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May 15, 2012

C & G staff wins awards

TROY — The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists gave several awards to the staff of C & G Newspapers during the annual SPJ Detroit Excellence in Media Awards at the San Marino Club April 18.

Among Class C publications — nondaily papers — Southfield Sun staff writer Jennie Miller won first place for spot or breaking news reporting for her story, “Man gets life.” Farmington Press staff writer David Wallace won second place in the category for “FPS sells Eagle School.”

In the feature reporting category, Miller won third place for her story, “Job well done,” about a retiring police dog.

Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle staff writer Chris Jackett won third place for investigative reporting for “Demographic achievement gap.”

In sports reporting, Wallace won first place for “English Channel swim.” Former Royal Oak Review staff writer Heidi Roman won third place in the category for her arm-wrestling story, “Enemies at the table.”

Grosse Pointe Times staff writer K. Michelle Moran won first place for headline writing with her entry, “Church seeks ‘organ’ donors,” about a church needing donations to restore its organ.

And making the papers look good, page designer Jason Clancy won third place for page one design for an issue of the Grosse Pointe Times and first place for sports page design for an issue of the West Bloomfield Beacon.

C & G editor John Carlisle, who writes a column for the Metro Times as Detroitblogger John, won second place in the Class A Print features reporting category for “Ain’t too proud to beg.” Carlisle also won third place in the feature photography category for “Rites of spring.”

The Minneapolis, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee SPJ chapters judged the contest. There were more than 425 entries and 166 awards given across platforms from television to print to online journalism.