Planet Detroit wins 4 awards in SPJ program honoring the best local journalism

Planet Detroit earned four awards — including first-place awards in categories for videography and engagement-driven coverage — in a program saluting excellence in metro Detroit journalism.

The Society for Professional Journalists – Detroit chapter also honored Planet Detroit and its partners Outlier Media, Detour Detroit, and Tostada Magazine for collaborative journalism and health reporting.

Founder Nina Ignaczak and partner Thaad Sabolboro of Reel Cleverl Films won a first-place award for videography for their film A Visit to the Detroit Sugarbush, which also screened in a shorts segment on “Natural Wonders” in the Freep Film Fest last weekend.

And Nina Ignaczak, Tom Perkins, and Noah Kincade of Outlier Media won first place for their work on Detroit Climate Guides which answered residents’ questions about how the actions and operations of metro Detroit’s electric and water utilities affect customers amid climate change. The project was an “engaging and educational series helping members of the community learn more about their utility companies and what they have planned for dealing with the climate crisis – and how it will impact them directly,” according to judges’ comments. Planet Detroit has received funding from the Americana Foundation to continue producing similar guides this year on a variety of environmental topics.

Left to right: Thaad Sabolboro, Nina Ignaczak, Kate Abbey-Lambert, Rukiya Colvin

Here’s the full list of awards:

First Place: Videography for “A Visit to the Detroit Sugarbush,” Nina Ignaczak (Planet Detroit) + Thaad Sabolboro (Reel Clever Films)
First Place: Engagement-Driven Coverage for “Planet Detroit Climate Guides,” Nina Ignaczak & Tom Perkins (Planet Detroit) + Noah Kincade (Outlier Media)
Second Place: Collaborative Journalism for “Filling Our Plates: Detroit Food Security Innovations,” Nina Ignaczak (Planet Detroit) + Kate Abbey-Lambertz (Detour Detroit) + Serena Maria Daniels (Tostada Magazine)
Third Place: Health Reporting for “Solving Lead & Asthma in Detroit,” Nina Ignaczak + Rukiya Colvin + Patrick Dunn (Planet Detroit)

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