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FSNE 2009 Journalism Awards

July 10, 2009

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 quality and creativity of your work.

We are particularly pleased with the strength of the entries this year in view of the changes made in the contest. Recognizing the shifting priorities in newsrooms, we reduced the number of print categories and increased the online categories. The competition in all categories remains fierce, reflecting the robust energy our members bring to their papers in the drive for new readers.

We take pride in the work presented here.

Congratulations to all our winners.

Contest co-chairs:
J. “Bart” Bartosek,
The Palm Beach Post
Jeanne Grinstead,
St. Petersburg Times
FSNE President:
Mark Tomasik, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Below is the list of award winners in the
2009 Florida Society of News Editors’
Journalism Competition.

The awards were presented Friday, July 10 at the
annual FSNE/FPA convention in Palm Beach.

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The Paul Hansell Award

for Distinguished Achievement
in Florida Journalism:

The Paul Hansell Award

Lane DeGregory

St. Petersburg Times

Among the stories submitted was “The Girl in the Window,” DeGregory’s powerful account of a young girl who had suffered such severe neglect that she was barely responsive — and the Fort Myers Beach family that has been patiently coaxing her out of her shell. The judges said this is the kind of reporting and writing that no one can read without a welling up of tears. As compelling as “The Girl in the Window” series was for human interest, what made it stand apart, the judges said, were the extraordinary lengths that DeGregory went to tell the story in full.

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Division A

Newspapers with daily circulation of 125,000 or more:

Gold Medal for Public Service

Larry Lebowitz

The Miami Herald

Taken for a Ride

A thorough examination of how Miami-Dade County officials misled the public and misused funds. A true example of public service.

1. Daily Deadline

First Place

Staff

The Palm Beach Post

Gunman Kills Two at Wendy's

Demonstrates the value of hoovering up the eyewitnesses' perishable details to give readers a clear, descriptive account of a chaotic situation.

Second Place

Staff

The Palm Beach Post

Martin Plane Crash Kills 4

Third Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

Ereck Plancher Coverage

2. Features & Arts Writing

First Place

Lane DeGregory

St. Petersburg Times

The Girl in the Window

Detailed reporting, coupled with restrained and spare writing, produced an incredibly powerful piece.

Second Place

Mark Woods

The Florida Times-Union

Football Changed His Life

Third Place

John Barry

St. Petersburg Times

Winter's Tale

3. Investigative Reporting

First Place

Alex Leary

St. Petersburg Times

Ray Sansom, Florida House Speaker

An old-fashioned expose that brought down one of the most powerful politicians in the state.

Second Place

Jack Dolan, Matthew Haggman, Rob Barry

The Miami Herald

Borrowers Betrayed

Third Place

Henry Pierson Curtis

Orlando Sentinel

Guns in Orange County

4. Explanatory Reporting

First Place

Larry Lebowitz

The Miami Herald

Taken for a Ride

Everyone is for accountability; this work defines it. This series holds accountable the Miami transit officials and explains step by step how the voters got hoodwinked.

Second Place

Jay Weaver

The Miami Herald

South Florida's Medicare Racket

Third Place

Jim Schoettler

The Florida Times-Union

Terrible Toll of Public Housing

5. Beat Reporting

First Place

Jeff Testerman

St. Petersburg Times

Elections Chief, Buddy Johnson

Good beat reporters notice things that don’t add up. These well-documented reports led voters to take the rare step of voting an incumbent out of office.

Second Place

Paul Pinkham

The Florida Times-Union

Criminal Justice, Legal Affairs

Third Place

Jennifer Gollan

Sun Sentinel

Government Perks and Spending

6. Sports

First Place

Tim Reynolds

The Associated Press

Portfolio

Reynolds' style is so relaxed, so conversational, readers are oblivious to the mechanics of the writing.

Second Place

Antonio Gonzalez

The Associated Press

Portfolio

Third Place

Josh Robbins

Orlando Sentinel

Portfolio

7. Business

First Place

Jason Garcia

Orlando Sentinel

Portfolio

If one function of a free press is to be a watch dog, Jason Garcia's reporting is a German Shepherd guarding the public purse like it was red meat.

Second Place

Shannon Behnken

Tampa Tribune

Real Estate/Foreclosure

Third Place

Kris Hundley

St. Petersburg Times

Testing Grounds

8. Columns

First Place

Fred Grimm

The Miami Herald

In My Opinion

Fred Grimm challenges our beliefs about people we don’t want to know. He makes us see some humanity in them, and thus, ourselves.

Second Place

Mike Thomas

Orlando Sentinel

Portfolio

Third Place

Frank Cerabino

The Palm Beach Post

Portfolio

9. Editorials

First Place

Joe Adams

The Florida Times-Union

Portfolio

These editorials define a problem, prescribe a solution, and most important, advocate for change in a clear, strong voice.

Second Place

No winner

Third Place

No winner

10. Page One Design

First Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

Each page has impact: well-balanced, striking color palette, solid in nailing the typography

Second Place

Staff

St. Petersburg Times

Third Place

Ed McDonald, Zach Folzenlogen, Paul Cheung, Eddie Alvarez

The Miami Herald

11. Page Design

First Place

Staff: Christopher Kozlowski, Andrew Braford, Jack Sheppard, Stefanie Boyar, Jennifer Hiatt, Kristin Wolfrum, Zach Wittig

St. Petersburg Times

Amazing Rays

A great decision to take a wonderful, historic moment in Devil Rays history and give it the size and impact it needed.

Second Place

Stephen Komives and Bonita Burton

Orlando Sentinel

Labor Day Quiz

Third Place

Shiniko Floyd, Stephen Komives and Bonita Burton

Orlando Sentinel

NASA Clothes Encounters

12. News Graphics/Illustrations

First Place

Karen Bellville, Todd Stewart, Bonita Burton

Orlando Sentinel

Science of Storms

Approachable, readable page, with word and visual elements arranged well. Effective use of contrast, easy to navigate.

Second Place

John Corbitt

St. Petersburg Times

Feeling Old?

Third Place

Shiniko Floyd, Stephen Komives, Bonita Burton

Orlando Sentinel

A Fragile Existence

13. Spot News Photography

First Place

Patrick Farrell

The Miami Herald

A Father's Agony

Gracefully and elegantly captures a quietly powerful moment between a father and his lifeless 5-year-old daughter, who died in Ike’s flood waters.

Second Place

Joe Burbank

Orlando Sentinel

Palm Bay Wildfire

Third Place

Rick Wilson

The Florida Times-Union

Fay Floods

14. Feature Photography

First Place

Edmund Fountain

St. Petersburg Times

Independent Thinking

This portrait is memorable, tender and well-seen.

Second Place

Carey Wagner

Sun Sentinel

Leona and Leon Laper

Third Place

Chris Zuppa

St. Petersburg Times

Lockup: Different Paths

15. Sports Photography

First Place

Bruce Lipsky

The Florida Times-Union

Save the Tatas

Body language and facial expressions on this mother and her three daughters are captured so well. Backlighting gives a certain “aura” to the image.

Second Place

Damon Higgins

The Palm Beach Post

In the Swim of Things

Third Place

Brian Cassella

St. Petersburg Times

Amazing Rays

16. Photo Story

First Place

Melissa Lyttle

St. Petersburg Times

The Girl in the Window

A very tough category with two strong standout projects. The insight into a single person's life tips the scale.

Second Place

Patrick Farrell

The Miami Herald

A People in Despair

Third Place

No winner

17. Online Breaking News

First Place

Staff

The Palm Beach Post

Wendy's Shooting

Comprehensive storytelling. Good interactive overview.

Second Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

Caylee Anthony

Third Place

No winner

18. Blog/Online Commentary

First Place

Steve Spears

St. Petersburg Times

Stuck in the ’80s

Perfect niche blog with a worldwide following.

Second Place

Times Political Team

St. Petersburg Times

The Buzz

Third Place

Divas Team

St. Petersburg Times

Deal Divas

19. Video

First Place

Kelly Jordan

Florida Times-Union

On His Way Home, the Milton Oshay Johnson Story

Touching portrait. The use of black and white works here.

Second Place

Susan Stocker, Sarah Orr-Dussault, Tim Collie, Jim Virga

Sun Sentinel

Son's trauma

Third Place

J. Gwendolynne Berry

The Palm Beach Post

Love Conquers All

20. Multimedia

First Place

Staff

The Palm Beach Post

On Florida's Death Row

Some of the videos are like a punch in the gut.

Second Place

Lane DeGregory, Melissa Lyttle

St. Petersburg Times

The Girl in the Window

Third Place

Staff

The Palm Beach Post

Game of the Week

21. Innovation That Drives Digital Audience

First Place

Staff

St. Petersburg Times

Friday Night Rewind

Clear winner. Classy, innovative, slick, clever.

Second Place

Staff

The Palm Beach Post

Booking Blotter

Third Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

Caylee Anthony

22. Online Slideshow

First Place

Carrie Pratt, Ted McLaren, Lee Glynn

St. Petersburg Times

Quest for Respect: The Civil Wars

Interesting topic. This was a tough category to win.

Second Place

Chris Zuppa, Ted McLaren

St. Petersburg Times

Paws in Prison

Third Place

Chris Zuppa

St. Petersburg Times

Lockup: Mental Illness

23. Niche Site/Channel

First Place

Staff

St. Petersburg Times

PolitiFact.com

PolitiFact.com merits a big "shout out" because more should do such work.

Second Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

Varsity Gridiron

Third Place

No winner

24. Home Page Design

First Place

Staff

St. Petersburg Times

Tampabay.com

Well organized. Easy navigation.

Second Place

Staff

The Florida Times-Union

Jacksonville.com

Third Place

No winner

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Division B

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

Gold Medal for Public Service

Dinah Voyles Pulver

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Got Water?

A sweeping fresh look at Florida's eternal problem — water. Complemented by exceptional graphics in the paper and online

1. Daily Deadline

First Place

Staff

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

A Tanker's Fiery Fall

A powerfully written narrative combined with strong photos and fabulous graphics

Second Place

Staff

Florida Today

Fires

Third Place

Staff

Florida Today

Tropical Storm Fay

2. Features & Arts Writing

First Place

Seth Robbins

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Moonlight Murders

Truly a mystery with a rich plot, false leads, great characters and a 60-year-old unsolved murder, all told in a gripping serial

Second Place

Matthew Doig

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Mary Catherine Hampton

Third Place

Bill Hutchinson

Sarasota Herald Tribune

Portfolio

3. Investigative Reporting

First Place

Jim Waymer

Florida Today

Power Plant Pollution

Truly exceptional piece of print and online journalism that distilled technical information to help readers understand

Second Place

Paige St. John

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Allstate's Profits

Third Place

Todd Halvorson, John Kelly

Florida Today

NASA Safety

4. Explanatory Reporting

First Place

Dinah Voyles Pulver

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Got Water?

This package has everything — history, great graphics, clear writing and even a money angle

Second Place

John McCarthy, Kimberly Moore

Florida Today

Flood Insurance

Third Place

Tom Bayles

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The State of Citrus

5. Beat Reporting

First Place

Mark Harper

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Keeping Community in Our Colleges

A stunning look at community colleges, one of the state's major economic generators. Human focused, great so-what grafs.

Second Place

Todd Ruger

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Portfolio

Third Place

Anna Scott

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Politics

6. Sports

First Place

Brian McCallum

Florida Today

High School Sports

Reaches beyond game coverage for thoughtful, well-packaged stories

Second Place

Hillard Grossman

Florida Today

Portfolio

Third Place

Michael Lewis

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Collection

7. Business

First Place

Michael Braga

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Business portfolio

Superb use of public records to identify problem lenders. Ahead of the curve.

Second Place

Patrick Peterson

Florida Today

Economic Downturn

Third Place

Aaron Kessler

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Real Estate portfolio

8. Columns

First Place

Matt Reed

Florida Today

Watchdog

Innovative and reader-friendly column that gives readers great information in an entertaining and easy format. Web version is even better.

Second Place

Eric Ernst

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Portfolio

Third Place

Suzy Fleming Leonard

Florida Today

Portfolio

9. Editorials

First Place

Annette Clifford

Florida Today

William Dillon

Good use of editorials to remind officials of their duty to address a problem they would rather ignore.

Second Place

Krys Fluker

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Portfolio

Third Place

David Wiggins

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Portfolio

10. Page One Design

First Place

Staff

The News-Press

Great contrast in terms of image size and typography as well as a restrained use of color. Powerful photography use as well.

Second Place

Rob Landers

Florida Today

Third Place

Staff: Scott Turick, Jennifer Cason, Kelly Ann Markowitz

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

11. Page Design

First Place

Michelle Irwin

The News-Press

Go Blue

Stunning execution visually and typographically. Nice twist to mess with the section flag.

Second Place

Lindi Daywalt-Feazel

The News-Press

Bulls

Third Place

Tony Elkins

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

OktoberFest

12. News Graphics/Illustrations

First Place

Scott Sleeper

The News-Press

Treat It Right

A clean, well-organized "treatment" of a complex subject.

Second Place

Dennis Lowe

Florida Today

Hubble Vision

Third Place

Ron Borresen

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Urban Legends

13. Spot News Photography

First Place

Matthew Ratajczak, Alex Boerner

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Fay Fades

The photographer recorded an extremely unusual moment, which pushed it to first place.

Second Place

Deborah Silver

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Paramedics in Action

Third Place

Sam Wolfe

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Crist Visits Tornado Victims

14. Feature Photography

First Place

Elaine Litherland

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Lexi

Framing and lighting show the compassion parishioners had for a 3-year-old girl seriously injured in an accident.

Second Place

Andrew West

The News-Press

Obama Wins

Third Place

Andrew West

The News-Press

Mother and Son Embrace

15. Sports Photography

First Place

John David Emmett

The News-Press

Football Player Dejected

The football player, head in hands, juxtaposed with the glowing numbers help the viewer really feel the subject’s disappointment.

Second Place

John David Emmett

The News-Press

Soccer Goal

Third Place

Dan Wagner

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Ironman

16. Photo Story

First Place

Chip Litherland

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Lucha Libre

An intense but often intimate look at a crazy, family-friendly Saturday night in Sarasota.

Second Place

Dan Wagner

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Dane

Third Place

Alex Boerner

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Living with HIV/AIDS

17. Online Breaking News

First Place

Staff

Florida Today

Tropical Storm Fay

Effective video and live shots of people reacting to storm damage.

Second Place

Staff

Florida Today

Fires

Third Place

Staff

The News-Press

Widman Funeral

18. Blog/Online Commentary

First Place

Todd Halvorson, James Dean

Florida Today

The Flame Trench Space Team Blog

SMS alerts and Twitter feeds are a great way to take the blog beyond the site.

Second Place

Jeff Parker

Florida Today

Jeff Parker Toons In

Third Place

Matt Reed, Jeff Schweers

Florida Today

Watchlist

19. Video

First Place

Chris Kridler, Jeff Meesey

Florida Today

Fay's Aftermath, Part 3

Compelling video of storm and aftermath; tight editing.

Second Place

Amanda Stratford, Tim Walters

Florida Today

Man Fights to Save Home

Third Place

Sarah Grile, Matthew Ratajczak, Chris Arnold

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Prep Football Game of the Week

20. Multimedia

First Place

Francesa Donlan, Mike Donlan, Stephen Hayford, Kinfe Moroti

The News-Press

A Dream Comes True

Love the topic. Nicely packaged. Interface has an easy-to-use design.

Second Place

Dennis Lowe, Jeff Meesey

Florida Today

Saving Hubble

Third Place

Tom Bayles, Thomas Becnel

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The State of Citrus

21. Innovation That Drives Digital Audience

First Place

Staff

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

TCPalm Prep Zone

A regional site, full of sticky photo galleries, blogs, polls, comments.

Second Place

Staff

The News-Press

Ambassador Program

Third Place

Staff

Florida Today

Broadcasting Live Online and on Television

22. Online Slideshow

First Place

Staff

Florida Today

Fire & Rain

Good writing. Good use of natural sounds. Dramatic photography.

Second Place

Harold Bubil

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Remembering Paul Rudolph

Third Place

Caroline Perez

Florida Today

Daily Bread

23. Niche Site/Channel

First Place

Staff

Florida Today

The Flame Trench Space Site

The site rises to the top because of freshness and depth of content. Well done.

Second Place

Staff

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Treasure Coast Dining

Third Place

Chrissy Clary

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

three8six.com

24. Home Page Design

First Place

Staff

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

TCPalm.com

Cleanest and most organized of the sites entered in this category.

Second Place

Staff

The Daytona Beach News-Journal

news-journalonline.com

Third Place

Staff

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

heraldtribune.com

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Division C

Newspapers with circulation of less than 60,000 daily:

Gold Medal for Public Service

Shoshana Walker

The Ledger

Losing the Fight

Well-crafted report on teens involved in a tragedy that shook the community; a stirring multimedia presentation enhances its impact.

1. Daily Deadline

First Place

Staff

Bradenton Herald

I-75 Inferno

Specific, graphic details of a horrific crash, almost minute-by-minute. It puts the reader on the scene. The witnesses' tales, broken out as individuals, were a great touch.

Second Place

Staff

The Ledger

I-4 Pileup

Third Place

Diane Chun

The Gainesville Sun

Family, Friends Recall Crash Victims

2. Features & Arts Writing

First Place

Shoshana Walker

The Ledger

Losing the Fight

Expertly reported and beautifully written series and multimedia presentation on a tragedy for two families.

Second Place

Matt Clark

Naples Daily News

The Human Spirit

Third Place

Gary Corsair

The Villages Daily Sun

The Road to Royalty

3. Investigative Reporting

First Place

Matt Dixon, Meta Minton, David R. Corder

The Villages Daily Sun

Pruitt Investigation

This meticulous investigation employed public records reporting to expose the misrepresentations of a well-connected candidate.

Second Place

Fred Hiers

Ocala Star-Banner

Women in Need

Third Place

Rick Rousos

The Ledger

Grillgate

4. Explanatory Reporting

First Place

Bill Thompson

Ocala Star-Banner

A House Divided

Great job fact-checking each allegation and taking readers through the tale that resulted in a "public boil."

Second Place

Liam Dillon

Naples Daily News

Ave Maria Church Dedication

Third Place

Cary McMullen, Bill Rufty, Gary White

The Ledger

Homestretch: Polk's Mood

5. Beat Reporting

First Place

Jennifer Portman

Tallahassee Democrat

Rachel Hoffman

This thorough and enterprising reporting of the Rachel Hoffman tragedy held public officials accountable for this misfeasance.

Second Place

Cary McMullen

The Ledger

Religion

Third Place

Matt Clark

Naples Daily News

Lee County Schools

6. Sports

First Place

Keith Chartrand

The Villages Daily Sun

Selection

Sports, human interest, enterprise — all wrapped into one with sharp reporting and clear writing.

Second Place

Chris Bernhardt Jr.

Hernando Today

Paradise Lost

Third Place

D.C. Reeves

Pensacola News Journal

Super Bowl XLII: Meet Our Giants

7. Business

First Place

Naseem Miller

Ocala Star-Banner

Abridgements

Chooses overlooked recession angle and packs interesting information into an economical space

Second Place

Matt Clark

Naples Daily News

Local Recession Effects

Third Place

Kris Wernowski

Pensacola News Journal

Faces of Foreclosure

8. Columns

First Place

Wendy Victora

Northwest Florida Daily News

Portfolio

Wendy Victora keeps getting better and better. Her excellent columns tell a story that shines from start to finish

Second Place

Roger Mooney

Bradenton Herald

Baseball

Third Place

Cary McMullen

The Ledger

Beliefs

9. Editorials

First Place

Scott Kent

Panama City News Herald

Portfolio

Well-focused arguments, brisk pacing and sharp prose

Second Place

Carl Wernicke

Pensacola News Journal

Portfolio

Third Place

Margo C. Pope

The St. Augustine Record

Portfolio

10. Page One Design

First Place

Steve Antley, Laurie Lawrence, John Pitts

The Ledger

Consistently interesting from page to page in terms of image use, visual proportion and headline hierarchy.

Second Place

Rob Mack and Staff

The Gainesville Sun

Third Place

Brent Conklin

Bradenton Herald

11. Page Design

First Place

Anthony Casto

The Villages Daily Sun

Leatherheads

Typography, color palette and textured effects take one back in time to the early days of football.

Second Place

Allison Ochal

The Gainesville Sun

Through the Artist's Glass

Third Place

Anthony Casto

The Villages Daily Sun

Oscar Outlook

12. News Graphics/Illustrations

First Place

Mike Orton

The Villages Daily Sun

Bushnell Army Air Field

Headline, short bursts of text, and visuals help the reader move from one element to the next, without getting lost.

Second Place

Mark Williams

The Ledger

I-4 Pileup

Third Place

No winner

13. Spot News Photography

First Place

David Albers

Naples Daily News

Golden Gate Fire

Great job of layering the pieces in this photo to show the fear and concern of those evacuated.

Second Place

Doug Engle

Ocala Star-Banner

Standoff

Third Place

Bruce Ackerman

Ocala Star-Banner

Drive-Thru

14. Feature Photography

First Place

David Albers

Naples Daily News

Baritone Stereotype

This quiet image conjures visions of Robert Frank. Beautiful light. Not your ordinary feature.

Second Place

Matthew Beck

Citrus County Chronicle

At Play

Third Place

Ernst Peters

The Ledger

Rain

15. Sports Photography

First Place

Nick Tomecek

Northwest Florida Daily News

Player Versus Fence

A unique angle on an intriguing baseball moment that is cropped and composed beautifully.

Second Place

David Albers

Naples Daily News

Naples High Volleyball Loss

Third Place

Dave Sigler

Citrus County Chronicle

Close Play

16. Photo Story

First Place

Lexey Swall-Bobay

Naples Daily News

Jesus Would Be, Like, Thrilled

Cohesive storytelling: each picture added emotion, sense of place and detail.

Second Place

Greg Kahn

Naples Daily News

Forever Mom

Third Place

Greg Kahn

Naples Daily News

Out of Prison, Still Doing Time

17. Online Breaking News

First Place

Staff

Pensacola News Journal

Blue Angels Air Show

Photos come with each text update. Constant updates. Tons of video.

Second Place

Staff

Pensacola News Journal

Emerald Coast Honor Flight

Third Place

No winner

18. Blog/Online Commentary

First Place

Bob Gabordi

Tallahassee Democrat

Hoffman

Journalism at its best here in the blogs. Viewers responded.

Second Place

Mike Cazalas

Panama City News Herald

Body of Work

Third Place

Brian Neill

Bradenton Herald

Taking Stock

19. Video

First Place

Ernst Peters

The Ledger

Okeechobee Recovery

Superb editing and reporting. This entry would have done well in higher divisions.

Second Place

Manuel Martinez

Naples Daily News

Letters from an Inmate

Third Place

Cindy Skop

Bradenton Herald

Attorney Amy Thornbill

20. Multimedia

First Place

Doug Engle

Ocala Star-Banner

Tough Times

Videos, photos, text all have a purpose in this compelling story. Great graphics.

Second Place

Staff

Naples Daily News

Race for the Star

Third Place

Carrie Wise, Liam Dillon

Naples Daily News

Marco Police Officer Probe

21. Innovation That Drives Digital Audience

First Place

Staff

Tallahassee Democrat

Hoffman

The layout really brings in the viewer. I wanted to click on everything.

Second Place

Staff

Pensacola News Journal

Video Production

Third Place

No winner

22. Online Slideshow

First Place

Greg Kahn

Naples Daily News

Out of Prison, Still Doing Time

Important, first-rate work.

Second Place

Lexey Swall-Bobay

Naples Daily News

Jesus Would Be, Like, Thrilled

Third Place

Tiffany Tompkins-Condie

Bradenton Herald

MMA Comes of Age in Florida

23. Niche Site/Channel

First Place

Staff

The Ledger

Polk Moms

PolksMoms.com is a must read for its target audience.

Second Place

No winner

Third Place

No winner

24. Home Page Design

First Place

Staff

The Ledger

theledger.com

Another class of the field entry.

Second Place

No winner

Third Pace

No winner

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Spanish-Language Awards

1. News Reporting

First Place

La Palma

Ana Valdés

Epilepsia

The reporter gives comprehensive information on epilepsy to readers through a variety of sources.

Second Place

El Sentinel South Florida

Enrique Flor

"Que me regresen a Cuba"

Third Place

El Sentinel South Florida

Enrique Flor

Serie sobre pandillas

2. Features Writing

First Place

El Sentinel South Florida

Yvonne Valdez

La belleza en tiempo de cáncer

The story introduces us to a world we fear and connects us to a person who understands it.

Second Place

El Sentinel South Florida

Deborah Ramírez

Aromas Navideños

Third Place

El Sentinel Orlando

Jeannette Rivera

Vejigantes en Orlando

3. Design

First Place

El Sentinel South Florida

Staff

Valentine's Day

A brilliant execution to illustrate the traditional and complex issue of love.

Second Place

El Sentinel Orlando

Eric Palm

The King of Beer

Third Place

Eco-Latino

Staff

Awards

4. General Excellence

First Place

La Palma

Staff

A well-balanced and complete publication with a good mix of stories, great design and highly local news coverage.

Second Place

El Sentinel South Florida

Staff

Third Place

El Sentinel Orlando

Staff

5. Outstanding Hispanic Success Story

First Place

El Sentinel Orlando

Víctor Manuel Ramos

Entre frijoles, papas…y mucha simpatía

The life of a Cuban-American family symbolizes an entire community in Florida: this entry reflects the challenges, courage and persistence to achieve goals.

Second Place

El Sentinel South Florida

Enrique Flor

El detective Hernández

Third Place

No winner

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