Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame to induct 2016 members

EAST LANSING, MIĀ — Four new members will be inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame on April 17 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Michigan State University.

The 2016 inductees are travel writer Dixie Franklin, sports photojournalist Julian H. Gonzalez, investigative journalist Lou Mleczko and columnist Rochelle Riley.

The Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame was established to recognize those who advanced the legacy of a free and responsible press and who have had a positive impact on journalism in Michigan. Induction memorializes extraordinary and clearly outstanding careers.

Co-sponsors of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame are the Michigan Chapter, Asian American Journalists Association; Department of Journalism, Central Michigan University; Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists; Detroit Press Club; Individual Communications Network; Journalism Program, Wayne State University; Michigan Association of Broadcasters; Michigan Interscholastic Press Association; Mid-Michigan Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists; Michigan Press Association Foundation; and the School of Journalism, Michigan State University.

MSU’s School of Journalism has been the home of the Michigan Journalism Hal of Fame since 1985, reprising the Michigan Newspaper Hall of Fame, which became dormant in 1968. The Michigan Press Association and the MSU School of Journalism established the original Michigan Newspaper Hall of Fame in 1952.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2016 will be honored at the 31st annual induction banquet on April 17, beginning with a 5 p.m. reception. Dinner and the induction ceremony will follow at 6 p.m. The deadline for early reservations is April 3, 2016.

For tax-deductible sponsorship opportunities and to purchase ads in the Hall of Fame dinner program, please contact Barb Miller at (517) 353-6430, or at email mille384@msu.edu.

For reservations to the induction banquet and for more information, please see the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame website.

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