Florida Press Club’s 2014 Excellence in Journalism finalists announced!

October 30th, 2014

Congratulations to all the finalists in the Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism competition! Don’t read anything into the placement of these names, though! The 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place winners will be announced at FPC’s gala celebration on Nov. 15 at the Pirate’s Cove Resort & Marina. Our guest speaker and additional details to follow… In the meantime, join us in congratulating the finalists!

Special Awards

Frances DeVore Award for Public Service

– Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia, Tampa Bay Times

– Tim Elfrink, Miami New Times

– Carol Marbin Miller, Audra D.S. Burch, Lazaro Gamio, Miami Herald

Freedom of Information Award

– Gina Edwards, Naples City Desk, WatchdogCity.com

– Staff, Times-Union Media

– Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers, Broward Bulldog

Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting

Class A

– Pat Beall, Palm Beach Post

– Diane C. Lade, Sun Sentinel

–Dave Breitenstein, News-Press

Class B

— Charles Schelle, Bradenton Herald

– Brittany Van Heyningen, The Villages Daily Sun

– Dinah Voyles Pulver, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Class C

– Michele Dargan, Palm Beach Daily News

— Stephanie Allen, The Ledger

– David Chapman, Marilyn Young, The Financial News and Daily Record

Class D

– John Sotomayor, Sotomayor Media Creations

— Cheryl Blackerby, Tim O’Meilia, Mary Kate Leming, Jerry Lower, Coastal Star

— Jay Schlichter, Naples Daily News

Special Sections

Class A-B

– Lou Ann Frala, Eliot Kleinberg, Barbara Marshall, Mark Buzek, Palm Beach Post

–Brittany Van Heyningen, Cal Gaines and Thomas Marcetti, The Villages Daily Sun

— Alan Bellittera, Roy Cummings, Joey Johnston, Ira Kaufman, Staff, Tampa Tribune

Class C-D

– Anjali Fluker, Orlando Business Journal

– Codi Gildberg, Bobby King, Marilyn Young, The Financial News and Daily Record

– Darrell Hofheinz, Palm Beach Daily News

Illustration — Artist Illustration

Class A-D

– Donnie Haberkorn, Naples Daily News

— Steve Nelson, Times-Union Media

– Jerry Petersen, Panama City News Herald

Illustration — Editorial Cartooning

– David Willson, Palm Beach Daily News

— Steve Borggren, Anna Maria Island Sun

– Ed Hall, Freelance

Illustration — Infographic Presentation

Class A-D

— Michael Servidio, Joey Johnston, Tampa Tribune

— Aleese Kopf, William Kelly, Karbel Multimedia, Palm Beach Daily News

— Steve Nelson, Times-Union Media

Layout — Features Page Design

Class A

— Steve Nelson, Times -Union Media

– Chanel Martin, Times-Union Media

Class B

– Chelsea Kleven, The Villages Daily Sun

— Scott Turick, Daytona Beach News-Journal

– Sue Pearson, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Class C

– Jerry Petersen, Panama City News Herald

— Trisha Murphy, Palatka Daily News

Class D

— Donnie Haberkorn, Naples Daily News

Layout — Front Page Design

Class A

— Miche Ratto, Broward Palm Beach New Times

— Horace Brooks, Cindy DeJonge, Joel Taylor, Tampa Tribune

— Phil Diokno, Times-Union Media

Class B

– Adam Rogers, The Villages Daily Sun

– Scott Turick, Daytona Beach News-Journal

— Alex Miller, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Class C

–John Pitts and Julia Estrada, The Ledger

— Laura Cornett, Panama City News Herald

— Ray Glenn, Panama City News Herald

Class D

– Jerry Lower, Scott Simmons, Mary Kate Leming, Coastal Star

– Donnie Haberkorn, Naples Day News

Layout — Sports Page Design

Class A-B

– Bill Bootz, The Villages Daily Sun

— Adam Rogers, The Villages Daily Sun

– Marc Correnti, The Villages Daily Sun

Class C

— Laura Cornett, Panama City News Herald

– John Hansen, Panama City News Herald

– Chris George, The Ledger

Class D

— Donnie Haberkorn, Naples Daily News

Writing — Breaking News

– Thomas Vaught, Anna Maria Island Sun

— Michael E. Miller, Miami New Times

— Aleese Kopf, Palm Beach Daily News

Writing — Business

Class A

– Michael E. Miller, Miami New Times

— Charles Elmore, Palm Beach Post

— Charles Elmore, Stacey Singer, Palm Beach Post

Class B

– Josh Salman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

– Charles Schelle, Bradenton Herald

Class C

– Asia Aikins, Palatka Daily News

— Dian Vujovich, Palm Beach Daily News

– Valerie Garman, Panama City News Herald

Class D

— Richard Bilbao, Orlando Business Journal

— Anjali Fluker Orlando Business Journal

– Abraham Aboraya, Orlando Business Journal

Writing — Community News

– Julie Murphy, Daytona Beach News-Journal

– Jack Short, Boca Beacon

– Steve Bauer, Suncoast Media Group

Writing — Commentary

Class A

– Michelle Bearden, Tampa Tribune

— Mark Gauert, City & Shore Magazine, the Sun Sentinel

Class B

– Christy Feinberg, Sun Newspapers

— Scott Kent, Daytona Beach News-Journal

— Eve Samples, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Class C

– Gerald Ensley, Tallahassee Democrat

— Brian Thompson, St. Augustine Record

– David Willson, Palm Beach Daily News

Class D

— Thom Smith, Coastal Star

– Ron Hayes, Coastal Star

— Cindy Lane, Anna Maria Island Sun

Writing — Education

Class A-D

— Annie Martin, Daytona Beach News-Journal

— Abraham Aboraya, Orlando Business Journal

– Dave Breitenstein, News-Press

Writing — Environmental News

Class A-C

- David Villano, Miami New Times

– Scott Wyland, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

— Tom Palmer, The Ledger

Class D

– Cheryl Blackerby, Coastal Star

– Jack Short, Boca Beacon

Writing — General News

Class A

– Michael E. Miller, Miami New Times

–Topher Sanders, Times-Union Media

– Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald

Class B

- Eileen Zaffiro-Kean, Daytona Beach News-Journal

– Josh Salman, Sarasota, Herald Tribune

– Bruce Ackerman, Ocala Star Banner

Class C

— Marilyn Young, The Financial News and Daily Record

– Michele Dargan, Palm Beach Daily News

- Aleese Kopf, Kopf, Palm Beach Daily News

Class D

– Henry Frederick, HeadlineSurfer.com

– Abraham Aboraya, Orlando Business Journal

– Jack Short, Boca Beacon

Writing — Government News

Class A

– Michael E. Miller, Miami New Times

– David Bauerlein, Eileen Kelley, Times-Union Media

— Joel Engelhardt, Palm Beach Post

Class B

— Andrew Gant, Daytona Beach News-Journal

– George Andreassi, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

– Mark Harper, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Class C

– Max Marbut, The Financial News and Daily Record

— David Chapman, The Financial News and Daily Record

— William Kelly, Palm Beach Daily News

Class D

– John Sotomayor, Sotomayor Media Creations

— Abraham Aboraya, Orlando Business Journal

–Steve Bauer, Suncoast Media Group

Writing — Headline Writing

– Steve Nelson, Times-Union Media

– Cindy Lane, Anna Maria Island Sun

— Staff, Orlando Business Journal

Writing — Health Writing

Class A-C

– Jacqueline Bostick, Panama City News Herald

– Beth Reese Cravey, Times-Union Media

Class D

– Abraham Aboraya, Orlando Business Journal

— – James Combs, Akers Media Group

— John Sotomayor, Sotomayor Media Creations

Writing — Light Feature Writing

Class A

— Kyle Swenson, Miami New Times

— Matt Soergel, Times-Union Media

— Steve Nelson, Times-Union Media

Class B

— Zaimarie De Guzman, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

– Janine Zeitlin, News Press

— Sabrina Rocco, Bradenton Herald

Class C

— Asia Aikins, Palatka Daily News

Class D

– Cindy Lane, Anna Maria Island Sun

— Ron Hayes, Coastal Star

— Abraham Aboraya, Orlando Business Journal

Writing — Minority Reporting

Class A-C

- Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald

– Kyle Swenson, Miami New Times

Class D

– Henry Frederick, HeadineSurfer.com

— Nicole Wiesenthal, South Florida Gay News

– Kelly Farrell, Jay Schlichter, Naples Daily News

Writing — Opinion Writing

Class A-C

— Elizabeth Clarke, Palm Beach Daily News

– Betty Nelander, Palm Beach Daily News

— Scott Kent, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Class D

— Cindy Barth, Orlando Business Journal

— Mike Field, Anna Maria Island Sun

Writing — Public Safety Reporting

Class A

–Christopher Sanders, Times-Union Media

— Jim Schoettler, Times-Union Media

– Michael E. Miller, Miami New Times

Class B

— Tony Holt, Daytona Beach News-Journal

– Katie Kustura, Daytona Beach News-Journal

— Chris Gerbasi, The Villages Daily Sun

Class C

– Michele Dargan, Palm Beach Daily News

– Stephanie Allen, The Ledger

— Marilyn Young, The Financial News and Daily Record

Class D

– Steve Bauer, Suncoast Media Group

– Jane Smith, Coastal Star

— Susan E. Hoffman, Suncoast Media Group

Writing — Religion

Class A-B

— Dave Breitenstein, News-Press

— Andrew Pantazi, Times-Union Media

— Michelle Bearden, Tampa Tribune

Class B

— Zaimarie De Guzman, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

— Richard Dymond, Bradenton Herald

Class C-D

— Tracy Miguel-Navarro, Elysa Delcorto, Naples Daily News

— Christiana Lilly, South Florida Gay News

– Audrey Blackwell, Venice Gondolier Sun

Writing — Serious Feature Writing

Class A

— Diane C. Lade, Sun Sentinel

– Michelle Bearden, Tampa Tribune

— Eliot Kleinberg, Palm Beach Post

Class B

— Janine Zeitlin, News-Press

– Brittany Van Heyningen, The Villages Daily Sun

— Gary Corsair, Akers Media Group

Class C

— Gary White, The Ledger

— Jacqueline Bostick, Panama City News Herald

— Marilyn Young, The Financial News and Daily Record

Class D

– James Combs, Akers Media Group

— Susan E. Hoffman, Suncoast Media Group

– Abraham Aboraya, Orlando Business Journal

Writing — Sports Column A-D

– Alan Dell, Bradenton Herald

— Gene Frenette, Times-Union Media

— Pat McCann, Panama City News Herald

Writing — Sports Feature Writing

Class A

— Joey Johnston, Tampa Tribune

– Dave Breitenstein, News-Press

-Michael E. Miller, Miami New Times

Class B-D

— Steve Bauer, Suncoast Media Group

— Zaimarie De Guzman, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

– Dennis Jacob, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Writing — Sports Writing Class A-D

– Mark Blumenthal, Palatka Daily News

— John Lembo, Bradenton Herald

– Justin Barney, Times-Union Media

Writing — Travel Writing

Class A-B

— Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald

— Christy Feinberg, Sun Newspapers

– Charles Schelle, Bradenton Herald

Class C

— Cheryl Blackerby, Palm Beach Daily News

Class D

– Mary Ann DeSantis, Style Magazine

— Brandi Broxson, Naples Daily News

– Richard Bilbao, Orlando Business Journal

Photography — Breaking News A-D

— Chris DeVitto, Palatka Daily News

— Bruce Ackerman, Ocala Star Banner

– Bob Self, Times-Union Media

– Xavier Mascarenas, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Photography — Feature Photo Essay

Class A

— Will Dickey, Times-Union Media

– Bruce Lipsky, Times Union Media

Class B

- — Cal Gaines, The Villages Daily Sun

— George Horsford, The Villages Daily Sun

– Amy Correnti, The Villages Daily Sun

Class C-D

— Susan E. Hoffman, Suncoast Media Group

Photography — Features

– Bruce Lipsky, Times-Union Media

– Bob Self, Times Union-Media

— Bob Mack, Times-Union Media

Class B

– Bruce Ackerman, Ocala Star-Banner

— Sam Wolfe, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Class C

– Chris DeVitto, Palatka Daily News

– Andrew Wardlow, Panama City News Herald

– Heather Leiphart, Panama City News Herald

Class D

– Maggie Field, Anna Maria Island Sun

– Susan E. Hoffman, Suncoast Media Group

Photography — General News

Class A

– Will Dickey, Times-Union Media

— Luke Johnson, Tampa Tribune

Class B

– Alex Boerner, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

– Bruce Ackerman, Ocala Star-Banner

— Alex Slitz, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Class C

– Meghan McCarthy, Palm Beach Daily News

– Scott Wheeler, The Ledger

– Andrew Wardlow, Panama City News Herald

Class D

– Mike Field, Anna Maria Island Sun

— Cindy Lane Anna Maria Island Sun

— Maggie Field, Anna Maria Island Sun

Photography — Photo Illustration

Class A-D

— Cindy Lane, Anna Maria Island Sun

— Will Dickey, Times-Union Media

— Cindy Lane, Anna Maria Island Sun

Photography — Portrait/Personality

Class A

– Bob Self, Times-Union Media

–Will Dickey, Times-Union Media

Class B-D

– Bill Mitchell, The Villages Daily Sun

— Andrew Wardlow, Panama City News Herald

Photography — Sports Action

Class A

– Bob Self, Times-Union Media

– Bob Mack, Times-Union Media

Class B

— Eric Hasert, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

— Peter Travers, The Villages Daily Sun

– Bruce Ackerman, Ocala Star-Banner

Photography — Sports Feature

Class A

— Bob Mack, Times-Union Media

— Will Dickey, Times-Union Media

Class B

– Molly Bartels, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

— Peter Travers, The Villages Daily Sun

Class C-D

— Patti Blake, Panama City News Herald

– Scott Wheeler, The Ledger

Online — Blog Affiliated

– Will Greenlee, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

– Dian Vujovich, Palm Beach Daily News

— Jeff Wilen, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Online — Blog Independent

– Sharon Aron Baron, Talk Media

Online — News Site

— Staff, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

– Tim Elfrink, Michael E. Miller, Trevor Bach, Kyle Munzenrieder, Miami New Times

— Staff, Orlando Business Journal

Online — Package

Class A

– Eliot Kleinberg, Mark Buzek, Jeff Sterling, Palm Beach Post

— Miche Ratto, Miami New Times

– Staff, Times-Union Media

Class B

— Eric Pfahler, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Class C-D

— Jim Carchidi, Orlando Business Journal

Call to the 2014 Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Competition!

July 11th, 2014

Proud of Your Work? Enter the contest with the cash prize!
The Florida Press Club’s competition is open!

Go to https://omnicontests4.com/default.aspx?comp_id=1453 to get started.

Below, you’ll find the more information about our rules and categories. Any questions? Feel Free to email me, Anne Geggis fpcpresident@gmail.com.

Official Rules and Eligibility

1. The Excellence in Journalism Competition is open only to members of the
Florida Press Club. Membership is $20 per person/per year and must be submitted with contest entry. If you are a contest administrator, please email a list containing your entrants’ names and email addresses to fpcpresident@gmail.com after submitting.

2. Entries must have been published or produced in Florida or transmitted from
Florida by a wire service between June 1, 2013, and May 31, 2014.

3. Fees are $15 per entry—with two exceptions. There will be a $25 fee per entry for the Lucy Morgan Award for In-depth Reporting and/or Frances DeVore Award for Public Service categories. Payment must be received with entries through PayPal.

4. No staff entries are allowed, except where applicable. Limit of four names per byline on staff entries. After four, enter entry as “Staff.”

5. The same item may be entered in multiple categories. Each additional entry
requires an additional $15 fee.

6. Most writing, photography and illustration categories call for up to three samples of
your work per entry. Spanish entries accepted. Do not enter more than three items unless the category calls for “up to five.” To add online entries, you may add URLs on a Word document.

7. Improperly prepared entries or incomplete entry forms will be disqualified.
Under no circumstances will entry fees be refunded.

8. Judges may award first, second and third place winners in each category at their discretion. Decisions are final. No entries will be returned. Judges may elect to not award a category, or the club may choose to combine classes within a category.

9. The first-place, overall winner of the Frances DeVore Award will receive a check for $1,000 at the November awards banquet. Classes A-D will be combined. Winners are required to attend to receive their prize with very few exceptions (such as hospitalization). Entrant(s) must indicate on the entry form to whom the award check should be made payable.

10. For an extra $20, you may mail entries. Email Anne Geggis at fpcpresident@gmail.com for details.

ENTRIES MUST BE UPLOADED, FINALIZED AND PAID FOR BY AUGUST 11, 2014. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Circulation Classes:

Class A: Daily newspapers with more than 90,001 circulation, plus all wire services and alternative newspapers.
Class B: Daily newspapers with 40,001 to 90,000 circulation.
Class C: Daily newspapers with less than 40,000 circulation.
Class D: Non-daily newspapers, community, tribal and college newspapers. Florida magazines and newspaper supplements are included in this class.

Entry Format:

1. To enter the Florida Press Club competition, go to https://omnicontests4.com/?comp_id=1453. Register on the left.

2. Submit PDFs for writing and layout entries, or Word documents for descriptions (if category calls for it). Date of publication must be on the submission. Printouts of online stories may be submitted as PDFs, provided that they are identical to the printed version.

3. Follow the instructions for signing up on omniCONTESTS, you will find on the link above. It is strongly advised that entrants keep track of their entries and payment.

4. For photo entries, write the cutline, photographer, newspaper and date of publication in an uploaded Word document. For photographers mailing in their entries, they should submit work in .jpg format at 200 dpi, with the longest edge measuring 10 inches.

5. Entries incorrectly marked or not submitted according to the guidelines will be disqualified. No entry fees will be refunded and no materials will be returned.

6. The Florida Press Club assumes no rights to any material submitted other than the right to send to judges, use for educational purposes and display at the banquet.

Entry Categories
Writing:

General News: Submit up to three stories about non-deadline events.
Breaking News: Submit up to three news stories that show deadline coverage of a
breaking news event.
Public Safety Reporting: Submit up to three news stories about fire, police or criminal court events.
Education News: Submit up to three stories from the education beat.
Government News: Submit up to three stories about municipal, county, state or federal government. Freedom of Information stories are not to be entered in this category.
Community News: Submit up to three stories zoned for a newspaper’s community news section: i.e. Neighborhood Post, Hernando Times
Minority News: Submit up to three stories about issues of special concern to a minority community.
Serious Feature Writing: Submit up to three stories from different human-interest assignments of a serious nature (news features, in-depth profiles).
Travel and Tourism: Submit up to three stories about travel or tourism.
Light Feature Writing: Submit up to three stories from different human-interest assignments of a lighter nature (holiday, travel features).
Environmental Writing: Submit up to three stories about environmental issues.
Religion Writing: Submit up to three stories about religion.
Health Writing: Submit up to three stories about health issues.
Business Writing: Submit up to three stories about business news events, trends, people, new products and technology.
Sports Writing: Submit up to three stories from different sports events.
Sports Feature Writing: Submit up to three human-interest sports stories.
Sports Column: Submit up to three sports columns.
Opinion Writing: Submit up to three non-byline editorials about different Florida
issues.
Commentary Writing: Submit up to three columns, essays, think pieces or personal experience stories.
Best Headline Writing: Submit up to three headlines.
The Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting: This category is open to news, features, sports and editorial reporting. Submit a story package series of up to five clearly-related or set of continuous stories on one subject. Staff entries accepted.

Layout (based on overall appearance of each page):

Front Page Design: Submit up to three front pages.
Feature Page Design: Submit up to three fronts from the feature section.
Sports Page Design: Submit up to three sports fronts.

Special Sections:

Submit fashion, leisure, bridal, hurricane or other special sections that appear on an irregular or annual basis. Staff entries accepted.

Photography:

Breaking News: Submit up to three pictures of unscheduled or breaking news events for which no advanced planning was possible.
Features: Submit up to three pictures of a found situation or images created for a feature story with human interest. As a standalone, it’s a fresh view of an everyday scene.
General News: Submit up to three pictures of an organized event for which planning was possible.
Sports Action: Submit up to three pictures showing action in a game or athletic event.
Sports Feature: Submit up to three pictures showing non-action or a found situation
with human interest at a game or athletic event.
Portrait/Personality: Submit up to three pictures that capture an aspect of a subject’s
character.
Photo Illustration: Submit up to three pictures that creatively illustrate a preconceived
concept or situation that would otherwise be difficult to show.
Feature Photo Essay: Submit one package showing a complete feature story. Staff entries accepted.

Illustration:

Info-Graphic Presentation: Submit up to three samples of informational-graphics.
Artist Illustration: Submit up to three examples of artwork that illustrate an idea, scene or story. These can be drawings, photos, clip art, etc.
Editorial Cartooning: Submit up to three editorial/political cartoons about different Florida subjects.

Online:
News Site: Submit your site’s web address. Judging will be based on a site’s overall style, ease of use, relevance and timeliness of news content. One website may be entered on the Upload page on the open line beneath “File.” You may also upload a Word document.
Multimedia Package: Submit a link to the web page that shows the best use of multiple forms of media to enhance a story. These may include a combination of elements, such as interactive maps, rollovers, photo galleries or other unique uses of technology. Upload URLs on a Word document, and make sure the broadcast dates are visible.
Affiliated Blog: Submit up to three blog postings from a blog that is part of a larger news operation with a brief description of why the posting was timely or relevant to the news of the day or why the posting was a good example of feature reporting. Upload URLs on a Word document, and make sure the broadcast dates are visible.
Independent Blog: Submit up to three blog postings with a brief brief description of why the posting was timely or relevant to the news of the day or why the posting was a good example of feature reporting. Upload URLs on a Word document, and make sure the broadcast dates are visible.
Special Awards:
Freedom of Information Award: This award goes to the newspaper that has done the most to defend or extend Florida’s public record and Sunshine laws in the last year. Submit up to five combinations of stories, editorials, columns, cartoons or photographs that reveal the effort your paper made to defend or extend these laws, as well inform us of the outcome. Please submit a 500-word description to help the judges understand the project. Staff entries accepted.

Frances DeVore Award for Public Service: This is the club’s most prestigious award. It recognizes an outstanding contribution to the public good and celebrates journalism that makes a difference. Entries can include any package or series that reported conditions harmful to the public and resulted in action to alleviate those conditions. Entries must also include documentation showing that action was taken. That can include follow-up stories, written statements from officials or government reports. Judges will consider up to five combinations of photographs, originally produced artwork and graphics, as well as editorials and cartoons. A written introduction is advised to tell judges what happened and why it is important. It should outline the reporting process and any hurdles overcome to get the story, such as a public records battle. A $1,000 prize will be awarded to the overall, first-place winner of classes A-D. Staff entries accepted.

Florida Press Club … The winners

November 2nd, 2013

Special Awards — Lucy Morgan Award

Class A

1st Place — Alexandra Zayas, Tampa Bay Times
Michael LaForgia, Tampa Bay Times
Kate Howard Perry, Adam Kealoha Causey, Florida Times-Union

Class B

1st Place — Melissa Holsman, Zaimarie DeGuzman, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
2nd Place — Jonathan Mattise, Scott Wyland, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
Third Place — Alexi Howk, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Class C-D

1st Place — Orlando Business Journal, Staff
2nd Place — John Sotomayor, Ocala Magazine
3rd Place — John Sotomayor, Ocala Magazine
Special Awards — Freedom of Information Award
1st Place — Gina Edwards, Watchdog City,
2nd Place — The Ledger Staff

Artist Illustration
Class A-D

1st Place — Tammy Wheatley, South Florida Sun Sentinel
2nd Place — Kim Cool, Venice Gondolier Sun
3rd Place — Trisha Murphy, The Palatka Daily News

Editorial Cartooning
Class A-D
1st Place — Chan Lowe, South Florida Sun Sentinel
2nd Place — Steve Borggren, Anna Maria Island Sun
3rd Place — Ed Hall, Free Lance

Infographic Presentation
Class A-D
1st Place — Steve Nelson, Florida Times-Union
2nd Place — David Rogers, Aleese Kopf, Carol Carnevale and Karbel Graphics, Palm Beach Daily News

Layout Feature Page Design
Class A-B

1st Place — Thomas Marcetti, The Villages Daily Sun
2nd Place — Carol Parker, South Florida Sun Sentinel
3rd Place — Casmira Harrison, News Journal

Class C
1st Place — Brad Bautista, Citrus County Chronicle,
2nd Place — Danielle Provencher, Palm Beach Daily News
3rd Place — Brian LaPeter, Citrus County Chronicle

Class D
1st Place — Scott Simmons, The Coastal Star
2nd Place — Donald Haberkorn, Collier Citizen
3rd Place — Frank Russell, The Banner

Layout Front Page Design

Class A-B

1st Place — Thomas Marcetti, The Villages Daily Sun
2nd Place — Adam Rogers, The Villages Daily Sun
3rd Place — Miche Ratto, Miami New Times
Class C
1st Place — Jennifer Peake, Panama City News-Herald
2nd Place — Palatka Daily News Staff

Class D
1st Place — Cheryl Bence, Orlando Business Journal
2nd Place (tie) — Scott Simmons, Jerry Lower, Mary Kate Leming
Donald Haberkorn, Naples Daily News
3rd Place (tie) — Mike Field, Ricardo Foneseca, Anna Maria Island Sun (tie)
Frank Russell, Collier Citizen

Layout Sports Page Design

Class A-D

1st Place — Laura Cornett, Panama City News Herald
2nd Place — Andrew Manzo, The Villages Daily Sun

Best Multimedia Package
Class A-D
1st Place — Dave Breitenstein, Mike Donlan, News-Press
2nd Place — David Rogers, Aleese Kopf, Karbel Multimedia, Carol Carnevale, Palm Beach Daily News
3rd Place — Robert Janjigian, Meghan McCarthy, Palm Beach Daily News

Best Online Publication, Class A-D
1st Place — Orlando Business Journal
2nd Place — TC Plam
3rd Place Daytona Beach News-Journal

Blog Writing
Class A-B
1st Place — Dave Breitenstein, News-Press
2nd Place — Will Greenlee, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
3rd Place — Jeff Wilen, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Class C-D
1st Place — Carol Gentry, Health News Florida
2nd Place — Paul Brinkman, South Florida Business Journal
3rd Place — Mitchell Pellecchia, Sabrina Segal, MargateNews.Net

Photography Breaking News
Class A-B
1st Place — Bruce Ackerman, Ocala Star-Banner
2nd Place — Andrew P Johnson, Panama City News Herald
3rd Place — Sam Wolfe, Scripps Treasure Coast

Class C-D
1st Place — Patrick C. Leonard, Palatka Daily News
2nd Place — Chris Salata, Palm Beach Daily News
3rd Place — Patrick C. Leonard, Palatka Daily News

Photography Feature Photo Essay
Class A-B

1st Place — Greg Lovett. Palm Beach Post
2nd Place — Bruce R. Bennett, Palm Beach Post (second)
3rd Place — Bruce Ackerman, Ocala Star-Banner,

Class C-D

1st Place — Chris Salata, Palm Beach Daily News*
2nd Place — Jerry Lower, Coastal Star
3rd Place — Jim Carchidi, Orlando Business Journal

Photography Features
Class A
1st Place — Bruce Lipsky, Florida Times-Union
2nd Place — Bruce Lipsky, Florida Times-Union
3rd Place — Bob Self, Florida Times-Union

Class B-C

1st Place — Bruce Ackerman, Ocala Star-Banner
2nd Place — Andrew P Johnson, Panama City News Herald
3rd Place — Andrew Wardlow, Panama City News Herald

Class D
1st Place — Maggie Field, Anna Maria Island Sun

Photography General News

Class A

1st Place — Will Dickey, Florida Times-Union
2nd Place (tie) — Bob Mack, Florida Times-Union
Bruce Lipsky, Florida Times-Union
3rd Place — Bob Self, Florida Times-Union

Class B-C
1st Place — Heather Leiphart, Panama City News Herald
2nd Place (tie) — Eric Hasert, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
Meghan McCarthy, Palm Beach Daily News (tie)
3rd Place — Andrew P Johnson, Panama City News Herald
Honorable Mention: Chris Salata, Palm Beach Daily News

Class D
1st Place — Jerry Lower, Coastal Star
2nd Place — Maggie Field, Anna Maria Island Sun

Photography Portrait/Personality
Class A
1st Place — Joe Cavaretta, Sun Sentinel
2nd Place — Bob Self, Florida Times-Union
3rd Place — Bob Self, Florida Times-Union (New Citizen at 100)
Class B-D

1st Place — Patrick C. Leonard, Palatka Daily News
2nd Place — Jim Carchidi, Orlando Business Journal
3rd Place — Patrick C. Leonard, Palatka Daily News

Photography Sports Action

Class A
1st Place — Bob Self, Florida Times-Union
2nd Place — Bob Self, Florida Times-Union
3rd Place — Joe Cavaretta, South Florida Sun Sentinel

Class B-D
1st Place — Scott Wheeler, The Ledger
2nd Place — Patrick C. Leonard, Palatka Daily News
3rd Place — Bruce Ackerman, Ocala Star-Banner

Photography Sports Feature
Class A
1st Place — Will Dickey, Florida Times-Union
2nd Place — Will Dickey, Florida Times-Union

Class B-D
1st Place — Bruce Ackerman, Ocala Star Banner
2nd Place — Alex Boerner, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
3rd Place — Patrick C. Leonard, Palatka Daily News

Special Sections
Class A
1st Place — Lou Ann Frala, Eliot Kleinberg, Barbara Marshall, The Palm Beach Post
2nd Place — Mark Gauert, Anderson Greene, City & Shore Magazine, Sun Sentinel
3rd Place — Florida Times-Union Staff

Class C
1st Place — Darrell Hofheinz, Palm Beach Daily News
2nd Place — Thomas Marcetti, the Villages Daily Sun
3rd Place — Panama City News Herald Staff

Class D
1st Place — Orlando Weekly Staff
2nd Place — Jason Parsley, South Florida Gay News
3rd Place (tie) — Susan Lundine, Orlando Business Journal
Susan E. Hoffman, Sun Coast Media Group

Best Headline Writing, Class A-D
1st Place — Jay Schlichter, Naples Daily News
2nd Place — John Sotomayor, Ocala Magazine
3rd Place — Susan E. Hoffman, Sun Coast Media Group
Breaking News
A-D
1st Place — Frank Fernandez, Andrew Gant, Julie Murphy

Business Writing
Class A-B

1st Place — Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
2nd Place — Josh Salman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
3rd Place — Josh Salman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Class C
1st Place — Gail Liberman, Palm Beach Daily News
2nd Place — Darrell Hofheinz, Palm Beach Daily News
3rd Place — Dian Vujovich, Palm Beach Daily News
Class D

1st Place — Anjali Fluker, Orlando Business Journal
2nd Place — Abraham Aboraya Orlando Business Journal (second)
3rd Place — Tim Pallasen, Coastal Star

Commentary Writing
Class A

1st Place — Mark Woods, Florida Times-Union
2nd Place — Chan Lowe, Sun Sentinel
3rd Place — Michelle Bearden, Tampa Tribune

Class B
1st Place — Luther Campbell, Miami New Times
2nd Place — Mac Thrower, Daytona Beach News-Journal (second)
Third Place — Mark Lane, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Class C-D

1st Place — Bill Manes, Orlando Weekly
Thom Smith, Coastal Star
Arden Moore, Coastal Star

Community News Writing
Class A-C

1st Place — Michael E. Miller, Miami New Times
2nd Place — Trisha Murphy, Palatka Daily News

Class D
1st Place — Jason Parsley, South Florida Gay News
2nd Place — John Sotomayor, Ocala Magazine
3rd Place — Pat Copeland, Anna Maria Island Sun
Education Writing
Class A-B
1st Place — Cara Fitzpatrick, Jeffrey S. Solochek, Marlene Sokol, Tampa Bay Times
2nd Place — Annie Martin, Daytona Beach News-Journal
3rd Place — Tyler Treadway, Kelly Tyko, Colleen Wixon, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Class C-D
1st Place — Laura Gates, Elysa Delcorto, Naples Daily News
2nd Place — Maryann Batlle, Elysa Delcorto, Naples Daily News
3rd Place — Ron Hayes, Emily J. Minor, Libby Volgyes, Coastal Star

Environmental News
Class A-B

1st Place — Josh Salman, Bradenton Herald
2nd Place — Dinah Pulver, Daytona Beach News-Journal
3rd Place — Tom Palmer, The Ledger

Class C-D
1st Place — Tim O’Meilia, Coastal Star
2nd Place — Cheryl Blackerby, Coastal Star
3rd Place — Kim Cool, Venice Gondolier Sun

General News
Class A-B
1st Place — Josh Salman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
2nd Place — Tim Elfrink, Miami New Times
3rd Place — Jim Schoettler, Florida Times-Union

Class C
1st Place — Aleese Kopf, Palm Beach Daily News
2nd Place — Trisha Murphy, Palatka Daily News
3rd Place — Brandon D. Oliver, Palatka Daily News

Class D
1st Place — Anne Claire Shilton, Jay Schlichter, Naples Daily News
2nd Place — Tim Pallesen, Coastal Star (second)
3rd Place (tie) — Henry Frederick, HeadlineSurfer.com
Pat Copeland, Anna Maria Island Sun
Government News
Class A-B
1st Place — Terence McCoy, Miami New Times
2nd Place (tie) — Scott Travis and Andy Reid, Sun Sentinel
Eliot Kleinberg, Palm Beach Post
3rd Place — Mitra Malek, Palm Beach Post
Honorable Mention: Derek Catron, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Class C-D
1st Place — Carol Gentry, Health News Florida
2nd Place (tie) — Abraham Aboraya, Anjali Fluker, Orlando Business Journal
Pat Copeland, Anna Maria Sun
3rd Place — Jason Parsley, Dylan Bouscher, South Florida Gay News
Health Writing
Class A-B
1st Place — Skyler Swisher, Daytona Beach News-Journal
2nd Place — Josh Salman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
3rd Place — Michael E. Miller, Miami New Times
Class C-D
1st Place — Abraham Aboraya, Orlando Business Journal
2nd Place — Abraham Aboraya, Orlando Business Journal
3rd Place — Anne Claire Shilton, Elysa Delcorto, The Banner

Light Feature Writing
Class A-C
1st Place — Deirdra Funcheon, Miami New Times
2nd Place –Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
3rd Place — Michelle Bearden, Tampa Tribune

Class D
1st Place — James Combs, Akers Media Group
2nd Place — Ron Hayes, Coastal Star
3rd Place — Abraham Aboraya, Orlando Business Journal

Minority Reporting

Class A-B

1st Place — Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
2nd Place — Deborah Circelli, Daytona Beach News-Journal
3rd Place — Francisco Alvarado, Miami New Times

Class C-D
1st Place — Brian Bandell, South Florida Business Journal
2nd Place — John Sotomayor, Ocala Magazine
3rd Place — Julie Kay, Vala Lopez, Daily Business Review

Opinion Writing
Class A-B
1st Place — Jim Stinson, Daytona Beach News-Journal
2nd Place — Scott Kent, Panama City News Herald
3rd Place — Andrew J. Davis, Palm Beach Daily News

Class C-D
1st Place — Mary Kate Leming, Coastal Star
2nd Place –Cindy Lane, Anna Maria Island Sun
3rd Place — Susan E. Hoffman, Sun Coast Media Group

Public Safety
Class A-B
1st Place — Lamaur Stancil, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
2nd Place — Jim Schoettler, Florida Times-Union
3rd Place — Michael E. Miller, Miami New Times

Class C
1st Place — Christy Feinberg, Sun Newspapers
2nd Place –Michele Dargan, Palm Beach Daily News (second)
3rd Place — John Pacenti, Daily Business Review

Class D
1st Place — Steve Bauer, Sun Coast Media Group
2nd Place — Susan E. Hoffman, Sun Coast Media Group
3rd Place (tie) — Steve Plunkett, Tim O’Meilia, Angie Francalancia, Coastal Star
Henry Frederick, HeadlineSurfer.com

Religion Writing
Class A-B
1st Place — Lois Solomon, Sun Sentinel
2nd Place — Zaimarie De Guzman, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
3rd Place — Michelle Bearden, Tampa Tribune

Class C-D
1st Place — Terence McCoy, Broward/Palm Beach New Times
2nd Place –Michele Dargan, Palm Beach Daily News
3rd Place — Henry Frederick, HeadlineSurfer.com

Serious Feature Writing
Class A

1st Place — Michelle Bearden, Tampa Tribune
2nd Place — Mark Woods, Florida Times-Union
3rd Place — Topher Sanders, Florida Times-Union
Class B
1st Place — Eve Samples, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
2nd Place — Tim Elfrink, Miami New Times
3d Place — John Mattise, Scott Wyland, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
Class C
1st Place — Randal Yakey, Panama City News Herald
2nd Place — John Nelander, Palm Beach Daily News
3rd Place — Christy Feinberg, Sun Newspapers
Class D
1st Place — John Sotomayor, Ocala Magazine
2nd Place — Erin Sullivan, Orlando Weekly
3rd Place — John Sotomayor, Ocala Magazine
Sports Column Writing
Class A-B
1st Place — David Hyde, Sun Sentinel
2nd Place John Torres, Florida Today
3rd Place — Ray McNulty, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

Class C-D
1st Place — Mark Blumenthal, Palatka Daily News
2nd Place — Pat McCann, Panama City News Herald
3rd Place — Mark Blumenthal, Palatka Daily News
Sports Feature Writing
Class A-B
1st Place — Laurel Pfahler, Eric Pfahler, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
2nd Place — David Hyde, Sun Sentinel
3rd Place — Michael E. Miller, Miami New Times
Class C-D
1st Place — Jeffrey C. Billman, Orlando Weekly
2nd Place — Jason Shoot, Panama City News Herald
3rd Place — John Lombardo, Orlando Business Journal
Sports Writing
Class A-D
1st Place — Jeffrey Greer, Palm Beach Post
2nd Place — Kevin Johnson, Elysa Delcorto, The Banner
3rd Place — Mark Blumenthal, Palatka Daily News

Travel Writing
Class A-D
1st Place — Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
2nd Place — Michael E. Miller, Miami New Times
3rd Place — Richard Bilbao, Orlando Business Journal