DJC Bankruptcy Coverage Lauded by Society of Professional Journalists, Wayne State University

DJC Bankruptcy Coverage Lauded by Society of Professional Journalists, Wayne State University

WDET, Detroit’s public radio station, and Bridge Magazine won a combined 26 awards in this year’s Society of Professional Journalists-Detroit Excellence in Journalism contest, which is one of the largest journalism competitions in Michigan. The two outlets work together as part of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative (DJC), a partnership of nonprofit media.

Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism’s Michigan Reporting Initiative and the Ford Foundation, the DJC partners are reporting about and creating community engagement opportunities relevant to the city’s bankruptcy, recovery and restructuring. 160wdet2

In the SPJ competition, WDET earned 14 awards altogether, including six for DJC content. In the broadcast category, WDET claimed:

  • 1st Place in Radio Investigative Reporting for the Detroit Agenda series. Judges’ comments: “Kudos to the team for reporting top-notch concrete stories on issues residents determined were top issues in the city.”
  • 2nd Place in Radio Investigative Reporting for the Mayor Duggan at the Six Month Mark Series. Judges’ comments: “The reporters in this series honed in on the mayor – his promises and actions.”
  • 1st and 3rd Place in Radio Breaking News for bankruptcy trial coverage.

In the online category, open to all print, broadcast and online media, WDET won:

Bridge earned 12 awards altogether, including four first place awards across the eight online division categories. Bridge earned two awards for DJC content:


WDET's Sandra Svoboda

WDET’s Sandra Svoboda

In addition, WDET’s Sandra Svoboda’s DJC work throughout the year inspired the Wayne State University Graduate Public Administration program to name her its 2015 Distinguished Alumnus. She earned her master’s of public administration from WSU in 1997 and teaches as an adjunct faculty member in WSU’s Department of Political Science and at the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s College of Arts, Sciences and Letters public administration program.