Detroit News grabs 5 first-place wins for best website, staff stories
Detroit News won the 2020 Michigan Associated Press Media Editors award for Best Digital Presence and four other awards for first place in the 2020 Michigan Associated Press Media Editors competition.
The awards, in order of graduation – first, second, and third – were announced online for Division III, the category in which The News competed. The Michigan APME is the association for the best news, television and radio news in the state.
30 daily newspapers submitted 842 entries for the competition, which included news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2020.
Contributions were judged by editors from Ohio newspapers.
The news won a total of 17 awards and competed against the Detroit Free Press and Grand Rapids Press in all categories.
The news took first place in In Best Digital Presence, with judges praising the presentation.
“The website is easy to navigate, the content is clearly labeled. Social media posts are used. Excellent use of emoji to display content for subscribers only,” the judges said. “Podcasts showed expertise on a variety of topics including sports, auto industry, and crime, and provided an alternative way to meet readers. Exceptional use of IG stories, well-designed posts, and engaging content.”
Deputy Editorial Page Editor Ingrid Jacques took first place for best editorial writing.
“Serious issues that focus on Michigan’s most vulnerable people – elderly people in nursing homes and children in Michigan schools,” the judges said. “Good use of evidence and background to support your case.”
Tony Paul took first place on Best Sports Story for Recruiting Trouble: Inside the Sex Assault Scandal That Lose MSU Football.
“This was far more than a sports story or college football recruitment report. This was a full, in-depth study of the cost of the major college sports programs paying in sacrificing everything, including playing by the rules to win.” Judges said. “The reporting to produce this has been persistent and tireless. It has been written in a compelling way that even people who don’t follow football could understand.”
Paul also had another award for first place in Best Sports Feature Story for “10 Years Later, Ex-Tiger Armando Galarraga” Lucky Not To Be Happy “in” Brush with Perfection “.
In the same category, UM-Beat writer Angelique Chengelis took third place for “Lions’ Chris Spielman Opens Up To Wife Loss, Parenthood, And The Search For Love”.
In the Best Sports Column, columnist Bob Wojnowski won first place for “Al Kaline always likes to help, even a helpless player like me”.
“Warm and friendly … enjoyed the fantasy story at the end … gave me an idea of who Kaline really was,” said the judges. “Excellent read.”
In the same category, John Niyo won third place for “Break can lead us to rethink the priority we attach to organized youth sport”.
“A positive outcome from the pandemic … I always like a sports column about the kids … brings back the innocence of sport,” the judges said.
Employee Kalea Hall won second place for Best Business Letter.
Brendan Clarey, a member of the editorial team, took third place for Best Column.
The photographer Daniel Mears won second place in the Best Spot News Photo for “Past Curfew”.
In Best Feature Photo, Todd McInturf won second place for “Pain Incredible: Coronavirus Robs Michigan Family Wife,” which judges said was part of an “incredible story, heartfelt moment, and amazing approach.”
David Guralnick won third place in this category for “Graduation, Covid-19 Style”.
“Speaks of the absurdity of this time, how to work in a difficult situation,” said the judges.
Max Ortiz won third place in Best Sports Photo for “Pee Wee Boxer”.
“Big unexpected moment before the event,” said the judges.
Deputy Multimedia Editor Andy Morrison won second place in Best Video for “Stony Island: A Michigan Marvel”.
The judges said, “A ride on the River Keeper seems like the perfect way to tell the story of islands that many Detroit residents see often but don’t know much about. In many videos, drone footage seems exaggerated, but here is it blended in perfectly. “
Reporters Sarah Rahal and Beth LeBlanc took third place in coverage of the best spot news: “Inside the ‘War Zone’ of Sinai-Grace: ‘We started running out of body bags.”
College reporter Kim Kozlowski won third place in the “Best Investigative Reporting” category for her coverage of the late University of Michigan, Dr. Robert E. Anderson, who has been accused of sexually abusing hundreds of students, athletes, and others during a career spanning more than four decades.
The news won third place for In General Excellence.
Also announced on Wednesday, Detroit News editor and editor Gary Miles became president of the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors for the next year.