The Milwaukee Independent earned eight distinctions on May 6 from the Milwaukee Press Club for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism, during the virtual ceremony of its 2022 Gridiron Awards.

The journalism honors follow four consecutive years of double digit recognition for the daily news magazine – two during a pandemic, in competition against all major media outlets in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin.

Founded in 1885, the Milwaukee Press Club is the oldest continuously operating press club in North America. The 8 awards for Milwaukee Independent were split over 3 main categories this year, Writing, Visual Journalism, and Online. The work of several staff members was recognized in 8 categories.

Under the rules, news organizations could only enter work from last year in the Milwaukee Press Club’s competition. The 2022 awards, therefore, reflected editorial produced in 2021. Milwaukee Independent has now earned a total of 48 awards for work since 2016. The Winners selected for the 92nd Annual Gridiron Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism are:

[GLD] • WRITING: Best Column
The intersection of racial identity and education in Milwaukee

[BRZ] • VISUAL JOURNALISM: Best News Photograph
Interfaith prayer vigil held for local community following Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy

[BRZ] • VISUAL JOURNALISM: Best Sports Photograph
Fans show their love for Milwaukee Bucks during massive parade celebrating team’s championship win

[BRZ] • ONLINE EXCLUSIVELY: Best Use of Multimedia
The visually stunning “Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience” opens in Milwaukee

[SLV] • ONLINE EXCLUSIVELY: Best Website Design An Online Daily News Magazine’s Advertising-Free Website Design

[BRZ] • ONLINE EXCLUSIVELY: Best Local News or Feature Website
An Online Daily News Magazine

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