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Bridge wins 20 awards from Society of Professional Journalists Detroit chapter


Bridge Magazine staff members won 20 Excellence in Journalism awards from the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Bridge earned seven first-place honors among the awards for articles written in 2019 announced Thursday. SPJ had previously announced that Bridge capitol reporter Riley Beggin was named Young Journalist of the Year.

Bridge’s winning entries, in the online division of the awards, were:

1st place, consumer watchdog and investigative news: Jonathan Oosting for Michigan lawmakers want to expand tax break before it’s created a single job.

1st place, education news: Ron French and Mike Wilkinson, for Michigan leans on long-term substitutes as schools struggle.

1st place, features: Ron French, for After three years of substitutes, this Michigan girl may flunk third grade.

1st place, general news: Ron French, for Shooter drills. Anxious teachers. Flying staplers. Michigan schools prepare

1st place, health news: Ted Roelofs, Robin Erb and Mike Wilkinson, for Michigan youth suicide rate doubles

1st place, racial justice news: Joel Kurth, for Detroit shut off water to 11,800 homes this year. Most are still off

1st place, breaking news: Mike Wilkinson and Ron French, for Michigan schools are now average. That’s progress

2nd place, community news: Jim Malewitz, for In Flint, trust is lost. And bottled water is running low.

2nd place, consumer watchdog/investigative news: Jonathan Oosting, for Michigan roads have turned to crap. So has strike among road builders.

2nd place, environmental news: Jim Malewitz and Riley Beggin, for Poisoned Michigan.

2nd place, general news: Jim Malewitz, for GOP donor’s plans to dredge Grand River meets rough waters in West Michigan.

2nd place, health news: Magdalena Mihaylova and Robin Erb, for A woman, a tick and the fight in Michigan over Lyme Disease.

2nd place, breaking news: Jonathan Oosting, for Locals to Lansing: get a budget deal because cuts are getting real.

3rd place, community news: Joel Kurth, for In Detroit, foot paths are disappearing across vast, empty land.

3rd place, consumer watchdog/investigative news, Mike Wilkinson, for Michigan lawmakers award $10 million for project benefitting former GOP chair.

3rd place, education news: Ron French, for The Test: ‘read-or-flunk’ test looms over Michigan third-graders.

3rd place, environmental news: Jim Malewitz, for Surging costs cause some Michigan cities to rethink recycling.

3rd place, features: Joel Kurth, for She was born to fight, and did for three years without water.

3rd place, general news: Joel Kurth, for Detroit is billing residents for rain. It’s going as well as you’d think.

4th place, breaking news: Robin Erb, for Vaping is bad for teens. But will Michigan’s ban hurt smokers trying to quit?

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