Bridge takes state 'Newspaper of the Year' honor

Bridge wins newspaper of the year

Bridge Magazine has been named 2015 Newspaper of the Year, sweeping awards in two reporting categories and earning more than a dozen awards overall in the Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

Less than five years after publishing its first article, Bridge Magazine has been named Newspaper of the Year, sweeping awards in two reporting categories and earning more than a dozen awards overall in the Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

Bridge also earned top honors for Public Notice Journalism, and an article by Bridge Staff Writer Chastity Pratt Dawsey was hailed as the best writing in any publication in the state in 2015.

“We are deeply appreciative of the recognition and grateful our work is truly making a difference,” said David Zeman, Bridge editor. “We look forward to producing even more ambitious journalism that helps improve the lives of Michigan residents.”

The MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest drew 3,833 entries from 113 Michigan publications.

The nonprofit Bridge Magazine is the journalistic arm of the nonpartisan Center for Michigan, a “think-and-do” tank founded by former newspaper publisher Phil Power in 2006. The Center’s objective is to make Michigan a better place by encouraging greater understanding and involvement in policy issues among the people of Michigan and making sure their voices are regularly heard.

Bridge was named Newspaper of the Year among weekly/specialty publications with a circulation of more than 20,000.

Pratt Dawsey won first place in the Herbert Spencer Best Writing competition, an award that accepted entries from publications across circulation categories in the state. Pratt Dawsey was honored for her work on “One teacher, 25 kids, and the enormous challenge of turning around Detroit schools,” in which she embedded in a Detroit classroom to chronicle the life of a public school teacher and his students. Judges described it as “a great piece of journalism! The writing is excellent.”

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Kim Gribi
Sun, 01/31/2016 - 2:21pm
Well done and well deserved. At a time when the type of credible and in-depth journalism provided by The Bridge Magazine is more needed than ever, it is becoming more and more rare. I am appreciative of the level of talent and critical thinking skills exhibited by all who write for this publication. Congratulations!
Mark Silverman
Sun, 01/31/2016 - 4:23pm
Congratulations on the recognition for your excellent work.
Peg McNichol
Sun, 01/31/2016 - 9:57pm
Congratulations and keep up the good work.
Sun, 01/31/2016 - 10:02pm
Congratulations! Keep up the good work!
Martha Toth
Mon, 02/01/2016 - 8:46am
Well deserved! I especially appreciate your in-depth looks at issues of poverty and education. I don't always agree with angles and opinions here, but I respect the integrity of your efforts.
Ben Schmitt
Mon, 02/01/2016 - 4:39pm
The hiring of hire Chastity was a very wise move.
Mon, 02/01/2016 - 5:21pm
Congratulation, these honors attest to Bridge/staff having created such a good environment that quality work shines brightly on all. Thanks to the recognized individuals for their good work and all who work with them supporting Bridge.
Tue, 02/16/2016 - 3:53pm
Congrats on the well-deserved recognition. Keep up the good work!