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SPJ Detroit announces winners at the 2019 Excellence in Journalism Awards

SPJ Detroit announces Laurain Scholarship winner

The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists announced that Madison O’Connor from Michigan State University has been awarded the Laurain Scholarship for 2019. The Board of Directors also awarded additional scholarships to Anna Nichols from Michigan State University and Sloane Terranella from Wayne State University.

Madison O’Connor is a junior pursuing degrees in journalism and user experience at Michigan State. She has interned at the Lansing State Journal and with MLive at The Grand Rapids Press. O’Connor has worked at MSU’s independent student newspaper, The State News, for six semesters as the campus news editor and the lead reporter on MSU’s administration and the Larry Nassar cases, but currently as a multimedia reporter. This summer, she’ll intern at The Naples Daily News in Florida. With a growing interest in design and innovative storytelling, she’s taking classes in virtual design, web design and UX design. O’Connor would like to thank her family and friends for their continued support throughout her college career.

Anna Nichols is the cops and courts reporter at The State News at Michigan State University, where she covers the many tendrils of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. This summer, she will intern at The Saginaw News. Nichols will graduate in May 2020 with a degree in public affairs journalism and environmental studies and sustainability. She is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).

Sloane Terranella is a first-generation college student and aspiring journalist. She is a sophomore at Wayne State and pursuing a degree in journalism. Terranella works at The South End, Wayne State’s newspaper, as the news editor. She is a writer and proud member of the Asian American Journalists Association.


2017 SPJ Detroit Awards with Judges' Comments

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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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