C & G Newspapers staff wins Michigan Press Association awards

By: Terry Oparka | C&G Newspapers | Published May 26, 2020

METRO DETROIT — C & G Newspapers garnered 15 awards in the 2019 Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

“We are pleased to present the best of the best from Michigan Press Association members from this year’s Better Newspaper Contest,” Richard Lamb, the president of the Michigan Press Association and the publisher of the Presque Isle County Advance and Onaway Outlook, said in a prepared statement.

“The outstanding quality of work shows that the press is strong in Michigan, and we are proud of the accomplishments of all the winners. Based on the judges’ comments, many categories had several entries worthy of first place. The effort by these journalists and community newspapers show that excellence is the standard for newspapers in our state.”

Staff Writer Tiffany Esshaki received two awards in the news enterprise reporting category: second place for “Getting the ‘hole’ story,” and honorable mention for “PFAS: Exploring the impact on metro Detroit.” She also received a second-place award in the government/education news category for “County clerk investigated for ballot shortages,” and a second-place award in the business/agriculture news category for “A dime for your thoughts: If Michigan repeals its bottle deposit law, will residents still recycle?”

Staff Writer K. Michelle Moran won first place in the feature story category for “Retiring Grosse Pointe Farms detective reflects on his memorable cases and career,” and honorable mention in the same category for “Retiring veteran barber prepares for the final cut.” Moran garnered a third-place award in the spot news category for “Fire claims Yorkshire Road home in Grosse Pointe Park.”

Staff Writer Terry Oparka received two awards in the spot news category: first  place for “Barbs fly at Troy City Council meeting,” and second place for “Former Troy city manager pleads to federal bribery charge.”

Page designer Jason Clancy won three prizes in the best page or pages design category: first place for “Remembering Gil Demers,” second place for “Spring break trip sparks St. Mary’s,” and third place for “Troy Times News & Notes.”

In advertising, Anna Brylkowski received honorable mentions in the home furnishing category for Preferred Marble & Granite and in the real estate category for Folio. Brooke Wagenknecht received an honorable mention in the restaurant category for La Mia Lebanese Cuisine.