Metro Detroit: Newsmakers April 28, 2008

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Michigan Radio wins national and regional news awards

Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, has been recognized by the National Society of Professional Journalists. The station was awarded the 2007 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Radio Journalism for "Grading Michigan Schools", Michigan Radio's multi-part series of reports about education in the state. The Public Service in Radio Journalism Award recognizes a radio news organization that renders public service through extensive coverage of an issue facing the community it serves.

The Sigma Delta Chi Awards recognize the best in professional journalism in 48 categories, covering print, radio, television, newsletters, photography, online and research. This year's winners were chosen from more than 1,000 entries from across the country. The only other public radio organizations to be recognized were Chicago Public Radio and "The World", the national program from Public Radio International. The awards, which recognize work published or broadcast in 2007, will be presented July 11 during the annual Sigma Delta Chi Awards banquet at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

"Year after year, the winners of the Sigma Delta Chi awards represent the very best journalism has to offer," said SPJ President Clint Brewer. "These awards and the journalism they recognize represent the incredibly positive contributions our profession makes to the national dialogue and to our communities. We thank the winners and all the entrants for their service and congratulate them on a job well done."

In addition, the Michigan Radio news staff has received three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. The Murrow Awards are presented by The Radio-Television News Directors Association and honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession. Michigan Radio competes in Region 7, which includes both commercial and public radio stations in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. All three of Michigan Radio's regional winners will now move on for the chance to win a national Murrow award, which will be judged in early June.

 


 

Michigan Radio news staff honored for excellence

News staffers from Michigan Radio were recently recognized for news excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Metropolitan Chapter for news coverage in 2007.

Michigan Radio reporter Jennifer Guerra was named "Young Journalist of the Year." This is the first time a Michigan Radio reporter has won this prestigious award. Other finalists for "Young Journalist of the Year" were Dustin Dwyer of Michigan Radio, and reporters from the Detroit Free Press and The Flint Journal.

In addition to this recognition, the station received ten awards for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Metropolitan Chapter for news coverage in 2007. The total was more than any other radio station in metropolitan Detroit.

The Detroit SPJ Chapter presents Excellence in Media awards annually for outstanding news reporting and analysis in local publications, broadcast and new electronic media. This year's contest received more than 300 entries from Detroit area newspapers, magazines and broadcast outlets. All entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2007.

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

It might not be panic in Detroit, but very likely there's at least nervousness at WRIF 101.1 FM. Detroit morning talk radio's ratings behemoth "Drew & Mike" was a cash cow for WRIF owner Greater Media Inc., reportedly accounting for up to 85 percent of the annual revenue, estimated most recently at $19.9 million in 2006. But show co-founder Drew Lane is gone after 16 years in what some say is one of the city's more public radio divorces since Dick Purtan left WXYZ 1270 AM and collaborator Tom Ryan in 1978. Co-host Mike Clark and other on-air personalities remain and have said they plan to carry on the show. Station management remains mostly silent... Drew's departure rocks WRIF (Mon, 4/28)

 


 

Detroit News:

An audience of parents, students and educators will participate in a WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) town hall meeting featuring comedian and educator Bill Cosby to be aired 8-9 p.m. Wednesday. Cosby has been a frequent speaker in Detroit and nationwide on the topic of African-American parental responsibility. His views have sparked debate on how middle-class African-Americans view impoverished blacks living in inner cities. Cosby has pushed education as the key to advancement for African-American youths... Local TV airs Cosby on education panel (Mon, 4/28)

Emmy-winning broadcast journalist Ed Gordon believes that diversity is the secret to making newsrooms viable and strong. "You can't overstate the importance of diversity in journalism," says Gordon, a native Detroiter who graduated from Cass Technical High School and Western Michigan University. "As journalists, we need to tell stories from all sides. This is crucial, especially as our country becomes more diverse." Gordon, 47, whose distinguished credentials include BET, "60 Minutes" and NPR, is the keynote speaker at this year's Central Michigan University Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship and Speaker Series on Thursday at the Antheneum Hotel in Detroit... Ed Gordon to speak at CMU event (Mon, 4/28)

 

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