Bridge staff writer wins WSU Spirit of Diversity award

Chastity Pratt-Dawsey

Bridge Magazine staff writer Chastity Pratt Dawsey is the winner of the Working in the Spirit of Diversity award from Wayne State University.

The award recognizes Pratt Dawsey’s success in diversifying news coverage in Michigan.

Alicia Nails, director of Wayne State’s Journalism Institute for Media Diversity, said of Pratt Dawsey:

“She has directed her passion for children, for justice for citizens, and for public accountability towards the execution of stellar reporting. Her writing on the state of education in Michigan, the Flint water crisis and other complex and entangled issues of concern to Southeastern Michigan show her tireless ability to research the details and nuances of these issues. Her years spent analyzing in-depth issues of concern to metro Detroiters makes her voice truly invaluable. She is a living embodiment of the journalist’s charge to ‘afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted.’”

Pratt Dawsey has won numerous awards from the Michigan Press Association and the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and a 2015 story following a Detroit teacher was named the best writing in the state by the Michigan Press Association.

She will receive the award April 7 at a reception that will also honor New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet. This event is a fundraiser for WSU’s groundbreaking Journalism Institute for Media Diversity which was founded in 1984 by the Department of Communication and editors of The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press.

You can see examples of Pratt Dawsey’s articles here.  

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Thu, 02/23/2017 - 9:52am

Journalism is not going to recover until it starts reporting objectively and abandons thought control. I don't care if the New York Times editor is speaking because his newspaper has become nothing more than a provider of horribly distorted indoctrination. You can add to that list the WSJ, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press. The problem that journalism is facing is "irrelevance". No amount of diversity is going to change that situation. Praise yourselves as much as you like, the news media is in a death spiral. It will not survive by continuing to be self serving, pathological. Get back to reporting the truth objectively from all angles.

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 11:29am

Agreed. All would-be journalists need to emblazon this Latin Motto permanently in their minds: "Petere Veritatem"--"To Seek the Truth." Journalism, true journalism, is a noble calling; only journalists who can put aside ideology--conservative or liberal--can restore the nobility of this profession. Silence is part of the answer. Waiting 24 hrs to research a story carefully is more important than a scoop.

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 11:29am

For whatever reasons, the previous two commentators were (unfortunately) unable to recognize and affirm the valued and professional role Chastity Pratt Dawsey has played in providing well-documented, thought provoking news coverage for us here in Michigan. Her professionalism is validated by the commitment she has made in undertaking "complex and entangled issues." It's nice to see her career accomplishments justly confirmed in this regard.

Paul Martinsky
Sun, 02/26/2017 - 5:06am

Well deserved. She is one of the best news reporters around, especially on issues related to public schools.

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 7:49am

The point to my comment was: Self serving journalism awards and banquets, regardless of the feel good properties, do nothing but obfuscate the root problem in journalism....Journalists today do not present the truth objectively. Narcissism in the media endangers the country as a whole. I'm sure that Chastity is a nice person and has worked hard in her profession, but it's a profession that has a cancerous, fraudulent underpinning that causes people to recoil and reject anything they produce. Less time spent on awards and more objective effort to uncover truth is what will impress.

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 10:58am

In making your point, above; after "journalism ... ," just substitute "presidential advisors" for "journalists" and "White House" for "media" and you'll be on to recognizing a far greater clear and present danger to our country. We need to support those long-standing and well-respected bastions of the honorable profession that is an integral check and balance on government at all levels.