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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
Terek, Jones are SPJ's Journalist, 
Young Journalist of the Year
SPJ Detroit honored excellence tonight as awards were presented to the area's top print, online, radio and television journalists.

Donna Terek of the Detroit News was named Journalist of the Year and Ross Jones of WXYZ-TV is Young Journalist. Click here for more information on these awards.

The Chapter presented $3,500 to journalism students through the Larry Laurain Scholarship program. Click here to read about this year's winners.

Excellence in Journalism awards were also presented. Click here for a complete list with placing and judges' comments.
Click here to see a sample of 
Donna Terek's work.
Click here to see a sample of 
Ross Jones' work.
Photo by Eileen Harned Photography
Journalists from Republic of Georgia visit Detroit
A delegation of journalists/media professionals from the Republic of Georgia visited the Detroit area in late April and early May. Members of SPJ Detroit took part in their tour of the WXYZ-TV studio on April 30. The visit was sponsored through the Library of Congress' Open World Leadership Program through the International Visitor’s Council Detroit. Colleen Clement and Jack Harned of SPJ Detroit answered questions from the journalists and the group watched the live noon news broadcast.
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.
Sports talk kicks off SPJ Detroit Third Thursday

Brad Galli of WXYZ-TV,  Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press and John Niyo of The Detroit News were guest speakers at SPJ Detroit's premier Third Thursday event Sept. 19. If you missed this one, mark your calendar now for Oct. 17 at the Anchor Bar and get to know other Detroit-area journalists in a relaxed setting. Details of the October event will be posted soon through the SPJ Detroit Facebook group. Or, e-mail Donna at detroitspj@comcast.net  to add your name to our contact list.

Join us for 'Show the Love' 

Luther 'Badman' Keith and his Blues Band will be live at PJ's Lager House on Tuesday, Nov. 26, for this media mixer and benefit. Tickets are $20 at the door.  Help us spread the word! Please post and forward the flier.
Wayne State scholarship will honor 
the memory of Ben Burns

Ben Burns was well-known in Detroit journalism circles - He is a former president 
of SPJ Detroit and he was honored with our lifetime achievement award 
in 2007, more information here

Now, Wayne State University is starting a scholarship fund in his name.
 Read the letter from Jack Lessenberry and Lee Wilkins. And be generous!
FOIA: How Free is Information in Michigan?
SPJ Detroit has invited three experts to answer your questions! 

Thursday, Dec. 12
Registration at 8 a.m. at Crain's Detroit Business. 

Jane Briggs-Bunting, president of Michigan Coalition for Open Government
Robin Luce Herrmann, a partner in the Butzel Long law firm
Lisa McGraw, public affairs manager for the Michigan Press Association

Cost: $10
Free for members of SPJ Detroit, $5 for students with valid ID.

Questions? Call 586-306-2035.
SPJ Detroit's Excellence in Journalism contest is now closed.
Michigan Bar offers award for journalists

Applications are now available for the Wade McCree award, offered annually by The Michigan Bar Association to honor journalists whose work promotes the advancement of justice. 

From their brochure: "Judge McCree was dedicated to advancing greater understanding of the role of a free press in a free society. During a remarkable career that included service as a federal judge, professor of law, and solicitor general of the United States, he touched the lives of millions of Americans. Judge McCree was an early and dedicated supporter of the establishment of the Advancement of Justice Awards. The awards were renamed in 1987 to honor not only him, but also those who receive the Wade H. McCree Jr. Awards for the Advancement of Justice."

Entry deadline is Feb. 7.
Good luck to all who entered!

Winners will be notified by e-mail when the judging is complete. 
Final results will be announced at our banquet 

April 16 at the San Marino Club in Troy.​

Plan to join us!

For reference, a printable Call for Entries​​ brochure is available.
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
​Briggs-Bunting and Green honored for lifetime achievement 
Jane Briggs-Bunting, journalist and educator, and Jerry Green, Detroit News sports writer, will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on April 16 at the San Marino Club in Troy. 

SPJ Detroit will also present Excellence in Media awards to area journalists for the best work in the past year, honor “Journalists of the Year,” and present scholarships to college students aspiring to careers in journalism.

Briggs-Bunting is a journalist, educator, author and media lawyer who taught at Michigan State and Oakland universities and reported for the Detroit Free Press and People and LIFE magazines. She is an avid defender of the First Amendment and a founder and president of the Michigan Coalition for Open Government.

Green was a sports writer for The Detroit News for 41 years, retiring in 2004. He is one of four sports writers to cover each of the first 45 NFL Super Bowls from 1967 to 2014. Having also covered the 1957 Detroit Lions as a young reporter with the Associated Press, Green lays claim to being "the last surviving Detroit sportswriter who covered championships of the Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons and Lions."
Jane Briggs-Bunting and Jerry Green
Who was honored for Excellence in Journalism 
by SPJ Detroit this year?

Get the complete list with judges' comments here.
SPJ Detroit Names Finalists for Journalist of the Year 

Our finalists for Journalist of the Year are Tim Higgins and Keith Naughton, both of Bloomberg News, and 
Robert Snell of The Detroit News. Finalists for Young Journalist of the Year are Nathan Bomey of the Detroit Free Press, Deepa Seetharaman of Thomson Reuters and Lindsey Smith of Michigan Public Radio.

The award is made for work done during 2013. We will announce the winners at the banquet April 16 at the San Marino Club in Troy and also present Excellence in Journalism awards for the best work of metro area journalists.
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.