

Art Director Lisa Houghton won second place for Best Page Design (for April 2021’s “Be True To Who We Are” magazine story (a look at the year that changed the restaurant scene from Rochester), with photography by Olive Juice Studios. Houghton also took third place in the Best Magazine Cover category, for “Postcards From Rochester,” an illustration for the November 2021 issue.

Editor Steve Lange won second place in the Best Column category for his Oddchester column.

Rochester Magazine is a publication of the Post Bulletin. The Society of Professional Journalists, founded in 1909, is billed as “the oldest, largest, and broadest organization of journalists in the United States.”