2017 SPJ Detroit Awards with Judges' Comments

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19:

2017 SPJ Detroit Banquet tickets are available for purchase below. The event will honor the best journalism and journalists in Metro Detroit, including the Journalists of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year awards.

When: April 19 -- 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner

Where: San Marino Club, 1685 East Big Beaver Road, Troy

Tickets: $50 each SPJ member & one guest; $60 advance general registration ($70 at the door); $20 Student SPJ members ($35 non-members); and $550 for a table of 10. Proceeds support journalism education.

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November 22: 8th Annual Show the Love Benefit

Digital news gathering seminar:

The Mid-America Press Institute is teaming with Google News to offer a digital news gathering seminar in two locations this fall.

Mike Reilley, Google News Labs Trainer and MediaShift.org Business Development Director, will lead two day-long seminars on digital news gathering, mobile reporting and data analysis and visualization.

The first seminar will be Wednesday, Sept. 28, at The Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill. The second seminar will be Monday, Oct. 17, at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

To register, email MPI Executive Director John Ryan at jmryan@eiu.edu. Registration is $25 and includes lunch. Deadline to register is September 24. 

 

Saturday, April 23

National Assoc. of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is a sponsor of the following event: 

Provocative PBS Documentary Examines Lynchings of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in Southwest U.S. in 1800s
(News release from Mich. LLEAD)

A new documentary about Mexican bandit-turned-folk-hero Joaquin Murrieta is coming to Detroit this Saturday for a special FREE screening in Mexicantown.   The Head of Joaquin Murrieta, a PBS documentary by director John J. Valadez, already was screened to a packed house at the FREEP Film Festival April 2, and is swinging through the state this week.

Detroiters are encouraged to come this Saturday to La Terraza Mexican Restaurant, 8445 W. Vernor Highwayto see the documentary, meet Valadez and join the conversation. The owner of the restaurant, Israel Rocha, will unveil a new beverage he has created in honor of Joaquin Murrieta.

But first, the film comes to Lansing Wed. kicking off a Michigan 5-city screening tour. All screenings will include panel discussions about the bloody chapters in U.S. history in 1850s southwest when hundreds of Mexicans and Mexican Americans were lynched, their property and land stolen.

The Michigan tour begins in Lansing on April 20 and continues April 21 in Holland, April 22 in Saginaw, April 23 in Detroit, and concludes April 25 in Grand Rapids.

The Lansing screenings are Wed., April 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the LCC Board Room, Administration Bldg. at 610 N. Capitol Ave. That same evening Pattengill Academy Auditorium will also show the doc from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 626 Marshall St. Both screenings include post-film panel discussions with director Valadez and Q& A with audience members. The documentary is also scheduled to be screened at Michigan State University on April 22 at 11 a.m. at 120 Linton Hall. The DVD will also be on sale at all venues.

The tour is sponsored by Michigan Latino Leaders for the Enhancement of Advocacy and Development (Mich. LLEAD), a new Michigan Latino civil rights, non-profit organization.  Statewide sponsors include the Beckwith Constitutional Liberties Fund, the Michigan Dept. of Civil Rights, the Michigan Hispanic/Latino Commission, and Reg. 6 of the National Assoc. of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).

Mich. LLEAD reps and noted educators will facilitate the discussions about a turbulent and violent period in American history.

"The Southwest territories become the spoils of war with Mexico," says Juan Marinez, Lansing LLEAD member . "These lands were not UN-populated, there were hundreds of thousands of people who resided in the present states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri."

The present-day significance of racial violence, civil rights violations and injustices against Latinos, immigrants and others will also be discussed. Marinez says that in 2016 the questions continues to linger. "Those of us who look very Mexican continue to get asked: 'Where are you from?' Assuming that you just crossed the Rio Grande yesterday."

"The peoples resided in these territories for several generations, as you may recall," says Marinez, a history buff, "these lands were part of the Spanish crown. After the Mexican Revolution of 1810 they became Mexican, and after the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) these multiple generations of Spanish and Mexican people who had a culture, language, and religion ties to their former homeland when they became U.S. citizens."

“LLEAD of Michigan brings to residents of the state, the opportunity to learn about a part of Latino history that has been untold, and finally, The Head of Joaquin Murrieta PBS film unveils this tragic, but enlightening story,” says Al Flores, Mich. LLEAD president, who recently retired from the Mich. Dept. of Civil Rights.

In the 30-minute documentary, the director takes the viewer on a quixotic road trip to uncover the truth about the purported head and true story of the man who inspired the myth and legend of El Zorro. It's a movie about the director's journey to lay to rest this man's head and finally put him at peace, and in so doing Valadez reveals the atrocious American truths about our history.

"It took me ten years to complete this film," Valadez says. Valadez is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker. Murrieta is his 13th film. "Murrieta's story is emblematic of the way history is appropriated by others and it's challenging to decipher the myth  vs. the man, the legend  vs. the real history of the southwest."

The truth very much lies in the long convoluted U.S. history with Mexico and the many thousands of citizens who resided in the Southwest and Midwest, who in some case can trace their ancestry long before the Pilgrims and those millions of immigrants who came via Ellis Island, adds Marinez.

"The Head of Joaquin Murrieta PBS film, the state tour, is but a sample of what can be accomplished, as LLEAD of Michigan continues its work toward the unification of Latinos in the state,” Flores said.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 12:

2016 SPJ Detroit Banquet tickets are available for purchase below. The event will honor the best journalism and journalists in Metro Detroit, including the Journalists of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year awards.

When: April 12 at 5:30 p.m., with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by the awards program.

Where: San Marino Club, 1685 East Big Beaver Road, Troy

Tickets: $50 each SPJ member & one guest; $60 advance general registration ($70 at the door); $20 Student SPJ members ($35 non-members); and $550 for a table of 10. Proceeds support journalism education.

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