Model D shines at SPJ Detroit awards, claims first in education reporting

DETROIT, Michigan -- Model D, an online news magazine covering talent, innovation, and placemaking in Detroit, received four awards in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Detroit Chapter’s Excellence in Journalism awards this year.

Early Education Matters was an insightful series exploring the state of early education and childhood care in our region. Photo: Rosa María Zamarrón.

Model D was recognized in the digital category with:
1st in Education Reporting - Sarah Williams, Rosa Maria Zamarrón, Mayté Penman, Biba Adams, Sarah Spohn for the Early Education Matters series.

4th in Consumer/Watchdog/Investigative Reporting -  Sarah Williams, Nick Hagen for Has Detroit's weatherization assistance program worked, and what happens to it now?

4th in Social Media Strategy  Mike Galbraith, Nick Hagen for our Street View: Detroit Corridors series.

4th in Feature reporting -  Sarah Williams, Nick Hagen for Shakespeare in Prison program offers far more than an escape.

“The team at Model D continuously provides coverage of the people and ideas that make Detroit one of the most dynamic and important cities in the country,” said Brian Boyle, publisher of Model D. “We are proud that the work of our journalists was recognized by the SPJ, and are committed to continuing to use our platform to elevate talented and creative voices who make our community better on a daily basis.”
Model D, published by Issue Media Group, launched as a digital publication in 2005. In addition to its website,, a weekly e-edition is delivered to subscribers' inboxes every Tuesday. To get the e-edition, visit the website.
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