2021 Michigan APME-Newspaper Contest

Best Column ( Division I)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: The Argus-Press
    Entry Title: Josh Champlin columns
    Entry Credit: Josh Champlin
    Judge Comment: Josh Champlin exposes a self-dealing county board's scheme to use Covid relief funds to award itself pay raises. This is editorial writing informed by solid ear-to-the-ground reporting. He also offers an interesting look at the shameless county's absurdly high charge for the procurement of public documents. This is terrific community journalism.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Ludington Daily News
    Entry Title: On the Other Hand by Steve Begnoche
    Entry Credit: Steve Begnoche
    Judge Comment: From national politics to shipwrecks in Lake Michigan Steve Begnoche tosses a wide net. His fluent style and easygoing tone make his columns a pleasure to read.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Petoskey News-Review
    Entry Title: Rachel Brougham
    Entry Credit: Rachel Brougham
    Judge Comment: Personal loss is a recurring subject in Rachel Brougham's writings. Never maudlin, she can pen a deeply felt meditation on her pain and the salutary effects of sharing it with others suffering the same grief.