GRAND RAPIDS, MI — MLive Media Group journalists took home 99 awards from the Michigan Press Association’s 2016 Better Newspaper Contest for the work produced in hubs across Michigan.

Among the awards, The Flint Journal and The Ann Arbor News both won “Newspaper of the Year” in their respective circulation categories.

“These awards are a testament to the dedication of our staff members to their communities and journalism that matters for our readers. This is a team award — excellence day in, and day out, in news, sports and photography,” said John Hiner, vice president of content for MLive Media Group. 

MLive reporters Julie Mack of the Kalamazoo Gazette and Ron Fonger of The Flint Journal tied for second place for “Journalist of the Year.”

MLive Media Group’s statewide investigative impact team of journalists, working with The Flint Journal, won the “Public Service Award” for their work on the Flint water crisis in “The Mistakes Made. The Lives Affected.”

“We have made it our mission to chronicle the unfolding tragedy in Flint from the streets to city hall to the governor’s office,” Hiner said of the Public Service Award. “This work — the most meticulous and persistent that I have ever been associated with — represents the talents and the perseverance of reporters and photographers in Flint, who have been on this story since day one, as well as reporters, editors, designers and data specialists from across MLive.”

The awards were announced Thursday evening at the MPA’s annual convention at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids.

MLive Media Group formed in 2012, and includes the MLive.com web site, as well as newspapers in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Jackson, Ann Arbor, Flint, Saginaw and Bay City. 

Here are the rest of the awards won by MLive Media Group journalists:

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