Below is the list of award winners in the 2006 Florida Society of Newspaper Editors’ journalism competition.

The awards were presented Friday, June 23 at the organization’s annual convention in St. Petersburg.

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FSNE 2006 Journalism Awards

June 23, 2006

Dear Florida journalist,

Looking back on all the news that gripped our attention and consumed our resources in 2005 and the word that comes to mind — at least the word we can print in our family newspapers — is, Whew!

No doubt some variation of that word was uttered around countless breakfast tables in 2005 as readers opened their papers to read such stories as the surreal saga of Terri Schiavo, the suicide of Miami Commissioner Arthur Teele Jr., in the lobby of The Miami Herald, the discovery of toxic pesticides in much of rural Florida, the tosses and turns of a red-hot real estate market, a revolution in Haiti that reverberated here, an investigation into mind-boggling waste at FEMA, and a report that the National Hurricane Center’s predictions are hobbled by bureaucratic and political concerns.

Then there was the saturation coverage (literally and figuratively) emerging from direct hits by three hurricanes — just one fewer than the summer before — as well as the anxiety of tracking a half-dozen more that threatened us over an ultra-long storm season.

And that was just Page One. We also produced newspapers and web sites packed inside with journalism serving every imaginable interest, from the routine of providing useful information to the delight of showcasing gifted storytellers, columnists, designers and photojournalists.

Last year was, indeed, a wild and crazy ride. But, hey, if we wanted something tamer we could find jobs in, say, Nebraska.

In this booklet can be found the best of that treasure trove. Selecting these winners was the task of a team of judges who literally marveled at the volume of high-quality journalism that was put before them (and complained of the difficulty of their task).

It’s often said that Florida is the bellwether of the nation, a smaller reflection of the whole. That may be true in such fields as politics and demographics. But we think you’ll agree that the journalism found in Florida newspapers reflects nowhere else. On the contrary, we set a standard that newspapers in other states admire, envy and seek to emulate. The proof is in these pages.

Tom Fiedler
Contest Chair
Joan Krauter
FSNE President
Don Lindley
Contest co-chair
 

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Division A

Newspapers with daily circulation of 125,000 or more:

1. Daily Deadline

First Place

Staff

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Hammered-Hurricane Wilma

Under what can at best be described as challenging conditions, the staff produced a comprehensive package of photos and stories that provided relevant, useful information to the region.

Second Place

Staff

The Miami Herald

Tragic End for Teele

Third Place

Staff

Associated Press

Schiavo death

Honorable Mention

Staff

Fort Myers News Press

Hurricane Wilma: Recovery Begins

2. Features

First Place

Rachel Sauer

Palm Beach Post

A collection

Sauer’s masterful language skills and strong storytelling make this collection a fast and compelling read.

Second Place

Rachel Davis

Florida Times-Union

A collection

Third Place

Tania deLuzuriaga

Orlando Sentinel

One Boy’s FCAT Odyssey

3. Investigative Reporting

First Place

Staff

South Florida Sun Sentinel

FEMA: A Legacy of Waste

We were shocked. We were angered. The reporting on this story is so powerful that it writes itself. Incredible effort.

Second Place

Samuel Nitze, Beth Reinhard

The Miami Herald

How developers cash in on farmland.

Third Place

Staff

The Palm Beach Post

A Cloud Over Florida: Hidden Pesticide Problem

4. Explanatory Reporting

First Place Gold Award

Debbie Cenziper

The Miami Herald

Blind Eye

The importance of this series of stories cannot be overstated. Neither can the depth of the reporting and outstanding treatment in terms of writing, editing and presentation.

Second Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

America’s Battered Gulf

Third Place

Joe Mozingo

The Miami Herald

Leaving Haiti

5. Beat Reporting

First Place

Brittany Wallman

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Fort Lauderdale

A dogged and talented reporter who sheds light on the comings, goings, bungling and snafus at City Hall.

Second Place

Staff

The Miami Herald

Land Mines: A legacy of war

Third Place

Jon Burstein

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Court coverage

6. Sports

First Place

Damian Cristodero

St. Petersburg Times

What Went Wrong:

10 years of Devil Rays Baseball

Well researched and comprehensive, this series reached out from the sports pages to issues that will affect more than baseball fans.

Second Place

Carlos Frias

Palm Beach Post

A collection

Third Place

Mike Freeman

Florida Times-Union

A collection

7. Special Sections Sports

First Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

Football 2005

A one-size fits all (triple XL) bonanza of football. Clever, classy and hilarious.

Second Place

Staff

St. Petersburg Times

Wade Boggs’ journey

Third Place

Staff

Palm Beach Post

Football preview 2005

8. Business

First Place

Jim Wyss

The Miami Herald

Small is big

Wyss exposes the lie that lies beneath governmental boasts of helping small businesses.

Second Place

Scott Barancik, Kris Hundley

St. Petersburg Times

Sexual harassment at a prominent law firm

Third Place

Shannon Behnken

Tampa Tribune

High rises, high stakes

Honorable Mention

Kris Hundley

St. Petersburg Times

Capitalist China: 3 part series

9. Page One Design

First Place

Staff

St. Petersburg Times

Selected works

High-impact headlines, sharp graphics and stunning photos are featured on every front page. Seamless, clean designs and smart use of typography.

Second Place

Daniela Dornic Jones, Sabrina Starrett

Palm Beach Post

Third Place

Greg Williams, Fred Stone

The Tampa Tribune

10. News/Business Page Design

First Place

Nikki Life, James Borchuck

St. Petersburg Times

City and State

What a clever, inviting and readable way to pull readers into the news.

Second Place

Jean Lehtola

Palm Beach Post

E-mail

Third Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

Gulf misery mounts

11. Feature Page Design

First Place

Rich Pope

Orlando Sentinel

Prize Fight

A beautifully executed page with fantastic artwork, a terrific headline and a very funny rendering. We were wowed by this page.

Second Place

Wesley Alden

Orlando Sentinel

We’ve got your numbers

Third Place

Nikki Life

St. Petersburg Times

Cork & Bottle

12. Sports Page Design

First Place

Jonathan Boho

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Fresh Ice

Spare, yet powerful, this special section cover is perfect in every detail and leaves the reader eager to dive in.

Second Place

David Marsters

The Palm Beach Post

The return of Riley

Third Place

Andy Braford, Anthony Perez

St. Petersburg Times

Sunday page

13. Headlines

First Place

Jim Webster

St. Petersburg Times

Body of Work

Webster’s work demonstrations his agility with the language and his ability to deliver winning headlines on a variety of stories.

Second Place

Gail Gedan Spencer

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Body of Work

Third Place

Loretta Grantham

The Palm Beach Post

Body of Work

14. Editorials

First Place

Elisa Cramer

Palm Beach Post

A collection

This series of editorials never lost focus or clarity. The sense of justice conveyed in these pieces never lost steam, either.

Second Place

Jon East

St. Petersburg Times

Florida education policy

Third Place

Jack Reed

St. Petersburg Times

Offshore Drilling

15. Editorial cartoon

First Place

Chan Lowe

South Florida Sun Sentinel

A collection

The art, the contrasts, the simplicity of juxtaposed ironies. They are all wonderful. Readers are rewarded in finding surprises in his cartoons.

Second Place

Dana Summers

Orlando Sentinel

collection

16. Columns

First Place

Fred Grimm

The Miami Herald

A collection

Grimm’s wit and wisdom was a welcomed respite to a tedious day. Surely his readers know how lucky they are.

Second Place

Mark Woods

Florida Times-Union

collection

Third Place

Leonard Pitts, Jr.

The Miami Herald

a collection

17. Sports Columns

First Place

Mike Bianchi

Orlando Sentinel

Bianchi has a gift for seeing beyond the games and bringing readers with him. He writes moving columns about personalities and issues in sports that resonate with our culture.

Second Place

John Romano

St. Petersburg Times

Third Place

David Dorsey

Fort Myers News-Press

18. Criticism

First Place

Sean Daly

St. Petersburg Times

Music

Some critics are entertaining writers with little to say. Others have much to say but lack literary skill. Daly has neither deficiency and excels at both virtues.

Second Place

Kevin Walker

Tampa Tribune

Books

Third Place

Jeff Vrabel

Florida Times-Union

Music criticism

19. News Graphics

First Place

Steve Lopez

Palm Beach Post

Screen Enclosures

Simple, appealing design; it’s readable, clean, useful and timely in providing nuts-and bolts information to the homeowner.

Second Place

Michael Donlan

Fort Myers News-Press

Sanibel’s Causeway

Third Place

Hiram Henriquez

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Aquarius

20. Illustrations

First Place

Steve Madden

St. Petersburg Times

Sharpie Nation

This illustration functions ideally: It’s a reader magnet, pulling eyeballs to the page and inviting them to linger.

Second Place

Rossie Newson

St. Petersburg Times

Ho Hum Holiday Retail Season

Third Place

David O’Keefe

Tampa Tribune

Witchy Woman: Nicole Kidman

21. Spot News Photography

First Place

Photo staff

St. Petersburg Times

Hurricane Katrina

This series of photos capture the scope of the story that was the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Second Place

Photo staff

Palm Beach Post

Katrina: From Florida to Louisiana

Third Place

Ken Helle

St. Petersburg Times

I want my baby

22. Feature Photography

First Place

Carolyn Drake

Palm Beach Post

Modern day suburbia

These photos invite the reader to linger. Each photo is imaginative and expertly composed.

Second Place

Jared Lazarus

The Miami Herald

A life transformed

Third Place

Marice Cohn Band

The Miami Herald

Land Mine Legacy

23. Sports Photography

First Place

Joe Rimkus Jr.

The Miami Herald

Foul Trouble

Crowd shots don’t win in this category without being very special — and this is. It’s a brilliant piece of work.

Second Place

Rick Wilson

Florida Times Union

Jaguars’ TD

Third Place

Bob Mack

Florida Times-Union

Funk wins

24. Body of Work in Photography

First Place

Gary Coronado

Palm Beach Post

Body of work

Coronado’s photos demonstrate his ability to reach quickly to get the strong action shot and to think carefully and purposely in composing it.

Second Place

Robert Mayer

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Third Place

Michael Stocker

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

25. Special Sections, General

First Place

Daniela Dornic Jones

Palm Beach Post

Mapping the boom

This section provides material so inviting, useful and conveniently packaged that it persuades readers to spend extra time with the paper.

Second Place

Staff

Fort Myers News-Press

Airport Section 2005

Third Place

Staff

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Survivors

 

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Division B

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

1. Daily Deadline

First Place

Staff

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Brutal, very brutal

Comprehensive and well-written, stories avoid cliche and melodrama. Coverage stands out for depth and detail, strong visual elements and sidebars.

Second Place

Staff

Pensacola News Journal

Dennis pulls punch

Third Place

Staff

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Stay or go?

2. Features

First Place Gold Award

Cory Lancaster

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Could Geri have been saved?

A deeply moving portrait of how a homeless woman lost her way and how why she committed suicide.

Second Place

Matthew Doig

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Unsolved: The Walker Murders

Third Place

Kate Brennan

Florida Today

Hurricane Katrina Aftermath

3. Investigative Reporting

First Place

Karen Voyles

The Gainesville Sun

Prison Steroid Ring

The Gainesville Sun is to be commended for consistently pursuing the truth in its portrayal of the Florida prison system in desperate need of reform.

Second Place

Staff

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Gap in rules endangers athletes

Third Place

Maurice Tamman, Michael Braga

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Save our Homes Amendment

4. Explanatory Reporting

First Place

Bill Hutchinson

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

River: A journal of the Myakka

Lyrical, beautiful writing about Florida’s wild and scenic river. He deftly uses people to illustrate the conflict between development and the wilderness.

Second Place

Donna Wright

Bradenton Herald

Tallevast: A polluted community.

Third Place

Robin Adams

The Ledger

LRMC: Health of a hospital

5. Beat reporting

First Place

Suzanne Wentley

Treasure Coast Newspapers

Environmental reporting

Aggressive, independent reporting on an important subject. Stories had clear local impact.

Second Place

Cindy Swirko

The Gainesville Sun

Transportation beat

Third Place

Virginia Smith

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Environmental coverage

6. Sports

First Place

Roger Mooney

Bradenton Herald

A collection

We were impressed by Mooney’s variety of stories and cnsistently graceful writing.

Second Place

Doug Fernandes

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

A collection

Third Place

Peter Kerasotis

Florida Today

A collection

7. Special Section, Sports

First Place

Staff

Florida Today

Spring Training

A fabulous section packed with everything you need to make the most of the Grapefruit League.

Second Place

Staff

Pensacola News Journal

Blue Angels Classic

Third Place

Staff

Florida Today

NASCAR 2005

8. Business

First Place

John McCarthy

Florida Today

Real estate and growth

Engaging, wide-ranging stories that do an outstanding job of telling readers what to expect from coming growth.

Second Place

Lauren Mayk

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Not quite a simple success story

Third Place

Tilde Herrera, Dana Sanchez

Bradenton Herald

Brasota Mortgage Shut Down

9. Page One Design

First Place

Staff

Pensacola News Journal

Selection

Stunning, imaginative front-page layouts with fantastic choice of bold headlines and eye-popping art.

Second Place

Staff

Florida Today

A front-page collection

Third Place

Staff

Bradenton Herald

A front-page collection

10. News/Business Page Design

First Place

Chris Rotar

Bradenton Herald

Straight-forward yet lovely design makes the most of graphic elements.

Second Place

Staff

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Third Place

Kelly Lipp, Jennifer Yeoman

Bradenton Herald

11. Feature Page Design

First Place

Jenny Schisler

Pensacola News Journal

Lively from the get-go, page takes a fresh idea and delivers with as much pop as cranberry sauce in a bottle.

Second Place

Jim Urick, Deborah Silver

Treasure Coast Newspapers

American Pie

Third Place

Kate Frantz; Kori Rumore

Naples Daily News

Shell Game; Sushi

12. Sports Page Design

First Place

Jim Smith

Bradenton Herald

Clever crossword illustration — a real puzzle — carries the smart design of this attractive page.

Second Place

James Machan

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Third Place

George Hanns

Daytona Beach News-Journal

13. Headlines

First Place

Mike Gaffey

Florida Today

Selected headlines

Great sense of humor and word play that quickly delivers the news.

Second Place

Beth Evans

Pensacola News Journal

selected headlines

Third Place

George Hanns

Daytona Beach News-Journal

selected headlines

14. Editorials

First Place

Victoria Reid

Florida Today

Body of Work

These editorials criticized police surveillance at rallies and helped bring about change by a new sheriff.

Second Place

Annette Clifford

Florida Today

Body of Work

Third Place

David Wiggins

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Body of Work

15. Editorial Cartoon

First Place

Jake Fuller

Gainesville Sun

According to Jake

His cartoons unfold like a good joke, impressive in a single-panel format.

Second Place

Bruce Beattie

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Third Place

Jeff Parker

Florida Today

16. Columns

First Place

Rich Brooks

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Body of Work

We were struck and moved by his courage, humor and voice when writing less about disease and more about fatherhood and thanksgiving.

Second Place

Eric Ernst

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Body of Work

Third Place

Annette Clifford

Florida Today

Parenting

17. Sports Columns

First Place

Peter Kerasotis

Florida Today

Body of Work

Smart, sophisticated columns that are provocative and fun.

Second Place

Chris Anderson

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Body of Work

Third Place

Tom Hanson

Naples Daily News

Body of work

18. Criticism

First Place

Harriet Howard Heithaus

Naples Daily News

Art criticism

Sparkling writing and geat use of detail and description help readers experience performances. Culture can be fun!

Second Place

Harold Bubil

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Real estate/architecture

Third Place

Rick de Yampert

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Criticism

19. News Graphics

First Place

Tim Standish

Florida Today

Sea Turtles

A real keeper — beautifully illustrated, elegantly designed and packed with information.

Second Place

Dennis Lowe

Florida Today

9 minutes to space

Third Place

Ron Stallcup

Pensacola News Journal

Shifting sand

20. Illustration

First Place

Scott Wheeler

The Ledger

Battling decay

A unique, striking image that immediately draws you into the story while also making your teeth ache.

Second Place

Jacob Benison

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Love hurts

Third Place

Jim Tiller

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Shifting sands

21. Spot News Photography

First Place

Erik Kellar

Naples Daily News

Spot news photos

Excellent storytelling content in an unusual news photography — the “closed” sign and doors all help readers understand the moment.

Second Place

Chad Pilster

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Day-care van flips

Third Place

Jessica Webb

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Fire in the rain

22. Feature Photography

First Place

Michael Weimar

Gainesville Sun

Unhappy bride

Irresistible image tells the ultimate story of how hopes can rise and fall on football Saturday. Surprise makes this a winner.

Second Place

Brian Blanco

Bradenton Herald

selection of work

Third Place

Tim Shortt

Florida Today

Another triumph for Luke

23. Sports Photography

First Place

Jim Tiller

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Boys & Girls of Spring

Every detail is perfect in this photo which captures the quintessential moment when a player recognizes his error.

Second Place

Susan Tiller

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Racer slams 4 on pit row

Third Place

Michael Weimer

The Gainesville Sun

Super win

24. Body of Work in Photography

First Place

Jim Tiller

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Body of work

Every one of these photos stands out color, composition and story-telling. An exceptional eye, a keen awareness of people and a sense of humor.

Second Place

David Tucker

Daytona Beach News-Journal

selected photos

Third Place

Rob Mattson

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

selected photos

25. Special Sections, General

First Place

Staff

Florida Today

Day of Discovery

Impressive staff-wide effort at covering a big event on a single day. Every page is a treat.

Second Place

Staff

Treasure Coast Newspapers

Our lives reshaped

Third Place

Staff

Pensacola News Journal

Year of the hurricanes

 

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Division C

Newspapers with circulation of less than 40,000 daily:

1. Daily Deadline

First Place Gold Award

Staff

Northwest Florida Daily News

Hurricane Dennis

An exceptional staff effort under not only deadline pressure, but also extremely difficult circumstances.

Second Place

staff

Villages Daily Sun

Lake deputy killed

Third Place

Greg Martin, Ella Nayor

Charlotte Sun

Man stabs, kills sister

2. Features

First Place

Cal Powell

Northwest Florida Daily News

Their Heart’s Desire

This was a powerful story of loss, survival and compassion. The writing was superb and the reporting was unusually perceptive.

Second Place

John Haughey

Charlotte Sun

collected articles

Third Place

Robert Napper

Highlands Today

collected articles

3. Investigative Reporting

First Place

Anthony Cormier, staff

The News Herald

Files Wide Shut

This project exposed a staggering rate of noncompliance with public records by local law enforcement agencies. Strong writing and solid presentation.

Second Place

Stacy W. Rodriguez

Key West Citizen

Underside of Paradise

Third Place

Zac Anderson

Northwest Florida Daily News

The $100,000 questions

4. Explanatory Reporting

First Place

Kari Barlow, Wendy Victora

Northwest Florida Daily News

Concealed Weapons

An enterprising and entertaining look at who’s ”packing heat.” In commendably balanced fashion, the reporters thoroughly explore an increasingly controversial issue.

Second Place

Anthony Cormier

The News Herald

All dogs go to heaven

Third Place

Zac Anderson

Northwest Florida Daily News

One family’s struggle with autism

5. Beat reporting

First Place

David Angier

The News Herald

Court coverage

Innovative perspectives, in-depth reporting and clear writing make David Angier’s court-beat coverage stand out.

Second Place

Kati Bexley

St. Augustine Record

City government

Third Place

Richard Prior

St. Augustine Record

Court reporting

6. Sports

First Place

Justin Barney

St. Augustine Record

Collection of work

Diverse subjects, a deft touch, excellent writing. All give Justin Barney’s sports stories strong appeal.

Second Place

Cal Powell

Northwest Florida Daily News

A running battle

Third Place

Don Hunsberger

Villages Daily Sun

American’s Team

Honorable Mention

Pat McCann

The News Herald

Forgotten Man

7. Special Section sports

First Place

Staff

Charlotte Sun

Football

This football season guide was ambitious and complete, from preps to pros. The combination of content and presentation met any fan’s needs.

Second Place

Staff

Villages Daily Sun

Gridiron ‘05

Third Place

Staff

Northwest Florida Daily News

2005 Football tab

8. Business

First Place

Christopher Tittel

Key West Citizen

Rainbow’s End

This was an interesting, well-documented trend piece enlived by diverse voices.

Second Place

Kari Barlow

Northwest Florida Daily News

When businesses are at a loss for word

Third Place

Nancy Vickers-Pyle

Highlands Today

Nurse Shortage

9. Page One Design

First Place

William Hatfield, others

Northwest Florida Daily News

Five front pages

These front pages were consistently on the mark in reflecting the day’s top news and in presenting it well.

Shaun Ryan

St. Augustine Record

Five front pages

Third Place

Staff

The News Herald

Family slain, others

10. News/Business Page Design

First Place

Tracy Steele

Northwest Florida Daily News

The Hub debuts

This debut section front bodes well. It radiates cheer, color and discovery, like wandering into an interesting party.

Second Place

Bill Rogers

Highlands Today

Local banks

11. Feature Page Design

First Place

Matt Fry

Villages Daily Sun

Year of features

Uses well all the tools in a page designer’s kit — photos, illustrations, color and typography.

Second Place

Tracey Steele

Northwest Florida Daily News

Tutu stylish

Third Place

John Russo

The News Herald

On the spot

12. Sports Page Design

First Place

Mike Wright

Villages Daily Sun

Repeat Performance

Wright made great use of strong photos and informative graphics in designing a preview page that gives readers all they need to know about the Belmont Stakes.

Second Place

Perry Ballard

Northwest Florida Daily News

On mended knee

Third Place

Perry Ballard

Northwest Florida Daily News

British invasion

13. Headlines

First Place

William Hatfield

Northwest Florida Daily News

Body of Work

This editor’s clarity and wit ensure that his headlines draw readers into stories.

Second Place

Matt Fry

Villages Daily Sun

Body of Work

Third Place

Tom Przybylowicz

Villages Daily Sun

Body of work

14. Editorials

First Place

Jim Sutton

St. Augustine Record

Collected editorials

Jim Sutton offers a strong voice, crisp writing and local focus. Together, the editorials have power and impact.

Second Place

Jack Hackworth

Charlotte Sun

Collected editorials

Third Place

Jim Shoffner

Northwest Florida Daily News

Collected editorials

15. Editorial cartoon

First Place

John Russo

The News Herald

Hurricane and earthquake

John Russo’s clever use of metaphor and his bold drawings spoke as forcefully as a written editorial

Second Place

Ron Bates

Charlotte Sun

FEMA

Third Place

Bill Landis

Villages Daily Sun

Border Patrol

16. Columns

First Place

Mandy Bolen

Key West Citizen

Tan Lines

A light touch and strong sense of place make Mandy Bolen’s “tan lines” the kind of column readers love.

Second Place

Richard Hensley

Highlands Today

Justice and other columns

Third Place

Brian Gleason

Charlotte Sun

Collected columns

17. Sports Columns

First Place

Steve Trivett

Villages Daily Sun

collected golf columns

A dry wit, nice writing and reverance for history give strong appeal to Trivett’s golf column.

Second Place

Don Hunsberger

Villages Daily Sun

various columns

Third Place

Buddy Martin

Charlotte Sun

So who’s afraid of…

18. Criticism

First Place

S. Brady Calhoun

The News Herald

Jones for George’s past…

Calhoun’s reviews are as fun as they are informative. His word portrait of Johnny Cash was unerring.

Second Place

Michael Fortuna

Villages Daily Sun

Music criticism

Third Place

John McDonald

The News Herald

Criticism

19. Graphics

First Place

Mike Wright

Villages Daily Sun

Run for the Roses

Mike Wright’s tull-page graphical preview of the Kentucky Derby tells everything but the winner.

Second Place

Mike Wright

Villages Daily Sun

The Flying Fortress B-17

20. Illustration

First Place

John Russo

The News Herald

Iraqi Betsy Ross

Using as metaphor for nation-building an Iraqi Betsy Ross was brilliant. That single image captured the accompanying text.

Second Place

Peter Willott

St. Augustine Record

Beach erosion

Third Place

Ken Maines

Northwest Florida Daily News

Mullet festival

21. Spot News Photography

First Place

Jonathan Fredin

Charlotte Sun

Workplace tragedy

Fredin captures the raw emotion and shock caused by a murder.

Second Place

Mari Darr-Welch

Northwest Florida Daily News

Rough day at sea

Third Place

Bill Mitchell

Villages Daily Sun

Lady Lake Standoff

22. Feature Photography

First Place

Jonathan Fredin

Charlotte Sun

Boys will be…

Fredin has an unerring eye for the moment — and for the humanity of his subjects.

Second Place

Kathy Waters

Highlands Today

Church needs help

Third Place

Debi Haussermann

Northwest Florida Daily News

Tiny train

23. Sports Photography

First Place

Dana Clausing

Charlotte Sun

Rodeo

Strong composition, unusual perspectives and excellent action in Clausing’s winning photos take Sun readers on a memorable trip to the rodeo.

Second Place

Justin Yurkanin

St. Augustine Record

Wipeout

Third Place

Devon Ravine

Northwest Florida Daily News

Everyone plays

24. Body of Work in Photography

First Place

Terry Barner

The New Herald

A collection

Terry Barner’s photographs demonstrate tremendous range and uniform excellence. From spot news to moody images to portraits, he produces compelling pictures.

Second Place

Sarah Coward

Charlotte Sun

Third Place

Jonathan Fredin

Charlotte Sun

25. Special Sections

First Place

Staff

Villages Daily Sun

Faces of Freedom

The ambition inherent in this project would have been too much for most editors to tackle. The Daily Sun not only took it on, it exceeded reasonable expectations in execution.

Second Place

James Merchant, Marie Rupert

Charlotte Sun

Then and now

  

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Newspaper Online Site Division A

First Place

Palm Beach Post

Clear horizontal layout of headlines; good prioritization of news. Content layout is inviting without being overwhelming.

Newspaper Online Site Division B

First Place

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Solid site, not too flashy, pretty solid news coverage supplemented by nice extra efforts on packages, willingness to experiment with technology.

Second Place

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Third Place

Naples Daily News

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