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Reprints of SPJ Excellence in Journalism Awards are available to the award winners or their organization. The $10 cost includes printing and postage.

For information on how to order, e-mail detroitspj@comcast.net



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Breaking Down The Balance Sheet
A primer on turning financial statements into stories

For new reporters and veterans looking for perspective ...

SPJ Detroit will sponsor a two-hour clinic on how to read income statements, write earnings stories, decipher securities documents and develop business stories and sources.  

Session leaders are Mike Ramsey, SPJ board member and veteran automotive reporter at The Wall Street Journal in Detroit, and Jamie Butters, the Auto Team Leader for Bloomberg News in Detroit. 

SPJ Detroit members can attend the event for free.
 Join or renew your membership here. Note: Detroit chapter dues are $15. 

The fee for non-members is $15 and students, $10. 
Light snacks will be provided. 

Seating is limited. Payment at the door will be accepted only if seats are available.
When: Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Crain Communications, 1155 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit

Questions? Contact
 mike.ramsey@wsj.com

Members can reserve at www.detroitspj@comcast.net
Mike Ramsey
Jamie Butters
Help us spread the word. Print and post a copy of our flyer here.
Free PRSA breakfast to feature 2 SPJ Detroit board members

Join Walter Middlebrook of The Detroit News and Cindy Goodaker 
of Crain's Detroit with Christopher Kirkpatrick of the Detroit Free Press 
and John Schultz of DBusiness at the Southfield Westin Oct. 16. 

Details here.

Register by Oct. 10 to nskidmore@earthlink.net
Detroit journalists focus on business
Detroit journalists learned to turn financial statements into stories at an Oct. 7 workshop led by Mike Ramsey of The Wall Street Journal and Jamie Butters of Bloomberg News. Then, on Oct. 16, SPJ Detroit President Walter Middlebrook of The Detroit News and board member Cindy Goodaker of Crain's Detroit with Christopher Kirkpatrick of the Detroit Free Press and John Schultz of DBusiness were part of a panel discussion on business coverage in a 24/7 news cycle.  The events were co-sponsored by SPJ Detroit.
Photos by Colleen Clement and Shawn Wright
SPJ Detroit and the State Bar of Michigan present:
Covering the Courts
What Detroit's top legal minds think​

The Nov. 10 program will feature Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade. Where:  Crain's Detroit, 1155 Gratiot Avenue

The Nov. 18 program will feature U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds and 3rd Circuit Court Judge Robert Colombo. Where: Butzel Long law offices, 150 West Jefferson Avenue, Suite 100. 

Time: 6-30-8:30 p.m.
Moderator: Jack Lessenberry

Admission is free but you must reserve. 

Call SPJ administrator Donna Remer at 586-306-2035 or reserve by e-mail to detroitspj@comcast.net.

Help us spread the word: Print and post or forward the flier at right.
Congratulations to SPJ Detroit's newest  board members 

Votes have been counted and our new board members are Alexandra Bahou of WXYZ-TV, author and activist Michelle Brown, Jackie Headapohl of the Detroit Jewish News and Michael Wayland of The Detroit News. Learn more about them here.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, left, and Federal Prosecutor Barbara McQuade, right, addressed concerns of journalists in a Nov. 10 forum moderated by Jack Lessenberry of Wayne State University, center. If you missed this event, don't miss the next one on Nov. 18. Details below.
Photos by Donna Remer
Show the Love
... annual holiday mixer and fundraiser 

Dec. 19, 5:30-8:30 
at PJ's Lager House

Join Detroit NABJ, SPJ Detroit and AAJA Michigan
as we raise funds for out-of-work journalists.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Make a donation or purchase tickets here.

Spread the word! Print flyer here.
We received a record number of entries from print, online and broadcast journalists for ...

SPJ Detroit's Excellence in Journalism 






The results are in!
Find out who will be honored by SPJ Detroit for Excellence in Journalism ...

Did you miss 'Covering the Courts' presented by SPJ Detroit and the State Bar of Michigan? 

Watch it online here!
Awards will be presented April 15 
at the San Marino Club in Troy.

Buffet dinner, cash bar.
Reception at 5:30. Dinner at 6:30 followed by awards program.

  Come celebrate with us!
Reserve your seats now. It's easy to order online with the link, below. See event flyer here.
Lewis, Gage earn Lifetime Achievement awards

Diana Lewis, retired from a distinguished career as anchor reporter at WXYZ-TV, and Tom Gage, longtime sportswriter for The Detroit News, will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists at its annual awards banquet on April 15 at the San Marino Club in Troy. 

SPJ Detroit will also present Excellence in Journalism awards for the best work in the past year, award scholarships to college students aspiring to careers in journalism, and honor the region’s “Journalists of the Year.”  

“We invite all news people and friends of the media to come and celebrate the year’s achievements of metro Detroit’s journalists,” said Walter Middlebrook, chapter president and an assistant managing editor of The Detroit News. 
    
Dinner price with advance reservations is $60, or $50 each for SPJ Detroit members and a guest. It will be $70 at the door. New SPJ members can join now and come for the member price. Price for students is $35 or $20 for SPJ student members. Order tickets below. The event raises funds for SPJ Detroit’s scholarship fund.

Lewis was one of Detroit’s most popular news anchors when she retired in 2012 after 35 years at WXYZ-TV Channel 7. She was involved in numerous charitable organizations and causes and continues to be active in the community.
Gage will be inducted into the writers' wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. in July. He figures he's covered games in 54 ballparks, written more than 11 million words and covered more than 5,000 games as traveling beat writer for The Detroit News. He is now writing commentary and analysis about the Tigers for FoxSportsDetroit.com.
The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has announced finalists for Journalist of the Year honors to be awarded at its annual banquet on April 15 at the San Marino Club on Big Beaver Road in Troy.

Finalists for SPJ Detroit’s Journalist of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year are Nathan Bomey, Jennifer Dixon, Paul Egan, and Keith Matheny, all writers for The Detroit Free Press. They were selected by a jury of veteran journalists and educators from candidates from several news media. 

“This banquet is the premier event for Detroit metro journalists, and all news people and friends of good journalism are invited,” said Walter Middlebrook, chapter president and an assistant managing editor of The Detroit News. “Our SPJ chapter is proud to celebrate our area’s news people and the media who have served the public superbly during a year of extraordinary news-making events,” 

The public is invited. Dinner price with advance reservations is $60 or $50 each for SPJ Detroit members and a guest. It will be $70 at the door. New SPJ members can join now and come for the member price. Price for students is $35 or $20 for SPJ Student members. Tables for ten can be reserved for $500.  Reserve below.
SPJ Detroit names JoY finalists
Nathan Bomey, Jennifer Dixon, Paul Egan, and Keith Matheny
Online registration is closed but some tickets will be available at the door for $70. Arrive early!
Above: SPJ Detroit President Walter Middlebrook with Diana Lewis, Lifetime Achievement honoree, Below, Tom Gage accepts his award.
Photos by Eileen Harned Photography
SPJ Detroit honors Excellence in Journalism 

The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) named two “Journalists of the Year” and awarded 259 Excellence in Journalism honors to metro area journalists at its annual banquet Wednesday, April 15 in Troy. 
Jennifer Dixon, who led a Detroit Free Press team investigation of Michigan’s charter school system, won SPJ Detroit’s “Journalist of the Year” honor. Nathan Bomey, who led Detroit Free Press coverage of the city’s bankruptcy, was named “Young Journalist of the Year.”
The chapter also presented lifetime achievement awards to Diana Lewis, retired 35-year veteran of broadcast news at WXYZ-TV, and Tom Gage, who has covered the Detroit Tigers for The Detroit News since 1979.
Scholarships were awarded to four journalism students. Oona Goodin-Smith, junior at Oakland University, won the chapter’s $2,500 Lawrence Laurain Scholarship. Other scholarships went to Nora Naughton, Eastern Michigan University, Ricky Lindsay, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Kaylee Kean, Oakland University.
SPJ Detroit’s Excellence in Media awards were presented for outstanding journalism in Detroit metro publications, broadcast and internet media during 2014.
Other finalists for Journalist of the Year were Paul Egan and Keith Matheny, both of the Detroit Free Press. 
Details here: 
Award winners with judges' comments
Lifetime Achievement
Journalist, Young Journalist of the Year
Scholarship winners
President's Award
See who won awards this year for Excellence in Journalism during 2014.


Photos taken by Eileen Harned Photography

Posted by Society of Professional Journalists / Detroit on Monday, May 4, 2015

Photos by Eileen Harned Photography

Posted by Society of Professional Journalists / Detroit on Monday, May 4, 2015