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FSNE 2007 Journalism Awards

June 22, 2007

Dear Florida journalist:

It was another incredible news year in Florida.

Just think about some of the big statewide stories -- Rep. Mark Foley, the downturn in the real estate market, UF's two NCAA championships, the cost of hurricane insurance, a new governor, soaring property taxes, the explosion of casino gambling and very important local coverage across the state.

It's been a year of change. Several Florida newspapers experienced ownership changes and many are undergoing a seismic shift of resources from newspaper to online and niche products. The contest reflects these changes, as we expanded categories to recognize the growing importance of online and Spanish-language content.

Our judges were wowed by the quality of the work. So even in a year of economic challenges, there is much to be proud of as Florida continues to set the highest standard for journalism across all platforms.

Congratulations to the winners whose outstanding work is represented below.

Sharon Rosenhause
Contest Chair
John Bartosek
FSNE President
Mark Tomasik
Contest co-chair

Below is the list of award winners in the
2007 Florida Society of Newspaper Editors’
Journalism Competition.

The awards were presented Friday, June 22 at the
annual FSNE/FPA convention in Ponte Vedra Beach.

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Division A

Newspapers with daily circulation of 125,000 or more:

Gold Medal for Public Service

First Place

Debbie Cenziper

The Miami Herald

"House of Lies"

An amazing, inspiring public service by Debbie Cenziper. The judges were struck by the depth of reporting, the crisp writing, the incredible graphics and the sweeping, public-enhancing impact. A first-class, fabulous effort.

Second Place

Tom Dubocq

The Palm Beach Post

"Secret Land Trust: Key to Public Corruption"

Third Place

Sally Kestin

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"FEMA: A Legacy of Waste"

1. Daily Deadline

First Place

Staff

The Palm Beach Post

"A Couple of High Rollers"

This is a well executed package of stories, displaying excellent reporting and writing skills. Obviously, the paper's experience with problems in the Catholic Archdiocese in the past enabled it to launch a strong team effort that not only informed but engaged readers into the high-roller lifestyle of two trusted priests.

Second Place

Staff

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Shoppers Run for Cover After Man is Shot Dead"

Third Place

Bridget Murphy

The Florida Times-Union

"Mother of 2 Killed in Hospital Shooting"

2. Features

First Place

Audra D.S. Burch

The Miami Herald

"Sherdavia's Story"

In feature writing, the principal ingredient is compelling writing. The judges agree that Audra Burch's "Sherdavia's Story" was an inspiring example of a compelling narrative. Her eye for detail missed nothing. The writer also struck the right balance between the voices of her subject and her own. The judges commend Audra Burch for following up on the death of a little girl, spending months with her family. She was able to poignantly convey the depth of the family's pain and agony.

Second Place

Jeff Kunerth

Orlando Sentinel

"The New Orlando"

Third Place

Jan Hollingsworth

The Tampa Tribune

"A Broken Mind"

3. Investigative Reporting

First Place

Debbie Cenziper

The Miami Herald

"House of Lies"

An amazing, inspiring public service by Debbie Cenziper. The judges were struck by the depth of reporting, the crisp writing, the incredible graphics and the sweeping, public-enhancing impact. A first-class, fabulous effort.

Second Place

Tom Dubocq

The Palm Beach Post

"Secret Land Trust: Key to Public Corruption"

Third Place

Sally Kestin

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"FEMA: A Legacy of Waste"

4. Explanatory Reporting

First Place

Tim Collie

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"AIDS Orphans"

On several levels, the judges thought the "AIDS Orphans" series excelled. One, the topic of AIDS has fallen out of the public eye. So, kudos for that. Secondly, the writing was a combination of passion, power and eloquence. As one judge said, "It was like literature in some places." Thirdly the use of photography, graphics and design made it an incredibly comprehensive work of storytelling.

Second Place

Mary Shanklin

Orlando Sentinel

"Florida's Broken Tax Break"

Third Place

Jamie Malernee

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Choices"

5. Beat Reporting

First Place

Staff

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Attacks on the Homeless"

A terrific, staff-driven report on a very difficult subject. Aggressive reporting combined with sparkling writing put a spotlight in an important area where few newspapers venture.

Second Place

Kevin Spear

Orlando Sentinel

Various

Third Place

Carol Rosenberg

The Miami Herald

Guantanamo

6. Sports

First Place

Dave Hyde

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"The Search for Jake Scott"

Reporters often brag about going to the ends of the Earth to get a story. Dave Hyde just about did it. He went to America's edge to find Jake Scott, and it is obvious that Jake Scott was not a forthcoming interview. But Dave Hyde took every quote, no matter how innocuous or mundane, and weaved it against the backdrop of a remote island and painted a very textured profile of a sports enigma, in his self-imposed though satisfied exile.

Second Place

Hal Habib

The Palm Beach Post

Various

Third Place

Carlos Frias

The Palm Beach Post

Various

7. Special Sections Sports

First Place

Staff

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"2006 Football Preview"

Wow. Amazing design from cover to last page - we loved everything about this special section. A feast for the eyes.

Second Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

"Football Season Preview"

Third Place

Staff

The Florida Times-Union

"The Players Championship"

8. Business

First Place

Kathy Bushouse

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Hurricane Insurance Crisis"

Excellent coverage and writing. Lots of history explaining the roots of the crisis and a great explanation of the impact. Extremely reader-friendly.

Second Place

Jacob Goldstein and John Dorschner

The Miami Herald

"Daunting Data"

Third Place

Monica Hatcher

The Miami Herald

Mortgage Fraud

9. Page One Design

First Place

Staff

The Palm Beach Post

Page One Design is all about impact. The The Palm Beach Post had a great feel for display and design with an eye that helped readers identify the big story and also engaged them. They also knew when to break format with their cover and use typography as an illustration unto itself. For example, the Iraq study group report was not a story that lends itself to visuals, yet the The Palm Beach Post page one designers pulled it off.

Second Place

Staff

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Various

Third Place

Staff

The Florida Times-Union

Various

10. News/Business Page Design

First Place

Chris Mihal and Rebekah Monson

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"AIDS Orphans"

An excellent use of art, typography and consistency to draw the reader to this superb package on AIDS.

Second Place

Phil Diokno

The Florida Times-Union

"The N Word"

Third Place

Gustavo Hernandez

St. Petersburg Times

Pasco Times "Taken Before Their Time"

11. Feature Page Design

First Place

Denise M. Reagan, Gary T. Mills

The Florida Times-Union

"Wars over Wind"

The design for "Wars over Wind" is a clever use of iconic characters to display the votes of the reader survey.

Second Place

Vanessa Cordo

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Poof"

Third Place

Jessica Parker Gilbert

St. Petersburg Times

"Floridian"

12. Sports Page Design

First Place

Jonathan Boho

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Marlins Season Preview"

Clever yet accurate. Seldom does the cover of a baseball season preview succinctly capture the entire nut of the season, as Jonathan Boho's small pond design did. It was incredibly innovative and gutsy.

Second Place

Kyzandrha Z. Pratt and Robert McGinty

The Florida Times-Union

"Busting Out of the Small Type"

Third Place

Brandon Stuck

The Florida Times-Union

"The Face of a Franchise"

13. Headline Writing

First Place

Steve McGrath

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

There was not a weak one in his five entries. Steve McGrath also obviously considered how his headlines would work in the context of the photos and page design.

Second Place

Gail Gedan Spencer

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Various

Third Place

Lou Ann Frala

The Palm Beach Post

Various

14. Editorials

First Place

Jane Healy

Orlando Sentinel

"Florida's Shame"

Easily readable and straightforward. Incredibly reader-friendly. Terrific blend of history and what's at stake now and why.

Second Place

Joe Adams

The Florida Times-Union

Various

Third Place

Tim Nickens

St. Petersburg Times

Florida Legislative Issues

15. Editorial Cartoon

First Place

Chan Lowe

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Incisive, great artwork.

Second Place

Ed Gamble

The Florida Times-Union

Various

Third Place

none

16. Columns

First Place

Daniel Vasquez

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Consumer columns

We were dazzled by Daniel Vasquez's writing, reporting and accessibility. His consumer columns are informative and fun.

Second Place

Ana Menendez

The Miami Herald

Various

Third Place

Fred Grimm

The Miami Herald

Various

17. Sports Columns

First Place

Dan LeBatard

The Miami Herald

Dan LeBatard's dazzling writing and smart observations are the class of a very competitive field.

Second Place

Martin Fennelly

The Tampa Tribune

Various

Third Place

Sam Borden

The Florida Times-Union

Various

18. Criticism

First Place

Sean Piccoli

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Sean Piccoli writes newsy, smart and informative reviews that take you to the event. He has a wonderful voice. Compact but filled with essential details.

Second Place

Scott Eyman

The The Palm Beach Post

Various

Third Place

Glenn Garvin

The Miami Herald

TV Columns

19. News Graphics

First Place

Belinda Long

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"High-Heel Hazards"

This was an excellent reader service - easy to read but full of helpful information.

Second Place

Kyle Alcott

The Florida Times-Union

"From Crime to Crime Lab"

Third Place

David Williams

The Tampa Tribune

"King Grouper"

20. Illustration

First Place

Omar Vega and Kristian Rodriguez

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Fishing for Fans"

Creative idea that carries out the focus of fishing for Marlins baseball fans.

Second Place

Jonathan Boho

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Round Two - Heat/Pistons Playoff Preview"

Third Place

Brennan King

The Palm Beach Post

Various

21. Spot News Photography

First Place

Rick Wilson

The Florida Times-Union

"Hostage Taker Shot in Standoff"

A photographer's worst enemy on a breaking news story is time. A matter of minutes, if not seconds, is the difference between nailing a shot or not, especially on local stories. Rick Wilson hustled and put himself there at the right moment to capture the image of a just freed hostage.

Second Place

Scott Fisher

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Shattered Family"

Third Place

Carl Juste

The Miami Herald

Voter Turnout in Haiti

22. Feature Photography

First Place

Gary Coronado

The Palm Beach Post

"Train Jumping"

Gary Coronado's photos captured the fears, anxiety and plight of illegal immigrants. The three images submitted tell the story in humane and powerful moments.

Second Place

Mike Stocker

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Rainbow House"

Third Place

Carl Juste and C. W. Griffin

The Miami Herald

"A Desperate Vote for Haiti"

23. Sports Photography

First Place

Allen Eyestone

The Palm Beach Post

"Tiger in the Rough"

An amazing moment that made us all smile and even laugh. The expressions on the faces of the gallery, stuck in the rough with Tiger, are priceless. A memorable image. Bravo.

Second Place

Robert Duyos

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Shaq Hug"

Third Place

Jared Lazarus and C. W. Griffin

The Miami Herald

"Miami Heat Wins First NBA Title"

24. Body of Work in Photography

First Place

Joe Amon

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Various

For a photographer, the toughest part of the job is to be there - and not be there. Recording the moment of a subject's personal and, at times, painful life without being intrusive, and still being respectful and sensitive, is extremely difficult. But Joe Amon does it, and does it wonderfully. His portraits of the AIDS orphan, a handicapped woman applying makeup and the dying Miss Ward all show great deft and dignity.

Second Place

Gary Coronado

The Palm Beach Post

Various

Third Place

Carl Juste

The Miami Herald

Various

25. Special Sections, General

First Place

John White and Akilah Johnson

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Hip-Hop Voices"

Beautiful design and eye-popping photographs put this section in a class by itself.

Second Place

Nicole Bogdas

The Palm Beach Post

"Train Jumping"

Third Place

Rebecca Vaughan

The Palm Beach Post

"Glorious Oranges"

26. Innovation/Drives Audience

First Place

Staff

St. Petersburg Times/tbt*

The Tampa Bay Times joins the list of free niche papers surfacing around the country. It is extremely well done, covering pop culture and stories that normally would never see the light of day on page one of the mother publication. But it does not forsake traditional journalism in the pursuit of finding new readers.

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Division B

Newspapers with circulation between 40,000 and 125,000 daily.

Gold Medal for Public Service

First Place

Matthew Doig and Maurice Tamman

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Priest Tells of Foley Relationship

Matthew Doig and Maurice Tamman were ahead of everyone. In fact, they beat the world in finding and interviewing the priest who said he had an intimate relationship with the former Rep. Mark Foley.

Second Place

Staff

Gainesville Sun

Student Bus Accident

Third Place

Jennifer Booth Reed, Denise L. Scott, Don Ruane, Grant Boxleitner, Pat Gillespie, Pete Skiba, Silvia Guzman

News-Press

Lehigh Fires

1. Daily Deadline

First Place

Matthew Doig and Maurice Tamman

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Priest Tells of Foley Relationship

Matthew Doig and Maurice Tamman were ahead of everyone. In fact, they beat the world in finding and interviewing the priest who said he had an intimate relationship with the former Rep. Mark Foley.

Second Place

Staff

Gainesville Sun

Student Bus Accident

Third Place

Jennifer Booth Reed, Denise L. Scott, Don Ruane, Grant Boxleitner, Pat Gillespie, Pete Skiba, Silvia Guzman

News-Press

Lehigh Fires

2. Features

First Place

Jessie L. Bonner

Naples Daily News

Body of work

The writing is lyrical. Jessie Bonner frames the people of FEMA city and their despair with sensitivity and dignity.

Second Place

Jim Waymer

Florida Today

"A Life Forgotten"

Third Place

Cindy F. Crawford

Daytona Beach News-Journal

"Survivor: A Portrait of Strength"

3. Investigative Reporting

First Place

Amy Williams, Jeff Cull

The News-Press

Lehigh Girl Died in Web of Neglect

Amy Williams and Jeff Cull dazzled us with their incredible in-depth reporting that led to the firing of three state child welfare workers.

Second Place

Adam Neal

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

"Are Sex Offenders Invading MySpace?"

Third Place

Michael Braga

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Neal Husani

4. Explanatory Reporting

First Place

Staff

Naples Daily News

Paradise at What Cost

Well researched, written and presented. The judges agree the online component brought the reader extra value.

Second Place

Robin Williams Adams

The Ledger

"Matters of the Mind: The Effects of Mental Illness"

Third Place

Devona Walker

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"Immigrants in Florida"

5. Beat Reporting

First Place

Jim Waymer, Environment Beat

Florida Today

Intriguing choice of topics from vultures to clean water. The stories show a fresh approach to the beat.

Second Place

Victor Hall

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Stories on Aging

Third Place

Kate Brennan

Florida Today

Education Beat

6. Sports

First Place

Hillard Grossman

Florida Today

Compelling stories of inspiring athletes in non-traditional areas.

Second Place

Tony Jones

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Various

Third Place

Pat Dooley

Gainesville Sun

"A Day in the Life of Billy Donovan"

7. Special Sections Sports

First Place

Staff

Florida Today

Nascar Season Preview 2006

From the cover to the clever rankings of drivers, this tab is a keeper.

Second Place

Staff

Gainesville Sun

National Championship Basketball Game

Third Place

Staff

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"Prep Football Preview - Where Football is King"

8. Business

First Place

Wayne T. Price

Florida Today

Strong investigative work with exhaustive research on 9/11 loans to local companies.

Second Place

Laura Figueroa

The Herald

Migrant Workers

Third Place

Jeremy Maready

The Ledger

Lakeland Association of Realtors

9. Page One Design

First Place

Gloria George, Pete Smith

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Smart mix of visuals and typography without clutter. They make clear where they want the reader to go.

Second Place

Staff

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Various

Third Place

Staff

The Herald

Various

10. News/Business Page Design

First Place

Laurie Lawrence

The Ledger

It's bold, colorful and eye-catching.

Second Place

Chris Rotar

The Herald

"A Secure Investment"

Third Place

Bianca Camano

News-Press

"Buy it, Fix it, Sell it, Watch it"

11. Feature Page Design

First Place

Michelle Green

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Florida West cover

Clever and effective presentation of gas saving tips is nice to look at and reader friendly.

Second Place

Tony Elkins

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Ticket Cover

Third Place

Maureen Kenyon

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

"Kitsch Them Goodbye"

12. Sports Page Design

First Place

Mike Bjorklund

Scripps Treasure Coast

End of the Line

Inventive illustration tells the story of how the Braves and Yankees could miss the playoffs.

Second Place

Alan Bellittera

The Herald

Dale Earnhardt

Third Place

Chuck Wright

The Ledger

"NCAA Kings"

13. Headline Writing

First Place

Alan Shaw

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Alan is a wordsmith who doesn't rely on puns. He tells the story.

Second Place

Joe Mountain

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Various

Third Place

Gerry Galipault

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Various

14. Editorials

First Place

Pierre Tristam

Daytona Beach News-Journal

He offers a voice of reason and a clear voice of outrage.

Second Place

Victoria Reid

Florida Today

Various

Third Place

Jeff Lytle

Naples Daily News

Various

15. Editorial Cartoon

First Place

Jeff Parker

Florida Today

Funny. The writer has a sharp wit with nice touches in the details.

Second Place

Jake Fuller

Gainesville Sun

Various

Third Place

Bruce Beattie

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Various

16. Columns

First Place

Rich Brooks

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

His very personal columns are courageous and the selection is impressive for his writing skill and humor.

Second Place

Michelle Ferrier

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Various

Third Place

Eric Ernst

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Various

17. Sports Columns

First Place

Pat Dooley

Gainesville Sun

A veteran's perspective: When your team goes all the way, you want Pat Dooley following it.

Second Place

Hillard Grossman

Florida Today

Various

Third Place

Chris Anderson

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Various

18. Criticism

First Place

Laura Stewart

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Incisive, authoritative and really well written.

Second Place

Harriet Howard Heithaus

Naples Daily News

Various

Third Place

Rick de Yampert

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Various

19. News Graphics

First Place

Jennifer Borresen

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Shark Encounter

This is everything you ever needed to know about sharks -- the reality and the myth.

Second Place

Ron Stallcup

Pensacola News Journal

"Oriskany"

Third Place

Ron Stallcup

Pensacola News Journal

"Maritime Park"

20. Illustration

First Place

Staff

Braden Herald

The Well Being Section

Imaginative and appealing way to get the reader into the story about brain music therapy.

Second Place

Ron Borresen

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"Christmas in Florida"

Third Place

Marianne Koch

Daytona Beach News-Journal

"No Child Left Behind"

21. Spot News Photography

First Place

Grant Jeffries

The Herald

No Greater Tragedy

You had to be there at the moment for this photo, and Grant Jeffries was.

Second Place

Tristan Spinski

Naples Daily News

Various

Third Place

Ernst Peters

The Ledger

"A Man Remembered"

22. Feature Photography

First Place

Elaine Litherland

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Nowhere to Hide

Clear storytelling and not one you see often.

Second Place

Cindy Skop

The Ledger

"The Word on the Street"

Third Place

Paul Johnson

The Ledger

"Fired Up About Safety"

23. Sports Photography

First Place

Rob Mattson

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Pulling for Sarasota

You can feel the excitement and the thrill of victory.

Second Place

Lexey Swall

Naples Daily News

Various

Third Place

Roger Simms

Daytona Beach News-Journal

"Wrong Side Up"

24. Body of Work in Photography

First Place

Dan Wagner

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Nice use of color and light. Great range. Each photo tells a story. Wonderful.

Second Place

Doug Engle

Ocala Star-Banner

Various

Third Place

Gary McCracken

Pensacola News Journal

Various

25. Special Sections, General

First Place

Andrew West, Amy Williams, Kinfe Moroti, Javier Torres

The News-Press

Babcock Cowboys

Old Florida with a beautiful design and great photography.

Second Place

Staff

The Herald

"Living Here"

Third Place

Staff

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Hurricane Guide

26. Innovation/Drives Audience

First Place

Staff

Naples Daily News

Studio 55

Studio 55 is a slick, extremely local Web-video podcast that provides a new and innovative way of storytelling for the Naples Daily News and NaplesNews.com. The industry should be watching as closely as we are.

Second Place

Staff

Florida Today

Web site/Little League

Third Place

Staff

Ocala Star-Banner

Readership Principles

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Division C

Newspapers with circulation of less than 40,000 daily:

Gold Medal for Public Service

First Place

Mladen Rudman, Tom McLaughlin and Kari C. Barlow

Northwest Florida Daily News

The Daily News broke the story of how the Air Force was considering moving thousands of jobs and people out of the region. The paper wouldn't let the story go. As a result of the paper's tenacity, Congress prohibited the Air Force from moving.

Second Place

Amy Leigh Womack

Northwest Florida Daily News

"EMS Spread Thin"

Third Place

Michael D. Bates and Morgan C. Moeller

Hernando Today

DPW Contamination

1. Daily Deadline

First Place

Alyssa Schnugg and Elaine Allen-Emrich

Charlotte Sun

Fullwood

Thorough reporting on the shocking death of a 6-year-old. The story and sidebar cover all the angles, including how elementary school officials set up a crisis team.

Second Place

Staff

Daily Sun

"Villager Murdered"

Third Place

Staff

Daily Sun

"Deadly Twist"

2. Features

First Place

Paulette Perhach

The St. Augustine Record

Various

Versatile storyteller who gets in depth in a way that makes readers care.

Second Place

Angeline Taylor

Hernando Today

Various

Third Place

Kelly Humphrey

Northwest Florida Daily News

"Man of the Century"

3. Investigative Reporting

First Place

Mladen Rudman, Tom McLaughlin and Kari C. Barlow

Northwest Florida Daily News

The Daily News broke the story of how the Air Force was considering moving thousands of jobs and people out of the region. The paper wouldn't let the story go. As a result of the paper's tenacity, Congress prohibited the Air Force from moving.

Second Place

Amy Leigh Womack

Northwest Florida Daily News

"EMS Spread Thin"

Third Place

Michael D. Bates and Morgan C. Moeller

Hernando Today

DPW Contamination

4. Explanatory Reporting

First Place

Julie Hatfield, Wendy Victoria, Tom McLaughlin and Kari C. Barlow

Northwest Florida Daily News

Ambitious, exhaustive look at changing demographics. The project was planned well. There were a wide range of sources, including community comment. It's as much about public service and reflecting a changing community, as it is about excellent explanatory reporting.

Second Place

Kati Bexley

The St. Augustine Record

Various

Third Place

Don Hunsberger

Daily Sun

"Final Frontier"

5. Beat Reporting

First Place

Tom McLaughlin

Northwest Florida Daily News

The entry shows a good range of stories, well told and well sourced. We like that the writer puts regular people in his stories.

Second Place

Kari C. Barlow

Northwest Florida Daily News

Various

Third Place

Cristy Loftis

Citrus County Chronicle

Various

6. Sports

First Place

Dugan Arnett

Charlotte Sun

A nice touch in writing about sports you don't often read about, from horseshoes to skeet shooting.

Second Place

Don Hunsberger

Daily Sun

"In the Lineup"

Third Place

Gary Corsair

Daily Sun

"Spring Training"

7. Special Sections Sports

First Place

Staff

Northwest Florida Daily News

Beautifully planned and designed in a way that provided relevant and compelling detail. Top notch.

Second Place

Staff

Northwest Florida Daily News

"Shootout at Sandestin"

Third Place

Justin Barney, Hays Carlyon, Stuart Korfhage

The St. Augustine Record

"Q & A Prep Football.06"

8. Business

First Place

Nancy Kennedy

Citrus County Chronicle

Consumer friendly with a vivid, bright writing style.

Second Place

Robert Bowden

Charlotte Sun

Citrus Future

Third Place

Kari C. Barlow

Northwest Florida Daily News

"Eroding View"

9. Page One Design

First Place

Heather Weinsheimer

Daily Sun

Pages are clean, contemporary and very accessible. The design shows a healthy respect for the audience and presenting news in an easy-to-read way.

Second Place

William Hatfield, Didier Bahuaud, Hope Akers

Northwest Florida Daily News

Various

Third Place

Josh Olive, Janet Boetsch, Denise Di Ramlo, Lee Anderson

Charlotte Sun

Various

10. News/Business Page Design

First Place

Soni McKenzie

Northwest Florida Daily News

A smart use of visuals and text to tell a complex story in a concise manner.

Second Place

Soni McKenzie

Northwest Florida Daily News

"Bowlegs Triumphs"

11. Feature Page Design

First Place

Susann Quigley

Hernando Today

There is a wow-factor that draws you into the page and makes you want to invest some time reading.

Second Place

Tracey Steele

Northwest Florida Daily News

James Bond

Third Place

No winner

12. Sports Page Design

First Place

Mike Orton

Daily Sun

If you love golf, you'll love this page. If you don't love golf, you'll learn something.

Second Place

Justin Barney

The St. Augustine Record

Various

Third Place

John Coscia

Citrus County Chronicle

"Training Day"

13. Headline Writing

First Place

Larry D. Croom

Daily Sun

Clever without being trite. Smart collaboration between headline writer and presentation.

Second Place

John Coscia

Citrus County Chronicle

Various

Third Place

Tom Przybylowicz

Daily Sun

Various

14. Editorials

First Place

Peter Ellis

The St. Augustine Record

Sharp, well-written insights into local topics that really matter.

Second Place

Jim Shoffner

Northwest Florida Daily News

Deputy's Pursuit

Third Place

John Hackworth

Charlotte Sun

Various

15. Editorial Cartoon

First Place

Craig Terry

Northwest Florida Daily News

Strong artistry with good, local issue and a sharp point of view.

Second Place

Bill Landis

Daily Sun

FEMA

Third Place

Ron Bates

Charlotte Sun

Various

16. Columns

First Place

Robbyn Brooks

Northwest Florida Daily News

She has an engaging writing style and a gift for telling interesting stories.

Second Place

Brian Gleason

Charlotte Sun

Various

Third Place

Del Stone

Northwest Florida Daily News

Various

17. Sports Columns

First Place

John Fineran

Charlotte Sun

He tackled local topics that make a difference, and writes with style.

Second Place

Buddy Martin

Charlotte Sun

Various

Third Place

Larry D. Croom

Daily Sun

Various

18. Criticism

First Place

Michael Fortuna

Daily Sun

He does it all from reviewing a Billy Joel CD to a local accordion concert.

Second Place

Khuong Phan

Citrus County Chronicle

Various

19. News Graphics

First Place

Mike Orton

Daily Sun

Takes an evergreen topic and really makes it special and distinctive. It's the kind of page readers will save.

Second Place

Josh Olive

Charlotte Sun

"Under Construction"

Third Place

Ken Maines

Northwest Florida Daily News

"The Immigration Game"

20. Illustration

First Place

Ken Maines

Northwest Florida Daily News

Smart, hip design that fits the concept of the tab as well as the story. A standout design.

Second Place

Josh Olive

Charlotte Sun

"Taxing Ourselves by Majority"

Third Place

John Russo

Panama City News Herald

"Can You Hear Me Now?"

21. Spot News Photography

First Place

Nick Tomecek

Northwest Florida Daily News

The photo records a raw moment and its composition is almost chilling as we witness a woman reacting to the loss of her home.

Second Place

Nick Tomecek

Northwest Florida Daily News

"Fire Closes Interstate 10"

Third Place

Sarah Coward

Charlotte Sun

Various

22. Feature Photography

First Place

Katie Derksen

Daily Sun

Compelling visual storytelling. The photographer has captured an intimate moment without being intrusive. The result is personal, but respectful, storytelling.

Second Place

Kharli Rose

Charlotte Sun

"And the Band Played On"

Third Place

Devon Ravine

Northwest Florida Daily News

"A Heartbroken Thing"

23. Sports Photography

First Place

Nick Tomecek

Northwest Florida Daily News

A beautiful image that captures the intensity of the event. Any paper would be happy to run it.

Second Place

Terry Barner

The News Herald

"Dust up"

Third Place

Dave Casey

Hernando Today

"We Are The Champions"

24. Body of Work in Photography

First Place

Kharli Rose

Charlotte Sun

From spot news to feature portraits, she takes daily situations and makes them fresh.

Second Place

Katie Derksen

Daily Sun

Various

Third Place

Sarah Coward

Charlotte Sun

Various

25. Special Sections, General

First Place

Staff

Daily Sun

Impressive commitment to storytelling about veterans in the community

Second Place

Staff

Northwest Florida Daily News

Hurricane Season Pull-out Section

Third Place

Christy Arnold, Marie Merchant

Charlotte Sun

Hurricane Prep Guide 2006

26. Innovation/Drives Audience

First Place

Staff

Northwest Florida Daily News

"NEXT"

A fun, colorful, unpredictable redesign of an entertainment magazine. The content can be as surprising as the design is appealing.

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Division A Online Awards

Online Special Package

First Place

The Palm Beach Post

Train jumping

This important package of stories on illegal migration into the U.S. -- and the injuries and deaths that often accompany "train jumpers" coming up from Mexico -- is deserving of high praise. The stories are heart-wrenching. The package makes strong use of photos, audio narration and ambient sound.

Second Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Third Place

The The Miami Herald

Best Web Site

First Place

The Palm Beach Post

PalmBeachPost.com

This site is designed with the user in mind. Convenient links at the top of the home page allow users to sign up for RSS feeds and wireless PDA/cell access. Strong layout and updates. Wonderful multimedia storytelling.

Second Place

Orlando Sentinel

Third Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Online Spot News

First Place

St. Petersburg Times

Simms ruptures spleen

Great job of putting the user in the driver's seat on a big breaking story. The podcast in particular gave depth to the report, and offered the analysis and access of talk radio - without the risk of tuning in in the middle of a conversation, or the hassle of listening to commercials.

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Division B Online Awards

Online Special Package

First Place

Florida Today

Orpans and Angels

Compelling intro sequence uses vibrant design, video illustration techniques and African music to set the stage for a well-organized interactive with easy-to-use navigation. The interactive map is particularly strong.

Second Place

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Best Web Site

First Place

Florida Today

FloridaToday.com

An exceptionally strong focus on news and smart use of multimedia. The site's use of public records and story archives underlines one of the most important elements of online news: creating regularly updated resource centers that help make sense of complicated issues.

Second Place

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Third Place

Naples Daily News

Online Spot News

First Place

Florida Today

Return to Flight

Sparkling spot coverage, effectively using multiple media to convey the various implications of a shuttle launch in the life of a community.

Second Place

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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Spanish-Language Awards

Enterprise Reporting

First Place

Luis Enrique Flor

El Sentinel Ft. Lauderdale

El Calvario de la Deportación

The story had good details of the immigration troubles the family went through and how their American Dream ended with a knock on the door. The journalist pieced together details of ICE's increased enforcement by talking to various sources.

Second Place

Carla Osorio, Cristina Fernández and Carlos Molina

El Nuevo Día Orlando

Third Place

Ana Valdés

La Palma, Palm Beach

Education Reporting

First Place

Walter Pacheco

El Sentinel Orlando

The winner in this category demonstrated originality and use of different sources to convey different perspectives. Stories are a good example of micro reporting, digging to uncover stories and issues that seem small, but are large to people.

Second Place

Ana Valdés

La Palma, Palm Beach

Third Place

Cristina Fernández, Carla Osorio and Lydia Guzmán

El Nuevo Día Orlando

General Excellence

First Place

Staff

El Sentinel Orlando

El Sentinel has a colorful, easy-to-read layout on its front page, which didn't sacrifice the amount of content to make room for the design.

Second Place

Staff

La Palma, Palm Beach

Third Place

Staff

Visión Latina, Lakeland

Outstanding Hispanic Success Story

First Place

Efraín Salmón

Gaceta Tropical, Ft. Myers

Defensor de los Débiles

Victor Caviedes’s profile stands out because the impact of Caviedes’s work in the community is quite clear early on in the story. The human touch can be found throughout the profile, and the reader is immediately offered innumerable reasons to keep reading the story until the end.

Second Place

Walter Pacheco

El Sentinel Orlando

Third Place

Yesenia Mojarro

Visión Latina, Lakeland

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