2016 Sunshine State Awards Winners

Winners in each category are presented in order of finish: first, second and third place. Awards were presented in Miami on July 9. Certificates will be mailed in the coming weeks to all recipients not present at the event. To correct errors or omissions, please contact Tim Dodson, tim@timdodson.com. Jump to: newspapers | photography & design | magazines | television | radio | online | spanish language | student   SPECIAL […]

It’s D(rone)-Day!

By Brandon Ballenger A little more than a year ago, as SPJ Florida president, I talked our board of directors into buying the latest-and-greatest drone for photography. I didn’t know it then, but we wouldn’t be able to use it the way I hoped — until now. Commercial use of drones (which includes all media, […]

Orlando Authorities Refusing to Hand Over Public Records on Shooter

In the days following one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, many media outlets have sought out information on the life and background of the shooter. On Tuesday, The Miami Herald published this, saying that the Orlando Police Department and other law enforcement agencies are refusing to release public records that both The Herald […]

Minutes from June 12, 2016

MEETING MINUTES SPJ Florida Board of Directors Meeting 7 p.m. | Monday, June 12, 2016 Florida Atlantic University | Boca Raton THE BOARD Dori Zinn, president PRESENT Christiana Lilly, executive vice president PRESENT Jason Parsley, membership vice president PRESENT Michele Boyet, programs vice president EXCUSED Christopher Persaud, treasurer PRESENT Abbi Perry, secretary PRESENT Brandon Ballenger, immediate […]

SPJ Florida Remembers Jonathan Camuy

Orlando journalist Jonathan Camuy was among those killed in the Orlando shooting early Sunday morning. Camuy, 25, worked on “La Voz Kids” on Telemundo produced in Orlando. He was previously part of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists student chapter in Puerto Rico before relocating to Orlando to work for Telemundo. Camuy’s death was announced […]