2008 FSNE Awards list

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FSNE 2008 Journalism Awards

June 6, 2008

Dear Florida journalists:

FSNE is honored to salute this year’s contest winners, represented on the following pages.

The entries demonstrate another great year for journalism and innovation in the state. The judges were unanimous in their praise for the strong quality and creativity of your work.

We are particularly pleased with the number of entries in the Spanish-language and online categories. Spanish-language entries doubled and online entries tripled, reflecting the trends in our business as we attract new readers.

Despite the economic winds battering our profession, we take pride in the work presented here. Congratulations to all our winners.

Contest co-chairs:
Robyn Tomlin, Ocala
J. “Bart” Bartosek, West Palm Beach
FSNE President:
Jeanne Grinstead
St. Petersburg

Below is the list of award winners in the
2008 Florida Society of Newspaper Editors’
Journalism Competition.

The awards were presented Friday, June 6 at the
annual FSNE/FPA convention in Orlando.

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Division A

Newspapers with daily circulation of 125,000 or more:

Gold Medal for Public Service

First Place

Jason Grotto and Scott Hiaasen

Miami Herald

“Poverty Peddlers”

This amazing series was comprehensive, clear, had a direct impact on people in the community and it was extremely readable. It was well-sourced and included no anonymous sources. It went where “angels fear to tread” and took on a tough topic that many journalism organizations shy away from. It spoke for those whose voices are often not heard and showed how the agency that was supposed to help them had actually worsened their plight. First-class public service journalism.

1. Daily Deadline

First Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

Tornado Coverage

Readers got everything with the Sentinel’s coverage of the F3 tornadoes that slashed across Florida in the early morning hours of Feb. 2. There were maps, profiles of those killed, stunning descriptions of the destruction. But there was also information about the law to make trailer parks safer, the television coverage, what insurance companies were doing and even a look at the 1998 tornadoes. Awesome coverage for readers.

Second Place

Staff

Miami Herald

Officer Somohano Manhunt

Third Place

Staff

The Palm Beach Post

“Pahokee Deputies Killed”

2. Features & Arts Writing

First Place

Lane DeGregory

St. Petersburg Times

Body of work

The storytelling is remarkable in itself. But the reporter uses more than her writing gift in telling amazing tales. She gets access from her subjects, and she gives access to her readers that lifts her storytelling beyond good to great writing. Among the many entries in a newspaper state that has earned a rich reputation for good newspaper writing, Lane DeGregory’s style, voice and stories stand out.

Second Place

Dianna Smith

The Palm Beach Post

“Walking with Angels”

Third Place

Emma Trelles

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Collection

3. Investigative Reporting

First Place

Jason Grotto and Scott Hiaasen

Miami Herald

“Poverty Peddlers”

This entry defines the investigative category: a mind-numbing set of documents combined with dogged reporting and clear writing. Grotto and Hiaasen showed the urgent need for a strong press by stepping in where local and federal agencies failed. The series meticulously outlined how millions in taxpayer money intended to benefit the poor was siphoned off. The result? The poor counties got poorer. The work of Grotto and Hiaasen should put empowerment zones across the country under scrutiny.

Second Place

Sally Kestin, Peter Franceschina and John Maines

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Fast Fortune, Big Spending”

Third Place

Tom Dubocq

The Palm Beach Post

“Culture of Corruption”

4. Explanatory Reporting

First Place

Robert Farley & Kris Hundley

St. Petersburg Times

“Drugs to Market”

Tackling a subject of national importance, the Times raised questions about the way the Food and Drug Administration licenses drugs. The pieces chronicled financial conflicts involving doctors and firms that cast doubt on the impartiality of the clinical trials that are the key feature of drug licensing.

Second Place

Monica Hatcher and Matthew Haggman

Miami Herald

“Mortgage Trap”

Third Place

Staff

Florida Times-Union

“Homicide 360”

5. Freedom of Information

First Place

Beth Kormanik, Joe Adams

The Florida Times-Union

“Do you know where your City Council is meeting?”

Using public records to build a database, the newspaper discovered 47 times when city council members got together without proper public notice. The coverage led to the council establishing public notice and minute-keeping guidelines that comply with state open meetings requirements. This is terrific watchdog work.

Second Place

Megan O’Matz and John Maines

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“License to Carry”

Third Place

Ellen Gedalius

Tampa Tribune

“Fire Hydrants”

6. Beat Reporting

First Place

Gordon Jackson and Paul Pinkham

The Florida Times-Union

Sheriff’s use of drug money to pay for private labor

A suburban bureau reporter’s expertise and energy came through on these stories. The enterprise and persistence is clear as the reporting goes beyond the traditional beat coverage and into creative methods of tracking the story down. This material proves there are great stories on every beat, no matter how those coverage areas are defined.

Second Place

Thomas Lake

St. Petersburg Times

Pasco County cop beat

Third Place

Mary Kelli Palka

The Florida Times-Union

“Mayor’s aide wrongly won jobs”

7. Sports

First Place

Antonya English

St. Petersburg Times

Collection

Antonya English’s entry demonstrated her excellent writing and reporting ability across a range of sports stories. In an incredibly competitive field, she found new insights for her readers and appropriately found a style to fit each unique story.

Second Place

Gene Frenette

Florida Times Union

Collection

Third Place

Hal Habib

The Palm Beach Post

Collection

8. Business

First Place

Sydney P. Freedberg

St. Petersburg Times

This was a category brimming with outstanding and original work, strong clear writing and stories that looked out for readers' best interests. Sydney's work rose to the top of these excellent submissions because of her range and nontraditional stories. She went for the stories that reporters seldom seek because they are hard and off the beaten path.

Second Place

Mary Shedden

Tampa Tribune

Third Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

Lou Perlman

9. Headline Writing

First Place

Kristen Walbolt

St. Petersburg Times

Collection

The points are clear, concise and gripping. These headlines make the stories pop, and promise the reader a payoff. They are clever, if not downright funny, but fitting for the articles they top. You had us at, “She was toothless; her argument wasn’t.”

Second Place

Steven Ford

Orlando Sentinel

Third Place

Steven McGrath

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

10. Editorials

First Place

Joe Adams

The Florida Times-Union

Collection

Good editorials begin with solid reporting, and Joe Adams’ research into Jacksonville’s City Council go way beyond solid. His editorials didn’t reflect the news; they created it. He blistered council members and laid out a compelling case for a grand jury investigation. The writing was plainspoken and clear. Terrific stuff.

Second Place

Mike Griffin

Orlando Sentinel

Third Place

Dan Moffett

The Palm Beach Post

11. Columns

First Place

Bill Maxwell

St. Petersburg Times

Collection

Maxwell turns a personal experience into a powerful and compelling journalistic exercise, writing about his difficult two years as a professor at a historically black college in Alabama. Using anecdotes that are unforgettable, he paints a picture of a generation of students unwilling to take advantage of opportunities he once cherished.

Second Place

Darryl Owens

Orlando Sentinel

Third Place

Sue Carlton

St. Petersburg Times

12. Sports Columns

First Place

John Romano

St. Petersburg Times

Collection

John Romano’s entry demonstrated a clear and consistent ability to use his writing skill to bring a human element to a breadth of topics. In his columns, he holds powerful people accountable and gives voice to the voiceless, and goes beyond the death and drugs that dominated the sporting conversation in 2007.

Second Place

Martin Fennelly

Tampa Tribune

Third Place

Joe Henderson

The Tampa Tribune

13. Page One Design

First Place

Staff

St. Petersburg Times

Clean pages across the board with a solid use of typographical elements. Pages overall were easy to navigate. The volume of each page was appropriate for the content.

Second Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

Third Place

Staff

Florida Times-Union

14. News Page Design

First Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

“American Dream”

This was a difficult page to pull off typographically. This page succeeded because the hierarchy of information is clear, and the contrast between the different elements is evident and makes sense. Additionally, the powerful black-and-white images add a compelling and emotional component to the mix of visuals.

Second Place

Monty Zickuhr, Kyzandrha Z. Pratt, Denise M. Reagan

Florida Times-Union

“Inflation”

Third Place

Colleen Flannery, Denise M. Reagan

Florida Times-Union

“Building the Perfect Sandwich Chain”

15. Feature Page Design

First Place

Nikki Life

St. Petersburg Times

“Zoo Story”

A beautiful mix of photo, typography and color. The disjointed type on the headline is an effective contrast to the clean lines elsewhere on the page.

Second Place

Angela Brennan

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Back to School Goodie Bags”

Third Place

Suzette Moyer

St. Petersburg Times

“Finding Fatal Beauty”

16. Sports Page Design

First Place

Jon Boho

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Global Shift”

There were a number of traditional ways to illustrate this story, but none of them would have been as powerful and telling as this dynamic illustration.

Second Place

Jennifer Hiatt

St. Petersburg Times

ACC Extra

Third Place

Jon Boho

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“The Day Is Here”

17. Editorial Cartoon

First Place

Chan Lowe

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Iraq gov’t factions playing on U.S. coffins

This cartoon tells a complete story without words. It is artistically balanced and appropriate in tone and substance. Well done.

Second Place

Chan Lowe

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“How the South could have avoided Civil War”

Third Place

Dana Summers

Orlando Sentinel

“Major League Baseball”

18. News Graphics/Illustrations

First Place

Don Morris, John Corbitt

St. Petersburg Times

“Doubt”

The newspaper distilled a complex murder case into a simple and understandable graphic presentation.

Second Place

Renee Kwok

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“How Solar Power Works”

Third Place

Anna Berken, Denise M. Reagan

Florida Times-Union

“Orchestra”

19. Spot News Photography

First Place

Red Huber

Orlando Sentinel

Tornado Survivors

The tender moment between a tornado survivor and her cat and the surrounding destruction is a powerful combination of cause and effect in a photograph.

Second Place

Mike Stocker

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Police Shooting

Third Place

Bob Mack

Florida Times-Union

“Lure of the Game”

20. Feature Photography

First Place

Gary Coronado

The Palm Beach Post

“House Call in Hell”

This is a powerful image. It uses positive/negative space extremely well to draw us in and focus on the meaning of the image. Well done.

Second Place

Sara Fajardo

Orlando Sentinel

“Ocoee Café”

Third Place

Red Huber

Orlando Sentinel

“Mr. Harv”

21. Sports Photography

First Place

Uma Sanghvi

The Palm Beach Post

“Swimming in the Rain”

The photographer successfully transformed an average moment into a surreal sports photograph, using light, rain and being at the right place at the right time.

Second Place

Robert Duyos

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Shaquille O'Neal: Too Little, Too Late”

Third Place

Thomas Cordy

The Palm Beach Post

“Play Ball”

22. Photo Story

First Place

Justin Cook

St. Petersburg Times

“Growing Together”

Wonderful, story-telling images that take us through the gamut of emotions.

Second Place

Uma Sanghvi

The Palm Beach Post

“Walking with Angels”

Third Place

Staff

The Palm Beach Post

“Hometown Heroes Lost”

23. Special Sections

First Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

Football Preview

The Sentinel’s 2007 football preview begins with the argument that Football Is King and makes its case throughout the comprehensive section that stretches from a national overview to the local collegiate teams. It leaves readers with useful information to keep all season, and each sub-section is peppered with uniquely relevant online elements that connected print and online and provided evergreen content for the Web.

Second Place

Staff

St. Petersburg Times

“Bucs 2007 on the Hot Seat”

Third Place

John Romano

St. Petersburg Times

“Story for Jake”

24. Innovation That Drives Print Audience

First Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel Help Team

The team’s topical, informative stories helped fuel significant growth in readership and circulation in the last half of the year with consumer-based reporting that makes readers feel like they are in-the-know about topics ranging from gas prices to the food they eat. We agree that this team’s effort is ashining example of innovation that drives print audience.

Second Place

Staff

Florida Times-Union

“Pirate Quest”

Third Place

Philip Brooker, Ana Lense-Larraui, Paul Cheung

Miami Herald

Super Bowl Puzzle pages

25. Innovation That Drives Digital Audience

First Place

Staff

St. Petersburg Times

PolitiFact.com

There is so much there. With all the links in one place, it allows people to do their own research on candidates in a robust political season.

Second Place

Staff

The Palm Beach Post

Quizzes

Third Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

“UCF Homecoming”

26. Online Breaking News

First Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

Tornado Coverage

Handled a big story well. Nice use of mapping. Reader involvement in the story was very good.

Second Place

Aaron Sharockman, Abhi Raghunathan, Chris Tisch, Dan DeWitt, Cristina Silva, Jacob Fries

St. Petersburg Times

“Scandal and a Suicide”

Third Place

27. Blog/Online Commentary

First Place

Steve Spears

St. Petersburg Times

“Stuck in the '80s”

Very sticky site. Finding a new audience and a new topic to blog about, plus a new way to look at the '80s. Pod casts, photos, online store, there are various forms used to keep interest, not to mention the subject matter alone.

Second Place

Gail Gedan Spencer, Laura Kelly

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Skinny, a Diet and Fitness Blog

Third Place

Tami Tolley

The Palm Beach Post

“The Sports Goddess”

28. Online Slideshow

First Place

Bruce Lipsky, Jason Pratt

The Florida Times-Union

“Little BMX Racer”

Top of the line storytelling that made judges laugh and appreciate technical expertise.

Second Place

Staff

The Palm Beach Post

“St. Baldrick's Day”

Third Place

Zach Boyden-Holmes, Jack Rowland

St. Petersburg Times

“This is a bad dream”

29. Video

First Place

John Cotey, Joey Knight, Jon O'Neill, Jack Rowland, Brendan Watson, Maurice Rivenbark, Lee Glynn, Ken Helle, Joseph Garnett Jr.

St. Petersburg Times

“Friday Night Rewind”

A great format and presentation that pokes light fun at the TV model. Gets the community involved. Even goes into You Tube to draw its audience

Second Place

Lannis Waters

The Palm Beach Post

“Bad Water”

Third Place

Jon M. Fletcher

The Florida Times-Union

“O Little Town of Bethlehem”

30. Multimedia

First Place

Jon M. Fletcher

The Florida Times-Union

“Not Dead Yet”

Unusual first - person account. Very special telling of a personal journey. Polished.

Second Place

Lisa Arthur, Nuri Vallbona, Stephanie Rosenblatt and Poh Si Teng

Miami Herald

“Eastern Airlines: Remembering Flight 401”

Third Place

Desiree Perry, Meg Laughlin, Don Morris

St. Petersburg Times

“Doubt”

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Division B

Newspapers with circulation between 60,000 and 125,000 daily.

Gold Medal for Public Service

First Place

Chris Davis, Matthew Doig, Tiffany Lankes

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Broken Trust”

The newspaper performed a service for all of Florida with its investigation of abusive teachers who were allowed to continue in the state’s classrooms. The newspaper examined more than 14,000 misconduct cases spanning five years. It posted the database online, allowing parents statewide to check out the men and women teaching their children – something Florida should have done for them.

1. Daily Deadline

First Place

Staff

Pensacola News Journal

“Another recovery begins”

The staff’s work on this storm coverage was comprehensive, from all areas of the newsroom. Great stories, graphics, photos and editorial planning combined to make this the most complete deadline offering among the entries. This package captured the storm, its damage and the aftermath and delivered it all for the readers in a way that only a newspaper staff working cooperatively can produce.

Second Place

Staff

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Boy Escapes Bonds; hunt on for gunman.”

Third Place

Staff

Florida Today

Blast Kills 2

2. Features & Arts Writing

First Place

Derek Catron

Daytona Beach News-Journal

“Your State Attorney: Man of God, Man of Law”

State Attorney John Tanner was a prominent news figure in 2007, but this story took readers deeper in to his biography, exploring the biography and motivations of this prominent public official.

Second Place

Lyda Longa

Daytona Beach News-Journal

“Did Ronnie get a death sentence?”

Third Place

John Torres

Florida Today

“Living With Crime in Booker T.”

3. Investigative Reporting

First Place

Chris Davis, Matthew Doig, Tiffany Lankes

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Broken Trust”

The newspaper reviewed 2800 cases involving abusive teachers, spanning eight years, uncovering a pattern of teachers with complaints in one district turning up in schools elsewhere. The stories painted a frightening picture based on statistics the newspaper developed and memorable anecdotes the reporters found.

Second Place

Michael Braga

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Real Estate Fraud”

Third Place

Michael Stewart

Pensacola News Journal

George Touart

4. Explanatory Reporting

First Place

Todd Halvorson and John Kelly

Florida Today

“After the Shuttle”

In a strong category with an incredible diversity of entries that demonstrate a dedication to serving readers, this entry stood out. “After the Shuttle” frames an impending public discussion through extensive reporting, clear writing and smart illustrations.

Second Place

Staff

Daytona Beach News-Journal

“Housing Slump”

Third Place

Francesca Donlan

The News-Press

A State of Denial

5. Freedom of Information

First Place

Staff

The News-Press

“FEMA”

Persistent and successful FOIA action combined with innovative citizen involvement.

Second Place

Sarah Okeson

Florida Today

“Transflorida”

Third Place

Todd Halvorson

Florida Today

Orbiters feel pains of aging

6. Beat Reporting

First Place

Victor Hull

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Aging issues

His command of his beat is stunning and he brings his subjects to life.

Second Place

Anna Scott

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Education

Third Place

Carol Lee

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

City of Sarasota

7. Sports

First Place

Scott Hotard

Naples Daily News

“Player’s Vision”

Smooth, easy writing style. Just the right amount of attitude. Good reporters get good quotes.

Second Place

Chris Anderson

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Collection

Third Place

Mic Huber

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Collection

8. Business

First Place

David Gulliver

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Collection

Innovative reporting and creamy smooth writing on the under-examined business of medicine.

Second Place

Matt Reed

Florida Today

Collection

Third Place

Michael Braga

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Collection

9. Headline Writing

First Place

Chris Kudenholdt

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Collection

Concise. Enticing. Enhances story.

Second Place

Jeff Rubin

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Collection

Third Place

Phil Nickinson

Pensacola News-Journal

Collection

10. Editorials

First Place

Staff

The News-Press

County Commission analysis

Smart and different, forcing officials to confront themselves, each other and their “relationships” is clever.

Second Place

Pierre Tristam

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Collection

Third Place

Laura Sperling

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Funds and new hope for New Town

11. Columns

First Place

Brent Batten

Naples Daily News

Collection

Authoritative marshaling of evidence with a pay-attention writing style.

Second Place

Melanie Payne

The News-Press

“Tell Mel”

Third Place

Eric Ernst

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Collection

12. Sports Columns

First Place

Ray McNulty

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Collection

Judges’ Comments: Takes strong stands and writes with authority.

Second Place

Peter Kerasotis

Florida Today

Collection

Third Place

Doug Fernandes

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Collection

13. Page One Design

First Place

Stephen Antley, Laurie Lawrence

The Ledger

They do a great job of ‘selling’ the big news every day. We especially like the last two pages after the redesign.

Second Place

Kelly Ann Markowitz, Scott Turick, Jennifer Cason

Daytona Beach News Journal

Third Place

Jason Kendall and Scott Luxor

Scripps Treasure Coast News

14. News Page Design

First Place

Laurie Lawrence

The Ledger

“Christmas By the Numbers”

An effective and visually pleasinig mix of numbers and images to illustrate this non-narrative topic.

Second Place

Laurie Lawrence

The Ledger

“Cyber Comics”

Third Place

Staff

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Remains of the Quay”

15. Feature Page Design

First Place

Lindi Daywalt-Feazel

Fort Myers News-Press

“These Clogs Were Made for Plantin’”

Clogs never looked so good! The multiple clog images and the headline mesh together quite well. The designer has brought elegant touches to the page, and even though the page is full and busy, it’s not overdone.

Second Place

Lindi Daywalt-Feazel

Fort Myers News-Press

“Home & Garden Mad Science”

Third Place

Amanda Cortwright, Michael Haun

Daytona Beach News Journal

“Fresh Ideas in Bloom”

16. Sports Page Design

First Place

Mike Bjorklund

Scripps Treasure Coast News

“Outgoing Tide?”

We especially appreciate the designer not having much to work with and making a great use of a file photo and an aggressive use of typography at the top to illustrate the most important part of the story.

Second Place

M. H. Syin

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“On Fire to Achieve Greatness”

Third Place

James Machan

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Manta Rays Roll”

17. Editorial Cartoon

First Place

Jeff Parker

Florida Today

“FOI”

Powerfully done with wit and insight.

Second Place

Jeff Parker

Florida Today

“NASA”

Third Place

Andy Marlette

Pensacola News Journal

“Bernie Sliger”

18. News Graphics/Illustrations

First Place

Ron Stallcup

Pensacola News Journal

“Tornado”

Excellent graphics, produced on deadline that show readers what happened.

Second Place

Michael Donlan

The News-Press

“FEMA”

Third Place

Dennis Lowe

Florida Today

“Home of their own”

19. Spot News Photography

First Place

Chip Litherland

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Brush Fire”

A beautiful moment that is quiet, almost poetic, in the face of approaching doom.

Second Place

Craig Rubadoux

Florida Today

“Drug Bust”

Third Place

Nigel Cook

Daytona Beach News Journal

“Family of Drowning Victim Grieves”

20. Feature Photography

First Place

Greg Kahn

Naples Daily News

“March on Main”

Striking image. This photographer used light, color and contrast to highlight its content and transform what might have been a boring image into one that sticks in your memory.

Second Place

Lexey Swall

Naples Daily News

“Little Miss Disappointment”

Third Place

Dan Wagner

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Sharks and Pumpkins”

21. Sports Photography

First Place

Jennifer Cecil

Pensacola News Journal

“Close Finish”

The photographer effectively captured the story of the race in the contrasting faces of the winners and losers.

Second Place

Jim Tiller

Daytona Beach News Journal

“Skimboard Wipeout”

Third Place

Greg Kahn

Naples Daily News

“Fist Fight”

22. Photo Story

First Place

Chip Litherland

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Twelve Tribes”

This photographer took a very quiet subject and made a creatively beautiful set of images that tell the story of this family and their farm.

Second Place

David Albers

Naples Daily News

South Florida Wildfires

Third Place

Dan Wagner

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Mr. College Basketball”

23. Special Sections

First Place

M.H. Syin

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“The Art of Sports”

Artistic approach to what could have been a cliche section.

Second Place

Staff

Florida Today

“Champions”

Third Place

Sports staff

Daytona Beach News-Journal

“Taking stock”

24. Innovation That Drives Print Audience

First Place

Staff

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

“We’re looking out for you”

Well executed, close-to-readers-lives stories that contributed to impressive daily circulation growth.

Second Place

Third Place

25. Innovation That Drives Digital Audience

First Place

Staff

Florida Today

“Brevard Idol”

Fun, interactive feature that offers a sense of place and community.

Second Place

Staff

Naples Daily News

“Interactive Weather”

Third Place

26. Online Breaking News

First Place

Staff

Florida Today

“Shuttle launch”

Comprehensive, lots of online-only features, such as reader reports in pictures and video. Different ways for readers to access the shuttle launch. Interactive film bios, the list goes on.

Second Place

Third Place

27. Blog/Online Commentary

First Place

Staff

Florida Today

“Watchlist blog”

Proves the value of the paper trail, and makes it accessible to the average reader.

Second Place

Space Team Staff

Florida Today

“Flame trench blog”

Third Place

Amber Dees

Daytona Beach News-Journal

“TV junkie”

28. Online Slideshow

First Place

Sara Holcombe

Daytona Beach News-Journal

“Veterans Day”

An unusual take on an annual subject. It’s a story of generations going to war and it has appeal to all audiences.

Second Place

Craig Bailey and John Torres

Florida Today

“Migrant Christmas”

Third Place

Chip Litherland

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Summer of red”

29. Video

First Place

Manuel Martinez

Naples Daily News

“Memories of a boxcar”

Good pacing, good use of archival footage and strong interviews.

Second Place

Michelle Cassel

Naples Daily News

“Looking back at Donna”

Third Place

Seth Robbins and Justin Yurkanin

Daytona Beach News-Journal

“Pumped”

30. Multimedia

First Place

Dennis Lowe

Florida Today

“After the shuttle”

Beautiful graphics and attention to detail.

Second Place

Michelle Cassell, Judy Lutz, Lexey Swall-Bobay, Todd Soligo and Manuel Martinez

Naples Daily News

“Medals of memory”

Third Place

Michelle Cassell, Todd Soligo and Chris Cost

Naples Daily News

“Invasion of our lifetime”

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Division C

Newspapers with circulation of less than 60,000 daily:

Gold Medal for Public Service

First Place

Anthony Violanti & Erica Brough

Star-Banner

“Eleana”

Excellent descriptive writing of a young ward of the state’s life on the cusp of adulthood – and a clear-eyed look at how well the state prepared for her.

1. Daily Deadline

First Place

Staff

Bradenton Herald

Boy kidnapped

Excellent reporting and writing bring this compelling tale to life.

Second Place

Staff

The Villages Daily Sun

Tornado coverage

Third Place

Staff

Bradenton Herald

9-year-old slain in gang crossfire

2. Features & Arts Writing

First Place

Anthony Violanti

Star-Banner

“Eleana”

Excellent descriptive writing of a young girl’s life on the cusp of adulthood – and a clear-eyed look at how well the state prepared for her.

Second Place

Paulette Perhach

St. Augustine Record

Collection

Third Place

Vin Mannix

Bradenton Herald

Collection

3. Investigative Reporting

First Place

Fred Hiers

Star-Banner

“Big Rigs, Big Risks”

This series exposes how these trucks are tearing up the nation’s roads and endangering motorists. Well done!

Second Place

Michael D. Bates

Hernando Today

“A case for reform”

Third Place

David Angier

The News Herald

Boot Camp death

4. Explanatory Reporting

First Place

Jennifer Portman

Tallahassee Democrat

“Nims School”

She knocked this out of the park. Thorough reporting and strong writing put the readers alongside her at the school. We look forward to more in the series!

Second Place

Brian Neill, Stacey Eidson, Duane Marsteller

Bradenton Herald

Manatee’s Money Squeeze

Third Place

Cristy Loftis, Dave Pieklik

Citrus County Chronicle

Trial coverage of John Couey

5. Freedom of Information

First Place

Jeff Burlew and Julian Pecquet

Tallahassee Democrat

Severance

Good use of records to drive home the questionable use of tax dollars.

Second Place

Jennifer Portman

Tallahassee Democrat

FAMU

Third Place

6. Beat Reporting

First Place

Sylvia Lim

Bradenton Herald

Education

A meticulous examination of K-12 accountability practices.

Second Place

Mabel Perez

Star-Banner

Courts

Third Place

Fred Hiers

Star-Banner

Horse industry

7. Sports

First Place

Chris Bernhardt Jr.

Hernando Today

“Four-for-Four”

Crisp, clear writing that grabs readers’ attention.

Second Place

John Coscia

Citrus County Chronicle

Collection

Third Place

Justin Barney

St. Augustine Record

Collection

8. Business

First Place

Brian Neill, Melissa Followell, Sara Kennedy

Bradenton Herald

Coast Bank Fails

Sharp detailed reports kept investors and readers in general informed.

Second Place

David R. Corder

The Villages Daily Sun

Freight Shift

Third Place

Harriet Daniels

Star-Banner

Collection

9. Headline Writing

First Place

Brian Thornton

Star-Banner

Collection

Clever and not predictable and they tell the story.

Second Place

Bradford Josef Bautista

Citrus County Chronicle

Collection

Third Place

Tom Przybylowicz

The Villages Daily Sun

Collection

10. Editorials

First Place

Margo C. Pope

St. Augustine Record

Collection

Clear, well-supported arguments on important local issues.

Second Place

Scott Kent

The News Herald

Collection

Third Place

Charlie Brennan

Citrus County Chronicle

Collection

11. Columns

First Place

John Hackworth

Charlotte Sun

Collection

He tells a good story with emotion, wit and style.

Second Place

Dave Schlenker

Star-Banner

“Little Man, Big Mouth”

Third Place

Mike Cazalas

The News Herald

Collection

12. Sports Columns

First Place

Pat Dooley

The Gainesville Sun

Collection

Loves his Gators. Knows his sports. Speaks to his readers.

Second Place

John Coscia

Citrus County Chronicle

Collection

Third Place

Justin Barney

St. Augustine Record

Collection

13. Page One Design

First Place

Staff

The Gainesville Sun

Dynamic and controlled use of typography helped reflect the content of each day's front page. Clean pages across the board.

Second Place

Matt Fry, Bill Wimbiscus, Heather Weinsheimer, Mike Orton

The Villages Daily Sun

Third Place

Staff

Star-Banner

14. News Page Design

First Place

Jolie Myers

The Gainesville Sun

Health

A beautiful mix of a contrasting images. The rest of the design gets out of the way to play up this dominant storytelling device.

Second Place

Laura Isaacs

Citrus County Chronicle

Brewing Business

Third Place

Laura Isaacs

Citrus County Chronicle

Meet Crystal the Manatee

15. Feature Page Design

First Place

Jean Fleetwood

The Gainesville Sun

Behind the Scenes on the Ichetucknee

The organic treatment of the map works well with the pullout info and the illustration and gives the overall page an interactive feel.

Second Place

Hillary Crawford, Anthony Casto

The Villages Daily Sun

Taking on Paris One Dish at a Time

Third Place

Eric Chapman

Bradenton Herald

Duct Tape

16. Sports Page Design

First Place

Staff

Star-Banner

The Usual Prospects

This is a tough concept to pull off well (and that happened here), but what really impressed us was the organization and grid below that held the whole centerpiece package together.

Second Place

Staff

The Gainesville Sun

Gator Domi-nation

Third Place

Clare Haefner/Justin Barney

St. Augustine Record

17. Editorial Cartoon

First Place

Jake Fuller

Gainesville Sun

Taser

He makes you grin. Strong content. Good artistic quality.

Second Place

Jake Fuller

Gainesville Sun

Legislature

Third Place

John Russo

The News Herald

Kaboom

18. News Graphics/Illustrations

First Place

Mike Orton, Bill Mitchell

The Villages Daily Sun

Firefighters’ ‘Bunker Gear’

This illustration is both visually appealing and it tells a complete story about firefighters’ gear.

Second Place

Mike Orton, Bill Mitchell

The Villages Daily Sun

“Modern Fire Apparatus”

Third Place

Richard Burgos

Star-Banner

“Fishing”

19. Spot News Photography

First Place

Matthew Beck

Citrus County Chronicle

Soldier's Funeral

The facial expressions and the body language that tell the story of loss made this image stand out among the strong entries in this category.

Second Place

Tracy Wilcox

The Gainesville Sun

In the Light of Day

Third Place

Mark DiOrio

The Villages Daily Sun

Unwavering Faith

20. Feature Photography

First Place

Doug Finger

The Gainesville Sun

Cop Hula

The judges were drawn to the winning photo's humor — something often difficult to get in a single image.

Second Place

Lee Ferinden

Star-Banner

Sideline Dance

Third Place

Brandon Kruse

The Gainesville Sun

Joey AGH

21. Sports Photography

First Place

Brian LaPeter

Citrus County Chronicle

Soccer Celebration

This image is a great example of capturing peak-action celebration of a key moment in the game.

Second Place

Brian Blanco

Bradenton Herald

Clutch Catch

Third Place

Daron Dean

St. Augustine Record

Pole Vault

22. Photo Story

First Place

Erica Brough

Star-Banner

Eleana Gray, Ward of the State

This story gives viewers an intimate look into this young woman's journey into adulthood through the use of effective interaction/emotion and visual variety.

Second Place

Katie Derksen, George Horsford, Bill Mitchell, Mark DiOrio

The Villages Daily Sun

Tornado Rips Through Area

Third Place

Kathy Waters, Ben Smidt

Highlands Today

Trooper Funeral

23. Special Sections

First Place

Staff

Charlotte Sun

“Disturbing the Peace”

Strong content and inviting presentation on a key issue to Sun readers.

Second Place

Staff

The Villages Daily Sun

To Protect and Serve: EMS

Third Place

Staff

Star-Banner

100 Years of Marion County Football.

24. Innovation That Drives Print Audience

First Place

Staff

The Villages Daily Sun

Paradise in pictures

Significant and extensive reader involvement that produced measurable circulation gains.

Second Place

Paulette Perhach

St. Augustine Record

Drift Magazine

Third Place

25. Innovation That Drives Digital Audience

First Place

Doug Engle and Dave Rhea

Star-Banner

“The Best of SBTV”

Compelling, witty, even silly, but full of life and personality -- a lively reflection of the community.

Second Place

Staff

The Gainesville Sun

“Post-game highlight video of UF football games”

Third Place

26. Online Breaking News

First Place

Doug Engle

Star-Banner

“High school bomb scare”

Really resonates. A very well-done narrative with an incredible ending. Great breaking news storytelling.

Second Place

Kyle Mitchell

The Gainesville Sun

“UF student arrested at Kerry forum”

Third Place

Alan Monroe and Bryan Latham

Citrus County Chronicle

“Sinkhole on Highway 19”

27. Blog/Online Commentary

First Place

Bob Gabordi

Tallahassee Democrat

“Infant mortality”

The editor’s voice aims to bring change to the community. Tackles a difficult subject.

Second Place

Tiffany Tompkins-Condie

Bradenton Herald

“Manatee’s military moms”

Third Place

Chris Curry

Star-Banner

“John Couey trial”

28. Online Slideshow

First Place

Bruce Ackerman

Star-Banner

“Jessica Marie Lunsford: Death of innocence”

A moving story that touched the entire community.

Second Place

Tiffany Tompkins-Condie

Bradenton Herald

“PAL boxing”

Third Place

Jannet Walsh

Star-Banner

“Sgt. Crow remembered”

29. Video

First Place

Doug Engle

Star-Banner

“Life in the infield”

This piece just seems like a lot of fun, from a napping couple to a makeshift pickup truck pool. The story captures the feel of a long tailgate party.

Second Place

Staff

The Gainesville Sun

“Lazy days of summer”

Third Place

Tricia Coyne

The Gainesville Sun

“Tim Tebow season highlights”

30. Multimedia

First Place

Staff

The Gainesville Sun

“River of doubt”

A ton of coverage about the Suwannee River’s uncertain future: map, video, audio, photos.

Second Place

Staff

The Gainesville Sun

“Story of hope: Tyler Staab”

Third Place

Alan Youngblood

Star-Banner

“Citrus greening”

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Spanish-Language Awards

SL1. News Writing

First Place

Fernando Zapata

Gaceta Tropical – Ft. Myers

“Buscando el sueño canadiense”

A series of stories with real impact in the community as well as other media outlets – a hot button issue.

Second Place

Enrique Flor

El Sentinel – Fort Lauderdale

“Despido de trabajadores de NOVA”

Third Place

Staff

El Nuevo Día Orlando

“Pastor Negrón engaña a trabajadores”

Honorable Mention

Gonzalo Páez

Centro Mi Diario - Tampa

“A la espera de su muerte”

SL2. Sports Writing

First Place

Aurelio Moreno

El Nuevo Día Orlando

“Tanayris, una púgil especial”

A nice local story that had impact about a unusual topic.

Second Place

Enrique Flor

El Sentinel – Fort Lauderdale

“De la balsa a la bici”

Third Place

SL3. Features Writing

First Place

María Travierso

El Sentinel - Fort Lauderdale

“Abora III probó vieja teoría náutica”

Originality, great topic, piques one’s curiosity.

Second Place

Yesenia Mojarro

Visión Latina - Lakeland

“Una noche con George Hack”

Third Place

Carla Osorio

El Nuevo Día Orlando

“Cómo pudo saltar Laura Rodríguez de la ambulancia?”

SL4. Design

First Place

La Palma, West Palm Beach

Great use of color and pictures, the design of the index is useful and the overall page is very reader-friendly.

Second Place

Voz Latina, Ocala

Third Place

Eco Latino, Jacksonville

SL5. General Excellence

First Place

El Sentinel Fort Lauderdale

A very complete paper with great coverage of national and local issues, great presentation, content very diverse.

Second Place

Centro Mi Diario, Tampa

Third Place

La Palma, West Palm Beach

Honorable Mention

El Nuevo Día Orlando

SL6. Outstanding Hispanic Success Story

First Place

Ana M Valdés

La Palma – West Palm Beach

“Jack, The Bike Man”

Very colorful story, she found a great success story that has impact in the community.

Second Place

Sinaí Chirinos

El Nuevo Día Orlando

“Valiente paso hacia la superación”

Third Place

Alsy Acevedo

El Sentinel - Orlando

“Alcanzar las metas paso a paso”

SL7. Outstanding Entertainment Section

First Place

Staff

El Sentinel Fort Lauderdale

Revista

Topics and content are well balanced, with special attention to Florida-related issues.

Second Place

Staff

La Palma – West Palm Beach

Acento!

Third Place

Staff

El Sentinel – Orlando

Vida!

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