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FSNE 2010 Journalism Awards

June 18, 2010

Dear Florida journalists:

FSNE is honored to salute this year's contest winners. The entries demonstrate a great year for journalism in the state. The judges were unanimous in their praise for your work and for the exceptional level of journalism produced by Florida news organizations.

We are particularly pleased with the strength of the entries this year in view of dramatic changes and cutbacks in the industry. Watchdog journalism, the highest ideal of our profession, remains strong at newspapers across each circulation division and in the Spanish-language division. The competition in all categories of the contest remains fierce, reflecting the dedication our members bring to their papers every day in the drive for readers.

Congratulations to all our winners.

Contest chair:
Cory Lancaster,
Daytona Beach News-Journal

FSNE President:
Rick Hirsch,
The Miami Herald

Below is the list of award winners in the 2010 Florida Society of News Editors' Journalism Competition.

The awards were presented Friday, June 18, at the
annual FSNE/FPA convention in Sarasota.

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The Paul Hansell Award

for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism:

The Paul Hansell Award

Donna Koehn

The Tampa Tribune

Donna Koehn writes and reports engagingly on a wide range of topics, but one theme runs through all her work – respect, empathy and appreciation for people of all kinds. That doesn't just make her stories interesting – it rewards her readers.

 

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Division A

Newspapers with daily circulation of 125,000 or more:

FSNE Gold Medal for Public Service

Joe Childs, Thomas Tobin

St. Petersburg Times

Inside Scientology

The St. Petersburg Times reporting on the Church of Scientology is in the finest traditions of American journalism. The reporting by Joseph Childs and Thomas Tobin stands out for the ways in which it held accountable the powerful.

1. Daily Deadline

First Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

Downtown Rampage

A terrific example of how to throw reporting muscle at a big breaking story to provide up-to-the minute web coverage and a next-day print package that is gripping and thorough. The main tick-tock was full of detail and eyewitness accounts. It’s artful crafting set the tone for this energetic and meaty package.

Second Place

Staff

Sun Sentinel

Scott Rothstein's Ponzi Scheme

Third Place

Staff

Palm Beach Post

Deadly Crossing

2. Features & Arts Writing

First Place

Bridget Murphy

Florida Times-Union

The Fix

Murphy’s narratives chronicling the tragic life of drug user and shooting victim Vickie Green were spare and powerful.  

Second Place

Matt Soergel

Florida Times-Union

Profiles

Third Place

Sean Daly

St. Petersburg Times

A collection

3. Investigative Reporting

First Place

Joe Childs, Thomas Tobin

St. Petersburg Times

Inside Scientology

This was investigative journalism at the highest level of execution and quality, documented with on-the-record interviews that took readers inside a hidden world.

Second Place

Staff

Sun Sentinel

Trust Betrayed

Third Place

Scott Hiaasen

Miami Herald

Pill Mills

4. Explanatory Reporting

First Place

Matt Galnor

Florida Times-Union

Shots Fired

a thorough, comprehensive and in-depth examination of police-related shootings in Jacksonville, an issue that has had a huge impact on the African American community there. We liked the effective use of graphics and the inclusion of voices from diverse experiences.

Second Place

Erika Hobbs

Orlando Sentinel

School Desegregation

Third Place

Rita Farlow, Michael Moscardini

St. Petersburg Times

The Golden Hour

5. Beat Reporting

First Place

Matt Sedensky

Associated Press

The Aging Beat

Sedensky does a great job finding stories that matter. His clips show a reporter who can simplify important and complex issues by putting a human face on them and focusing on the impact of policies and practices on average people.

Second Place

Kevin Spear

Orlando Sentinel

Environmental Reporting

Third Place

Matt Galnor

Florida Times-Union

City Hall coverage

6. Sports

First Place

Carlos Frias

Palm Beach Post

Collection

The “Tebow as Superman” story sets Carlos Frias apart from the rest. He takes the end of the game, which anyone saw or could have seen, and, and with disciplined observation and a sharp eye for detail and movement, he transforms Tebow's experience into something powerful.

Second Place

Antonya English

St. Petersburg Times

Collection

Third Place

Jeremy Fowler

Orlando Sentinel

Florida Gators coverage

7. Business

First Place

Jim Stratton

Orlando Sentinel

Reporting on the Economy

A first-rate beat reporter adapts to changing times, and Stratton’s coverage did so at a moment when readers needed it most.

Second Place

Kris Hundley

St. Petersburg Times

Collection

Third Place

Jason Garcia

Orlando Sentinel

Disney Monorail Crash

8. Columns

First Place

Howard Troxler

St. Petersburg Times

Collection

Troxler’s columns are sharp and colorful and always a joy to read. The pieces are well thought out and persuasive. While remaining intellectually honest, he’s always willing to state his position and take a side. He doesn’t pull punches.

Second Place

Dave Hyde

Sun Sentinel

Collection

Third Place

Greg Stoda

Palm Beach Post

Sports columns

9. Headlines

First Place

Mark Wood

St. Petersburg Times

Collection

Wood's headlines are smart, clever, creative, but never out of control or over the top. We loved the use of the asterisk with Gene Weingarten’s column.

Second Place

Dan Wine

Orlando Sentinel

Collection

Third Place

Catie Fry

Florida Times-Union

Collection

10. Editorials

First Place

Joni James

St. Petersburg Times

Florida Legislature

Joni James’ editorials for the St. Petersburg Times on state government are a model of the form: Thoughtful, substantive and prescient.

Second Place

Joe Adams

Florida Times-Union

The Lost City

Third Place

Tim Nickens

St. Petersburg Times

Ray Sansom

11. Page One Design

First Place

Staff

St. Petersburg Times

Collection

The variety of approaches to these pages shows how versatile this designer is. From the poster front (Obama inauguration) to the illustrative front page packed with info ("Greetings from Florida"), there are a range of design solutions to different types of content challenges. Overall, the pages are clean, well-organized and easy to navigate.

Second Place

Staff

Florida Times-Union

Collection

Third Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

Collection

12. Feature Page Design

First Place

Suzette Moyer

St. Petersburg Times

Hot and Cool

Great combination of a powerful photograph and strong, yet restrained, typography. Clearly the best of a strong category.

Second Place

Jenna Lehtola

Palm Beach Post

Dining Out with a Twist

Third Place

Holly Braford

St. Petersburg Times

2000-2009

13. Sports Page Design

First Place

Paul Cheung and Zach Folzenlogen

Miami Herald

Sony Ericsson

Beautiful and effective use of navigational color and knockouts to boldly illustrate an important local event. Typography is just right with powerful images and color. Stellar organization.

Second Place

Zach Folzenlogen

Miami Herald

The Dolphater

Third Place

Nick Masuda

Orlando Sentinel

Minute by Minute

14. Editorial Cartoon

First Place

Chan Lowe

Sun Sentinel

Which is the Gay one?

The first place winner in this category made us stop and think about Don't Ask, Don't Tell by combining multiple news themes as it shows a side of the issue we haven't really heard or seen before.

Second Place

Dana Summers

Orlando Sentinel

Tiger Woods

Third Place

Dana Summers

Orlando Sentinel

Nobel Prize

15. News Graphics/Illustrations

First Place

Brennan King

Palm Beach Post

Get Your Bubbly On

Exquisite illustration is light-hearted and beautifully executed. The colors and highlights help to give this illustration a three-dimensional feel.

Second Place

Karsten Ivey, Len DeGroot, Tim Frank

Sun Sentinel

Countdown

Third Place

Brennan King

Palm Beach Post

Here Come the Holidays

16. Spot News Photography

First Place

Will Dickey

Florida Times-Union

St. Johns River

Not only was the photographer able to be at the right place at the right time to capture the moment, but the judges were impressed by the alignment of the elements to make a really well composed photograph.

Second Place

Kelly Jordan

Florida Times-Union

Sister's Grief

Third Place

Joe Cavaretta

Sun Sentinel

Beached Whale

17. Feature Photography

First Place

Rick Wilson

Florida Times-Union

Snow Dance Ballet

Non-literal image captures the essence of the annual Nutcracker performance. The slow exposure and tilted horizon helps to inject into this image a sense of movement and magic.

Second Place

Charles Trainor Jr.

Miami Herald

Born Without Arms

Third Place

Red Huber

Orlando Sentinel

Delta II Launch

18. Sports Photography

First Place

Gary W. Green

Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Magic vs. Detroit

Great use of a crop to highlight a wonderful action photo. We've seen this type of basketball photo before, but we've rarely seen it composed this well.  A cool surprise.

Second Place

Robert Duyos

Sun Sentinel

Pennington consoles

Third Place

Bob Self

Florida Times-Union

Anything is Possible

19. Photo Story

First Place

Edmund D. Fountain

St. Petersburg Times

For Their Own Good

This first place picture story combines a powerful set of images and captions to help the viewer not only understand but also feel the impact of years of neglect and abuse suffered by the former residents of the Florida School for the Boys. Great light. Strong package.

Second Place

Kathleen Flynn

St. Petersburg Times

Sisters

Third Place

Brandon Kreese

Palm Beach Post

Season to Share

20. Online Breaking News

First Place

Staff

St. Petersburg Times

Finding a missing boater alive

This winner showed the most polish. The continuing change to the centerpiece photo drove home that the story was evolving.

Second Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

Downtown shooting

Third Place

none

21. Blog/Online Commentary

First Place

Staff

St. Petersburg Times

The Buzz

The Buzz takes top honors for adhering to best blogging practices while offering depth on Florida politics.

Second Place

Michael C. Bender, George Bennett, Dara Kam

Palm Beach Post

Post On Politics

Third Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Basketblog

22. Breaking News Video

First Place

Sarah Dussault, Lou Toman, Joe Cavaretta, Wladimir Moquete, Ron Reid

Sun Sentinel

Oakland crash

This was the best definition of “breaking news video” in the field. The use of powerful spot photos helped move the story.

Second Place

Chuck Fadley, C.W. Griffin

Miami Herald

Coral Gables students, eyewitnesses to stabbing

Third Place

Atoyia Deans, Joseph Garnett Jr.

St. Petersburg Times

The quest for liberty is timeless

23. Non-deadline Video

First Place

Maurice Rivenbark

St. Petersburg Times

Passing along his treasured LPs

Strong video editing moved this story to the level of cinema art.

Second Place

Chuck Fadely

Miami Herald

Blind patient sees again with eye tooth

Third Place

Amy Beth Bennett, Sarah Dussault, Mike Stocker

Sun Sentinel

Caravella Released

24. Multimedia

First Place

Staff

Orlando Sentinel

STS-129

Effective visuals and crisp copy. Images, video, interactive map, live blog, even included answers from space.

Second Place

Douglas Clifford, Rita Farlow, Mike Moscardini, Joseph Garnett Jr., Maurice Rivenbark, Jack Rowland, Don Morris, Desiree Perry

St. Petersburg Times

The Golden Hour

Third Place

Staff

Florida Times-Union

The periodic table of metal bands

25. Innovation that Drives Digital Audience

First Place

Steve Spears, Sean Daly

St. Petersburg Times

Stuck in the '80s

Hosts are infectious. They interview big names from the '80s, and the audio clips are very enjoyable. It's getting a ton of clicks and downloads.

Second Place

none

Third Place

none

26. Breaking News/Online Slideshow

First Place

Willie Allen Jr.

St. Petersburg Times

From St. Petersburg to the Inauguration

Images and audio reveal emotions, and the presentation features an impressive variety of image types.

Second Place

Will Vragovic

St. Petersburg Times

A special homecoming

Third Place

none

27. Enterprise Online Slideshow

First Place

Keri Wiginton

St. Petersburg Times

Homeless in High School

A simple, compelling human story, brought to life through the slideshow form.

Second Place

none

Third Place

none

28. Niche Site/Channel

First Place

Jennifer Beckett, Shaun Flagg, Michelle Lara and Jonathan Tully

Palm Beach Post

PBPulse.com

Stylish design, enormous variety of content and sheer creativity. And the numbers show the site is doing an excellent job of attracting (and keeping) eyeballs. Very nice.

Second Place

none

Third Place

none

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Division B

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

FSNE Gold Medal for Public Service

Michael Braga, Chris Davis, Matthew Doig

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Flipping Fraud

Examining a decade's worth of Florida real estate sales, the reporters uncovered fraud on an almost unimaginable scale: $10 billion in suspicious transactions. This powerful and crisply written investigative series revealed a hidden reason behind the Florida real estate crash and brought a swift response from state and federal officials -- a testimony to the reporters' remarkable work.

1. Daily Deadline

First Place

Staff

Tallahassee Democrat

Wetherell: It's Time

The package, which spanned the A-section, editorial page, op-ed pages to the sports front, gave readers a great sense of T.K. Wetherell's contributions to Florida State and the huge legacy he leaves after just six years.

Second Place

Staff

Ocala Star-Banner

Mortgage Giant Collapses

Third Place

Staff

Florida Today

Gator's Meyer Steps Aside

2. Features & Arts Writing

First Place

Shoshana Walter

The Ledger

Broken Silence

Walter took a subject that many newspapers are loathe to write about -- child sexual abuse -- and crafted a richly detailed and searing narrative that fully justifies the trust her two young subjects and their mothers placed in her. With persistent but sensitve reporting, the reader comes to feel the victims' shame, anger and, finally, self-empowerment from speaking openly about what happened.

Second Place

Jonathan Foerster

Naples Daily News

Resurrection of Amalia Mendoza

Third Place

Billy Cox

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Collection

3. Investigative Reporting

First Place

Michael Braga, Chris Davis, Matthew Doig

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Flipping Fraud

Examining a decade's worth of Florida real estate sales, the reporters uncovered fraud on an almost unimaginable scale: $10 billion in suspicious transactions. This powerful and crisply written investigative series revealed a hidden reason behind the Florida real estate crash and brought a swift response from state and federal officials -- a testimony to the reporters' remarkable work.

Second Place

Zac Anderson

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

911 Calls

Third Place

John Torres, Jeff Schweers

Florida Today

Wrongful Convictions

4. Explanatory Reporting

First Place

Aaron Kessler

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Chinese Drywall

Kessler took a complex subject and made it easy to understand. We came away with a much better understanding of this significant consumer product story.

Second Place

Gary White

The Ledger

Quit Claim Deeds

Third Place

Jim Saunders

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Slammed by Insurance

5. Beat Reporting

First Place

Todd Halvorson

Florida Today

Space

Halvorson distinguished himself in a competitive category through dogged reporting. His mix of sourcing and adeptness with documents allowed him to shine light on a complex topic of local and national importance.

Second Place

Cary McMullen

The Ledger

Religion

Third Place

Anna Scott

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Health

6. Sports

First Place

Brandt Merritt

The Ledger

FHSAA Cutbacks

Merritt draws a straight line for readers from Florida's shrinking tax revenues to shrinking high school sports schedules. It's a refreshingly different and timely way to look at sports reporting.

Second Place

Michael Lewis

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Shawn Shares His Sad Secret

Third Place

Patrick Obley

Charlotte Sun

The Sinner who would be a Saint

7. Business

First Place

Paige St. John

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Insurance

In her series of stories revealing the manipulative practices of one Florida insurance company and the allegedly illegal origins of another, St. John sheds light on a poorly understood industry performing an important service to Florida consumers.

Second Place

John McCarthy

Florida Today

Real estate downtown

Third Place

Susan Latham Carr

Ocala Star-Banner

Ocala National Bank implodes

8. Columns

First Place

Eric Ernst

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Collection

Ernst showcased his sense of purpose and justice. His columns were well constructed, well written and provided a voice to people who otherwise might not be heard.

Second Place

Rich Brooks

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Collection

Third Place

Tom McNiff

Ocala Star-Banner

Collection

9. Headlines

First Place

Brian Thornton

Ocala Star-Banner

Collection

Thornton delivers fresh, crisp headlines. He has found a formula to delight and surprise readers, and effectively herald stories.

Second Place

Jeffrey Rubin

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Collection

Third Place

Debbie Gibson

The News-Press

Collection

10. Editorials

First Place

Staff

Tallahassee Democrat

Collection

The Tallahassee Democrat was tireless in writing about insurance issues facing Floridians. Throughout the year, the paper provided well reasoned editorials that ultimately benefited consumers by calling for more alternatives in the insurance market.

Second Place

Carl Wernicke

Pensacola News Journal

Collection

Third Place

Staff

Florida Today

Collection

11. Page One Design

First Place

Staff

The Ledger

Collection

The best pages in this portfolio show a strong use of photography (Obama, Michael Jackson) and an effective use of packaging lots of elements to create an informative presentation ("Dirty Deeds").

Second Place

Staff

Gainesville Sun

Collection

Third Place

Staff

Tallahassee Democrat

Collection

12. Feature Page Design

First Place

Tony Elkins

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Designing for a New Decade

Very effective contrast of bold colors. Typography is just right. Wonderful visual hierarchy and movement around page. We would gladly turn the page to read this.

Second Place

Michelle Green, Jennifer F. A. Borresen

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Great Recession

Third Place

Tony Elkins

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Hello Kitty

13. Sports Page Design

First Place

Jeremy DeLuca

Tallahassee Democrat

Bowden

Powerful photo editing and use of typography. Very impressed to see this level of sophistication at this size of newspaper.

Second Place

Javier Torres

The News-Press

Greetings from …

Third Place

Adam Pavkov

The News-Press

Twice as Nice

14. Editorial Cartoon

First Place

Jeff Parker

Florida Today

Education Funding

This editorial cartoon took first place for its clear message and clever commentary on the issue of education funding.

Second Place

Andy Marlette

Pensacola News Journal

Florida Legislature

Third Place

Andy Marlette

Pensacola News Journal

Twitter

15. News Graphics/Illustrations

First Place

Jennifer F. A. Borresen

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Flipping Fraud

We were really impressed with the quality of this GIS graphic. The density maps tell a multitude of stories. A big-time story with equally big-time visuals.

Second Place

Dennis Lowe and Jeff Meesey

Florida Today

Drilling off Gulf Coast

Third Place

Scott Sleeper and Mike Donlan

The News-Press

Synchronized Swimming

16. Spot News Photography

First Place

Matthew Ratajcak

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Fire Rages in Rio

The evacuation of elementary students on a school bus as brush fires threaten the school in Stuart took the first place honor for the way it layers the information to give a real sense of the urgency at the scene.

Second Place

Alan Youngblood

Ocala Star-Banner

Courtroom Stare-down

Third Place

Phil Sears

Tallahassee Democrat

Four injured

17. Feature Photography

First Place

Scott Wheeler

The Ledger

Artist at Museum

This is a beautiful image, combining the silhouette of Radcliffe Bailey with his art in the background. Subtely conveys a sense of emotion. Very graphic.

Second Place

Doug Finger

Gainesville Sun

A date with Dad

Third Place

Gary McCracken

Pensacola News Journal

Dinosaur Fright

18. Sports Photography

First Place

Chip Litherland

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Rolling Home

Upended base runner and catcher captures a peak moment. The look on the runner's face gives a sense of the intensity of this situation. Image is fairly clean and well-composed.

Second Place

Dan Wagner

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Beach Dodgeball

Third Place

Deborah Silver

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Protect and Serve

19. Photo Story

First Place

Chip Litherland

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Arcadia Rodeo

The photographer has covered all the bases to get across rodeo culture in this set of images. Use of relevant detail shots, different angles and tightly framed action pics convey the flavor of this particular event.

Second Place

Andrew West

The News-Press

Triathlete

Third Place

News-Press Photo Staff

The News-Press

A Final Farewell

20. Online Breaking News

First Place

Staff

Naples Daily News

Damas family killings

Variety of voices in this emotion-charged news story. Accused killer admitted crime in impromptu curbside video interview.

Second Place

Staff

The News-Press

President Obama visits Fort Myers

Third Place

Staff

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

3 teens killed in crash

21. Blog/Online Commentary

First Place

Matt Reed and Jeff Schweers

Florida Today

Watchlist Blog

One of the best things you can do with a blog is pull back the curtain on the reporting process and let readers in. This does that, in a way that truly adds value to existing coverage.

Second Place

Bob Gabordi

Tallahassee Democrat

Bob Gabordi's blog

Third Place

none

22. Breaking News Video

First Place

Steven Beardsley

Naples Daily News

Mesac Damas confesses to killing his family

The cameraman kept asking questions as he followed the suspect out of the building, and the suspect kept talking.

Second Place

Doug Engle

Ocala Star-Banner

Mortgage giant collapses

Third Place

none

23. Non-deadline Video

First Place

Manuel Martinez, Lexey Swall

Naples Daily News

The final run

Used series of still photographs to simulate motion. Great editing production.

Second Place

Lauren Mayk

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Tough times on the trail

Third Place

Ron Hurtibise

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Rise and fall of spring break

24. Multimedia

First Place

Staff

Naples Daily News

Ave Maria: A town without a vote

A year of research showed. Tons of great multimedia components: interactive timeline with amazing video, photos and graphics.

Second Place

John Torres, Joel Graf, Dennis Lowe

Florida Today

William Dillon: Lifetime lost

Third Place

Staff

The Ledger

Death row

25. Innovation that Drives Digital Audience

First Place

Staff

TCPalm.com

Database initiative

Smart criteria for hyper-local databases generated more than 250,000 extra page views in 2009.

Second Place

Monica Hare

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Michael King murder trial

Third Place

none

26. Breaking News Online Slideshow

First Place

Chip Litherland

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Funeral for cheerleader shot

Good editing helped frame this sad story that affected a whole community.

Second Place

Chip Litherland

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

TJ Maxx hostage standoff

Third Place

Elaine Skylar Litherland

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Michael King found guilty

27. Enterprise Online Slideshow

First Place

Sherri Nestico and Larry Reisman

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Youngsters born in 2000

What better way to make the end of the decade local than by talking to some kids in town who were born in 2000?

Second Place

Amanda Stratford

Florida Today

Sierra's Journey

Third Place

none

28. Niche site/channel

First Place

Staff

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

TCPalm.com’s Prep Zone

The ESPN of the Treasure Coast, complete with more than a million page views, a FaceBook fans area, live scores, blogs, videos, photo galleries.

Second Place

Staff

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Out and About channel

Third Place

Staff

Florida Today

Landing Memories

29. Use of Social Media in Breaking News

First Place

Chris Silk

Naples Daily News

Mesac Damas

News tips on Twitter provided a competitive edge. Broad variety of user-submitted posts and videos offered accurate coverage quickly.

Second Place

Florida Today Space Team

Florida Today

Ares I-X Moon Rocket Launch Life Chat

Third Place

Staff

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Abduction of girl is a hoax

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Newspapers with circulation of less than 40,000 daily:

FSNE Gold Medal for Public Service

John Guerra

Key West Citizen

School Superintendent

A fine example of forceful, determined, accountability reporting that exposed wrongdoing and benefited the taxpayers and the students of Monroe County.

1. Daily Deadline

First Place

Andrew Gant

Panama City News Herald

My Husband Killed a Man

Well written. He got everyone to talk and to talk too much. He also shot and edited his own video to go with the story

Second Place

Shemir Wiles

Citrus County Chronicle

Deputy kills attacker

Third Place

Tony Holt

Hernando Today

Woman holds vandals at gunpoint

2. Features & Arts Writing

First Place

Gary Corsair

Villages Daily Sun

Collection

Polished, professional, well reported and well told. You can almost taste the BBQ.

Second Place

Nancy Kennedy

Citrus County Chronicle

Collection

Third Place

Daisy Moon

Villages Daily Sun

Collection

3. Investigative Reporting

First Place

John Guerra

Key West Citizen

School Superintendent

It must be a delight to be a reporter in Key West. It's unbelievable but he pinned down the names and dollars and cents. Very persistent and systematic with a major impact.

Second Place

Michael Bates

Hernando Today

Kickbacks

Third Place

Andrew Gant

Panama City News Herald

Baby Shannon found alive

4. Explanatory Reporting

First Place

Gary Corsair

Villages Daily Sun

Turning back the clock

Focused, smart, well told stories geared with the readership in mind.

Second Place

Michael Bates

Hernando Today

Board rebuffs advice

Third Place

none

5. Beat Reporting

First Place

David Corder

Villages Daily Sun

Business

Bringing the national angle home with sophisticated reporting and writing.

Second Place

Tony Holt

Hernando Today

Education

Third Place

Mike Wright

Citrus County Chronicle

Local government

6. Sports

First Place

Keith Chartrand

Villages Daily Sun

Collection

Enterprising, good at finding local angles and vivid storytelling

Second Place

John Coscia

Citrus County Chronicle

Collection

Third Place

Steve Trivett

Villages Daily Sun

Collection

7. Business

First Place

Will Hobson

Panama City News Herald

Banking Industry

Strong reporting and research on local banking that foreshadowed the collapse of the area's largest bank.

Second Place

Tony Holt

Hernando Today

A Cobbler

Third Place

none

8. Columns

First Place

Charlie Brennan

Citrus County Chronicle

Collection

Very conversational and engaging prose style with topics that are relevant and interesting to his audience. Real human touches in his writing.

Second Place

Steve Trivett

Villages Daily Sun

Collection

Third Place

John Coscia

Citrus County Chronicle

Collection

9. Headlines

First Place

Keith Chartrand

Villages Daily Sun

Collection

His headlines play to the entire presentation and had some attitude without editorializing. (Note: Please use A-Rod in the graphic, 117,683.00 a day spectator"

Second Place

none

Third Place

none

10. Editorials

First Place

Neale Brennan

Citrus County Chronicle

Collection

Well written and well reasoned and to the point without being preachy.

Second Place

Charlie Brennan

Citrus County Chronicle

Collection

Third Place

Chris Wessel

Hernando Today

Collection

11. Page One Design

First Place

No award given in this category

12. Feature Page Design

First Place

Anthony Casto

Villages Daily Sun

Clawing His way

Diagonal headlines, textured background and an intense photo played large captures that movie-poster feel and speaks to the content of this story. The page, overall, is more of a magazine approach, which is refreshing.

Second Place

Anthony Casto

Villages Daily Sun

Up, Up and Away

Third Place

Bradford Josef Bautista

Citrus County Chronicle

Keys to the Castle

13. Sports Page Design

First Place

Matt Fry

Villages Daily Sun

Six the Hard Way

Big-time coverage of a live event. Great photo editing and use of typography to convey the biggest sporting event of the year.

Second Place

none

Third Place

none

14. Editorial Cartoon

First Place

Don Brown

Hernando Today

Stimulus Plan, Bazillion Dollar Bill

This editorial cartoon about the introduction of the bazillion dollar bill won first for its perceptive quip about the stimulus bill.

Second Place

Don Brown

Hernando Today

Green' Dilemma

Third Place

Don Brown

Hernando Today

Text-Messaging Knife Thrower

15. News Graphics/Illustrations

First Place

Don Brown

Hernando Today

Foreclosures

A unique solution to use color and data to effectively bring readers in to a hard-to-illustrate story.

Second Place

Don Brown

Hernando Today

Impact Fee Distribution

Third Place

Mike Orton

Villages Daily Sun

Grapefruit League

16. Spot News Photography

First Place

Matthew Beck

Citrus County Chronicle

DUI Manslaughter

Tightly framed shot that captures the anguish of a woman who lost her daughter. The picture speaks for itself.

Second Place

Matthew Beck

Citrus County Chronicle

Inauguration

Third Place

Terry Barner

Panama City News Herald

Inferno

17. Feature Photography

First Place

Brian LaPeter

Citrus County Chronicle

Hitchin a Ride

Good use of light, reflection and symmetry moved this image to the top of the features category.

Second Place

Terry Barner

Panama City News Herald

Soldier's Tear

Third Place

Andrew Wardlow

Panama City News Herald

Lizard

18. Sports Photography

First Place

Terry Barner

Panama City News Herald

Hoops Arm

Great composition for a complicated yet powerful image.

Second Place

none

Third Place

none

19. Photo Story

First Place

No award given in this category

20. Innovation that Drives Digital Audience

First Place

John Coscia

Citrus County Chronicle

Athlete of the Year

Impressive with 33,942 total online votes and more than 136,000 page views, including live streaming from the awards banquet.

Second Place

none

Third Place

none

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Spanish-Language Awards

1. News Reporting

First Place

Gerardo Reyes and Gonzalo Guillen

El Nuevo Herald

Falsos Positivos

A great example of watchdog journalism. A story with impact, balance and, without a doubt, one that generated a range of reactions.

Second Place

Luis Enrique Flor, El Sentinel Ft. Lauderdale

Series on Immigration

Third Place

Staff, Centro Tampa

Series on Foreclosures

2. Sports Writing

First Place

Alsy Acevedo

El Sentinel Orlando

En esta esquina and Cotto con todo

Boxing probably got new fans after these stories: With simple words, the writer explains what happens inside and outside the ring.

Second Place

Luis Enrique Flor, El Sentinel Ft. Lauderdale

Gimnasia

Third Place

none

3. Features Writing

First Place

Sarah Moreno

El Nuevo Herald

Series

Excellent writing. The author jumps into a variety of issues and offers a new perspective to readers.

Second Place

Maria D'Adamo, Eco-Latino

Latinos en Jacksonville

Third Place

Yvonne Valdez, El Sentinel Ft. Lauderdale

Breast Cancer Awareness

4. Design

First Place

Joel Bustamante

Centro Tampa

Messi gana el Balon de Oro

Clean and compelling design are perfectly paired for a story about one of the best soccer players in the world.

Second Place

Luis Garcia and Oman Martinez, El Nuevo Herald

Muerte de Michael Jackson

Third Place

Jessalyn Santos, El Sentinel Ft. Lauderdale

Rita Moreno

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