Three Michigan entrants – Detroit Athletic Club (DAC), Diva Tech Talk and Michigan Radio — made repeat appearances on the annual roster of national AWC Clarion winners. This year they took top honors in marketing communications campaigns, logo design, sports photography and various radio categories.

The DAC Communications Department, headed by Ken Voyles, received Clarions in three different categories. The best marketing communications campaign (budget under $100,000) went to the entire Communications team for the design and messaging of the Edge Challenge program. The Club’s Detroit Cycling Championship received the top award in Sports Photography for a shot by Cybelle Codish and in logo design for the work of Amanda Fairchild.

Our members Nicole Scheffler and Kathleen Norton-Schock, co-founders of Diva Tech Talk, dominated the Radio category for the third year in a row with wins for a documentary series and women’s issues programming.  

Also in the Radio category, April Van Buren, reporter/producer for State of Opportunity on Michigan Radio, won for a feature story about the 4th Wall Theatre Company, which gives kids with disabilities a chance to shine on stage. Michigan Radio has been a frequent Clarion winner. (See list below.)

Enter Next Year

Submission period is late January to mid-April. The call for applications includes more than 80 categories covering many aspects of advertising, education, fundraising, graphic design, internal communications, magazines, marketing, feature writing, online journalism, public relations, radio, television and special events. Peer judges review each submission based on budget size, so all entries are considered fairly.

To qualify, more than half of an entry must have been published, broadcast or implemented in the previous year. By completing the online entry forms and uploading any supporting materials, entries can be submitted in as little as 15 minutes. Visit the Clarion website for further details. 

Recent Michigan Winners

Detroit Athletic Club (2014, 2018)
Diva Tech Talk Podcasts (2016, 2017, 2018)
Gerstner Media (2017)
Logos Communications (2015, 2016, 2017)
The Mars Agency (2015)
Michigan Radio (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)
Michigan State University School of Journalism (2016)