Media honored for Good News

by Loreene Zeno Koskey

The “good news” was celebrated in Marquette on June 10 with a luncheon and awards ceremony attended by more than fifty people. Media representatives from across the Upper Peninsula were commended for positive stories they wrote and programs they produced this past year at the 2009 Good News Awards.
Since 1998, the Good News Awards have been honoring works of excellence in broadcasting and print that affirm the dignity of people, recognize and uphold universally-recognized human values, and uplift and nourish the human spirit. The awards are sponsored by the religious leaders of the United Methodist, Catholic, Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran and Presbyterian churches in the Upper Peninsula region.
Here are the 2009 Good News Awards by division and category:

Daily Newspapers

Straight News Story
• Good News Award: The Daily Press, Escanaba, “Community Pride Project Winds Up” by Jillian Jamison
• Good News Award: Daily Mining Gazette, Houghton, “Powwow Combines Culture, Community” by Mark Wilcox
• Certificate of Merit: The Mining Journal, Marquette, “Beacon House Gets New Roof” by Christopher Diem

Feature Story
• Good News Award: The Daily Press, Escanaba, “Brockways Share their Hearts and Home” by Dorothy McKnight
• Certificate of Merit: Daily Globe, Ironwood, “Young Moms Rise to Challenge” by Diane Montz

Editorial
• Good News Award: The Evening News, Sault Ste. Marie, “Me, a Grandfather?” by Kenn Filkins
• Good News Award: The Daily Press, Escanaba, “Extracting Pain and Inserting Hope, Care” by Rick Rudden

Regular Column
• Good News Award: The Daily News, Iron Mountain, “Traveling with Terry Quite an Experience” by Burt Angeli
• Certificate of Merit: The Mining Journal, Marquette, “Appreciate Everyday Olympians” by Deb Pascoe

 

Weekly, Biweekly, Monthly Newspapers

Straight News Story
• Good News Award: Bay Mills News, Brimley, “Parker and Munz Determined to Succeed” by Kalvin Perron
• Good News Award: Marquette Monthly, Marquette, “Heroes Unite to Save Historic Town” by Larry Chabot

Feature Story
• Good News Award: Bay Mills News, Brimley, “Malloy Opens her Heart, Home to Russian Child” by Shannon Jones
• Good News Award: The Finnish American Reporter, Hancock, “Finns in School Part 5: Cross-curricular Culture” by Jim Kurtti

Editorial
• Good News Award: Marquette Monthly, Marquette, “Notes from the North Country” by Lon and Lynn Emerick
• Certificate of Merit: The Finnish American Reporter, Hancock, “Simple Gifts” by Jim Kurtti

Regular Column
• Good News Award: Marquette Monthly, Marquette, “There’s Time – We’ll Get to it Later” by Don Curto
• Certificate of Merit: Iron County Reporter, Iron River, “A Very Merry Music Maker” by Allyce Westphal

Photograph
• Good News Award: Marquette Monthly, Marquette, “Playful Puppeteers” by Tom Buchkoe
• Certificate of Merit: The Finnish American Reporter, Hancock, “Juhannus Kokko (Bonfire)” by Jim Kurtti

Radio Stations

Feature Story
• Good News Award: WMQT-FM/8-18 Media, Marquette, “Stiltwalk for CP” by Hayley Maskus and Jessica Goodwin

Editorial
• Certificate of Merit: WMQT-FM/8-18 Media, Marquette, “A Need to Work Together” by Joseph Short

Public Service Announcement
• Good News Award: WMQT-FM/WZAM-AM, Marquette, “Pedalers for a Cure” by Jim Koski and Casey Ford
Program
• Good News Award: WJMS-AM, Ironwood, “Rangeland Heroes” by Bill Schug, Sam Erspamer and all service men and women, especially those who shared their stories

 

TV Stations

Straight News Story
• Good News Award: WLUC-TV, Marquette, “Beacon House” by Heather Sawaski

Feature Story
• Good News Award: WLUC-TV, Marquette, “Football Player” by Emily Pace

Public Service Announcement
• Good News Award: WLUC-TV, Marquette, “Invest in the U.P.” by Kim Parker and Lance Carter

— Loreene Zeno Koskey

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