Metro Times is pleased to announce that the paper is the recipient of eight awards in the Michigan Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest.
Competing against the state's largest weekly papers, we swept the special section category, including taking first place for our Pot Issue, which included a long editorial calling for legalization of the drug. Our annual Best of Detroit issue took second place, and our special section on the Hamtramck Blowout got third.
Other first-place winners included arts and culture editor Travis R. Wright, who won the Picture Story category for his photo essay about Detroit's annual Fash Bash. Wright took third place in the same category for his photo essay on street basketball.
Also taking first-place honors was John Carlisle, aka Detroitblogger John, who won the Feature Story category for his piece "Desolation Angel." Judges described the story as being an "ambitious, heavy-hitting piece" that utilized both "great writing and reporting."
Matthew Wolfe took second in feature writing for his piece "Letter man," which judges described as "brilliant, funny, quirky."
Jack Lessenberry took second-place honors for his Politics and Prejudices column. Said the judges "The guy writes like a pro, and has an unerring ability to hunt down, and flesh out, the kind of subject matter that matters."