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CALL FOR ENTRIES: Excellence in Journalism Awards (Deadline extended)

By Max White / January 30, 2024 / Comments Off on CALL FOR ENTRIES: Excellence in Journalism Awards (Deadline extended)

UPDATE: Deadline extended for entries to Friday, Feb. 23 at 11:59 p.m. The Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is calling for entries to the annual Excellence in Media awards. We will be presenting awards for outstanding journalism in Michigan across all platforms including publications, broadcast, digital and social media during the calendar […]

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EVENT: 2024 Collaborative Journalism Summit

By Max White / January 15, 2024 / Comments Off on EVENT: 2024 Collaborative Journalism Summit

SAVE THE DATE: The Center for Cooperative Media is bringing the 2024 Collaborative Journalism Summit to Detroit this spring. More information here The 2024 Collaborative Journalism Summit will be hosted in person in Detroit on May 9-10, 2024! Join us for two days of lightning talks, workshops, and participatory discussions about a wide array of #collaborativej topics and projects. […]

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WATCH: A discussion of health equity with Kat Stafford

By Max White / January 12, 2024 / Comments Off on WATCH: A discussion of health equity with Kat Stafford

SPJ Detroit partnered with the New York & Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative to present a virtual conversation with investigative journalist Kat Stafford, who spent a year examining the health inequities Black Americans face at every stage of life. Stafford discussed her recent five-part, award-winning series for AP, “From Birth to Death.” She also talked about […]

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Watch: An Evening with Martin Baron and Stephen Henderson

By Max White / October 20, 2023 / Comments Off on Watch: An Evening with Martin Baron and Stephen Henderson

The Society of Professional Journalists – Detroit chapter was proud to co-host an event with the University of Michigan Wallace House Center for Journalists. The event was an evening with Martin Baron, the former executive editor of The Washington Post, in conversation with Stephen Henderson. For eight years Baron served as executive editor of The […]

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SPJ commits to Legal Defense Fund assistance after Marion County Record newsroom raid

By Max White / August 14, 2023 / Comments Off on SPJ commits to Legal Defense Fund assistance after Marion County Record newsroom raid

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists is deeply concerned about the raid on Friday of the Marion County Record newsroom in Kansas. SPJ is offering help covering up to $20,000 in legal fees for the newsroom, and condemns this brazen action taken by law enforcement to stop the flow of information. “By all accounts, the raid was an […]

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PHOTO GALLERY: 2023 Excellence in Journalism Awards

By Max White / May 18, 2023 / Comments Off on PHOTO GALLERY: 2023 Excellence in Journalism Awards
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2023 Excellence in Journalism winners with comments

By Max White / May 17, 2023 / Comments Off on 2023 Excellence in Journalism winners with comments

Below you’ll find winners for the 2023 Excellence in Journalism Awards with the judge’s comments. We ask the judges to comment on first-place winners. But unfortunately, many do not. Congratulations once again to Christine MacDonald of the Detroit Free Press, who was named Journalist of the Year, and Briana Rice of Michigan Radio, who was […]

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Journalist, Young Journalist of the Year winners announced

By Max White / May 16, 2023 / Comments Off on Journalist, Young Journalist of the Year winners announced

Christine MacDonald of the Detroit Free Press Named Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists – Detroit Chapter Nearly 300 journalists honored at the Excellence in Journalism awards banquet; Briana Rice of Michigan Radio named 2022 Young Journalist of the Year; Beenish Ahmed, Jamie Simmons, Nisa Khan, Sarah Hulett and Lindsey Smith […]

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Excellence in Journalism: Journalist of the Year & Young Journalist of the Year finalists, & Lifetime Achievement Honorees

By Max White / April 26, 2023 / Comments Off on Excellence in Journalism: Journalist of the Year & Young Journalist of the Year finalists, & Lifetime Achievement Honorees

The Society of Professional Journalists – Detroit Chapter (SPJ Detroit) today announced finalists for its 2022 Journalist of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year honors, and its annual Lifetime Achievement Awards, all to be presented at the chapter’s Excellence in Journalism awards ceremony and banquet on Monday, May 15, at the San Marino […]

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Finalists announced for 2022 Excellence in Journalism Awards

By Max White / April 17, 2023 / Comments Off on Finalists announced for 2022 Excellence in Journalism Awards

The Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ Detroit) today announces finalists for its 2022 Excellence in Journalism awards. Next week, we will release the names of this year’s Lifetime Achievement honorees, as well as finalists for Journalist of the Year, Young Journalist of the Year, and our scholarships. We very much look […]

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Register for the SPJ Regions 4 & 5 Conference

By Max White / March 22, 2023 / Comments Off on Register for the SPJ Regions 4 & 5 Conference

Wonder where the future of journalism is headed? What are the latest tools that will help you capture stories? How will journalists thrive? Join us to learn about these topics during the Society of Professional Journalists Region 4 and 5 Conference. It’s happening on Friday and Saturday, April 14-15, 2023, at the DePaul University Loop […]

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JOB OPENING: Broadcast Journalism professor at Wayne State

By Max White / March 16, 2023 / Comments Off on JOB OPENING: Broadcast Journalism professor at Wayne State

Apply to the job here: https://waynetalent.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/2/home/requisition/963?c=waynetalent Wayne State University is searching for an experienced Faculty – Rank to be determined (CFPCA) – Journalism at its Detroit campus location. Wayne State is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high-quality education. Our deep-rooted […]

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Opinion: We need more sunlight on local, state government

By Max White / March 16, 2023 / Comments Off on Opinion: We need more sunlight on local, state government

Note: This editorial from Wes Smith, Sam Klemet & SPJ Detroit President Marty Fischhoff originally appeared in The Detroit News Once again, we wait for the sun to shine in Michigan.  At the same time, we wait for the sun to shine on our local and state government. Overall, the Great Lakes State has consistently […]

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WATCH: Course of FOIA: Tips, Tricks & Upcoming Changes in Michigan

By Max White / February 16, 2023 / Comments Off on WATCH: Course of FOIA: Tips, Tricks & Upcoming Changes in Michigan

If you missed our course of FOIA Part 1: Tips, Tricks and Upcoming Changes in Michigan, you can watch it below. Chastity Pratt, an SPJ Detroit Board Member who works for The Wall Street Journal, moderated the panel. It featured Sam Klemet from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, Lisa McGraw from the Michigan Press Association, […]

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CALL FOR ENTRIES EXTENDED: Excellence in Journalism Awards

By Max White / January 12, 2023 / Comments Off on CALL FOR ENTRIES EXTENDED: Excellence in Journalism Awards

The Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is calling for entries for the Excellence in Media awards. We are also accepting nominations for Journalist of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year, as well as applications for a Laurain Scholarship. SPJ Detroit is presenting awards for outstanding journalism in Michigan publications, broadcast, digital […]

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Entry Fee Changes – 2023 Excellence in Journalism

By Max White / January 10, 2023 / Comments Off on Entry Fee Changes – 2023 Excellence in Journalism

To 2023 SPJ contest submitters, The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is adjusting the entry fees for entries in this year’s Excellence in Journalism awards. We wanted to give everyone who submitted entries in 2022 a heads-up. The contest now has the following fee levels: We will pre-adjust the default fee for “known” […]

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WATCH: Panel discussion on 2022 election

By Max White / October 19, 2022 / Comments Off on WATCH: Panel discussion on 2022 election

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, SPJ Detroit hosted a panel discussion on the 2022 election with Craig Mauger from The Detroit News, Emily Lawyer from The Detroit Free Press and Rick Pluta from Michigan Public Radio. You can watch it below

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COVID at SPJ Awards Banquet

By Max White / May 10, 2022 / Comments Off on COVID at SPJ Awards Banquet

We want to thank everyone who attended the SPJ Detroit banquet last Thursday, May 5, at the San Marino Club.  It was a fabulous night, but we wanted to let you know that some people in attendance have tested positive for COVID. Depending on your company’s protocols you may want to take a test. As you may […]

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Photos: 2022 Excellence in Journalism Awards

By Max White / May 9, 2022 / Comments Off on Photos: 2022 Excellence in Journalism Awards

Photos courtesy Kevin Bean

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FULL LIST: Excellence in Journalism Award winners

By Max White / May 6, 2022 / Comments Off on FULL LIST: Excellence in Journalism Award winners

The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Journalists is proud to announce this year’s winners. It was so nice to see everyone in person again.We want to congratulate all who were selected for an award. We also want to thank everyone who submitted entries. We received over 600 entries from all over Michigan this year. […]

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