Winners named in Michigan APME newspaper contest

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Newspapers in Detroit, Kalamazoo, and Grand Haven were named the best in the state Sunday in the annual Michigan Associated Press Media Editors newspaper competition.

General Excellence awards for 2013 went to the Detroit Free Press, the Kalamazoo Gazette and the Grand Haven Tribune.

Thirty daily newspapers submitted 1,133 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2013.

Entries were judged by editors from the Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune, Division III; the Ada (Oklahoma) Evening Sun and the Edmond (Oklahoma) Sun, Division II; the Greenville (Ohio) Daily Advocate and Alabama Media Group, Division I.

The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,500 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States. Members of AP include 48 daily newspapers in Michigan.

Winner in the 2013 Michigan APME newspaper contest:

DIVISION III, Newspapers with a daily circulation of more than 50,000

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

Best Enterprise Reporting: 1, Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, “Busted-Up Roads”; 2, John Barnes, The Grand Rapids Press, “Crying Wolf”; 3, Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, “Meningitis Outbreak.”

Best Investigative Reporting: 1, Christine MacDonald, The Detroit News, “Detroit Property Tax Series”; 2, Chastity Pratt, Detroit Free Press, “Detroiters Still Paying”; 3, John Barnes, The Grand Rapids Press, “Michigan School Safety.”

Best Sustained Coverage of a Single News Event: 1, The Detroit News, “Detroit Corruption Trial”; 2, The Grand Rapids Press, “Grand River Flooding”; 3, The Detroit News, “Detroit Bankruptcy.”

Best Breaking News: 1, Detroit Free Press, “Kilpatrick Verdict”; 2, Detroit Free Press, “Prisoner Escape”; 3, The Grand Rapids Press, “Amber Rose Smith Search.”

Best News Column: 1, Nolan Finley, The Detroit News, “Comfort Zone”; 2, Daniel Howes, The Detroit News, “GM’s Remake”; 3, Laura Berman, The Detroit News, “EM Law.”

Best Public Service: 1, Detroit Free Press, “How Detroit Went Broke”; 2, Mark Stryker and Brian Todd, Detroit Free Press, “DIA in Peril”; 3, John Barnes, The Grand Rapids Press, “Michigan Safer.”

Best Feature Story: 1, John Barnes, The Grand Rapids Press, “Where Cullen Finnerty Died”; 2, Cassandra Spratling, Detroit Free Press, “Good to be Alive”; 3, Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, “Life Turned Around.”

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