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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
SPJ Detroit Board Members re-elected
Congratulations to Cindy Goodaker of Crain's Detroit Business, Mike Ramsey of The Wall Street Journal, Tom Stanton of U of D Mercy, Jerome Vaughn of WDET and Ann Zaniewski of the Detroit Free Press. All were elected to two-year terms on the SPJ Detroit board of directors. For more information on all 13 board members, click the "Meet Our Board" button below.
UAE journalists meet with SPJ Detroit
Broadcast journalists from the United Arab Emirates talked with board members of SPJ Detroit March 19 through the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. SPJ leaders discussed the Society of Professional Journalist Code of Ethics and other issues facing journalists. Pictured are: David Sachs of the Detroit Jewish News, Walter Middlebrook of the Detroit News, Elbagir Abousam of the Department of State and, from Sharjah Media Corporation, Director Naser Mohamed Almal Mohamed Al Suwaidi, principle news producer Sultan Ahmed Sultan Alqatari  Al Suwaidi, and program producer Ahmed Hassan Mohamed Al Mesmari. The meeting was held at the offices of the Detroit Jewish News. The UAE journalists said they hope to share their culture and use their skills to increase awareness of UAE issues. 

Photo by Donna  Remer
Who was honored for Excellence in Journalism 
by SPJ Detroit this year?

Get the complete list with judges' comments here.
Jane Briggs-Bunting, far left, earned a Lifetime Achievement Award. Chapter President Walter Middlebrook presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Jerry Green, at left. Below, left, journalists from the Oakland Press, Macomb Daily and Voice posed for a photo with their awards. 

Photos by Dylan Farenger
and Donna Remer

Detroit celebrates Excellence in Journalism
An enthusiastic crowd of journalists gathered at the San Marino Club on April 16 celebrate Excellence in Journalism. Rob Snell of The Detroit News was named Journalist of the Year for 2013 and Lindsey Smith of Michigan Radio was honored as Young Journalist of the Year. Other awards were given to print, broadcast and online journalist from the Detroit area.

SPJ has updated its Code of Ethics

Read the new guidelines here
Names of those reserving:
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

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.
Voting Open for SPJ Detroit Board Seats
Members of SPJ Detroit can cast a ballot through Sept. 30 for seats on the board of directors. Seven candidates are running for seven open seats. Write-in candidates are welcome.

E-mail ballots were sent to registered members on Monday, Sept. 15. Voting closes Sept. 30.

Candidates are: Alexandra Bahou, Gina Damron, Jackie Headapohl, W. Kim Heron, Walter Middlebrook, Jeremy Verdusco and Michael Wayland. Read their bios on the ballot. Those elected will serve for two years.
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!
Names of those attending:
Awards will be presented April 15 
at the San Marino Club in Troy.

Buffet dinner, cash bar, scholarship presentations,
Journalist of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards

Buy tickets now. Prices are listed on the drop-down menu at right.

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