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.
Thanks to everyone who came out for the Pulitzer centennial celebration on March 23 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit!
Sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists Detroit Chapter, the event celebrated the highest honor in journalism.
Attendees listened as Pulitzer Prize winning journalists Eric Freedman (1994, Detroit News), Charlie LeDuff (2001, New York Times), Jim Schaefer and M.L. Elrick (2009, Detroit Free Press) shared their stories behind the stories.
We had a great turnout at our most recent SPJ/PRSA event sponsored by BusinessWire.
A lot of information was exchanged about the direction of news coverage at the two Detroit major dailies. Speakers were Detroit News managing editor Gary Miles and Detroit Free Press editor Robert Huschka.
The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) named two “Journalists of the Year” and awarded 259 Excellence in Journalism honors to metro area journalists at its annual banquet Wednesday, April 15 in Troy.
Jennifer Dixon, who led a Detroit Free Press team investigation of Michigan’s charter school system, won SPJ Detroit’s “Journalist of the Year” honor. Nathan Bomey, who led Detroit Free Press coverage of the city’s bankruptcy, was named “Young Journalist of the Year.”
The chapter also presented lifetime achievement awards to Diana Lewis, retired 35-year veteran of broadcast news at WXYZ-TV, and Tom Gage, who has covered the Detroit Tigers for The Detroit News since 1979.
Scholarships were awarded to four journalism students. Oona Goodin-Smith, junior at Oakland University, won the chapter’s $2,500 Lawrence Laurain Scholarship. Other scholarships went to Nora Naughton, Eastern Michigan University, Ricky Lindsay, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Kaylee Kean, Oakland University.
SPJ Detroit’s Excellence in Media awards were presented for outstanding journalism in Detroit metro publications, broadcast and internet media during 2014.
Other finalists for Journalist of the Year were Paul Egan and Keith Matheny, both of the Detroit Free Press.