Waste & Recycling News has received two awards for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists in Detroit.
WRN's editorial staff won first place in the "spot or breaking news reporting" category for its coverage of the revelation that U.S. soldiers' cremated remains had been landfilled. Judges called WRN's coverage "very informative, well researched."
In addition, WRN Managing Editor Douglas Fisher won second place in the headline writing category with a package of five headlines that appeared in 2011. They included: "Beer Go Flat? Recycle It;" "Iowa: Spread the sand, not the rumors;" "Shhh! Don't tell his wife, da Paz is married to the job;" "In Vermont, snow more tropical storms please;" and "Recycling old clichés: Fat Tony finds a haven at the Jersey shore."
The honors were part of the Detroit SPJ's 2011 Excellence in Journalism Awards, which are given annually to the best journalism from southeast Michigan-based publications. Waste & Recycling News was competing against daily newspapers with circulation of less than 100,000 and magazines and trade publications with circulations of less than 50,000.