Bridge wins 26 awards in Society of Professional Journalists contest

SPJ Excellence in Journalism - Bridge

Bridge Magazine won more than two dozen awards Thursday in the Society of Professional Journalists Detroit chapter Excellence in Journalism Awards.

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.

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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.

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Bridge stories also won eight second place, seven third place and two fourth place awards:

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Fourth place winners

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Fri, 05/03/2019 - 2:18pm

Congratulations, Bridge Magazine! Whenever I want information on Michigan-specific topics, your website is the first I go to. Your service to Michigan has been invaluable...thank you.

Joel Kurth
Fri, 05/03/2019 - 7:17pm

Thank you for reading! We truly appreciate it!

Geoffrey Owen
Mon, 05/06/2019 - 9:45am

Excellent journalism. Bridge spans the gap!