The annual Michigan Press Association Convention and Gala took place Thursday at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.
The convention offered professional and student journalists a chance to network and learn from other professionals in journalism. A highlight of the three-day convention for those in attendance was the unique opportunity to hear investigative journalist, Mike Rezendes, give a behind-the-scenes account of the The Boston Globe’s investigative reporting that exposed a disturbing culture of child sexual abuse by the clergy.
Rezendes recounted the outstanding work the Globe’s Spotlight team did to uncover years of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the greater Boston area. The story, Church allowed abuse by priest for years, was later made into an award-winning movie. “Spotlight,” the movie, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the work the investigative team did to break the story.
The convention also hosted a candidate forum featuring Democratic and Republican candidates for governor who answered questions about media and other pressing issues. Day two of the MPA event ended with an awards dinner where professional and student journalists were recognized for their work.
The Collegiate was among the award winners, and took home six awards. The following GRCC students were recognized for their work:
Kayla Tucker, Second Place Feature Story, Home is here: A GRCC student’s story of immigration
Kayla Tucker, Second Place Investigative Reporting, Trustee comments concern leaders across GRCC campus
Nate Bidwell, Third Place News-Only Photo, Anti-Trump protesters take to the streets in Grand Rapids
Jaimason Thomas, Honorable Mention Sports News/Features, Brett Slayton: Lacing up and living the dream
Avery Jennings, Third Place Sports Photo, Freshman Outside hitter, Lena Thompson, jumps to spike the ball for a kill
Joanna Barcelo, Second Place Original Cartoon Editorial or Entertainment, Editorial Cartoon: 15th Anniversary of 9/11