Bridge Magazine won nine first-place awards and 26 total awards Thursday in the Society of Professional Journalists Detroit chapter Excellence in Journalism Awards.
Staffers Riley Beggin, Ron French, Joel Kurth, Jim Malewitz, Chastity Pratt, Ted Roelofs, Lindsay VanHulle and Mike Wilkinson all took home top honors in the online division.
Beggin won in feature writing for her profile of Katie Fahey, the founder of the movement that put gerrymandering on the state ballot in 2018 and Malewitz won for environmental reporting for his work on the PFAS contamination found across the state.
Roelofs’ work on the opioid crisis topped the health care reporting field; Kurth won in general news for an article on how some Detroiters live without water; and Pratt for local reporting of a story on the Detroit neighborhood of Delray, which is making way for the new bridge to Canada.
Pratt teamed with Chalkbeat writer Erin Einhorn for a story on the impact of student mobility in Detroit which garnered the top spot in education reporting.
Other winners include the team of Kurth, VanHulle and Wilkinson for their coverage of gerrymandering in the consumer/watchdog/investigative journalism category; French, Pratt and Wilkinson for spot or breaking news coverage of the state’s K-12 education system; and VanHulle and Wilkinson for coverage of the implementation of Medicaid work rules.
Bridge stories also won eight second place, seven third place and two fourth place awards:
Second place winners:
Community/Local News Reporting: Malewitz for ‘Floods test mettle in Michigan's UP’
Consumer/Watchdog/Investigative Reporting: Malewitz and Craig Mauger of Michigan Campaign Finance Network for ‘Emails cast doubt on Michigan's ties to Enbridge in Line 5 debate.’
Digital-Media Presentation: Beggin for ‘Driveway by driveway, these volunteers aim to end gerrymandering in Michigan.’
Education Reporting: French for ‘Michigan spent $80 million to improve reading. Scores went down.’
Environment Reporting: Malewitz for ‘A slow-moving disaster is threatening Lake Superior.’
Health Reporting: VanHulle and Wilkinson for ‘Medicaid work requirements.’
Racial Justice Reporting: Wilkinson and Pratt for ‘Discriminatory policies spread racial segregation in Oakland County.’
Spot or Breaking News Reporting: Staff for 2018 election results.
Third place winners:
Community/Local News Reporting: Beggin for ‘Poor in a wealthy town: the story of low-income workers in Michigan resort towns.’
Education Reporting: French for ‘Child care for this baby costs more than UM.’
Environment Reporting: Malewitz for ‘Michigan has 7,300 toxic sites. Money for cleanup is almost gone.’
Feature Reporting: French for ‘He loved teaching math. Then he quit to manage a Chick-fil-A.’
General News Reporting: French and VanHulle for ‘History gets conservative twist in Michigan social studies standards.’
Health Reporting: Kurth and Wilkinson for ‘Lead levels down after Flint, but so is testing’
Spot or Breaking News Reporting: Beggin and French for ‘Supreme Court Voters Not Politicians ruling.’
Fourth place winners
Digital Media Presentation: Wilkinson for ‘Confused about Michigan Medicaid reform? These maps and charts explain all.’
Education Reporting: French for ‘Why rural teens skip college.’