Apr. 30, 2008  

Finalists named in 58th annual Green Eyeshade Awards

The Society of Professional Journalists announces the finalists for the 58th annual Green Eyeshade Awards.

This regional journalism competition recognizes outstanding journalism in 11 southeastern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

The finalists will be honored and first-place winners announced at a banquet in late June in Atlanta, which is being organized in partnership with the Atlanta Press Club. More details coming soon. Visit http://www.spj.org/a-eyeshade.asp for more information or for banquet tickets.

The Green Eyeshade Awards were started by the Atlanta Professional Chapter of SPJ and are now administered by regional directors for the Society.

The Society of Professional Journalists works to improve and protect journalism. The organization is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

FINALISTS (in random order)
This is not a complete list of finalists. Finalists in divisions and categories not listed will be released as they are available. Still outstanding categories and divisions include: Sports Reporting — Television and Radio; Sports Commentary — Television, Radio and Print: Large Daily, Non-daily and Small Daily; Sports Photography — Print: Large Daily.

Print Division: Large Dailies

Breaking News
Court rejects Louisville’s student-assignment plan — Courier Journal Staff, The Courier Journal
The Bush Crash — Staff, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Officer Somohano: Manhunt — Staff, The Miami Herald

Non-Deadline News
Zoo Story: The Paradox of Freedom — Thomas French, St. Petersburg Times
A Cry for the Catawba — Elizabeth Leland, Bruce Henderson, John Simmons, The Charlotte Observer
The life and death of James J.T. Little — Mary Giunca, Winston-Salem Journal

Feature Reporting
America’s New Main Street: The Many Faces of Immigration — Christine Evans, The Palm Beach Post
A Story for Jake: Special Section — John Romano, St. Petersburg Times
Feature Writing — Muni Basu, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sports Reporting
Orlando Magic Coaches — Orlando Sentinel Staff, Orlando Sentinel
Old Warriors, New Friends — Dave Scheiber, St. Petersburg Times
Orange Bowl Closes After 70 Years — Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press

Breaking Business News
Home Depot Ousts Nardelli — Mark Clothier and Mary Jane Credeur, Bloomberg News
Economist Accused of Fraud — Kyle Stock, Schuyler Kropf, Katy Stech, The Post and Courier
Pearlman Arrested in Indonesia — Helen Huntley, St. Petersburg Times

Enterprise Business Reporting
No Money Down — Shannon Behnken, The Tampa Tribune
How Business Works the System — Sydney P. Freedberg, St. Petersburg Times

Courts and the Law
Susan Spencer-Wendel: A Collection — Susan Spencer-Wendel, The Palm Beach Post
Burden on the Block: A Time Special Report — Jacob Fries, St. Petersburg Times
Frozen Cuban Assets — Curt Anderson, The Associated Press

Travel Writing
The Gift — Thomas Swick, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Hallowed Sound — Sean Daly, St. Petersburg Times

Disaster Coverage
Orlando Sentinel Tornado Coverage — Orlando Sentinel Staff, Orlando Sentinel

Investigative Reporting
Palm Beach County’s Culture of Corruption — Tom Dubocq, The Palm Beach Post
Poverty Peddlers — Jason Grotto, Scott Hiaasen, The Miami Herald
A Hidden Shame — Alan Judd and Andy Miller, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Consumer Reporting
Toxic Trinkets — Marry Shedden, The Tampa Tribune
Diabetes: The Invisible Epidemic — The Palm Beach Post Staff, The Palm Beach Post
The Atypical Dilemma: A Times Special Report — Robert Farley, St. Petersburg Times

Critical Mass — Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Hannah rocks — Christopher Blank, The Commercial Appeal
Trelles Collection — Emma Trelles, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Serious Commentary
Two Years at Stillman — Bill Maxwell, St. Petersburg Times
Three Columns on Community and State Issues — Howard Troxler, St. Petersburg Times
Collection of Columns — Tommy Tomlinson, The Charlotte Observer

Humorous Commentary
Various Columns — Wendi C. Thomas, The Commercial Appeal
Various Columns — Geoff Calkins, The Commercial Appeal
1000 Words — John Sale, The Commercial Appeal

News Photography
Farewell Tae Tae — Jim Weber, The Commercial Appeal
Various News Photography Entries — Mark Weber, The Commercial Appeal

Feature Photography
Walking with Angels — Uma Sanghri, The Palm Beach Post
Pit Bulls — Mark Weber, The Commercial Appeal
Paycheck to Paycheck — John Pendygraft, St. Petersburg Times

Doubt: A Times Investigation — Don Morris, Meg Laughlin and John Corbitt, St. Petersburg Times
Whole new ballpark — Dusty Higgins, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Searching for Cormac McCarthy — Fred Brown, Don Wood, John North, Knoxville News Sentinel

Editorial Writing
Holding Government Accountable — Jaci Carfagno, The Lexington Herald-Leader
Coal Politics — Jamie Lucke, The Lexington Herald-Leader
City Council’s Lost Episodes — Joe Adams, Florida Times-Union

Editorial Cartoon
Dana Summers Collection — Dana Summers, Orlando Sentinel
Editorial Cartooning — Mike Luckovich, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
2007 Cartoons — Robert L. Ariail, The State

Political Reporting
Three words that changed U.S. politics — Bill Adair, St. Petersburg Times
Huckabee Links with Evangelist — Frank Lockwood, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Series of political stories — Mary C. Curtis, The Charlotte Observer

Public Affairs Reporting
License to Carry — Megan O’Matz and John Maines, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
City Council’s Hidden Agenda — Joe Adams and Beth Kormanik, Florida Times-Union
State of Decay-West Virginia’s Oral Health Crisis — Eric Eyre, Charleston Gazette

Print Division: Magazines

Non-Deadline News
Four-Part series on Crime — Melissa Hankins, Richard Thurmond, Carrie Campbell, Charlotte Magazine
Water Worries and A Watershed Moment — Jerry Grillo, Georgia Trend Magazine
Pigging Out — Jamie Dean, World Magazine

Feature Reporting
Leaving, Fighting , Loving, Living — Mike Giglio, Richard Thurmond, Charlotte Magazine
Southern Gothic — David Holthouse and Casey Sanchez, Intelligence Report

Sports Reporting
Equal Access? — Bill King, Street and Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal
Bad Behavior: Will Fans Ever Walk Away? — Bill King, Tom Stinson, Street and Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal
The Chase — Eric Adelson, ESPN Magazine

Enterprise Business Reporting
The Carolina Connection — Cynthia Barnett, Florida Trend
Money Ball — Cynthia Barnett, Mike Vogel, Florida Trend

Courts and the Law
The Ultimate Money Machine — Jason Kelly, Bloomberg News
Vigilante Justice — Susy Buchanan, Intelligence Report

Investigative Reporting
The Ravening Wolf — Susy Buchanan, Intelligence Report

“A Pilgrim’s Progress” and Two Other Book Reviews — Leonard Gill, Memphis Magazine
Sokol Collection — Brett Sokol, Ocean Drive Magazine
Great Art You Won’t See — Brett Sokol, The Miami Herald

Humorous Commentary
Ask Vance — Vance Lauderdale (pseudonym for Sr. Editor Michael Finger), Memphis Magazine
“Business Casual” columns — Susan Percy, Georgia Trend Magazine
A Window is not a Trash Can — Roy T. Bergold Jr., QSR

Feature Photography
George Kamper — George Kamper, Bill Semich, Key West Magazine
The Romantics — Christopher Edwards, Blake Miller, Carrie Campbell, Jade Wills, Charlotte Magazine

Disaster Coverage
Anatomy of an Inferno — Preston Lauterbach, Staff Writer, Memphis Magazine

Political Reporting
The New Face of Miami Beach Politics — Brett Sokol, Ocean Drive Magazine

Public Affairs Reporting
Trailers and Tribulations — Dan Rubenstein, Anne Drabicky, Bill Semich, Key West Magazine
Transportation Gridlock and Moving the Masses — Jerry Grillo, Georgia Trend Magazine

Print Division: Non-dailies

Non-Deadline News
Swept Under the Bridge, The People Under the Bridge — Isaiah Thompson, Miami New Times
Stolen Youth — Mosi Secret, Independent Weekly

Feature Reporting
The Old Age of Aquarius — Bianca Phillips, The Memphis Flyer

Sports Reporting
The Bad News Bulldogs — Thomas Francis, New Times Broward/Palm Beach

Breaking Business News
Gary Sain tapped for top CVB tourism job — Bob Mervine, Orlando Business Journal
Truckmaker Scouts Charlotte — Ken Elkins, Charlotte Business Journal
Raleigh city tower would rise 15 stories — Amanda Jones Hoyle, Triangle Business Journal

Enterprise Business Reporting
Medicare Fraud — Brian Bandell, South Florida Business Journal
Questionable Payback — Darcie Lunsford, Brian Bandell, South Florida Business Journal
Hecho in Miami — Isaiah Thompson, Miami New Times

Courts and Law Reporting
Lawyers help clients but end up in prison — Julia Neyman, South Florida Business Journal
America’s Worst Cop — Tamara Lush, Miami New Times
Courts, family confused by self-defense law — Linda Ireland, The LaRue County Herald News

Political Reporting
Four More Years? (and Related Articles) — Jackson Baker, The Memphis Flyer

Investigative Reporting
Fail-safe? — Rebecca Bowe, Mountain Xpress
Investigation of District Attorney — Mike Buffington, The Jackson Herald

Consumer Reporting
Eat Shit and Die — Lee Klein, Miami New Times

Come Together, Bumpin’ Grind and Out of the Past — Chris Herrington, The Memphis Flyer
Art Reviews — Carlos Suarez de Jesus, Miami New Times
Stage Reviews — Brandon K. Thorp, New Times Broward/Palm Beach

Humorous Commentary
Elvis Presley-1935-2007: A Wonderful Life — Chris Herrington and Greg Akers, The Memphis Flyer
Political Correctness is Dysfunctional to Some — Bill Wellborn, Memphis Business Journal
Series from Humorist Tim Sanders — Tim Sanders, The Post

Editorial Writing
A Bridge Too Far, Undoing the Lock Box, The Same Old Challenge — Jackson Baker, The Memphis Flyer
Gator gloom; Dollars and sense, Wild ride — Cindy Barth and Bill Orben, Orlando Business Journal
Three editorials — Memphis Business Journal

Disaster Coverage
The Windless Hurricane — Chris Davis, The Memphis Flyer

Public Affairs Reporting
Real Estate Journal: Development Face-Off — Brian Bandell, Paul Brinkmann, Ed Duggan, Darcie Lunsford (editor), South Florida Business Journal
Quenching Area’s Thirst — Anjali Fluker and Bill Orben, Orlando Business Journal
117 Dead — Tamara Lush, Miami New Times

Online Division

Breaking News
Path of Destruction: Central Florida Homes — Clarisa Gerlach, staffs of TBO.com, Tampa Tribune, WFLA-TV, TBO.com
Scandal and Suicide on St. Pete City Council — Tampabay.com, St. Petersburg Times Reporting Staff, Tampabay.com/ St. Petersburg Times
Sources: Preds Sold — Ken Whitehouse and Richard Lawson, NashvillePost.com

Non-Deadline News
Toxic Trinkets — Mary Shedden, Vidisha Priyanka, TBO.com
Hiccups heard ’round the world — Tampabay.com, St. Petersburg Times, Maryjane Park, Tampabay.com/ St. Petersburg Times
News Analysis: Is It Really Over? — E. Thomas Wood and Ken Whithouse, NashvillePost.com

Feature Reporting
Pro wrestler Chris Benoit extended online coverage — Scott Fishman, Dory Funk Jr., Brett Kaplan, Jim Varsallone, Miami Herald
A Look Inside Ikea — Mary Shedden, Kathy Moore, Vidisha Priyanka, TBO.com
Zoo Story — Tampabay.com, St. Petersburg Times, Thomas French, Desiree Perry, Stephanie Boyer, Tampabay.com/ St. Petersburg Times

Sports Reporting
The Battle for the Preds — Ken Whithouse, Richard Lawson, Walker Dungan, NashvillePost.com

Political Reporting
Politifact.com — Tampabay.com, St. Petersburg Times; Bill Adair, Matt White, Martin Frobisher, Tampabay.com/ St. Petersburg Times

Investigative Reporting
Dim View From a Crowded Jail — Tampabay.com, St. Petersburg Times; Lee Glynn, Jacob Fries, Douglas R. Clifford, Tampabay.com/ St. Petersburg Times

Consumer Reporting
Getting What You Pay For at the Pump? — Mc Nelly Torres and Tiffany Ellis, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Serious Commentary
News Analysis: Fred Thompson…President? — Ken Whitehouse, NashvillePost.com

Humorous Commentary
Wade on Birmingham — Wade Kwon, Wade on Birmingham
Brian Hicks columns — Brian Hicks, The Charleston Post and Courier

Hospital Ship Comfort, Oystermen Livelihood Threatened — Ricardo Lopez, The Miami Herald
Black Snake Moan Director — Dennis Copeland, The Commercial Appeal
Mid-South Airshow — The Commercial Appeal

Best Use of Multimedia
Afro-Latin Americans: A Rising Voice — Charles Trainor Jr., Patrick Farrell, Candace Barbot, Carl Juste, The Miami Herald
The Legend of Col. Mike McCoy — Orlando Sentinel Staff, Orlando Sentinel
Doubt — Tampabay.com, St. Petersburg Times; Meg Laughlin, Don Morris, Desiree Perry, Tampabay.com/ St. Petersburg Times

Best Blog
The Stew — Jeff Houck
Isaac Hunter’s Tavern — Laura Leslie, North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC
Video Game Reviews and Commentary — Josh Korr, St. Petersburg Times

Radio Division

Breaking News
Mall Shooting — Herb Emory, Veronica Waters, Sabring Gibbons, Jeff Hullinger, News/Talk 750 WSB
Bus Crash — Richard Sangster, News Staff, News/Talk 750 WSB
Live Report: WFU Coach Dies — Jeff Tiberii, Bradley George, 88.5 WFDD

Non-Deadline News
Migrant Health Clinic — Mary Kay Mitchell, WUGA-FM
James Ahearn — Jessica Jones, North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC
Crime in Charlotte — Staff, WFAE-FM

Feature Reporting
CSI — Leoneda Inge, North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC
The Ninth Inning — Philip Graitler, Georgia Public Broadcasting
Loray Mill Strike — Lisa Miller, WFAE-FM

Enterprise Business Reporting
Venezuela’s 21st Century Socialism — Dan Grech, Marketplace/America’s Desk (WLRN Studios)

Courts and the Law
Veronica Waters Composite — Veronica Waters, News/Talk 750 WSB
Supreme Court Desegregation Case — WFPL Staff, WFPL
Business of Prosecution — The State of Things, North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC

Political Reporting
James Dupree-Information Overload — Jamie Dupree, News/Talk 750 WSB
Kentucky Governor’s Race — Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio
Meade’s Chair — Laura Leslie, North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC

Investigative Reporting
Inmate Labor in Camben County — Orlando Montaya, GPB-Radio
The Hobby — Veronica Waters, News/Talk 750 WSB
Rescue Fees — Bobbie O’Brien, WUSF Public Broadcasting

Consumer Reporting
Atlanta’s Top 5 Consumer Scams — Jeff Dantre, News/Talk 750 WSB
Genetic Testing — Susan Davis, North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC
Rescue Fees — Bobbie O’Brien, WUSF Public Broadcasting

Serious Commentary
The Big Picture on the Radio: Crossing a Great Divide: The Lone Star Bridge — Tom Posey, Andrew Gobeil, Cathy Bradberry, Amanda Alpert, South Carolina ETV

Continuing Coverage
750 WaterWatch: Georgia’s Water Crisis — News Staff, News/Talk 750 WSB
Light Rail Debut — Staff, WFAE-FM
North Carolina Voices: Diagnosing Health Care — WUNC Staff and Freelancers, North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC

Public Affairs Reporting
N-BAF Controversy — Mary Kay Mitchell, WUGA-FM
Searching for Safetown — WBHM News Team, WBHM-FM
Florida Stories Series — Eric Jordan, WUSF Public Broadcasting

Best Newscast
Atlanta’s Morning News — Scott Slade-News Staff, News/Talk 750 WSB
5 p.m. News — Jeff Hullinger, Herb Emory, Pete Combs, Kirk Mellish, News/Talk 750 WSB
8am Newscast 8/31/ — Eric Hodge, North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC

Disaster Coverage
Georgia’s Water Crisis — News Staff, News/Talk 750 WSB
Wildfires — Donna Green-Townsend, Kyle Seig, Kristina Pink, WUFT Staff, WUFT-FM/Mid-Florida Public Radio

Travel Writing
Phillipine Postcard — Simone Orendain, WFAE-FM

Print Division: Small Dailies

Breaking News
Jena Six — Town Talk Staff, The Town Talk

Travel Writing
Nashville Nuptials — Vincent C. Lupo Jr., American Press

Non-Deadline News
Better Than Bank Robbery — Julie Kay, Daily Business Review
Matter of Principle — Andy Meek, The Daily News
Investigative Series: Quality of Life — Rosalind Guy, The Daily News

Feature Reporting
Snapshots of Blount County History — Dean Stone, The Maryville Daily Times

Sports Reporting
The Sports We Play and Why We Play Them — Sports Staff, Times Daily
Fans Read with Joy and Relief — Jerome Richard, Times-News Publishing

Breaking Business News
1,800 jobs coming to Shoals — Bernie Delinski, Sarah Day Owen, Tom Smith, Kenda Williams, Times Daily

Enterprise Business Reporting
Manatee’s Money Squeeze — Bradenton Herald Staff, Bradenton Herald
Down the Drain — Polyana Da Costa, Daily Business Review

Courts and the Law
Judicial Oversight — Jordana Mishory, Daily Business Review
Trial by Fire — Jordana Mishory, Daily Business Review
Indigent Defense — Jordana Mishory and Billy Shields, Daily Business Review

Investigative Reporting
Where did the money/charity go? — Geoff Pender and Anita Lee, Sun Herald

Consumer Reporting
Prescription for an Epidemic — Tara Tuckwiller, Scott Finn, The Charleston Gazette

Serious Commentary
Two Minutes of Terror — John Hackworth, Charlotte Sun
Two Live Blown Together and Apart — Chris Verner, Salisbury Post

Humorous Commentary
Kelly Kazek’s Columns — Kelly Kazek, The News Courier

Editorial Writing
Watching City Hall — Joe Kirby and Otis A Brumby Jr, Marietta Daily Journal
Voter Photo ID — Pierre-Rene Noth, Rome News-Tribune

Public Affairs Reporting
Inmate abuse at the Harrison County jail — Robin Fitzgerald, Sun Herald
Disturbing the Peace — News Department, Charlotte Sun

Television Division

Breaking News
Quadruple Murder — Bay News 9

Non-Deadline News
Ophelia Ford Problems — Andrew Douglas, MWC-TV

Feature Reporting
Kneading a Win — Laurie Davison, Jonathan Haas, Bay News 9
Alicia’s Story — Laurie Stein, Reizel Larrea, John DuMontel, Gani Martinez, WFOR-TV
Art of War — Will Frampton, WLTX

Travel Writing
Florida on a Tankful: Hometown Havens — Scott Andrew Fais, News 13 Orlando

Disaster Coverage
Ammonia Leak — Laurie Davison, Jonathan Haas, Bay News 9
Lake County Tornado — Anna Tataris, Mike Kuehner, Bay News 9

Political Reporting
Political Connections — Liz Rosenblum, Mike Hardin, Al Ruechel, Bay News 9

Investigative Reporting
Food Fight — Tony Pipitone, Darran Caudle, Tim Arnheim, WKMD-TV

Consumer Reporting
An Alarming Failure — Jennifer Krous, Mike Rose, Kevin Wisniewski,Bryan Staples, WTVF-Newschannel 5
Bill Heard-Calls for Help — Todd Uhrich, Gerry Mendibort, Greg Debrose, WFTV-TV
Home Sweet Meth Home — Keli Rabon and Travis Alford, WLOX-TV

Continuing Coverage
Tillman’s Heart — Mike Garber, WLTX

Public Affairs Reporting
50th Anniversary of School Integration in Charlotte — Steve Crump, WTVI
Delta Dreams — Tanisha Joe-Conway, Richard Warmser, Jan Hood, Carole Adornetto, AETN
Taking Action Compilation — Matt McGlashen, Jackie Callaway, WFTS-TV, ABC Action News

Videography — Gary Arnold, WKRG-TV-5

Best Newscast
Best Newscast — Staff, WKRG-TV-5
ABC Action News at 6pm — ABC Action News Team, WFTS-TV, ABC Action News

Courts and the Law Reporting
DNA: Positive I.D. — Greg Fox, Elias Salas, Andrew Gruen, WESH-TV 2

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