Winners announced in Michigan APME newspaper contest – Washington Times

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Newspapers in Detroit, Flint and Greenville were named the best in the state Sunday in the annual Michigan Associated Press Media Editors newspaper competition.

General Excellence awards for 2015 went to the Detroit Free Press in Division III; The Flint Journal in Division II; and The (Greenville) Daily News in Division I.

Twenty-nine daily newspapers submitted 1,012 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2015.

Entries were judged by editors from The Courier, Findlay, Ohio and The Kenton (Ohio) Times; Division I; The Lima (Ohio) News and Record-Courier, Kent-Ravenna, Ohio; Division II; The Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio and The Chronicle Telegram, Elyria, Ohio; Division III.

The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.

Michigan APME winners list in Division III:

General Excellence: 1, Detroit Free Press; 2, The Detroit News; 3, The Grand Rapids Press.

Best Headline Writing: 1, Daren Tomhave, The Detroit News; 2, Andreas Supanich, The Detroit News; 3, Steve Wilkinson, The Detroit News.

Best Business Writing: 1, Tom Walsh and JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press, “The Untold Tale of Compuware, Karmanos and a Bitter Breakup”; 2, Shandra Martinez, The Grand Rapids Press; 3, Detroit Free Press, “Detroit Three Auto Contract Talks.”

Best Column: 1, Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press, “Stephen Henderson: Through the Doors of 7124 Tuxedo”; 2, Nolan Finley, The Detroit News; 3, Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, “Kids in Freezer Had No Chance at Life.”

Best Editorial Writing: 1, Jen Eyer, The Grand Rapids Press; 2, Zane McMillin, The Grand Rapids Press; 3, Detroit Free Press, “The Case Against Term Limits.”

Best Feature Writing: 1, John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, “At U.P.’s Only Strip Club, Hunters are Big Business”; 2, Charlotte Massey, The Detroit News, “A Family’s Footsteps”; 3, Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press, “Kid Rock Before the Fame: The Definitive Detroit Oral History.”

Best Sports Story: 1, Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, “Ex-NFLer Tim Shaw fights ALS”; 2, Tony Paul and Matt Charboneau, The Detroit News, “Allegations Against MSU Softball Coaches”; 3, Robin Erb, Detroit Free Press, “Miracle for Mr. Hockey? Family Defends Stem Cell Choice.”

Best Sports Feature Story: 1, Joe Rexrode, Detroit Free Press, “Williams Has ‘Grown Up A Lot’ Since Suspension”; 2, John Niyo, The Detroit News, “Not-so-Terrible Ted Lindsay is Still Active, Involved”; 3, Mick McCabe, Detroit Free Press, “St. Ignace Marches Forward After Homecoming Tragedy.”

Best Sports Column: 1, Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, “Devon Smiley Gone, but ‘DevoStrong’ Will Always Live On”; 2, Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, “Put the Shirt On is No Hail to the Victors”; 3, John Niyo, The Detroit News.

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