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The College Media Association held its Pinnacle Award ceremony at the annual ACP/CMA conference on the weekend of Oct. 25-28th, 2018 and The Michigan Daily took home an armful of trophies - the first time they have applied to this competition. They garnered two 1st Place awards (Best Sports Game by Story by Mike Persak, co-managing sports editor, which included some phenomenal photography by Katelyn Mulcahy, co-managing editor for the photo desk, & Best Sports Investigative Story by Hunter Sharf); 2nd Place for Best Sports Columnist - Betelhem Ashame, co-MSE; 3rd Place Best Newspaper Sports Page/Spread by Jack Silberman; two Honorable Mentions (Best Sports Section, & Best Newspaper Feature Page/Spread for UM's Bicentennial issue cover designed by Michelle Phillips.) Congratulations to our top-notch team! Over 2600 total individual category entries were submitted from 320 colleges and universities, so the competition was tough.

Congratulations to Orion Sang, 2018 winner of the Ray O'Hara Sports Writing Award
The Scholarship & Awards Celebration was a heart-warming day to applaud student acheivements while celebrating all that our generous supporters do to help make it possible. Enjoy photos from the event on our website. The presentation was also captured on Facebook Live video, which you can view here.
We welcomed a special guest: John Madigan, a U-M alum (BBA '58 and MBA '59) and former publisher of The Chicago Tribune who sponsored The Holly and John Madigan Newsroom, the central hub of The Michigan Daily named in his and his wife's honor. His family also sponsors the Madigan Scholarship Fund at Student Publications, which supports almost one-third of all of our work-study students. 
Board Chair and our emcee for the day, Neil Chase, introduced some of the stories of legendary alumni whose names and passion for their work at Student Publications live on in merit awards and need-based scholarships in their honor, including the newest: The Rick Freeman Memorial Merit Award.
Established this fall by Rick's wife Aino Wheler, and two former TMD colleagues, Jennifer Yachnin and Jon Schwartz, in memory of a Daily sports writer & managing editor who passed away in August, this award recognizes member of the Daily staff "who can demonstrate an enthusiasm for news-gathering, friendship or life in general." The inaugural award-winner is Alexa St. John, the 2018 editor-in-chief. Congratulations, Alexa!
In all, $95,000 was awarded to 33 scholarship and merit award winners, and 15 work-study students. For more spotlights on our award-winning students, see below or visit us on the webTwitter, or Facebook!
We can't do this important work without you, so thank you! If you would like to join our supporters, honor an alum, or add to your gift, please go online and contribute today. Help hard-working, deserving students have a chance to contribute to our publications. There is no better way to prepare for a successful future, as so many of you know first-hand.


The prestigious Stanford Lipsey Journalism Awards are sponsored by a late alumni photographer of The Michigan Dail and the Michiganensian Yearbook, and his wife Judi. In addition, an endowment fund Stan and Judi created over a decade ago was able to award approximately ten scholarships this year. 
  • The Stanford Lipsey Journalism Award for Investigative Reporting goes to RIYAH BASHA, Co-Managing News Editor, for 
  • The Stanford Lipsey Journalism Award for Public Service Reporting goes to NISA KHAN and JENNIFER MEER, MiC Senior Editor and Deputy Statement Editor respectively, for
  • The Stanford Lipsey Journalism Award for Photographic or Multimedia Storytelling goes to BOB LESSER and JORDAN WOLFF, on the web team, for their work on The Michigan Daily app (iOS) as well as the popular "Grade Guide." 
The Michigan Daily Business Person of the Year Award was created and funded by former Daily Business Manager Kirby Voigtman, who also sponsored the naming of the Voigtman Family Conference Room.
  • The Michigan Daily Business Person of the Year Award goes to ABBY AUSTIN, a junior studying Business who worked as a Daily Business staff Development Intern and recruiter.

  • The SHEI Outstanding Service Award was presented to MACKENZIE KING, a junior Art & Design major who served as the Digital Photo Editor of SHEI, and next year will be their Print Photo Editor.

  • The Michiganensian Outstanding Staff Member of the Year Award goes to CLAIRE BARTOSIC, a senior double majoring in Art History & Anthropology, was the Ensian Editor-in-Chief. 

  • The Kavi Shehkar Pandey Arts Writer Scholarship was earned by DAYTON HARE, a junior Music Composition & English Lit major who is Managing Arts Editor of the Daily. He also won a Michigan Daily Honors Scholarship, funded by Daily alum Sara Fitzgerald, who marshalls the Alumni Committee when they are called in to action.

  • The Nancy Bylan Bratman Copy Editing Award goes to FINN STORER, a junior in Public Policy who is the Daily copy chief for 2018. The award was established in memory of Nancy, a reporter and Associate Editor from 1948-51, and it recognizes a staff member who has exhibitied a high level of attention to detail and grammatical precision. 

  • The Brentlinger Award for Business or Editorial Writing was earned by JASON ROWLAND, for the second year in a row! Jason is a senior, studying Organizational Studies with a minor in Writing. He is our Michigan in Color section Co-Managing Editor. 

  • The Ray O'Hara Award for Sports Writing goes to ORION SANG, a senior of Public Policy who served as Daily Co-Managing Sports Editor this year. Ray O'Hara was a Daily sports staffer, and a friend of Alan Broad, who currently serves on the Board of Student Publications and created this fund in Ray's memory.

  • The Naweed Sikora Award -- established in memory of a passionate sports writer by his Managing Sports Editor, Brady McCollough -- goes to LUCAS MAIMAN, a junior of Public Policy & English who served as Daily Co-Managing Sports Editor this year.

“I went into this role wanting to make a positive difference in three areas -- digital media, diversity and business,” says Alexa St. John, the Daily's current editor-in-chief, who is a junior studying Communications and minoring in the Program in the Environment at UM. “Now, almost halfway into my tenure, I can say I’ve made progress to transform the environment of The Michigan Daily to be more conducive to a digital shift, positive and inclusive of an internal climate and intentionality in reporting, and innovative when it comes to news media and monetization.”

By doing so, Alexa notes, “I’ve helped The Daily make an impact at the University of Michigan, giving back to those who helped me get to where I am, presenting our student newspaper as an avenue for all stories on campus—not just the loudest ones—and showing that our work, and the work of the news media as a whole does matter.

“In terms of inclusion, I’ve dedicated myself and my college career to the pursuit of truth and comprehensive storytelling through my work at The Michigan Daily, and I’ve also seen the significance of diversifying reporters, talent and skill sets. I made it a priority to establish a specific beat last year, plus an accompanying series of training sessions, around learning the necessity to co-exist in a diverse and equitable environment. Our beat, “Community Affairs,” takes special care to dive deeper into issues that affect members of our University community, which been addressed before. Without diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, geographic background and more, there will always be narratives and stories of underrepresented and marginalized communities that are inadequately treated, and thus fosters a mistrust for the news media. I’ve helped get the photo section and, podcast section, new equipment to expand their staff and quality of content (until this year, our podcast team has gone to North Campus to tape their shows). We’ve started a partnership with Daily alum Roger Rapoport for our news section’s coverage of the Larry Nassar trial. Thanks to support from our Daily Program Fund, we sent the Michigan in Color editors to Washington, D.C. for a trip over spring break to explore the history of people of color in our nation’s capital.

“Moving forward, I hope to further explore unique avenues online for monetization and increased digitization. But these things aren’t going to be my individual successes; they will be the successes of The Michigan Daily as a whole, and I am looking forward to continuing my work with such a talented group of managing editors throughout the next year and beyond.”

She joined The Daily during her freshman year and quickly advanced to a research beat reporter and assistant news editor, writing about biotech, social science research and drug policy. “Ideally, I am interested in covering health care and innovations in medicine in the future. But, I enjoyed a lot of my work with breaking news all over campus, as well. I also spent last year as Managing News Editor, and have worked on recruitment and spearheaded our special bicentennial issue last September. “ Last summer, Alexa enjoyed an internship at Local 4/WDIV, and this summer she’ll work as an editorial intern at Automotive News.  

We’re proud of her work at the helm of The Michigan Daily, and can’t wait to see what she tackles during her final semester as EIC next fall! Make plans to meet Alexa and many of her team members at our upcoming Tailgate Party here on Saturday, Sept. 22nd! 

"I’m not sure what attracted me to The Daily. I avidly consumed news growing up and enjoyed writing, but my high school didn’t have a school newspaper or any formal training. I saw The Daily on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” the summer before my freshman year and it seemed like the place to be — embarrassingly, I DM’d The Daily’s Twitter account, asking how to apply.

"Now as I’m ending my term as EIC and graduating with intentions to go into journalism, it’s difficult to put into words what this place has meant to me. Most succinctly, The Daily has provided me with opportunities for growth. It’s forced me into situations—good and bad—I never imagined. Covering Obama my freshman year for the first time was life changing. I spent the day before stressing over what to wear and prewriting; as a young girl in northern Michigan, I thought the idea of meeting a president was ridiculous; I couldn’t believe it. I went on to cover him twice more, to cover all the candidates in the 2016 election, a debate and countless other political rallies.

"It’s the absolute thrill of these nights that make you remember why you spend all your time and energy at 420 Maynard St. It’s the weekend I drove to the Iowa caucuses, leaving at 5 a.m. to cover rallies that day, spending a night and leaving at midnight after results came in, driving through a blizzard back. It’s the day before the election when I covered Obama speaking on campus in the morning, and that night with the final Trump rally three hours away, receiving press credentials at the last minute. If I left then by myself, I could cover it. So I did, and ran out of gas, called a tow truck, continued on, covered the rally and made it back to cover election day the next morning. It’s the weekend I took a bus with U-M protesters to cover the Women’s March in Washington. It’s the month I spent reporting on a story on mental health at the University that created a real impact on campus and in the lives of people I love - and earned a Stanford Lipsey Merit Award for me. I’ll remember these times as some of the most stressful of my life with some of the most idiotic decisions I’ve made, but they were also the most exhilarating. Journalists are supposed to be hungry, and with every opportunity The Daily fed me, I found myself hungrier. It provided me with a purpose and a community.

Becoming EIC changes your perspective. It’s no longer about me and the pursuit of a story and the thrill of personal opportunities, it becomes instead about maintaining The Daily overall, ensuring our legacy lives on, and I’m opening up as many opportunities for writers as I possibly can. This year we sent writers to Cannes Film Festival, covered every protest and game. We launched two podcasts — The Daily Weekly and The Sit Down, as well as a beta version of our app (which will officially launch soon), formed an analytics team, and began the redesign of our website. Other highlights included partnering with Axios to hold an event on the future of journalism, and an opportunity to reflect back on our decades of history with alumni during a successful Fall 2017 Reunion. I’m so excited to see where The Daily goes next! After graduation I will be working for Bloomberg News and I have my experiences at The Daily to thank for that."

Photo by: Allison Farrand
Shoham Geva: 2016 EIC

I joined The Michigan Daily a few weeks into my freshman year, mostly on a whim:

I wasn’t on my high school newspaper, and I thought I wanted to go into business, so it didn’t make much sense. But like so many other people, something kept drawing me back, which is both the genius and the curse of this place. In part, it was the challenge. The Daily has a time-honored tradition of throwing you directly into the deep end if you’re willing. This pushed me way outside of my comfort zone, starting the summer I found myself running the news section after my freshman year, all the way through my serving as the 2016 editor in chief. It was also just how cool our work can be. From covering the State of the State as a freshman, to talking to voters and covering candidates during the past two elections, the Daily has let me witness and chronicle history.

And I was also drawn by the community. I’ve always wanted to be at the Daily because of the people around me at 2am, production after production, who encouraged me to to come back the next night; who asked me questions about who I wanted to be and what we wanted to build; who are the best examples of commitment I’ve ever seen -- and who never said no to newsroom scooter races and not doing our homework.

I ran for EIC because I never seemed to run out of those reasons to stick around — the challenge, the work, the people — and I wanted to help move that forward. We covered campus during a tumultuous and impactful time that I hope we did justice.  The job is an indescribable experience, but it’s truly incredible the amount of work full-time students commit to this publication, as well as the people that trust us to help give them voice — and what results from that, whether it was national attention on our work or scrutiny on local officials.

Explaining my time at the Daily, especially my EIC year, to pretty much any non-Daily person usually ends in a wide-eyed stare, and then the questions: You spent how much time there? Didn’t you miss out on seeing friends, on going out? When did you do homework? (A lot, and yes and 5am). And then they’ll usually ask whether it was worth it, which doesn’t have as easy an answer. I’m going into the public sector after graduation, not journalism, which I’ve known I wanted for several years, and I’ve pursued (nonpartisan) work each summer to that effect.

But my school years have always been all about the Daily, because this place has taught me what a leader looks like and what it really means to be a part of something bigger than yourself, and that alone would make it worth it. A former EIC perhaps put it best: “It's strangely comforting to know that the best job you'll ever have you had when you were 20 years old.”

Michigan Daily Photo Staff
Stamps School of Art & Design
​Class of 2016

Faces of Fes This summer, I lived in the city of Fes, Morocco for seven weeks to study Arabic at a local language institute. As my first time leaving the country, I traveled to the city alone, knowing no one and not knowing whether my tuition money had even been received. I took a leap of faith into my surroundings. After a day of panicked culture shock, feeling horribly alone and out of place without being able to communicate with anyone, I realized I had made the best decision of my life. Throughout all of the hardship and daily struggles, I grew to love the city that straddled the old and new world. We lived in the old Medina, a maze of crumbling walls, bustling shops, and tiny alleys. It is the largest area in the world without cars, and once entering it is almost impossible not to become lost. You must be constantly on guard, watching not to step on a stray cat and listening for the men who would yell “Balak!” as a warning for an oncoming donkey or cart. In the midst of the chaos, I attempted to photograph the colors and beauty of Fes’s walls and people. Throughout my stay, I was constantly overcome by Morocco’s hospitality. Despite my obvious status as an outsider, I found myself welcomed into the lives of the people I met without question. I will miss saying “La Bas” to the milkman or laughing with my host family as I struggled to understand the evening TV show. Thank you Morocco for teaching me so much about myself and the world. I can’t wait to return one day.

Student-Run Publications

The Michigan Daily The Michigan Daily, the campus newspaper of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, published its first issue on Sept. 29, 1890. The student-run paper is published Monday through Friday during the fall and winter terms. During the spring and summer terms, it is published weekly. The newspaper, which is financially independent from the University, is based in the recently renovated Stanford Lipsey Student Publications Building at 420 Maynard St. in Ann Arbor. The renovations, made possible by a gift from alum and Buffalo News publisher Stanford Lipsey, updated the building by adding handicap access, air-conditioning and other amenities while retaining its historic features. The Daily covers the University's campus, administration, sports teams, faculty and culture as well as the town of Ann Arbor and other topics that affect the lives of students. Alumni include playwright Arthur Miller, two-time presidential candidate Thomas Dewey, activist Tom Hayden and investment banker Bruce Wasserstein. Its former editors, reporters, photographers, business staff members and other alumni have gone on to work at publications like the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, The Associated Press and countless other media outlets.

The Michiganensian The Michiganensian is the yearbook of the University of Michigan. It has been published yearly at the University for 114 years. The book not only depicts over 5,000 undergraduate students, but also documents campus activities, student organizations, dorm life, and the most important projects campus-wide.

The Gargoyle The Gargoyle is the University of Michigan's official humor magazine. It currently prints three issues each school year and is distributed for free throughout Ann Arbor and the Michigan campus. The magazine is composed of a variety of articles, ranging from short fiction to interviews to satire, as well as art and cartoons.

Shei Magazine Shei Magazine, a fashion, arts and culture publication on campus, managed entirely by talented student journalists, photographers, stylists, graphic designers, and business people joined Student Publications in July of 2014, but have been on campus for nearly 20 years!  Their twice annual print edition is an 85-page glossy in which photo spreads and articles explore a central theme. They maintain an active blog and website, raise funds for charities and aspire to bring the latest designs, extraordinary artists, and amazing ideas from across the globe.