FSNE 2004
Newspaper Competition Winners

Below is the list of award winners in the 2004 Florida Society of Newspaper Editors' journalism competition.

The awards were presented Friday, June 11 at the organization's annual convention in Sarasota.

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(daily circ. 40k–125k)

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June 11, 2004

Dear Florida Journalist:

Another year and another explosive contest that kept four out-of-state judges busy for 21/2 days.

Whether they were reading about the Fulf of Mexico, broken bridges, malpractice woes, foster care, Sex in the City or 13-year-olds, the judges comments were universally complimentary: Awesome. This is some of the best work I've seen. An incredible package. I wonder who came up with that great idea?

Similar comments were overheard while they were judging the many strong entries in photography, graphics, illustrations and editorial cartoons.

Beyond the packages and enterprise stories, the judges were treated to many accounts of one of the biggest news stories of the year — the breakup of the shuttle Columbia over Texas. True to form, Florida journalists stepped up and batted 1,000 in their coverage.

This year's judges worked hard to get through the usual categories, as well as several new ones: Beat Reporting, Editorial Cartoons and Sports Special Sections.

Entries were strong across the board, and the judges left having tasted the great journalism produced in the Sunshine State.

This year's entries eclipsed the 1,135 in 2003. It's yet another testament to the ourstanding work being published in Florida newsrooms.

Special thanks go out to our judges, contest co-chair Jeanne Grinstead of the St. Petersburg Times and Beth Coffey of The Tampa Tribune, who coordinated all the arrangements and made life easier for everyone.

Please join us in congratulating the winners of the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors 2004 competition, who are presented here. We applaud all the winners and participants.

Lenore Devore
Contest chair
Jeanne Grinstead
Contest co-chair
 

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Division A

Newspapers with daily circulation of 125,000 or more:

1. Daily Deadline

First Place

Orlando Sentinel

Staff

The Columbia Disaster

In this very tough field, the staff of the Orlando Sentinel edged out their worthy competition with a stunning, comprehensive and coherent package of stories, photos and graphics. The Sentinel marshaled a huge effort under extreme deadline pressure and gave Orlando readers a memorable account of one of the biggest stories of the year.

Second Place

The Miami Herald

Staff

Columbia Is Lost

2. Investigative

First Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Fred Schulte

“Drugging The Poor”

A compelling topic addressed with aggressive reporting and painstaking research. The series exposed outrageous lapses in the state’s oversight. The series documented absences by doctors and pharmacists that boarded on incredible. The quality of writing and presentation were impressive.

Second Place

The Miami Herald

Ronnie Greene

Fields of Despair

Third Place

The Palm Beach Post

S.V. Date and Kimberly Miller

Florida School Vouchers

Honorable Mention

Orlando Sentinel

Dan Tracy

Building Homes: Building Problems

3. Explanatory

First Place

St. Petersburg Times

Thomas French, Monique Fields and Dong-Phuong Nguyen

“13”

The reporters and photographers captured the wonderful, terrible world of teens. The series comes across as good-natured, non-judgmental and totally authentic. The language of teens is a hard code to crack. This team did it.

Second Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Noaki Schwartz

“The Human Cost Of A Cruise”

Third Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Tim Collie and Mike Stocker

“Haiti: The Eroding Nation”

4. Features

First Place

The Palm Beach Post

Michael Browning

A collection of stories

Poignant and powerful. This first-person account of a son’s final moments with his aging mother is an emotional tour de force. Browning tells this story with heart, warmth and wit without ever crossing over to maudlin sentiment. A riveting piece of work.

Second Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Ralph De La Cruz

“An Immigrant’s Story”

Third Place

St. Petersburg Times

Lane DeGregory

A collection of stories

5. Beat Reporting

First Place

St. Petersburg Times

John Fleming

Florida Orchestra

Lyrical writing, vivid and visual in its approach and presentation. An intelligent and important beat that is often ignored or relegated to simple critical analysis.

Second Place

Orlando Sentinel

Anthony Colarossi, Pedro Ruz Gutierrez,Kelly Brewington

The J.D.S. Case

Third Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Scott Wyman

Broward County Government

6. Business

First Place

Orlando Sentinel

Tim Barker

Investigation into a troubled modeling company

A lively, well-documented look at a colorful impressario and a troubled company. Barker spins a great tale. Stay tuned for the screenplay.

Second Place

The Palm Beach Post

Jeff Ostrowski, Phil Galewitz and Mary Ellen Klas

Florida’s Insurance Crisis

Third Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Jenni Bergal and Purva Patel

“Fraud Outruns The Feds”

Honorable Mention

St. Petersburg Times

Kris Hundley

Cyro-Cell

7. Sports

First Place

St. Petersburg Times

Joanne Korth

Joanne writes with an eye rarely applied to sports. Her vivid and aggressive reporting paired with her compassionate details makes her pieces worth reading every word.

Second Place

Associated Press

Steve Wine

Third Place

Orlando Sentinel

Rick Maese

Fighting for Survival

Honorable Mention

Florida Times Union

Teneshia Wright

8. Editorials

First Place

St. Petersburg Times

Jack Reed

Provocative, persuasive writing about topics that aren’t always at the top of the national agenda. Reed makes lucid, well-reasoned arguments that deftly engage the reader.

Second Place

The Palm Beach Post

Tom Blackburn

Third Place

St. Petersburg Times

Jon East

Honorable Mention

The Palm Beach Post

Randy Schultz

9. Editorial Cartoons

First Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Chan Lowe

Sharp, pointed and loaded with wit. These cartoons are direct hits. The “Mission Accomplished” cartoon is particularly strong.

Second Place

The Florida Times-Union

Ed Gamble

Third Place

Orlando Sentinel

Dana J. Summers

10. Criticism

First Place

The Florida Times-Union

Matt Soergel

Insightful criticism marked by crisp, lucid, colorful prose. Soergel is authoritative without being pompous, clever without being a wise guy. A nice collection of work.

Second Place

St. Petersburg Times

Steve Persall

Third Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Bill Hirschman

Honorable Mention

Palm Beach Post

Scott Eyman

11. Columns

First Place

St. Petersburg Times

Howard Troxler

Don’t get Howard mad. He’ll skewer you but good — and have the last laugh in the process. His columns are razor-blade sharp and irresistably persuasive.

Second Place

Orlando Sentinel

Kathleen Parker

Third Place

Tampa Tribune

Dan Ruth

Honorable Mention

Palm Beach Post

Frank Cerabino

12. Sports columns

First Place

St. Petersburg Times

Gary Shelton

Gary gets down to the essence. He’s honest, intelligent and at times cutting, but he always makes is point. He uses many devices to tell the truth — even when it hurts.

Second Place

Palm Beach Post

Karen Crouse

Third Place

Tampa Tribune

Martin Fennelly

13. Headlines

First Place

St. Petersburg Times

Alan Rittner

These delightful headlines go beyond the obvious. What’s more, they provide a wonderful entry point to the stories and columns they describe.

Second Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Henry Wright

Third Place

Palm Beach Post

Lou Ann Frala

Honorable Mention

St. Petersburg Times

Mark Wood

14. Page 1 Design

First Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Mike Perkins

These pages convey the energy and urgency of big news events. Bold and dramatic layout; excellent interplay of words, photos and graphics.

Second Place

Palm Beach Post

Daniela Dornic Jones

Third Place

Orlando Sentinel

Staff

Honorable Mention

St. Petersburg Times

Staff

15. Feature Page Design

First Place

St. Petersburg Times

Paul Alexander & Patty Yablonski

Dish

Sleek, appealing and contemporary.

Second Place

Florida Times-Union

Jennifer Fish

What to “Ware” for Dinner

Third Place

Orlando Sentinel

Laurie Lawrence

Insta-art

Honorable Mention

Orlando Sentinel

Wesley Alden

Comics Smash

16. News/Business Page Design

First Place

Tampa Tribune

Carol Parker, Carol Cleere

Always Roaming

Visually clever and engaging. The designers created a page that draws you instantly into the topic and story.

Second Place

Orlando Sentinel

Staff

Excerpts From the Final Report

Third Place

St. Petersburg Times

Christian Drury

Politics is a Contact Sport

17. Sports Page Design

First Place

Florida Times-Union

Kevin Upright

This page has strong energy and balance. Admirable visual story-telling.

Second Place

Orlando Sentinel

Chris Rukan

Third Place

St. Petersburg Times

Jim Melvin

Honorable Mention

Florida Times-Union

Sports Staff

18. News Graphics

First Place

Orlando Sentinel

Louis Spirito and David W. Wersinger

Sophisticated use of graphics to explain a complicated, multi-tiered story. Excellent concept, well executed.

Second Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Daniel Niblock

Slow Burn

Third Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Cindy Jones-Hulfachor

Seeking Pearly Whites

Honorable Mention

St. Petersburg Times

Amanda Raymond & Jeff Goertzen

Beating the Odds of Hurricanes

19. Illustration

First Place

St. Petersburg Times

Teresanne Cossetta

Heat with a Beat

Simple, vibrant and elegant, this illustration is a winner.

Second Place

Florida Times-Union

Jon Fletcher

Big Teens

Third Place

Orlando Sentinel

Rich Pope

Focused Groups

20. Spot News Photography

First Place

Associated Press

Wilfredo Lee

Freeze

The photographer was in just the right place at just the right time — and knew exactly what to do.

Second Place

Associated Press

Alan Diaz

In the Midst

Third Place

Associated Press

J.P. Carter

Busted

Honorable Mention

Florida Times-Union

Bob Mack

Standoff

21. Feature Photography

First Place

Palm Beach Post

Lannis Waters, Gary Coronado and Paul Milette

These photographs capture the anguishing lives of Mexican immigrants with visual clarity and emotional subtlety.

Second Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Mike Stocker

Rhythm and Rain

Third Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Melissa Lyttle

Welcome

Honorable Mention

St. Petersburg Times

Toni Sandys

Journal of an F Year

22. Sports Photography

First Place

Associated Press

Phil Coale

Out of Reach

The moment, the expressions, the composition — they’re all aligned to make a wonderful photo.

Second Place

St. Petersburg Times

Dirk Shadd

Hockey

Third Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Melissa Lyttle

Happy to See You

Honorable Mention

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Michael Laughlin

No Joshin’

23. Individual Achievement/Body of Work, Photography

First Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Mike Stocker

Mike’s work showed range and depth. From the pathos of the children of Haiti to the snappy style of a Miami funeral director, Stocker’s subjects all get their stories told with vibrant clarity.

Second Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Michael Laughlin

Third Place

St. Petersburg Times

Jamie Francis

Honorable Mention

St. Petersburg Times

Chris Zuppa

24. Special Sections, General

First Place

The Tampa Tribune

Staff

“Sex in the City”

An honest portrayal of a difficult topic. Insightful rather than simply shocking, with the emphasis on perspective and context.

Second Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Staff

“AIDS in South Florida”

Third Place

Orlando Sentinel

Staff

America at War

Honorable Mention

St. Petersburg Times

Christian Drury, Steve Cavendish & Scott Demuesy

BELIEVE!

25. Special sections, Sports

First Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Staff

Football 2003

An extravagant feast of first-rate coverage, artfully designed and engagingly written. The art direction is at once playful and sophisticated.

Second Place

St. Petersburg Times

Mike Stephenson, Jim Melvin & Sports Staff

Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Third Place

St. Petersburg Times

Kim Pendery, Jim Melvin & Sports Staff

We’ve Got Games

Honorable Mention

St. Petersburg Times

Sports Staff

Super Bowl

 

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Division B

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

1. Daily Deadline

First Place

Florida Today

Staff

Columbia Lost

Outstanding. Florida Today did everything right with this major national story that is very much local to this paper. Great work.

Second Place

Bradenton Herald

Staff

Pepsi-Co Moving Tropicana Headquarters to Chicago

Third Place

The News-Press

Staff

Fireworks Blast

Honorable Mention

Pensacola News Journal

Staff

Hill Defiant to the End

2. Investigative

First Place

Naples Daily News

Staff

“Deep Trouble: The Gulf In Peril”

By far the Best In Show in this category. 18 months of work in 15 special sections. Too much? Not if you love the Gulf. Outstanding work and commitment.

Second Place

Florida Today

John Kelly and Todd Halvorson

NASA and the Columbia tragedy

Third Place

Pensacola News Journal

Scott Streater

Radioactive Water Flowed To Thousands Of Homes

Honorable Mention

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Deborah Circelli, Henry Frederick, Donna Callea

3. Explanatory

First Place

Tallahassee Democrat

Tony Bridges, Craig Litten

Lost in Plain Sight: The Legacy of Foster Care

Wonderful writing, and a great job of bringing a hidden story into view. Well-researched, well-reported and extremely well-written.

Second Place

Florida Today

Matt Reed

NASA Culture

Third Place

Tallahassee Democrat

Nancy Cook Lauer

Deja Vote?

Honorable Mention

Ocala Star-Banner

Joe Callahan

Cargo Theft

4. Features

First Place

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Robert Patrick

“Coming Forward”

This feature involved thorough, sensitive reporting and skillful use of compelling narrative and focused writing. Masterful treatment of a sensitive yet important issue.

Second Place

Pensacola News Journal

Alan Gomez

Return To Cuba

Third Place

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Derek Catron

“Donna’s Story”

Honorable Mention

The Ledger

Gary White

Suicides

5. Beat reporting

First Place

The Ledger

Diane Allen

Dispatches From The Desert

Diane Allen’s beat reporting from Iraq displays reportorial vigor and an easy-to-read writing style. She covered the biggest story of 2003 for local readers with grace and courage.

Second Place

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Linda Trimble

Education

Third Place

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Jeff Brumley

Treasure Coast Religion

Honorable Mention

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Suzanne Wentley

Treasure Coast Environment

6. Business

First Place

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Ron Hurtibise

Buy It Or Lose It

These stories exhibit aggressive, thorough reporting and a mastery of the topic. Engaging, organized presentation of complex topics.

Second Place

Naples Daily News

Laura Layden

Third Place

Bradenton Herald

Kevin O’Horan

7. Sports

First Place

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Bob Pockrass

Writer does a good job of mixing beat knowledge and human observations. Good sports writing.

Second Place

The News-Press

Chris Umpierre

Third Place

Florida Today

Scott Brown

Honorable Mention

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Chris Anderson

8. Editorials

First Place

Florida Today

John Glisch

Well-researched and matter-of-fact advice for NASA on how to recover and rebuild after Columbia. A strong voice in a national issue.

Second Place

Naples Daily News

Jeff Lythe

Third Place

The News-Press

Gail Palmer

Honorable Mention

Pensacola News Journal

Carl Wernicke

9. Editorial Cartoons

First Place

Florida Today

Jeff Parker

Parker’s cartoons showcase an informed wit and the ability to appeal to readers at many levels.

Second Place

The News-Press

Doug MacGregor

Third Place

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Bruce Beattie

“Welcome Back to School”

10. Criticism

First Place

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Rick de Yampert

CD Reviews and Vox Pop

De Yampert writes with authority and wit. His engaging, conversational style keeps readers with him.

Second Place

The Ledger

Bill Dean

Third Place

Ocala Star-Banner

Christopher Lloyd

11. Columns

First Place

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Mark Lane

Footnote

Lane does an excellent job of presenting important political topics in a pithy, readable and concise format. His columns are informed and engaging.

Second Place

Florida Today

Norris Burkes

Spirituality columns

Third Place

Tie:

The Ledger

Bill Bair

and Pensacola News Journal

Mike Suchcicki

12. Sports Columns

First Place

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Ray McNulty

Love him or hate him, readers will always find a clearly articulated, informed and accessible read in McNulty’s column.

Second Place

The Ledger

Rick Brown

Third Place

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Lydia Hinshaw

Eye On Sports

13. Headlines

First Place

Florida Today

Mike Gaffey

Collection

Gaffey’s headlines do a superb job of conveying meaning and tone. They’re reader-friendly, clever and accurate.

Second Place

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Lakara Webb

Third Place

Pensacola News Journal

Sandra Brown

Honorable Mention

The News-Press

Debbie Gibson

14. Page 1 Design

First Place

Naples Daily News

Eric Strachan

Nice, clean, easy-to-read layout that does a good job of mixing white space, photos and copy.

Second Place

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Troy Moore, Kelly Markowitz

Third Place

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Staff

15. Feature Page Design

First Place

The Ledger

Steve Antley & Lisa Durham

Fashionable Flops

This page displays creative design but it doesn’t lose readability. Simple, clean, attractive design.

Second Place

The Gainesville Sun

Jean Fleetwood

Wild About Harry

Third Place

The News-Press

Jessica Parker

Seeing Red

16. News/Business Page Design

First Place

Bradenton Herald

Merry Eccles

Old Brand, New Tricks

The use of color and innovative illustration (which also functions as a timeline) is a magnet for readers to this page.

Second Place

Bradenton Herald

Merry Eccles

Avenue of Dreams

Third Place

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Amanda Cortright

Living Quietly

17. Sports Page Design

First Place

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Kelly Markowitz, Jeff Wilen

The Big Hurt

The masterful use of typography and the cut out photo make this information-packed page appealing and rewarding for readers.

Second Place

Bradenton Herald

Merry Eccles, Allen Bellittera

U.S. Open/ Tiger Woods

Third Place

The Ledger

John Pitts

On The Line

Honorable Mention

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

George Hanns, Connie Hester-Moore

Funny Cide

18. News Graphics

First Place

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Robert Lane

Tracking the Traffic

Nice, clean, full-page graphic that blends simple art with heavy data in a reader-friendly way.

Second Place

The News-Press

Mike Donlan

Water Fight

Third Place

Pensacola News Journal

Ron Stallcup

Deep Injection Wells

Honorable Mention

Pensacola News Journal

Ron Stallcup

Hot Housing Market

19. Illustration

First Place

Bradenton Herald

Ron Borresen

Super Bowl

This illustration vividly captures the story behind this special section, providing an attractive cover and a theme for the entire section.

Second Place

Tallahassee Democrat

John Roberge

The Talk

Third Place

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Scott Hiestand

Web Watchers

20. Spot News Photography

First Place

Daytona Beach News-Journal

David Tucker

“Police Restrain Mom As Son Is Arrested”

Great action shot. The photographer worked hard to keep the camera clicking during an obviously emotional moment, and he did a good job of capturing the story.

Second Place

Tallahassee Democrat

Mark Wallheiser

“Unshaken Faith”

Third Place

Tallahassee Democrat

Mark Wallheiser

“Soldier Buried”

Honorable Mention

The Gainesville Sun

Jim Matthews

“Dog Rescue”

21. Feature Photography

First Place

Tallahassee Democrat

Phil Sears

Old-Time Revival

These photos are all composed to masterfully capture the event and the emotion that drives it. Sears skillfully combines three images to give readers the “big picture” and detail.

Second Place

Naples Daily News

Erik Kellar

Cuba - Special Report

Third Place

Naples Daily News

Daniel Wagner

Honorable Mention

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Nigel Cook

Roy “Dog” Perkins

22. Sports Photography

First Place

Naples Daily News

Daniel Wagner

Wagner’s work demonstrates his versatility and ability to focus on the emotion behind the action.

Second Place

Tallahassee Democrat

Phil Sears

Flying Helmet

Third Place

Florida Today

Craig Bailey

Wrestling Match

Honorable Mention

Daytona Beach News-Journal

David Tucker

Mr. Newman’s Wild Ride

Honorable Mention

The Gainesville Sun

Daron Dean

Russell Mania

23. Individual Achievement/ Body of Work, Photography

First Place

Tallahassee Democrat

Mike Ewen

Wonderful work, and best all-around body of work involving sports, news and feature shots. It’s not just good photography, it’s good photojournalism.

Second Place

Tallahassee Democrat

Mark Wallheiser

Third Place

Tallahassee Democrat

Phil Sears

Honorable Mention

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Deborah Silver

24. Special Section, General

First Place

Florida Today

Staff

The Future Of Human Spaceflight

This special section lifts readers far above the mundane, inviting them to think, to dream, to speculate about possibilities beyond Earth. Thorough, informed and imaginative.

Second Place

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Staff

Our Centennial

25. Special Section, Sports

First Place

The News-Press

Staff

College Football 2003

A creative theme — carried through the section — sets this special section apart from other football previews.

Second Place

Florida Today

Sports Staff

Salute to Brevard’s Champs

Third Place

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Kelly Ann Markowitz and George Hanns

100 Years of Racing: 1903-1949

Honorable Mention

Bradenton Herald

Staff

Football 2003

Honorable Mention

The Gainesville Sun

Ken Bradley & Rob Mack

College Football 2003

 

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Division C

Newspapers with circulation of less than 40,000 daily:

1. Daily Deadline

First Place

Charlotte Sun

Greg Martin

Crash/Chase

Complete coverage of a high-speed crash that killed a Florida citrus industry leader and father of two. Detailed, strong reporting

Second Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Kelly Humphrey and Tom McLaughlin

“Black Day In Bluewater”

Third Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Wendy Victora and Amber Bollman

“Jet Crashes Into Homes”

Honorable Mention

Charlotte Sun

Malcolm Brenner

Hit & Run

2. Investigative

First Place

St. Augustine Record

Bryan Noonan

“Shands Bridge”

A great way to follow breaking news with an in-depth investigation and report.

Second Place

Panama City News Herald

Kevin Porter

“Unsafe Play”

Third Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Tom McLaughlin

“Problems In Medical Examiner’s Office”

3. Explanatory

First Place

Panama City News Herald

Kevin Porter, Kendall Middlemas

An in-depth look at a controversial plan in digestible bites, nicely organized to create maximum impact.

Second Place

Charlotte Sun

Staff

Third Place

The Key West Citizen

Travis Tritten

Singh-Hendrick FBI Probe

Honorable Mention

Citrus County Chronicle

Steve Arthur, Cheri Harris, George Hutchens, Mike Wright

“On The Edge”

4. Features

First Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Wendy Victora

“All That’s Left Behind”

In this moving piece on a soldier’s death in Iraq, the reader is present to share a personal moment.

Second Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Gary Corsair

The real story of the sinking of the USS Eagle PE-56

Third Place

Citrus County Chronicle

Cheri Harris

Collection

Honorable Mention

Highlands Today

Mike Szvetitz

Motorcycle

5. Beat Reporting

First Place

Panama City News Herald

Anthony Cormier

Cops (Body of work)

Solid cops reporting with flair. He owns this beat!

Second Place

Citrus County Chronicle

Christi Stevens

Third Place

Charlotte Sun

Carrie Call

Environmental

6. Business

First Place

St. Augustine Record

Diane Rodgers

“Terminally Delayed”

Clearly explains what went wrong during the construction of a local airport.

Second Place

Lake City Reporter

Justin Lang

“75 Years of Penney’s”

Third Place

Charlotte Sun

James Abraham

“A Call For Reform”

Honorable Mention

The Key West Citizen

Ralph A. Morrow

7. Sports

First Place

St. Augustine Record

Justin Barney

Writes about skill and emotions in sports with skill and emotion.

Second Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Kelly Humphrey

Sidetracked: Whatever Happened To The World’s Fastest Human?”

Third Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Gary Corsair

From Sumter to the NFL

8. Editorials

First Place

The Daily Commercial

Jim Witters

Editorials on Education

A clear point of view written with authority and strong voice.

Second Place

The Daily Commercial

Jim Witters

Editorials on Politics

Third Place

The St. Augustine Record

Jim Baltzelle

Honorable Mention

The Key West Citizen

Emily Roach

9. Editorial Cartoons

First Place

Charlotte Sun

Ron Bates

“Malpractice Woes”

Simple in design and concept; strong in message.

Second Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Matthew Moss

“In A Hole Outside Tikrit”

Third Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Matthew Moss

“Pension Kicks In”

10. Criticism

First Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Michael Fortuna

Music to readers’ ears. Entertaining writing with authority.

Second Place

Panama City News Herald

Tony Simmons

Third Place

Panama City News Herald

S. Brady Calhoun

11. Columns

First Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Wendy Victora

Wendy writes with authority and voice about issues that touch readers hearts and lives.

Second Place

Panama City News Herald

Pat McCann

Third Place

The Key West Citizen

Mandy Bolen

12. Sports Columns

First Place

Citrus County Chronicle

Jeff Bryan

Jeff hits the mark on very local issues that touch the lives of many.

Second Place

Highlands Today

Mike Szvetitz

Third Place

Lake City Reporter

Mario Sarmento

Honorable Mention

St. Augustine Record

Stuart Korfhage

13. Headlines

First Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Heather Bremer

These headlines range from sophisticated on hard news stories to clever when called for - a perfect blend.

Second Place

Citrus County Chronicle

Robby Douglas

Third Place

Citrus County Chronicle

Cheryl Jacob

14. Page 1 Design

First Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

William Hatfield & Jeffrey Willis

Visuals and words work well together in these pages, which bring the news to life for readers.

Second Place

The Daily Commercial

Staff

Third Place

Citrus County Chronicle

Mike Arnold, Cheryl Jacob

15. Feature Page Design

First Place

Panama City News Herald

John Russo

“Learning”

This page gives readers a visual opportunity to study Egypt along with the sixth-graders at Surfside Middle.

Second Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Tracey Steele

“Bead It!”

Third Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Tracey Steele

“Fragile Beauty”

Honorable Mention

The Villages Daily Sun

Mike Rostas

“Wheels: 1955 Mercury Station Wagon”

16. News/Business Page Design

First Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Heather Bremer

“Road Map To The Future”

A well thought out illustration stands out, complemented by a simple graphic that fits the bill.

Second Place

Citrus County Chronicle

Mike Arnold, Cheryl Jacob

Third Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Heather Bremer

Patient Is His Virtue

17. Sports Page Design

First Place

St. Augustine Record

Justin Barney

Highlight Real

A clean, sharp, crisp page accentuated by a black and white photo that stands out.

Second Place

Charlotte Sun

Don Wilkie

Two Methods… Same Results

Third Place

The Key West Citizen

Jason Adrians

18. News Graphics

First Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Ken Maines

“Eglin’s Air War In Iraq”

Clearly explains bombs and missiles for readers, with informative illlustrations.

Second Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Staff

D-Day Anniversary

Third Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Staff

Super Bowl XXXVII Preview

19. Illustration

First Place

Panama City News Herald

John Russo

Entertainer

Wow! Who wouldn’t be interested in a jazz festival after seeing this? Lovely work.

Second Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Ken Maines

“Cold and Flu”

Third Place

Panama City News Herald

John Russo

Lifestyle

20. Spot News Photography

First Place

Citrus County Chronicle

Brian LaPeter

Drowning

This photo evokes emotion while treating the subjects with respect. It’s a photo you can identify with.

Second Place

Highlands Today

Frank Payne

Third Place

The Observer

Matt Kane

Car Strikes Bicyclist

21. Feature Photography

First Place

Panama City News Herald

Terry Barner

Bodybuilders

Intriguing moment that makes readers want to know more.

Second Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Devon Ravine & Mari Darr-Welch

Teen Driving Deaths

Third Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Devon Ravine

Tubavision

22. Sports Photography

First Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Bill Mitchell

Wild Ride in Daytona 500

An exciting time captured at exactly the right moment.

Second Place

Jackson County Floridan

Mark Skinner

Third Place

Lake City Reporter

Madelyn Troyanek

Play Ball

Honorable Mention

Hernando Today

Dave Casey

End of Summer Skate

23. Individual Achievement/ Body of Work, Photography

First Place

Charlotte Sun

Sarah Coward

Great eyes for detail! She brings her subjects to life for readers.

Second Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Devon Ravine

Third Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Mari Darr-Welch

Honorable Mention

Charlotte Sun

Jonathan Fredin

24. Special Section, General

First Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Staff

A welcome wagon for readers! Newcomers and residents alike benefit from this 244-page section jam-packed with information and useful facts about the area.

Second Place

The Daily Commercial

Staff

Third Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Staff

Happy Holiday Guide

25. Special Section, Sports

First Place

Charlotte Sun

Sports Staff

Football 2003

Got a question about high school football? It’s answered here. Thorough coverage, original design and reader-friendly guides.

Second Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Sports Staff

Kick-off 2003

Third Place

St. Augustine Record

Justin Barney, Stuart Korfhage & Hays Carlyon

Football 2003

 

  

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Newspaper Online Site Division A

First Place

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

sun-sentinel.com

“Sun-Sentinel.com is a clean, well-organized site featuring regular news updates. The site also features strong interactive components with the use of surveys, databases and rich media. Very strong web-centric packages on site. This site consistently rocks.

Second Place

The Tampa Tribune

tbo.com

Third Place

The Florida Times-Union

jacksonville.com

Newspaper Online Site Division B

First Place

Florida Today

floridatoday.com

Second Place

The News-Press

news-press.com

Third Place

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

herald-tribune.com

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