SAINT PAUL, MN (November 17, 2022) — TPT’s “MinneHistories” TikTok series was a finalist in Current’s “Local that Works” contest, earning a $5,000 prize.
“MinnesHistories” was selected as a top project out of nearly 100 national submissions. The “Local that Works” contest is part of Current’s collaborative project to “showcase exceptional content and engagement projects that other media can replicate or scale.” Current is a nonprofit news organization covering public media in the U.S. for professionals in the industry.
“MinneHistories” are produced by Associate Producer Anne Guttridge. They are bite-sized content that share surprising pieces of Minnesota history with audiences on TikTok. Visuals, compelling storytelling, and archival material allow “MinneHistories” to reach younger and more diverse audiences than broadcast, and the videos highlight undertold stories, such as those of BIPOC residents of Minnesota.
Finalists were interviewed and the winner was announced in a grand finale showcase on Thursday, November 17. The contest winner—Great Salt Lake Collaborative—documents environmental changes to Utah’s Great Salt Lake and shares news coverage about water policy and conservation.
“Anne truly understands how to authentically engage with audiences and amplify our work through vertical video,” says Marissa Blahnik, Managing Director of Content & Operations at TPT. “‘MinneHistories’ TikTok is an example of how TPT’s newly formed Digital and Emerging Media cohort will work to prioritize and innovate with digital platforms to create content that tells compelling stories and increase audience engagement.”
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