Source: Sherman Publications

Carnacchio snags three SPJ awards

by CJ Carnacchio

April 25, 2012

Oxford Leader Editor C.J. Carnacchio earned three more journalism awards last week from the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

The 36-year-old Oxford resident received first place in the editorial writing category for his Jan. 5, 2011 opinion piece entitled, “A win for government secrecy; a loss for liberty.”

The editorial chastised the Michigan Supreme Court for denying leave to appeal in a key case concerning the Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The case involved the denial of a citizen’s FOIA request to review e-mails sent by school employees on the Howell school district’s e-mail system.

Of his editorial, the SPJ judges wrote, “Carnacchio’s passion for open government translates into a powerfully persuasive column censuring the Michigan Supreme Court for siding with those who seek to shield public information from the public. His step-by-step breakdown of what makes public documents public gives readers a simple and easy to digest breakdown of public v. private information, and underscores the critical misstep of the state’s Supreme Court justices.”

In the feature photography category, Carnacchio earned a first place award for his May 25, 2011 photo “Puppy Love” (shown above left).

The judges wrote, “The ‘aww’ factor of this photo makes this picture stand alone as a prime example of how to draw readers into a story. The incredible timing of this shot (look at that dog tongue!) and the expression on the man’s face elevates a rather familiar story into a must-read.”

In the sports photography category, Carnacchio earned yet another first place award for an April 20, 2011 photo of Oxford and Lake Orion hurdlers during a track competition (shown above right).

The judges wrote, “Carnacchio captured the sport of the hurdle competition and the determination of these two athletes with a perfectly-framed and well-timed shot.”

All of Carnacchio’s SPJ awards were in the Print Class C classification, which consists of non-daily publications.

In this class, Carnacchio competed with journalists and photographers from HOUR Detroit magazine, Crain’s Detroit Business, Detroit Jewish News, The Voice, Red Thread, DBusiness and the C&G Newspapers group.

Since joining the Leader back in May 1999, Carnacchio has now earned a grand total of 55 awards for his writing and photography skills from the Detroit SPJ, the Michigan Press Association and the National Newspaper Association.