Sunshine State Awards seal2013 Sunshine State Awards

FINALISTS

 

Finalists in each category are presented in alphabetical order by organization

 

To correct errors or omissions, please contact Tim Dodson, tim@timdodson.com

 

James Batten Award for Public Service 

  • Sun Sentinel – Sally Kestin & John Maines, Above the Law: Speeding Cops
  • Tampa Bay Times – Alexandra Zayas, In God’s name
  • The Palm Beach Post – Michael LaForgia, Kids in Peril

Diversity Award 

  • Tampa Bay Times – Eric Deggans, Eric Deggans: A collection

First Amendment Foundation Freedom of Information Award

  • WESH-TV – Greg Fox, TextGate

Integrity Florida Award for Public Corruption Reporting

  • Lakeland Ledger – Suzie Schottelkotte, Money in Mulberry

Journalist of the Year 

  • Miami New Times – Michael E. Miller, Death Trap

Gene Miller Award for Investigative Reporting 

  • Sun Sentinel – Sally Kestin & John Maines, Above the Law: Speeding Cops

Breaking News Reporting (Large)

  • Orlando Sentinel – Arelis Hernandez, Bianca Prieto & Amy Pavuk, 4 dead, 1 hurt in killer’s rampage
  • The Miami Herald – Staff of The Miami Herald, Face Eater
  • The Palm Beach Post – Staff, Isaac had soaking surprise in store

Breaking News Reporting (Small) 

  • Miami New Times – Kyle Munzenrieder , Francisco Alvarado, Gus Garcia-Roberts & Tim Elfrink, Miami Zombie
  • The Gainesville Sun – Jon Silman, Cindy Swirko, Joey Flechas & Chad Smith, Tropical Storm Debby
  • The Gainesville Sun – Staff, Interstate 75 Wrecks

Non-Deadline News Reporting (Large) 

  • Sun Sentinel – Megan O’Matz, John Maines, Bad-Neighbor Banks: How Big Lenders Spread Blight
  • Tampa Bay Times – Staff, Stand your ground
  • The Palm Beach Post – Pat Beall, Medicaid funds flood of oxycodone to the poor

Non-Deadline News Reporting (Small)

  • Florida Weekly Palm Beach Gardens & Jupiter – Athena Ponushis, Life Since Amanda
  • Lakeland Ledger – Jeremy Maready & Lyle McBride, Polk’s Garbage Mess
  • Treasure Coast Newspapers – Melissa Holsman & Zaimarie De Guzman, Killer with no remorse

Feature Reporting (Large) 

  • Tampa Bay Times – Leonora LaPeter Anton, The agony of Gretchen M.
  • The Miami Herald – Diana Moskovitz, Nubia Barahona – The Life of a Child
  • The Palm Beach Post – Carlos Frias, One Shot

Feature Reporting (Small)

  • Miami New Times – Tim Elfrink, Gun and the Scalpel
  • New Times Broward-Palm Beach – Deirdra Funcheon, Balloon Boy 2012: Three Years After the Hoax, Falcon Heene Fronts a Metal Band
  • The Gainesville Sun – Jon Silman, Teen with disease faces life of eating via a tube

Series

  • Sun Sentinel – Megan O’Matz & John Maines, Bad-Neighbor Banks: How Big Lenders Spread Blight
  • The Miami Herald – Audra D.S. Burch, Frances Robles & David Ovalle, The Trayvon Martin Story
  • The Palm Beach Post – Pat Beall & Adam Playford, Flawed machines, endangered votes

General Commentary & Criticism 

  • Orlando Sentinel – Scott Maxwell, Scott Maxwell portfolio
  • Tallahassee Democrat – Gerald Ensley, Collection
  • The Daytona Beach News-Journal – Mac Thrower, Mac Thrower collection

Arts Commentary & Criticism 

  • Creative Loafing – Mark Leib, Collection
  • Creative Loafing – Megan Voeller, Collection
  • Sun Sentinel – John Tanasychuk, Dining

Editorial Writing 

  • Sarasota News Leader – Robert Hackney, Collection
  • Tampa Bay Times – Tim Nickens, Voting
  • Treasure Coast Newspapers – Rich Campbell, Collection

Editorial Cartoon

  • Baker County Press – Ed Hall, Portfolio of Cartoons
  • Sun Sentinel – Chan Lowe, Editorial Cartoons by Chan Lowe

Presidential Election Coverage 

  • Lakeland Ledger – Ryan E. Little, Gary White, Jeremy Maready & Matthew Pleasant, The Homestretch
  • Orlando Sentinel – Jim Stratton, Collection
  • The Daytona Beach News-Journal – Derek Catron, Collection

State/Local Election Coverage 

  • The Associated Press – Brendan Farrington, Collection
  • The Miami Herald – Staff, Florida Early Voting
  • Treasure Coast Newspapers – Jonathan Mattise, George Andreassi & Scott Wyland, Collection

Election Commentary 

  • Creative Loafing – Mitch Perry, Collection
  • Tampa Bay Times – Adam C. Smith, Collection
  • Treasure Coast Newspapers – Eve Samples, Collection

Beat Reporting – Arts 

  • Fort Myers Florida Weekly – Nancy Stetson, Collection
  • Orlando Sentinel – Matthew Palm, Collection
  • The News-Press – Charles Runnells, Collection

Beat Reporting – Business 

  • Orlando Sentinel – Jason Garcia, Jason Garcia portfolio
  • South Florida Business Journal – Brian Bandell, Squandered bailout for U.S. Century Bank
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal – Jane Meinhardt, Legal Beat

Beat Reporting – Children’s Issues 

  • Orlando Sentinel – Kate Santich, Kate Santich portfolio

Beat Reporting – Community 

  • Lakeland Ledger – Kevin Bouffard, Citrus — An Industry at a Crossroads
  • The Daytona Beach News-Journal – Chris Graham, Chris Graham collection
  • The Gainesville Sun – Morgan Watkins, Alachua County coverage from Morgan Watkins

Beat Reporting – Consumer Issues 

  • Lakeland Ledger – Elvina Nawaguna, Consumer News in Polk County
  • Orlando Sentinel – Richard Burnett, Richard Burnett portfolio
  • Tampa Bay Times – Laura Reiley, Collection

Beat Reporting – Crime/Courts

  • Naples Daily News – Aisling Swift, Collection
  • Treasure Coast Newspapers – Keona Gardner, Collection
  • Treasure Coast Newspapers – Melissa Holsman, Collection

Beat Reporting – Education

  • Orlando Sentinel – Lauren Roth, Failed charter pays principal more than $500K
  • The Florida Times-Union – Topher Sanders, Topher Sanders
  • The Miami Herald – Michael Vasquez, Education Beat Reporting

Beat Reporting – Environmental/Health/Science 

  • New Times Broward-Palm Beach – Chris Sweeney, Coral Capers
  • Orlando Sentinel – Kevin Spear, Kevin Spear portfolio
  • Tampa Bay Times – Craig Pittman, The Springs

Beat Reporting – Government/Politics

  • Sun Sentinel – Brittany Wallman, Broward County beat coverage
  • The News-Press – Thomas Himes, Collection
  • The Palm Beach Post – John Kennedy, John Kennedy collection

Beat Reporting – Minority Issues

  • Daily Business Review – Julie Kay, Vala Lopez, Diversity Suffers With Firms in Survival Mode
  • Orlando Sentinel – Arelis Hernandez, Arelis Hernandez portfolio
  • The News-Press – Cristela Guerra, Their desperate search

Beat Reporting – Religion

  • Sun Sentinel – Lois Solomon, Collection
  • The Tampa Tribune – Michelle Bearden, Collection
  • Treasure Coast Newspapers – Zaimarie De Guzman, Collection

Beat Reporting – Sports

  • Orlando Sentinel – Mike Bianchi, Mike Bianchi portfolio
  • The News-Press – Dan DeLuca, Collection
  • Treasure Coast Newspapers – Laurel Pfahler, Collection

Special Publication/Section

  • Daily Business Review – Julie Kay & Vala Lopez, Diversity Suffers With Firms in Survival Mode
  • The News-Press – Staff, JetBlue Park
  • The Palm Beach Post – Bruce Moore, Eliot Kleinberg, Storm 2012

Investigative Reporting – Magazine 

  • Ocala Magazine – John Sotomayor, Stand Your Ground
  • Ocala Magazine – John Sotomayor, Zombieland
  • Sarasota Magazine – Tony D’Souza, Eyes Wide Shut

Feature Reporting – Magazine 

  • Boca Raton Magazine – Gaspar Gonzalez, Black Magic Woman
  • Ocala Magazine – John Sotomayor, Stand Your Ground
  • Playboy – Andy Dehnart, Reality on the High Seas

Profile Reporting 

  • Gulfstream Media Group – Jennifer Tormo, Nila Do, Boca Life Magazine – “Forgetting Breast Cancer”
  • Sarasota Magazine – Adam Davies, Saranova and Me
  • Sarasota Magazine – Johannes Werner, Poster Boy

Commentary & Criticism – Magazine 

  • Sarasota Magazine – Frank Galati, War By Other Means
  • Sarasota Magazine – Robert Plunket, From Rudolph to Halston
  • Sun Sentinel – Mark Gauert, Here & Now: With the Editor & Publisher

Trade/Special Interest Publication

  • 850 – The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida – Linda Kleindienst, Larry Davidson, Saige Roberts & Scott Holstein, 850 – The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida
  • Horizons – Horizons Staff, Nova Southeastern University’s Horizons
  • Sun Sentinel – Mark Gauert, City & Shore Magazine

Cover Design

  • Sarasota Magazine – Gigi Ortwein, Sarasota Magazine covers, April, November and December 2012
  • Sun Sentinel – Anderson Greene, Mark Gauert, City & Shore Magazine
  • The News-Press – Lindi Daywalt-Feazel, Kinfay Moroti & Tammy Ayer, Grandeur (January 2012); Grandeur (November 2012); Grandeur (December 2012)

Inside Design

  • Boca Raton Magazine – Lori Pierino, Kathleen Ross, Call of the Wild / Here’s The Beef / Black Magic Woman
  • Sun Sentinel – Anderson Greene, Mark Gauert, City & Shore Magazine
  • The Boca Raton Observer – Scott Deal, Art Director, Look Better Naked

Best Single Issue

  • Tallahassee Magazine – Rosanne Dunkelberger, Larry Davidson & Staff, Tallahassee Magazine – May/June 2012
  • The Boca Raton Observer – Linda Behmoiras, Felicia Levine & Scott Deal, The Boca Raton Observer-January 2012-Health & Fitness Issue
  • The News-Press – Pamela Hayford, Lindi Daywalt-Feazel, Amanda Inscore & Wendy Fullerton, Southwest Florida Parent & Child October 2012

Breaking News Photography (Large) 

  • Orlando Sentinel – George Skene, Falling bear

Breaking News Photography (Small) 

  • The Gainesville Sun – Brad McClenny, Tropical Storm Debby in Cedar Key
  • The Gainesville Sun – Doug Finger, Multi-car crash on I-75 sends two to hospital
  • The News-Press – Kinfay Moroti, Traffic stop turns deadly

Feature Photography

  • Orlando Sentinel – Red Huber, Eagle and prey
  • The Florida Times-Union – Bob Self, Art Walk Faces
  • The Florida Times-Union – Bob Self, Morning Rower

Photography Story

  • The Gainesville Sun – Doug Finger, Mack’s killer gets 1st degree murder
  • The Gainesville Sun – Erica Brough, Rural Florida Community
  • Treasure Coast Newspapers – Eric Hasert, Stuart Air Show

Art/Photo Illustration

  • Creative Loafing – Andrew Spear, The Seven People You’ll Meet at the Convention
  • Orlando Sentinel – Rich Pope, Rich Pope portfolio
  • Sun Sentinel – Tammy Wheatley, 27 Things to Love About FLIFF

Infographic 

  • Sun Sentinel – Cindy Jones-Hulfachor, Sally Kestin & John Maines, Cop blazes through Broward County
  • The Gainesville Sun – Staff, Tragedy on I-75
  • The News-Press – Michael Donlan, Scott Sleeper, Fracking in Florida; Mighty Mo’s final resting place

Front Page Design (Large)

  • Creative Loafing – Todd Bates, The Style Issue, Cat Fight, Lucky 13
  • Miami New Times – Miche Ratto, Collection
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal – Pam Huff & Chris Wilkerson, Tampa Bay Business Journal

Front Page Design (Small)

  • Orlando Sentinel – Staff, Orlando Sentinel front page
  • Sun Sentinel – Lillian Mayor, 17,668
  • The Miami Herald – Robert Cohn, Sports Front Page Design

Best Newscast

  • WFTS-TV – ABC Action News Staff , Kristin Moore & Felicia Burton, Tropical Storm Debby, ABC Action News At 5PM
  • WFTV-TV – Kim Bottom & Staff, WFTV Entry – 11pm Newscast 11/27/12

Investigative Reporting 

  • WBBH-TV – Lauren Bernaldo, Matthew Apthorp, Andy Pierrotti, Voter Investigation
  • WFTS-TV – Michael George & Randy Wright, Private Information Made Public
  • WTSP-TV – Mike Deeson, Tony D’Astoli & Paul Thorson, FINR Abuse

Spot News Reporting 

  • WBBH-TV NBC-2 News – Nina Moini, Nina Moini Spot News Reporting
  • WFTS-TV – Kristin Moore, Jacqueline Ingles & Scott Wilson, I-75 Pileup
  • WFTV-TV – Staff, DeLand Publix Plane Crash

Government Coverage 

  • WFTS-TV – Michael George & Randy Wright, Private Information Made Public
  • WPTV-TV – Dan Krauth, Lynn Walsh & Jim Sitton, Millions Spent on Vacant South Florida Government Property
  • WTSP-TV – Mike Deeson, Tony D’Astoli & Paul Thorson, Vern Buchanan: Congressional Questions

Continuing Coverage

  • WFTS-TV – ABC Action News Staff, Tropical Storm Debby
  • WFTS-TV – Jackie Callaway & Matt McGlashen, Charity Scam
  • WFTV-TV – WFTV Staff, Trayvon Martin Coverage

Election Coverage

  • WESH-TV – Greg Fox, “Commitment 2012”
  • WFTS-TV – Staff, Republican National Convention

Feature Reporting 

  • WESH-TV – Greg Fox, Scooter Man
  • WFTS-TV – Alison Morrow, Blind Man’s Dog Hit
  • WFTS-TV – Deiah Riley, Eugene Perry & Jennifer McVan, Melissa Dohme

Public Affairs

  • WFTS-TV – Brendan McLaughlin, John Fulton & John Pendygraft, If I Die Young
  • WFTS-TV – Lissette Campos, Jennifer McVan, Elizabeth Gold & Rich Pegram, Taking Action Against Domestic Violence
  • WUSF-TV – Sarah Pusateri, Jennifer Molina, Uniform Betrayal: Rape in the Military

Anchor of the Year

  • Bay News 9 – Veronica Cintron
  • WFTS-TV – Jamison Uhler
  • WWSB-TV – John McQuiston

Best Newscast 

  • WLRN-Miami Herald News – Marva Hinton & The WLRN-Miami Herald News team, Day After the 2012 Election in South Florida
  • WUSF-FM – Carson Cooper, Best Newscast – 09/11/2012
  • WUSF-FM – Susan Giles Wantuck, Best Newscast – 11/06/2012

General Coverage

  • WFSU-FM – Jessica Palombo, Tropical Storm Debby Coverage
  • WLRN-Miami Herald News – Ashley Lopez, WLRN-Miami Herald News & The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, The Florida Ballot Amendments
  • WUSF-FM – WUSF Staff, Republican National Convention compilation

Investigative Reporting 

  • WFSU-FM – Lynn Hatter, Family Speaks Out After Fla. State Mental Hospital Nurse Charged With Neglect
  • WLRN-Miami Herald News & The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting – Sarah Gonzalez, John O’Connor, Mc Nelly Torres & Lynn Waddell, 13th Grade (Remedial Education in Florida)
  • WUSF-FM – Steve Newborn, Post Office Supervisor Says Suspicious Spill Ruined His Health

Government Coverage

  • WFSU-FM – Sascha Cordner, Legislator looks to increase penalties for high-speed chases that result in deaths
  • WLRN-Miami Herald News – Gina Jordan, The Woman Behind Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law
  • WLRN-Miami Herald News – Rick Stone, How Bad Things Happen To Good Bills

Election Coverage

  • WLRN-Miami Herald News – WLRN-Miami Herald News Staff & The Florida Roundup, WLRN-Miami Herald News Election Coverage Samples

Feature Reporting 

  • WLRN-Miami Herald News – Christine DiMattei, Remembering Jaco Pastorius
  • WLRN-Miami Herald News – Sammy Mack, Islandia: South Florida’s Own Little Atlantis
  • WUSF-FM – Bobbie O’Brien, Vets Adapative Sports: “This Is Not Your Father’s VA Anymore”

Public Affairs

  • WLRN-Miami Herald News – Phil Latzman, Elaine Chen, Alicia Zuckerman & Danny Rivero, The Florida Roundup: Post Election Special
  • WUSF-FM – WUSF Staff, The Closing and Privatizing of Florida’s Prisons

Affiliated Blog 

  • South Florida Business Journal – Paul Brinkmann, Fraud in South Florida
  • Sun Sentinel – Anthony Man & Brittany Wallman, Broward Politics
  • Tampa Bay Times – Staff, The Buzz

Independent Blog

  • Shadow of the Stadium – Noah Pransky

News Web Site 

  • Florida Center for Investigative Reporting – Staff
  • Tampa Bay Times – Staff, Tampabay.com
  • WLRN-Miami Herald News – The WLRN-Miami Herald News team, WLRN.org

Online Package 

  • Orlando Sentinel – Staff, In The Shadow of Race
  • The News-Press – Staff, JetBlue Park: Ready for the Red Sox
  • WLRN-Miami Herald News – WLRN-Miami Herald News Team, Remembering Hurricane Andrew stories

User-Generated Content

  • WLRN-Miami Herald News – Terence Cantarella & WLRN Miami Herald News team, The Canoe Project
  • WLRN-Miami Herald News – The WLRN-Miami Herald News team, Tweet Us A Story: You Can Co-Author A Story With Junot Diaz

 

2013 Florida College Press Association Awards

WINNERS

 

College Journalist of the Year 

Ryan Cortes – University Press

College Newspaper – Weekly 

1.     University Press – Staff, University Press

2.     The Current – Elizabeth Tomaselli, Jeralyn Darling, Tracy Crow & Staff

3.     The Minaret – Joshua Napier, Chelsea Daubar, Jessica Keesee & Daniel Reimold, S02 College Newspaper- Weekly

College Newspaper – Non-Weekly 

1.     Central Florida Future – 2012 Central Florida Future Staff, Central Florida Future

2.     iPulse – iPulse Staff, Obama Meets Romney at Lynn

College Magazine 

1.     The Minaret – Michael Trobiano, Joshua Napier, Chelsea Daubar & Jessica Keesee, S04 College Magazine

College Media Website

1.     University of Miami – Virginia Ansaldi, Patricia Borns Borns, Qin Chen & Megan Terrilli, The Audacity of Beauty

2.     University of Miami – Marcos Alonso, Patricia Borns, Josh Meltzer & Megan Terrilli, Revolution Revisited

3.     University Press – Staff, Upressonline

News Story – Weekly 

1.     University Press – Karla Bowsher & James Shackelford, Who’s in charge here?

2.     The Current – Malena Carollo, One ASPEC member dies in wreck, two others injured

3.     The Current – Elizabeth Tomaselli, New ECOS president to veto senate approved budget

News Story – Non-Weekly 

1.     Central Florida Future – Sarah Aslam, Student’s app violates policy

2.     Central Florida Future – Andy Zunz, Fans fret over unfilled seats

3.     The Gargoyle – Ryan Buffa, Preacher or protester? Tatter brings religious message to Flagler students

News Photo 

1.     Barry Buccaneer – AJ Gonzalez, Walkers continue their journey to end domestic violence

Feature Story – Weekly 

1.     The Current – Malena Carollo, EC student travels home to Venezuela; votes in election

2.     The Minaret – Stef Crocco, S11 Feature Story – Weekly

3.     Eagle News – Kalhan Rosenblatt, The Hijab Challenge

Feature Story – Non-Weekly

1.     The Gargoyle – Sarah Williamson, Muslim student responds to ignorance, reacts with tolerance

Feature Photo 

1.     The Gargoyle – Sarah Williamson, Together again: Colombian refugees resettle in Jacksonville

2.     University Press – Michelle Friswell, Mike Jarvis

Sports Story – Weekly 

1.     University Press – Ryan Cortes, Schnellenberger unhinged — and having the time of his life

2.     The Current – Malena Carollo, Jenks serving up English after Eckerd athletic career

Sports Photo 

1.     University Press – Ryan Murphy, Graham Wilbert

Sports Column 

1.     University Press – Ryan Cortes, Commentary: FAU introduces new AD Pat Chun to thundering approval

Front Page Design – Weekly

1.     University Press – Phaedra Blaize & Emily Galea, University Press Front Page Design

Front Page Design – Non-Weekly

1.     iPulse – iPulse Staff, Honoring Our Own

Feature Design – Weekly

1.     The Current – Carver Lee, Eckerd on politics

Feature Design – Non-Weekly

1.     iPulse – iPulse Staff, Student’s Election Infection

2.     Barry Buccaneer – Susan Dorta, Notable alumni share tips for landing a job after graduation

Editorial/Opinion Column 

1.     The Current – Will Skinner, Student shares his experience at Occupy Tampa

2.     Central Florida Future – Kaley LaQuea, Hitt’s raise sends wrong message

3.     The Current – Max Martinez, The Mets need a few more players

 

Finalists in each category are presented in alphabetical order by organization

 

To correct errors or omissions, please contact Tim Dodson, tim@timdodson.com

 

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