Flint Beat Wins 2021 Local News Media Publication of the Year, Nine Other Awards

Flint, MI—Flint Beat won ten Michigan Press Association awards for its coverage in 2021, including “News Media Publication of the Year,” in the local broadcast category.

“The team always inspires and amazes me with their dedication not only to the Flint Beat newsroom, but to the Flint community as well,” said Jiquanda Johnson, Founder and Publisher of Flint Beat, in response to the comment. price announcement. “They are getting the job done and continuing to push for quality journalism for Flint.”

The prizes are part of the Michigan Press Association’s annual “Better Newspaper Contest” which, according to its websitereceives thousands of member entries each year.

“I’m incredibly proud of our team and all the hard hours they put in to make Flint Beat what it is,” said Scott Atkinson, Flint Beat’s editor. “It’s a testament to their talent and hard work, but also their investment in the Flint community.”

For the 2021 awards, entries were reviewed by the Arkansas Press Association and presented to the winners in a virtual ceremony on March 17, 2022, for which the Flint Beat team gathered in front of computer screens in their Mott Park office.

“It’s clear that the tremendous amount of work our community newsrooms do across the state to serve their communities,” said Paul J. Heidbreder, MPA president and publisher of the Traverse City Record-Eagle, which also served as emcee for the announcement. “Covering our beats is crucial work that supports the democratic process in every Michigan community. … We have wonderful examples here of the tremendous talent we have in
our state.

Flint Beat reporters (L to R) Kate Stockrahm, Amy Diaz, Carmen Nesbitt and Santiago Ochoa examine the list of winners of the Michigan Press Association’s Better Newspaper contest on March 17, 2022. Flint Beat received 10 awards, including ” News Publication of the Year.” (Joshua Johnson | Flint Beat)

Flint Beat received nine awards in addition to Local Media Publication of the Year, including first-, second-, and third-place commendations for specific stories and the “Rookie Writer of the Year” award for journalist Amy Diaz.

“We will continue to work to tell Flint’s story,” Johnson said. “And I’m grateful to have the privilege of being in a space where the community shares their stories with us. Remember, Flint has a voice. Flint Beat is a platform for those voices to be heard.

Here is the full list of prizes for Flint Beat’s 2021 MPA Better Newspaper Contest:

  • News Media Publication of the Year – Local
  • Beginning Writer of the Year – Amy Diaz
  • Business/Agriculture News
  • Report
  • Government/Education News
    • First Place – Settling the Flint Water Crisis by Amy Diaz (series)
    • Third Place – Flint Special Education Funding by Carmen Nesbitt
  • Company reports:
    • First Place – Dissecting Flint’s Plan to Combat Gun Violence by Amy Diaz