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Bloch wins award for criticism in Blue Water Healthy Living

By Blue Water Healthy Living

Jim Bloch, a contributor to Blue Water Healthy Living, won second place for three pieces of criticism published in 2020.

The Detroit Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists announced the winners of its annual Excellence in Journalism Awards on June 8. For the second year in a row, due to the pandemic, a physical awards ceremony was not held.

The criticism category is an open category, meaning work may be submitted that appeared in any size of market, including daily papers such as the Detroit Free Press, weekly newspapers such as the Metro Times, local TV and radio stations, and digital outlets.

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Bloch’s submission was titled “Music, a Movie, Picasso and the Pandemic.” It included “‘The Biggest Little Farm’: Buoyant doc paints upbeat portrait of agrarian hell,” published by BWHL on Jan. 13, 2020; “Angelique Kidjo performs Talking Heads’ ‘Remain in Light’ as album turns 40,” published by BWHL on Feb. 18, 2020; and “Picasso’s tips to survive the pandemic: Read, cook, drink, draw, love, bird-watch and beach-comb,” published by BWHL on July 24, 2020.

Gary Graf of the Oakland Press won first place for his entry “Jesus Christ Superstar, Garth, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”; Melody Baetens of the Detroit News took third place with her “Best of …” submission; and Julie Hinds of the Detroit Free Press won fourth place for her pop culture entry.

Be sure to click the links above to read the winning articles.

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