MT takes 9 honors in area SPJ competition

Metro Times took seven awards, two of them for first place, plus two honorable mentions in the annual awards competition of the Detroit Chapter Society of Professional Journalists announced Wednesday night.

The awards were in the Class A print competition for daily papers of 100,000 circulation or more plus magazines and alternative-style weeklies of 50,000 and up – except for criticism and editorial cartoons, which lumped all print publications together, and the online competition.

MT design director Justin Rose took first place awards for his “Rapture” cover (above) and the magazine spread design for “Opening Day: The Team’s Team.” He also received a second place in editorial cartooning  for his illustrations for a story on taxes (below), the gift guide issue and the New Year’s Eve issue.

John Carlisle (aka Detroitblogger John) received a second place in feature writing for “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” about panhandlers, and a third place in photography for his “Rites of Spring,” about a debutante ball.

Brian Smith, MT managing editor, took a third place in features writing for his profile of screen and comic book writer Cole Haddon and a third place in criticism for “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman,” a cover story about Aretha Franklin’s Columbia years box set. Food writer Jane Slaughter received an honorable mention in criticism for reviews of Kai Garden and Yemen Café.

Metro Times' staff also won a collective honorable mention in the online competition "Detroit Music: The Ultimate sightseer's guide," our map of Detroit music history.

Among other awards, longtime Macomb Daily managing editor Ken Kish was recognized for his lifetime's achievement, WXYZ-TV's Ross Jones as young journalist of the year and the Detroit News' Christine MacDonald was named journalist of the year, an award handed to her by last year's recipient, MT's Carlisle.

A full list of winners is to be posted at

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