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South High & MPR win 1st place


The Public Media Journalists Association awarded national first place honors in the category "Multimedia Presentation" to the series “Making George Floyd’s Square," produced by Minnesota Public Radio the South High VOICES class, taught by Laura Lanik and Delainia Haug. Seven stories in the series were the work of South students.

  • This ground-breaking series saw the collaboration between MPR journalists and South High seniors as they partnered to enterprise stories directly from George Floyd Square in November and December of 2020.
  • Read more about the inception of the series.
  • Also see the interactive map, and read about and listen to all stories in the series––seven of which include South High student produced work:

'This circle is about healing’: Gardener sees himself as caretaker of the energy at George Floyd’s Square

Laurel Bandy and William Domeier

Laurel Bandy and William Domeier are students at South High School in Minneapolis. Their class, "voices" teaches the fundamentals of journalism and worked with MPR News on a project about George Floyd’s Square.

'Like Uber Eats for therapy': South Mpls. man helps connect community to mental health care

Hamda AbdiHelene FrancisAtticus Keezer-Dow and Olivia Sather


At 38th and Chicago, Agape Movement turns ‘street energy into community energy’

The nonprofit trains young people to participate in community patrols

Anton Jahn-VavrusPablo Giebink Valbuena and Ilyas Bouzouina


South Mpls. poet stirs the imagination with poem about police reform

Junauda Petrus asks: What if we 'give the Police Department to the grandmothers?'

Maya Edmonds and Freya Hauer


Metro State student envisions a future of mutual aid

Samira AhmedSundus Ahmed and Lillian Wunderlich


'Right thing to do': Volunteers turned bus into 'MASH unit' at George Floyd Square. They're not done yet.

Leo Peterson and Ashlyn Ziegler


Bringing the ‘Icon of a Revolution’ to George Floyd Square

Peyton Scott Russell’s black and white painting has become a symbol in a global movement

Simon Hofmann and Azalea Anderson