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DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY, FEB. 25: 2019 Excellence in Journalism Awards - Call for Entries

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 Metro Detroit publications, broadcast, digital and social media during 2018. 

Winners will be announced at the annual banquet on May 2, 2019. 

Click here to see the brochure with details, rules and deadlines.  

Call for 2018 Entries

We have moved to a new contest platform this year - Better BNC.  Please click below for a link to instructions for entering.

 Better BNC Contestant Instructions 

Click here for details on how to enter and the call for entries.


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Congratulations to our SPJ Award winners! The banquet was held on April 18 at 6 p.m. The list of winners is below

2017 SPJ Detroit Banquet

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Photos from the 2016 SPJ Detroit banquet

(Photo Credit:  Eileen Harned) 

SPJ-Lorain Scholarship winners



SPJ Detroit Celebrates Local Journalists

Congratulations to all of our honorees! 

Photo credit:  Eileen Harned

Below - Longtime Detroit columnists Laura Berman, The Detroit News, and Tom Walsh, Detroit Free Press, were honored at the annual banquet with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Above-- Ron Fonger of The Flint Journal named Journalist of the Year and Michael Martinez of The Detroit  News named Young Journalist of the Year Tuesday night by the Detroit Chapter, Society of  Professional Journalists.

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SPJ Detroit Names Finalists for Journalist of the Year Honors

DETROIT – The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists today announced finalists for Journalist of the Year honors to be awarded at its annual banquet Tuesday, April 12, at the San Marino Club on Big Beaver Road in Troy.

Finalists for SPJ Detroit’s Journalist of the Year include Ron Fonger, The Flint Journal; Nancy Kaffer, Detroit Free Press; Keith Naughton, Bloomberg News; and Lindsey Smith, Michigan Radio. Young Journalist of the Year finalists are Michael Martinez, The Detroit News, and Jessica Strachan, The News-Herald.

All finalists were selected by a jury of veteran journalists and educators from several news media outlets outside of Metro Detroit.

“This banquet is a celebration of the great journalism that has been produced by Detroit area journalists and news organizations,” said Walter Middlebrook, chapter president and an assistant managing editor of The Detroit News. “We use this opportunity to remind our colleagues of the goals and objectives of SPJ, as we also honor the folks who have been the stalwarts and the future of our industry.”

Longtime Detroit columnists Tom Walsh, Detroit Free Press, and Laura Berman, The Detroit News, also will be honored at the annual banquet with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Walsh and Berman, both of whom retired late last year, had wide followings. Walsh’s business column ranged from interviews with CEOs to stories about small businesses. Berman’s work focused on social issues, with special attention to women and children. She is pursuing a book project.

SPJ Detroit also will present hundreds of Excellence in Journalism awards at the banquet for the best work of metro area journalists during 2015.

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