Photo Caption: (Left to right) One Detroit Editor Chris Jordan, Managing Producer Zosette Guir, and Great Lakes Now Website Director Natasha Blakely at the 2022 SPJ Awards | Photo by Adam Fox-Long, Detroit Public TV. 

One Detroit, American Black Journal wins nine awards from Detroit 2022 SPJ Awards Ceremony 

From local broadcast news reporting, racial justice and health reporting to our digital and social media strategy, One Detroit and American Black Journal took home 9 awards in 6 categories from the 2022 Society of Professional Journalists Detroit – Excellence in Journalism Awards.

Community & Local News Reporting

3rd Place – “Clawson, Michigan: One City Under a Pandemic | Part 3”One Detroit Senior Producer Bill Kubota and Editor Chris Jordan

In the third part of our special reporting series on Clawson, One Detroit’s Bill Kubota tracks the effects of COVID-19 — the upswing when the virus hit and the second lockdown during the holiday season.

4th Place – “How Expensive Is Being Broke?” – One Detroit Associate Producer Will Glover

One Detroit Associate Producer Will Glover explores how better pay can push some low-income families farther away from getting the financial assistance they need.

Health Reporting

1st Place – “COVID Long Haulers: The People Still Suffering from the Virus,” – One Detroit Senior Producer Bill Kubota

Bill Kubota talks with medical experts and patients about the ways people’s bodies are still being ailed by COVID in the long term.

Sports Reporting

1st Place – “A City of Champions”One Detroit Senior Producer Bill Kubota

The Tigers, Lions and Red Wings all came out on top in one magical season way back in 1935-36. One Detroit’s Bill Kubota has more on the story.

Racial Justice Reporting

2nd Place – “Exiled to Motown” – One Detroit Senior Producer Bill Kubota

One Detroit’s Bill Kubota takes viewers to an exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum called “Exiled To Motown,” which explores the Japanese American experience here in Metro Detroit.

News/Public Affairs (Regular Scheduled Program)

1st Place – “American Black Journal”American Black Journal Producer Daphne Hughes, Host Stephen Henderson, Editors Bill Allesee and Chris Avery

Detroit Public TV’s “American Black Journal” is a weekly talk show, formed in 1968, featuring African American perspectives on topics around arts, culture, and community issues important to the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan and the nation.

4th Place – “One Detroit”One Detroit Former Managing Editor Christy McDonald, Managing Producer Zosette Guir, Producers Will Glover and Bill Kubota, and Editor Chris Jordan 

Rooted in Detroit, One Detroit is Detroit Public TV’s commitment to bringing viewers the best local coverage and authentic stories of Detroit’s diverse population during this pivotal period in the city’s history.

Digital – Social Media Strategy

2nd Place – “The Black Church in Detroit” Watch Parties – Detroit Public TV Audience Engagement Director Colleen O’Donnell, American Black Journal Producer Daphne Hughes, Orlando Bailey, Stephen Henderson, Kenita Harris 

“The Black Church in Detroit” series is American Black Journal‘s commitment to telling a story of the religious institutions that have served the community from the days of the underground railroad through the struggle for social justice and the ongoing quest for a better and more equitable future.

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