From TV segments to news articles, collaborative work with partners to social media strategy, environmentally focused coverage to community news, Great Lakes Now walked away from the Society of Professional Journalists – Detroit Chapter’s 2022 Excellence in Journalism award ceremony with a dozen acknowledgements for the work the regional team did in 2021.
The awards covered a wide range of categories, and many different Great Lakes Now staff members were honored for their work. Here’s a list with links so you can revisit the stories and events:
- Great Lakes Now won both 1st and 2nd place for Community/Local News Reporting for the segments “Birds vs Buildings” and “Sustainable Shipping” respectively. The latter was supported, in part, by the Solutions Journalism Network.
- In Environment Reporting, Great Lakes Now received the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for “Best Supporting Fish,” “Sturgeon Guarding” and “Superior Blooms,” which was supported with a grant from the Fund for Environmental Journalism.
- Great Lakes Now’s segment “PFAS in the House” was 4th place under Health Reporting.
- Great Lakes Now as a whole program was 2nd for News/Public Affairs.
- The Great Lakes News Collaborative, which Great Lakes Now is part of, won 1st for Collaborative Coverage.
- Under Environment Reporting, Great Lakes Now received 1st and 3rd place for Sharon Oosthoek’s work covering Lake Superior algal blooms and warming winters. This work was supported by the Fund for Environmental Journalism and was a collaboration with the “Superior Blooms” segment mentioned above.
- Great Lakes Now also received 2nd place in Health Reporting for Tom Perkins’ look at PFAS in his house.
- Great Lakes Now’s First Friday Watch Party series took 3rd place under Social Media Strategy.
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