My tech blog wins an SPJ Page One prize

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My work-related Your Tech Weblog technology blog has garnered a Page One award in the “best newsroom blog” category from the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

I will find out next month whether I placed first, second or third in the category … but I am beyond thrilled regardless.

I have been doing my tech blog for a long time, but the MNSPJ’s newsroom-blog category is a relatively new one, and this news-industry recognition means a lot.

Bonus: I can now call Your Tech an “award-winning blog.”

Update: Pleased and not at all surprised Minnesota Public Radio‘s NewsCut blog by Bob Collins is another honoree in the best-newsroom blog slot. Well deserved, Bob.

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I join Minnov8 Gang Podcast at MinneBar


I’ve been on the Minnov8 Gang podcast a bunch in recent years, but it’s usually via Skype. I have not done this in the flesh for a long time.

So it was a pleasure and an honor to join Steve Borsch, Graeme Thickins and Phil Wilson during Minnebar at Best Buy headquarters today.

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A fish-eye view of St. John’s Abbey Church


As an alumnus of St. John’s University, the central-Minnesota institution run by Benedictine monks, I am perpetually in awe of the school’s Abbey Church.

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Five Sundays, five biz cover stories by me

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As a technology writer on the Pioneer Press’ business desk, I’ve been on a bit of a hot streak in recent weeks.

Each Sunday newspaper has a standalone business section with a full-color cover. Each of those covers has a lengthy lead story.

For five weeks in a row, I wrote that lead story.

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I’m Julio Ojeda-Zapata, a nerd, boricua and tech writer living in St. Paul, Minn. This is my personal site.
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