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Posted on Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 2:56 p.m.

AnnArbor.com wins 8 Michigan AP contest awards for news coverage

By Julie Baker

AnnArbor.com won eight awards from the Michigan Associated Press Editorial Association for its coverage in 2011, including first-place finishes in breaking news, investigative reporting and news column writing.

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AnnArbor.com's coverage of Borders' bankruptcy filing in 2011 won first place in the breaking news category.

Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com

AnnArbor.com competed alongside newspapers with a circulation of 15,001 to 50,000 such as The Holland Sentinel, The Saginaw News and The Bay City Times in the AP association's Division II.

The awards were announced Wednesday.

Garnering first-place finishes were AnnArbor.com's coverage of Ann Arbor-based bookstore chain Borders' bankruptcy (breaking news), an analysis of the Ann Arbor Fire Department struggling to meet response times as the City Council considered budget cuts (investigative reporting) and a column on some numbers Ann Arbor Public Schools leaders should have considered before giving administrators raises (news column).

Additional news awards: Coverage of Eastern Michigan University Police Chief Greg O'Dell's suicide received second place in the breaking news category and a report on serious violations found at Whitehall Healthcare Center in Pittsfield Township received second place in the public service category.

Coverage of the Ann Arbor serial rapist following seven sexual assaults last summer had a third-place finish.

An editorial demanding Washtenaw County commissioners repay the county for per diems and mileage that they improperly collected between 2005 and 2010 received second place.

AnnArbor.com's coverage of firing of University of Michigan football coach Rich Rodriquez and hiring of Brady Hoke took third place in sustained coverage of a single sports event.

"We are gratified to have our efforts recognized by the AP judges, and I'm proud of the work that our reporters and editors do here,'' said Tony Dearing, chief content officer for AnnArbor.com. "We have always assured our readers that we are committed to serious journalism, and winning awards in breaking news, investigative reporting, public service and sustained coverage all in the same year are a reflection of that commitment.''

See the list of AnnArbor.com's winning coverage below:

AnnArbor.com is part of MLive Media Group, which collectively earned 35 awards in this year's AP editorial contest, which includes news, sports and photo categories.

Among the winning entries from other MLive publications was coverage originating from The Grand Rapids Press about Michigan's juvenile lifer law.

Comments

BhavanaJagat

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 : 4:15 p.m.

CONGRATULATIONS : I am pleased to read this story and I am hopeful that this recognition may stimulate AnnArbor.com staff to seek higher goals in their reporting and coverage of events that are of interest to its readers. If I could suggest, I would ask the Staff writers to give a little more attention to this discussion forum and give us feedback as needed. The other day, I read about University of Michigan news release and a million dollar donation to U-M Depression Center. While sharing this news, the Staff writer could also invite the U-M Depression Center to respond to the Story and the comments from the readers. I am surprised to see this lack of interaction between the community and the people who generate news worthy events.

just a voice

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 : 1:03 p.m.

Don't get me wrong, but these kind of awards ceremonies are set up so everyone can pat themselves on the back. I wonder if all the downvotes on comments that don't praise annarbor.com are just the people who work for annarbor.com.

Bob

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 : 11:46 a.m.

Congrats AA.COM!!! You often drive me a little nutty, but you also provide a lot of interesting news. Keep improving.

Grumpy

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 : 10:16 a.m.

I think the awards are well deserved. And I think this paper continues to get better and better as time passes. AA.com does a lot with few resources. However, this statement in the article above is a bit ironic: "We are gratified to have our efforts recognized by the AP judges, and I'm are proud of the work that our reporters and editors do here,'' said Tony Dearing, chief content officer for AnnArbor.com."

Grumpy

Fri, Apr 13, 2012 : 5:57 a.m.

Here is another one: "AnnArbor.com's coverage of firing of University of Michigan football coach Rich Rodriquez and hiring of Brady Hoke took third place in sustained coverage of a single sports event."

Julie Baker

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 : 6:14 p.m.

Oops. Nice catch. That's been fixed. :)

Sparty

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 : 4:03 a.m.

Congrats to AA.com. Despite the constant complainers posting here about you, it's great to see a local success story! And, remember, the haters and complainers are here on every topic - so tiresome.

Doug

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 : 3:16 a.m.

Sure, aa.com has some ways to go, but these awards are quite impressive for a young and relatively small organization that probably is not (yet) awash in cash and resources.

Blake Whitmore

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 : 1:28 a.m.

I think this story is ten days old.

Usual Suspect

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 : 1:17 a.m.

Personally, I'm amazed they didn't win an award for this one: http://www.annarbor.com/business-review/grand-rapids-murders-terrorize-but-jennifer-granholm-tweeting-about-her-new-chevy-volt/

Alan Goldsmith

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 : 12:15 p.m.

A classic!

Alxmen

Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 11:06 p.m.

Good job aa.com! Happy to see a local news source being recognized.

jcj

Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 10:03 p.m.

All this for recycled news! This award should be shared with the Dexter Leader, The Chelsea Standard and the Free Press. They supply most of the real news for this Blog!

xmo

Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 9:27 p.m.

I thought Denard Robinson winning the September Heisman Trophy would have won an award.

Duc d'Escargot

Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 8:26 p.m.

I'm sorry to kvetch, but this must be just a beauty context. On the other hand, maybe the other papers in this competitive class are worse :( One still hopes for some semblance of a style sheet; copyediting; and proofreading. Timely and comprehensive news coverage of all Washtenaw communities would also be welcome.

Alan Goldsmith

Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 8 p.m.

"C'mon, Washtenaw County Commissioners. It's Not Your Money. Give It Back. Now," second place, Editorial: Tony Dearing." Wow, that award winning, hard hitting example of an editorial had NO impact on Conan Smith paying back what he owes the taxpayers of Wastenaw County, did it? Guess Mr. Smith has nothing to fear from AnnArbor.com, just like SPARK, Ann Arbor Mayor and other political leaders you 'cover'.

Snarf Oscar Boondoggle

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 : 2:21 a.m.

"Ouimet collected [amounts], a number of them questionable. He asked for an independent, non-partisan review, and said if it found he had collected money he wasn't entitled to, he would repay it. He has been a man of his word. ... Ouimet ... has written a check to the county for that amount in full." teh ethics of the others, welll, come to yuor own conclusion ... at the ballot bosx if not earlier. the >editorial< won a just prize. not to confuse taht iwth the subjects fo the editorial. maybe a news upadate is due?

Bill

Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 7:38 p.m.

Congratulations for the awards from the Michigan Associated Press Association. While many find it much easier to criticize annarbor.com, it is good to see our local news source presented with awards for their efforts.

Usual Suspect

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 : 11:39 a.m.

That's OUR efforts... we do the editing, spell-checking, grammar correction, fix dates, correct terminology, etc...

Arieswoman

Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 7:37 p.m.

With all the errors I am amazed at best! I have caught "April 31" and many grammatical errors. Lets not for the bad spelling too. My subscription is soon to expire. I will not be renewing.

Bob

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 : 11:43 a.m.

Does that mean you will not read on-line as well? Tis, after all, is free . . .

Ann23

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 : 3:22 a.m.

A2.com can edit, correct, and "update" their stories. We can't do the same for our comments. The pot and kettle don't have the same rights or responsibilities.

Unusual Suspect

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 : 1:16 a.m.

"Hello pot, meet kettle." Hello, overused Internet cliché.

jns131

Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 10:27 p.m.

Maybe that is why they won the award. This area is better spellers then the other contenders. Who knows. Less grammatical errors and they win. Cool.

Brad McNett

Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 9:59 p.m.

Hello pot, meet kettle.

Arieswoman

Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 9:42 p.m.

@Doug Sorry! "Forget" :-(

Doug

Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 7:46 p.m.

Lets not for the bad spelling ... ???

Linda Moore

Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 7:27 p.m.

I'm not real impressed either - it's mostly bad news!

Snarf Oscar Boondoggle

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 : 2:15 a.m.

bad news sellls ... ' there but for the love .... '- good news ahs bben tried ... FAIL

Blue Marker

Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 7:26 p.m.

Congrats! I don't always understand the inconsistency of your discussion board edits but I'm a daily visitor. Keep up the good work.

PLGreen

Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 7:17 p.m.

I for one, am not impressed.

Snarf Oscar Boondoggle

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 : 2:23 a.m.

start your own newspapr ... compietition is amazingly american