FSNE 2005
Newspaper Competition Winners

Below is the list of award winners in the 2005 Florida Society of Newspaper Editors’ journalism competition.

The awards were presented Friday, June 10 at the organization’s annual convention in Key West.

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(daily circ. >125k)

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(daily circ. 40k–125k)

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(daily circ. <40k)

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June 10, 2005

Dear Florida journalists:

Here’s what 2004 really will be remembered for in Florida journalism: Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.

What a year for Florida journalism and hurricanes. We anticipated as best we could. Then we covered the heck out of the four hurricanes that surprised us, scared us, tormented us - all within six weeks. Floridians expected us to respond, and we did.

This year the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors acknowledged our coverage by creating a special category: Best Hurricane Coverage. The judges were overwhelmed with the state newspapers’ excellent, thorough coverage of the storms, which included stunning photographs and stories of unexpected turns, human despair, devastation. Charley changed course at the last minute, a monster that ravaged whole areas. Ivan was the worst hurricane in the history of Pensacola and the Florida Panhandle. Jeanne surprised everyone by a huge turn. The journalists of Florida should be proud of our coverage, which served all of our citizens well.

Outside of the hurricanes in 2004 we also investigated, explained and featured some of the most important issues in the state, nation and world. We covered a presidential election, education, the state’s clemency system, missile defense and the Stanley Cup championship. We reviewed Anne Tyler and the Moscow Ballet. We captured in photos people in trouble, people at rest and people in celebration.

As we simultaneously honor our work in 2004 and begin hurricane season 2005, let’s take a deep breath and move on ... with diligence and respect for the forces of nature around us.

 

Jeanne Grinstead
Contest Chair
Terry Eberle
FSNE President
Tom Fiedler
Contest co-chair
 

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Division A

Newspapers with daily circulation of 125,000 or more:

1. Best Hurricane Coverage

First Place

The Palm Beach Post

Staff

Florida’s Mean Season: Preparation, Recovery

A human face on the chaos and loss. Excellent writing and photos and superb organization distinguish its coverage.

Second Place

Orlando Sentinel

Staff

Hurricanes Charley and Frances

Third Place

The Tampa Tribune

Staff

A fateful turn; A cruel course

2. Daily Deadline

First Place

Orlando Sentinel

Staff

Powerless: Coverage of Hurricane Charley

Coverage feels complete and compelling; appropriate use of anecdotes provides a sense of what people were going through.

Second Place

The Palm Beach Post

Staff

Hurricane Frances: From Ground Zero

Third Place

The Tampa Tribune

Staff

A fateful turn

3. Features

First Place

St. Petersburg Times

Babita Persaud

A husband for Vibha

A story about new and old, mother and daughter, love and obligation brilliantly written.

Second Place

The Miami Herald

Leonard Pitts Jr.

The missing past

Third Place

St. Petersburg Times

Lane DeGregory

Collection of stories

Honorable Mention

St. Petersburg Times

Kelley Benham

Collection of stories

4. Investigative Reporting

First Place

The Miami Herald

Debbie Cenziper and Jason Grotto

Long road to clemency

Goes beyond sheer numbers, to the people left without their right to vote. By exposing flaws in the system, the paper fights for democracy itself.

Second Place

The Miami Herald

Manny Garcia and Jason Grotto

Justice withheld

Third Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Sally Kestin, Megan O’Matz and John Maines

Cashing in on disaster

Honorable Mention

St. Petersburg Times

Collins Conner and Barbara Behrendt

Homosassa Elementary School

5. Explanatory Reporting

First Place

Orlando Sentinel

Michael Cabbage

Missile defense: America’s costly gamble

A significant national story brilliantly told through precision of language and accessible graphics.

Second Place

The Miami Herald

Tyler Bridges, Frances Robles and Jane Bussey

Land reform in Latin America

Third Place

St. Petersburg Times

Staff

Achievement gap

Honorable Mention

Orlando Sentinel

Debbie Salamone

Living with disabilities

Honorable Mention

Sally Kestin and John Maines

Marine attractions: Below the surface

6. Beat Reporting

First Place

Orlando Sentinel

Mary Shanklin

Education

Defines and delves deep into areas where process and people intersect. She makes education real.

Second Place

St. Petersburg Times

Joanne Korth

Football

Third Place

The Miami Herald

Carol Marbin Miller

Florida Children’s Services

Honorable Mention

The Florida Times-Union

Matt Galnor

City Hall

7. Sports

First Place

Orlando Sentinel

Rick Maese

Collection of stories

Strong storytelling, graceful prose and an eye for the untold stories.

Second Place

The Florida Times-Union

Garry Smits

Collection of stories

Third Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Dave Hyde

Legend of the foul

8. Special Section, Sports

First Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Brian White, Chris Burt, Mike Matvey

Football 2004

Strong central concept of personalizing the athletes achieved with superb photography and disciplined typography executed well across seven sections.

Second Place

St. Petersburg Times

Staff

Let the games begin

Third Place

The Palm Beach Post

Staff

Throwbacks! Baseball preview

Honorable Mention

The Tampa Tribune

Staff

Electrifying!

9. Business

First Place

The Palm Beach Post

Phil Galewitz

Patient dumping: A crisis in care

Standout reporting with clear, immediate impact - this work exposed harm to patient care.

Second Place

The Miami Herald

John Dorschner

Runaway costs in the ER

Third Place

Orlando Sentinel

Staff

Disney-Comcast: The stakes for Orlando

10. Page One Design

First Place

St. Petersburg Times

Staff

This newspaper isn’t afraid to get excited and take chances. Clear headlines and photos played for impact.

Second Place

Orlando Sentinel

Staff

Third Place

The Tampa Tribune

Staff

11. News/Business Page Design

First Place

The Tampa Tribune

Shane Blatt

Ukraine: East or West?

Successful organization of many elements providing readers with timely background.

12. Feature Page Design

First Place

St. Petersburg Times

Nikki Life

They love us not

Design, art and headline come together to simply and clearly communicate story to readers.

Second Place

The Miami Herald

Liz Heisler and Philip Brooker

Florida’s other white meat

Third Place

The Miami Herald

Juan Lopez and Philip Brooker

Travel: Living Large

Honorable Mention

The Florida Times-Union

Jennifer Fish Decamp

Rodney Dangerfield appreciation

13. Sports Page Design

First Place

Orlando Sentinel

Joan Andrews

Football 2004: Cliches

Sometimes, less really is more. Disciplined use of type makes this page a stand-out.

Second Place

The Miami Herald

Michael Babin

NASCAR Extra

Third Place

The Tampa Tribune

Andy Smith

Who’s the real No. 1?

14. Headline Writing

First Place

Orlando Sentinel

Liam Miller

Turns a clever phrase without fallling back on puns or cliches. Excellent despite some tight counts.

Second Place

The Tampa Tribune

Stacey Shick

Third Place

The Palm Beach Post

Lou Ann Frala

Honorable Mention

St. Petersburg Times

Jim Webster

15. Editorials

First Place

St. Petersburg Times

Jack Reed

Gun range legislation

Took on two giants - the Florida Legislature and the NRA. And wow. Clearly outlined the conflicts.

Second Place

The Tampa Tribune

Joe Guidry

Collection

Third Place

St. Petersburg Times

Diane Steinle

Bus stop safety

16. Editorial Cartoon

First Place

Orlando Sentinel

Dana Summers

Fresh thinking and distinctive drawing.

Second Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Chan Lowe

Third Place

The Florida Times-Union

Ed Gamble

17. Columns

First Place

Miami Herald

Leonard Pitts Jr.

Makes readers think and reflect on their own beliefs. He’s not afraid to tackle sensitive or unpopular topics.

Second Place

The Miami Herald

Fred Grimm

Third Place

Orlando Sentinel

Mike Thomas

18. Sports columns

First Place

The Tampa Tribune

Martin Fennelly

Tells it like he sees it; human, approachable, creative.

Second Place

The Miami Herald

Dan Le Batard

Third Place

The Florida Times-Union

Gene Frenette

19. Criticism

First Place

The Palm Beach Post

Scott Eyman

Joy to read; makes wonderful storytelling of the art of storytelling.

Second Place

St. Petersburg Times

Lennie Bennett

Third Place

The Miami Herald

Glenn Garvin

20. News Graphics

First Place

Orlando Sentinel

Ingrid Pecca, Shiniko Floyd and David Wersinger

Airborne Laser

Detailed explanation of a complex subject; well executed.

Second Place

St. Petersburg Times

Steve Madden and Ron Brackett

600 Yards of Death

Third Place

Orlando Sentinel

Ingrid Pecca and David Wersinger

Weighty Mission

21. Illustration

First Place

The Tampa Tribune

David O’Keefe

Greetings from Florida

Artistic talent and clever ideas merge to charm readers. Perfectly executed.

Second Place

The Tampa Tribune

David O’Keefe

Aretha Franklin

Third Place

The Florida Times-Union

Ed Gamble

Sports illustrations

22. Spot News Photography

First Place

The Palm Beach Post

Staff

Mean Season - Florida’s Hurricanes 2004

These photos provide a sense of being there, of eyewitnessing the devastation, the randomness, the power of the hurricane season.

Second Place

St. Petersburg Times

Stephen J. Coddington

Baby’s death (second place tie)

Third Place

Associated Press

Phil Coale

Praying man (second place tie)

23. Feature Photography

First Place

St. Petersburg Times

Dirk Shadd

Stanley’s Summer Tour

This is how it is at the top of your game: creative ideas, executed perfectly.

Second Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Scott Fisher

Disappearing Act

Third Place

The Florida Times-Union

Bob Self

Navy’s Band of Brothers

24. Sports Photography

First Place

St. Petersburg Times

James Borchuck

Olympics

A "thrill of victory" trifecta - three photos that show the emotional power of sports.

Second Place

St. Petersburg Times

Dirk Shadd

Hockey

Third Place

Associated Press

Chris O’Meara

NCAA basketball

Honorable Mention

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Robert Duyos

Close Call

25. Individual Achievement/Body of Work in Photography

First Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Mike Stocker

Conflict in Haiti

Demonstrates ability to work amidst chaos and still keep in mind quality of light, composition and moment.

Second Place

The Florida Times-Union

Bob Self

Collection

Third Place

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Michael Laughlin

Haiti in Crisis

Honorable Mention

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Anastasia Walsh

Collection

26. Special Sections, General

First Place

St. Petersburg Times

Staff

Stanley’s Summer Tour

Unique approach that gave readers some fun. Intimacy of the photography took readers around the world.

Second Place

The Tampa Tribune

Staff

44 Days

Third Place

The Miami Herald

Staff

Art Basel

Honorable Mention

St. Petersburg Times

Staff

Following Francisco

 

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Division B

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

1. Best Hurricane Coverage

First Place

Florida Today

Staff

Hurricane Jeanne

Outstanding depth and range of stories, photos and maps; excels in bothe scope and detail.

Second Place

Pensacola News Journal

Staff

Hurricane Ivan

Third Place

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Staff

Hurricane Charley

2. Daily Deadline

First Place

Pensacola News Journal

Staff

Nightmare

Detailed reporting in words and pictures captures storm’s power and impact.

Second Place

Florida Today

Staff

Bush launches space initiative

Third Place

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Chris Davis, Robert Eckhart, Jess Andrews

Murder of Carlie Brucia

3. Features

First Place

Naples Daily News

Dianna Smith

Haiti after Tropical Storm Jeanne

Vivid reporting, eloquent writing, strong sense of story.

Second Place

Tallahassee Democrat

Sharon Kant-Rauch and Mike Ewen

A year in the life

Third Place

The News-Press

Francesca Donlan

Tea parties with angels

4. Investigative Reporting

First Place

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Chris Davis and Matthew Doig

Teachers who fail

Reporting at its best - ambitious in scope, dogged and painstaking, and above all of supreme importance and clear impact.

Second Place

Bradenton Herald

Staff

Tallevast: Toxic pollution

Third Place

Florida Today

Staff

Jail in chaos

5. Explanatory Reporting

First Place

Florida Today

Staff

Insurance storm

Combines strong consumer angles with carefully detailed reporting and analysis.

Second Place

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Staff

Corner of yesterday and tomorrow

Third Place

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Virginia Smith

Sand & Dollars

6. Beat Reporting

First Place

Florida Today

John Kelly

Space

Enterprising, aggressive reporting that considers the interests of local workers, taxpayers and NASA itself.

Second Place

Bradenton Herlad

Donna Wright

Health/social services

Third Place

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Suzanne Wentley

Environment

7. Sports

First Place

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Chris Anderson

Collection

His stories are brimming with vivid description, empathy with subjects and well-done scene.

Second Place

Florida Today

David Jones

Collection

Third Place

Naples Daily News

Janine Zeitlin

Collection

8. Special Section, Sports

First Place

The Ledger

Staff

Football 2004

Everything you want or need to know about football … and more. Original design and thorough coverage.

Second Place

Florida Today

Staff

NASCAR 2004

Third Place

Tallahassee Democrat

Staff

College Football 2004

Honorable Mention

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

M.H. Syin

Best of the Best

9. Business

First Place

Bradenton Herald

Duane Marsteller

Can SRQ keep flying?

Thought-provoking, independent reporting amplified problems of a struggling airport and explored solutions.

Second Place

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Michael Pollick

Collection

Third Place

10. Page One Design

First Place

Florida Today

Staff

Clean and elegantly designed pages, with terrific use of photos and graphics. A cut above.

Second Place

Pensacola News Journal

Sandra Brown

Third Place

Gainesville Sun

Staff

11. News/Business Page Design

First Place

Bradenton Herald

Martha Roberts-Harmon

Investment Mistakes

Makes optimal use of an attractive illustration and then builds smartly around it.

Second Place

The Ledger

Steve Antley and Kalpana Ramgopal

Frugal forays

Third Place

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Amanda Cortright

Pimp your ride

12. Feature Page Design

First Place

Bradenton Herald

Ron Borresen

United They Stand

Simply creative - and elegant. It’s a cover that pulls in readers with its subtle message.

Second Place

Florida Today

Staff

Pizza with pizazz

Third Place

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Nicole Sneed

Shades of spring

13. Sports Page Design

First Place

Star-Banner

Sharon Quinn

Eyes on Smarty Jones

Photos and graphic elements give this page both brains and beauty.

Second Place

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Jeff Wilen

Busch in 2004!

Third Place

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Jim Saturday

Something’s not working here

14. Headline Writing

First Place

The News-Press

Debbie Gibson

Engaging - and very clever - headlines pull readers to stories. Mission accomplished.

Second Place

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Alan Shaw

Third Place

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Alec Rooney

15. Editorials

First Place

Pensacola News Journal

Carl Wernicke

Hard-hitting, incisive commentary that we expect made a difference.

Second Place

Florida Today

Victoria Reid

Third Place

Gainesville Sun

Ron Cunningham

16. Editorial Cartoon

First Place

Florida Today

Jeff Parker

For readers feeling banged-up themselves, he offers a bit of relief. Well-drawn, funny, poignant.

Second Place

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Bruce Beattie

Third Place

Tallahassee Democrat

Doug Marlette

17. Columns

First Place

Tallahassee Democrat

Bill Berlow

Collection

Impressive range, insight and knowledge; writing carries both voice and authority.

Second Place

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Mark Lane

Footnote

Third Place

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Ronald Williamson

Sense of Place

18. Sports columns

First Place

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Ray McNulty

Collection

No chance you’ll miss McNulty’s point of view. He calls it like he sees it, and writes it down with passion.

Second Place

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Ken Willis

My Two Cents

Third Place

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Chris Anderson

Collection

19. Criticism

First Place

Naples Daily News

Harriet Howard Heithaus

Performing arts

Knowledgeable, nimble and lively; "Tosca" piece sparkles.

Second Place

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Laura Stewart

Third Place

20. News Graphics

First Place

The News-Press

Staff

Sanibel’s Crumbling Causeway

Combines visual appeal, solid reporting and several entry points for the readers. A treasure trove of information.

Second Place

Florida Today

T.J. Standish

Circling Saturn

Third Place

Pensacola News Journal

Ron Stallcup

Building a better interstate highway

21. Illustration

First Place

The News-Press

Todd Stubing

City of Palms Classic

With simple tones, this successfully speaks to the reader: basketball, Florida, winter.

Second Place

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Jim Tiller

Crying Beach

Third Place

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Jennifer Borresen

Christmas, Florida style

22. Spot News Photography

First Place

Florida Today

Craig Bailey

Collection

Hurricane photos stood out: The humanity and tenderness in the midst of tragedy are striking.

Second Place

Pensacola News Journal

Gary McCracken

Long Road Ahead

Third Place

Naples Daily News

Darron R. Silva

Collection

23. Feature Photography

First Place

Florida Today

Emily Barnes

Collection

Her photos show the full range of emotions that people share - from grief to confusion to laughter.

Second Place

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Chip Litherland

See Life

Third Place

Naples Daily News

Lexey Swall

Slice of life

24. Sports Photography

First Place

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Roger Simms

Pit Flip

This photo needs no cutline, telling the story in a single, dramatic image. Ouch…

Second Place

Florida Today

Craig Bailey

Collection

Third Place

Naples Daily News

David Ahntholz

Collection

25. Individual Achievement/Body of Work in Photography

First Place

Tallahassee Democrat

Carrie Niland

These photographs are a real treat for the eyes, capturing the subjects’ most emotion-packed moments.

Second Place

Naples Daily News

Michel Fortier

Third Place

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Chip Litherland

26. Special Sections, General

First Place

The News-Press

Andrew West and Miriam Pereira

Haiti’s Hope

Not only an example of excellent journalism, but also accomplishes connecting the problems of less fortunate neighbors to local readers.

Second Place

Florida Today

Staff

Insurance Storm

Third Place

Pensacola News Journal

Staff

Ivan’s Fury

 

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Division C

Newspapers with circulation of less than 40,000 daily:

1. Best Hurricane Coverage

First Place

Charlotte Sun

Staff

Hurricane Charley

Incredible coverage under impossible conditions. The staff published 26 stories and 38 photos on the first day alone. Charlotte County depended on the Sun and they delivered.

Second Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Staff

Hurricane Ivan

Third Place

Highlands Today

Staff

Hurricane Charley

2. Daily Deadline

First Place

Charlotte Sun

Staff

Catastrophic Charlie Cripples Charlotte

Under unimaginably difficult conditions and just hours to deadline, this staff not only produced good journalism, but they performed with selfless courage.

Second Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Staff

Bush Country!

Third Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Staff

First day Hurricane Ivan coverage

3. Features

First Place

Charlotte Sun

Christy Arnold

Dying with dignity

Readers are let in on the thoughts and memories of a close family through Mom’s battle with brain cancer. Well done.

Second Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Kelly Humphrey

Portraits in patriotism

Third Place

The Panama City News Herald

Anthony Cormier

Dusty Rose

4. Investigative Reporting

First Place

The St. Augustine Record

Diane Rodgers

Campaign Finance

The comprehensive analysis of campaign contributions brought clarity for voters in several local races.

Second Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Tom McLaughlin

College puts Mattie Kelly property up for sale

Third Place

The Daily Commercial

Michelle L. Start

DCF’s lost baby

Honorable Mention

Northwest Florida Daily News

Tom McLaughlin

Possible Eglin AFB land swap

5. Explanatory Reporting

First Place

The Key West Citizen

Laurie Karnatz, Travis James Tritten

Taking stock - The future of Stock Island

A very ambitious four-part project that explored all aspects of the changing Stock Island. The series put human faces on exploding change on this island. A complete package.

Second Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Curt Hills, Mike Wright

Tracking Trauma in Marion

Third Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Amy Leigh Womack

Sex criminals: location unknown

6. Beat Reporting

First Place

Hernando Today

Fred Hiers

Environment

Elevating the routine grist of a government beat into compelling - and informative - reads is the challenge faced by every beat reporter. This journalist meets the test.

Second Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Kari Barlow

Education

Third Place

Hernando Today

Cliff Hightower

Public Safety

7. Sports

First Place

The St. Augustine Record

Stuart Korfhage

A body of work

This person can flat out write. He grabs you with his lead, adds energy through quotes and finishes strong.

Second Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Gary Corsair, Burke Noel

Leesburg’s Boys of Summer

Third Place

The St. Augustine Record

Justin Barney

A body of work

8. Special Section, Sports

First Place

Highlands Today

Kevin Carlson, Mark Pinson, Mike Szvetitz

52nd Annual 12 Hours of Sebring

From start to finish a comprehensive look at America’s oldest sports car race! Thorough coverage and detail.

Second Place

Panama City News Herald

Staff

College football 2004

Third Place

Citrus County Chronicle

Staff

Kickoff ’04

9. Business

First Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Wendy Victora

Losing Perdue

These stories take readers into the lives of those most affected by the closing of Perdue’s local chicken processing plant.

Second Place

Highlands Today

Nancy Vickers-Pyle

Bees, nursery, citrus

Third Place

Palatka Daily News

Robert Morris

Losing Sykes

10. Page One Design

First Place

Charlotte Sun

Chris Stolle, Marie Rupert

These front pages were dominated by strong photos, authoritative headlines and multiple entry points. They know the big story and play it well.

Second Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Jeffrey Willis, William Hatfield

Third Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Staff

11. News/Business Page Design

First Place

Hernando Today

Jennifer D. Cason

Unveiling of a new dawn

Helps readers approach a complex subject through accessible packaging.

Second Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Heather Bremer

The price of pyro

Third Place

Charlotte Sun

Steve Baumann

Another Enron charge

12. Feature Page Design

First Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Tracey Steele

Food

This food page offers eye candy on the subject of salt! It’s a visual opportunity for readers.

Second Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Staff

Wheels - 1956 Thunderbird

Third Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Tracey Steele

Food

Honorable Mention

Citrus County Chronicle

Johanna Foster

Flair for food

13. Sports Page Design

First Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Don Hunsberger, Heather Weinsheimer

Major squeeze

A clearly dominant package jumps out to the readers.

Second Place

The Daily Commercial

Robyn Disney

Lefty page

Third Place

Charlotte Sun

Keith A. Cerniglia

Out-smarty-ed

14. Headline Writing

First Place

The Daily Commercial

Jennifer Ogles

Headlines that show creative thinking while shouting out, “Read this story!”

Second Place

Citrus County Chronicle

Robby Douglas

Third Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Burke Noel

15. Editorials

First Place

The Key West Citizen

Nancy Klingener

These editorials do exactly what they should: Pose tough questions to those in authority. Each submission is solidly reported, forcefully argued and successful in provoking a visceral response in the reader.

Second Place

Citrus County Chronicle

Charlie Brennan

Third Place

Highlands Today

Richard Hensley

16. Editorial Cartoon

First Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

C. M. Terry

Cartoonist shows excellent artistic technique - reminiscent of Jeff MacNelly - applied to local issues. He hits the mark with both commentary and satire.

Second Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Matthew Moss

Third Place

The Daily Commercial

Gene Packwood

17. Columns

First Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Wendy Victora

These columns are at once personally touching and thought-provoking. Moreover, the writer has a gift for using words to evoke vivid pictures in the reader’s mind.

Second Place

Charlotte Sun

Brian Gleason

Third Place

Palatka Daily News

Anthony Clark

18. Sports columns

First Place

Panama City News Herald

Pat McCann

He grabs you with his lede and he keeps you enthralled to the end. He writes on local events with passion.

Second Place

The St. Augustine Record

Hays Carlyon

Third Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Ron Seibel

19. Criticism

First Place

The News Herald

C. Brady Calhoun

The readers come away knowing just what he thinks! Entertaining detail with strong voice.

Second Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Michael Fortuna

Third Place

The News Herald

John McDonald

20. News Graphics

First Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Mike Wright

Enemies Among Us

The Daily Sun combined informational graphics with a great design that had impact and information.

Second Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Mike Wright

The Preakness Stakes

Third Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Mike Wright

Pearl Harbor Remembered

21. Illustration

First Place

The News Herald

John Russo

Fast-shopping Fallout

John Russo uses his imagination and drawing talent to quickly give readers a visual interpretation of stories.

Second Place

Charlotte Sun

Josh Olive

Politics of property

Third Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Ken Maines

Medicine cabinet essentials

22. Spot News Photography

First Place

Citrus County Chronicle

David Sigler

Fallen soldier

Photographer David Sigler honored fallen soldier Aaron Weaver with his touching photos. He captured that moment.

Second Place

Charlotte Sun

Paul Schmidt

After Charley

Third Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Mari Darr-Welch

Destin drowning

23. Feature Photography

First Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Mari Darr-Welch

Daddy’s boy

Mari Darr-Welch captured the loving connection between a father and ill son.

Second Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Michael Bean

Boccie girl

Third Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Mari Darr-Welch

Welcome home

24. Sports Photography

First Place

Charlotte Sun

Sarah Coward

Good sports photography is all about action, emotion and drama. This journalist captures all this and more in the images submitted.

Second Place

The Villages Daily Sun

Michael Bean

Third Place

The St. Augustine Record

Justin Yurkanin

25. Individual Achievement/Body of Work in Photography

First Place

Charlotte Sun

Sarah Coward

This photojournalist demonstates here a consistent ability for capturing a range of human emotion — pathos, grief, drama and humor. Shot with excellent craftsmanship.

Second Place

The Panama City News Herald

Jason E. Miczek

Third Place

Northwest Florida Daily News

Devon Ravine

26. Special Sections, General

First Place

The Panama City News Herald

Staff

USS Momsen commemorative edition

A striking, reader-friendly section jam-packed with interesting information and impressive photos of the navy’s mammoth destroyer Momson.

Second Place

Charlotte Sun

Staff

In the eye of Charley

Third Place

Jackson County Floridian

Staff

Progress 2004

  

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Newspaper Online Site Division A

First Place

Sun-Sentinel.com

“The site makes a strong commitment to local, breaking news, with frequent staff updates on top stories. But it also boasts a superior cache of multimedia and interactive elements and news packages. Great stuff!”

Second Place

OrlandoSentinel.com

Third Place

Sptimes.com

Newspaper Online Site Division B

First Place

TCPalm.com

“This site is visually appealing, with a colorful banner, easy-to-follow navigation and clean design. More importantly, it’s a must-read for residents of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches. Its staff updates top breaking news stories throughout the day and features them prominently on the home page, where readers can also find a stunning photo gallery and links to Web cams, forums and chats.”

Second Place

Floridatoday.com

Third Place (tie)

Gainesville.com

(Sarasota) Heraldtribune.com

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