The Society of Professional Journalists Detroit honored several C & G Newspapers staffers at the Excellence in Journalism Awards banquet May 2. Pictured at the recent awards presentation are, from left, Mike Koury, K. Michelle Moran, Tiffany Esshaki, Brendan Losinski, Maria Allard, Andy Kozlowski, Jason Clancy, Nick Mordowanec and Terry Oparka.

The Society of Professional Journalists Detroit honored several C & G Newspapers staffers at the Excellence in Journalism Awards banquet May 2. Pictured at the recent awards presentation are, from left, Mike Koury, K. Michelle Moran, Tiffany Esshaki, Brendan Losinski, Maria Allard, Andy Kozlowski, Jason Clancy, Nick Mordowanec and Terry Oparka.

C & G staffers win SPJ awards

C&G Newspapers | Published May 9, 2019

The Society of Professional Journalists Detroit honored several C & G Newspapers staffers at the Excellence in Journalism Awards banquet May 2 at the San Marino Club in Troy.

Layout Designer Jason Clancy received first place in the Sports Page Design-Newspapers Only category for “Prep football ready to kick off” in the West Bloomfield Beacon; third place in the Feature Page Design-Newspapers Only category for “Try it — you’ll like it” in the West Bloomfield Beacon; and fourth place in the Page One Design-Newspapers Only category for “Police K-9 killed in the line of duty” in the St. Clair Shores Sentinel.

Staff Writer Nick Mordowanec, of the Fraser-Clinton Township Chronicle, received first place in the Best Explanatory Story category for “Addiction: A stranglehold on American life.”

Staff Writer Tiffany Esshaki, of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle, took home three third-place awards for “Crimes of desperation” in the Best Explanatory Story category; “Record turnout, ballot shortages mark primary” in the Open-Government Reporting category; and “Years of inaction yield huge sinkhole” in the Consumer/Watchdog/Investigative Reporting category.

Staff Writer K. Michelle Moran, of the Grosse Pointe Times, won first place in the Headline Writing category for “Star Wars exhibition is a clothes force,” “Beautification Award-winning judge maintains lawn and order,” “Fundraiser for 4 Paws 1 Heart to be ‘sew’ much fun,” “Wonders unfold in ‘(Extra) Ordinary Paper,’” and “Art show is an east meets west side story.” Moran also won third place in the Feature Reporting category for “Retiring veteran barber prepares for the final cut.”

Staff Writer Terry Oparka, of the Troy Times, took second place in the Headline Writing category for “Groom and board — dogging it for 90 years,” and picked up a pair of honorable mention awards for “Secret report on former Troy city manager released” in the Open-Government Reporting category and “Fake signatures found on commercial marijuana petitions” in the Consumer/Watchdog/Investigative Reporting category.

Staff Writer Andy Kozlowski, of the Madison-Park News, took second place in the Consumer/Watchdog/Investigative Reporting category for “Questions arise over school district’s sale of Monroe property.”

Staff Writer Michael Koury, of the Woodward Talk, took second place in the Open-Government Reporting category for “La Salette School project rejected; development up in air.”

Staff Writer Maria Allard, of the Warren Weekly and the Grosse Pointe Times, received second place in the Education Reporting category for “‘Voters to decide GPPSS $111 million bond referendum Nov. 6.”

Staff Writer Brendan Losinski, of the Roseville-Eastpointe Eastsider and the Advertiser Times, won second place in the Racial Justice Reporting category for “Panel discusses relationship between community and law enforcement.”

All the awards came in the Class C designation, which is for non-daily newspapers, magazines and trade publications with less than 50,000 circulation, except for Losinski’s, which was in a category that spanned all classes of publications.