The two, who have been friends for many years, often do videos and host meet ups together, including at last year’s Stream Con. Erakat said he first bonded with Atwood at VidCon a few years ago, with their friendship growing beyond just YouTube. “It just made sense to go out on the road with the same goals: To bring people up.”.
“Our journalists work diligently all year telling stories that matter in their communities and across the state, so it’s gratifying to see them recognized for their efforts,” said John Hiner, vice president of content for MLive Media Group.”I’m especially proud that our Flint water coverage won firsts for public service, best spot news and best photo story, and that our relentless digging on the Oakley controversy earned the 1st Amendment award.”The awards considered more than 1,000 entries from 29 Michigan newspapers.MLive reporter Brad Devereaux won the First Amendment Award for his ongoing coverage of reserve officers in the village of Oakley. He used the Freedom of Information Act to report out the story, even as the village threw up roadblocks and legal action ensued.In total MLive won 22 first place awards, 22 second place awards and 20 third place awards. Here are the winners:First place: Best Editorial Writing: 1, Jen Eyer, The Grand Rapids Press (division III) Best Photo Story: 1, Cory Morse, The Grand Rapids Press, “Hollow Park Wiffle Ball Tournament” (division III) General Excellence: The Flint Journal (division II) Best Column: 1, Julie Mack, Kalamazoo Gazette, “My Experience with White Privilege” (division II) Best Editorial Writing: 1, Ed Finnerty, Kalamazoo Gazette, “Fixing I 94 Drivers’ Obligation” (division II) Best Feature Writing: 1, Julie Mack, Kalamazoo Gazette, “Taking Off His Mask” (division II) Best Sports Story: 1, Rosemary Parker, Kalamazoo Gazette, “A Storybook Season” (division II) Best Sports Feature Story: 1, Eric Woodyard, The Flint Journal, “Teen Father Neshua Wise Balances Basketball with Parenting” (division II) Best Sports Column: 1, Scott Brandenburg, The Muskegon Chronicle, “Example of Sportsmanship Overrides Result at Volleyball State Finals” (division II) Best Illustration or Graphic: 1, Ron Fonger and Milt Klingensmith, The Flint Journal, “Here’s How That Toxic Lead Gets Into Flint Water” (division II) Best Spot News Photo: Mark Bugnaski, Kalamazoo Gazette “Deadly I 94 Pileup Involves Fireworks” (division II) Best Feature Photo: Mischa Lopiano, The Muskegon Chronicle “”Early Morning Hunt” (division II) Best Sports Photo: Brittany Greeson, The Flint Journal “Down and Out” (division II) Best Photo Story: 1, Jake May, The Flint Journal “Flint Water Crisis” (division II) Best Public Service: The Flint Journal, “Flint Water Crisis” (division II) Best Spot News Coverage: Ron Fonger, The Flint Journal, “Elevated Lead Found in More Flint Kids” (division II) Best Investigative Reporting: Lynn Moore, The Muskegon Chronicle, “School Discipline Investigation” (division II) Best Column: Brad Flory, The Jackson Citizen Patriot, “Reaching for New Heights of Glory at Jackson’s Chili Cook Off” (division I) Best Sports Feature Story: 1, Matt Wenzel, The Jackson Citizen Patriot, “Addison’s Alexa Wasylkowski Remembered for Selflessness After Dying on Mission Trip to Haiti” (division I).