2017 Finalists

 

2017 SPJ Sunshine State Awards Finalists in each category are presented in alphabetical order by organization. First-, second- and third-place finishers will be announced at a special event this summer (details to come).

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

SPECIAL CATEGORIES

James Batten Award for Public Service

  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – Maggie Clark, Medicaid
  • Tampa Bay Times – Laura Reiley, Farm to fable
  • WUFT.org – Staff, Project: Blue

Ether Gene Miller Award for Investigative Reporting

  • Fusion – Staff of Fusion, Dirty Little Secrets
  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – Josh Salman, Emily Le Coz, Elizabeth Johnson, Bias on the bench
  • Tampa Bay Times – William R. Levesque, Nathaniel Lash, Anthony Cormier, Breakdown of Oversight

Diversity Award

  • The Daytona Beach News-Journal – Lola Gomez, Living in the Shadows – Lola Gomez
  • The Florida Times-Union – Tia Mitchell, Tia Mitchell Diversity Award
  • WTSP-TV – Emerald Morrow, Diversity Matters

First Amendment Foundation Freedom of Information Award

  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – Josh Salman, Emily Le Coz, Elizabeth Johnson, Bias on the bench
  • The Villages Daily Sun – Staff, Redefining Justice
  • WLRN News – Rowan Moore Gerety, Rowan Moore Gerety: Say My Name, School Suspensions and Pulse 911 Records

Integrity Florida Award for Public Corruption Reporting

  • Miami Herald – Michael Sallah, Jay Weaver, Opa-locka: City for Sale
  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – Lee Williams, Prosecutor Pub Crawl
  • The Florida Times-Union – Christopher Hong, Nate Monroe, Steve Patterson, Corrine Brown Connections

Journalist of the Year

  • The Palm Beach Post – Pat Beall, Pat Beall
  • WLRN News – Sammy Mack, Sammy Mack
  • WPBF 25 News – Terri Parker, Terri Parker Reports

Anchor of the Year

  • Marla Weech – News 13 – Marla Weech, Marla Weech 2016
  • WLRN News – Christine DiMattei, Christine DiMattei, WLRN News Anchor
  • WUSF Public Media – Lisa Peakes, Lisa Peakes – WUSF

 

NEWSPAPERS

Breaking News Reporting

  • Orlando Sentinel – Staff, Pulse Nightclub Massacre
  • The Miami Herald – Staff, Fidel Castro’s death, breaking news entry
  • The Palm Beach Post – Staff, Tiger mauls zookeeper

Non-Deadline News Reporting (Large)

  • Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald – Staff, The Panama Papers: Florida stories
  • Sun Sentinel – Sally Kestin, Taimy Alvarez, The Gulf’s Deadly Harvest
  • Sun Sentinel – Staff, Forsaken: Florida’s Broken Mental Health System

Non-Deadline News Reporting (Small)

  • Bradenton Herald – Hannah Morse, Manatee County: Heroin capital of Florida
  • Miami New Times – Jessica Lipscomb, Lost at Sea: Kids Drown in Cruise Ship Pools With No Lifeguards on Duty
  • The News-Press – Cody Dulaney, Task Force

Feature Reporting (Large)

  • Orlando Sentinel – Christal Hayes, The Forgotten Story of Grimmie’s Death
  • Orlando Sentinel – Kate Santich, Gal Tziperman Lotan and Elyssa Cherney, Their Last Day
  • Tampa Bay Times – Lane DeGregory, The long fall of Phoebe Jonchuck

Feature Reporting (Small)

  • Florida Weekly – Roger Williams, The Disconnect
  • Miami New Times – Tim Elfrink, Sucker Punch: A South Florida Boxing Rivalry Leads to Cold-Blooded Murder
  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – Chris Anderson, Mason

Series

  • Miami Herald – Jacqueline Charles, Kevin Hall, New migration: Haitians carve a dangerous 7,000-mile path to the U.S.
  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – Maggie Clark, Medicaid
  • Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Josh Salman, Emily Le Coz, Elizabeth Johnson, Bias on the Bench

Commentary & Criticism – General

  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – Maggie Mederski, Maggie Menderski
  • Tampa Bay Times – John Romano, John Romano on Florida
  • The Miami Herald – Fabiola Santiago, Fabiola Santiago columns for Commentary

Commentary & Criticism – Arts

  • Miami Herald – Rene Rodriguez, Film criticism
  • Miami New Times – Ciara LaVelle, Arts criticism by Ciara LaVelle
  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – carrie seidman, Carrie Seidman

Profile Reporting

  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – Chris Anderson, Mason
  • The Daytona Beach News-Journal – Suzanne Hirt, Profile Reporting Suzanne Hirt
  • The Palm Beach Post – Joe Capozzi, Joe Capozzi

State and Local Election Reporting

  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – Zac Anderson, Zac Anderson
  • The Florida Times-Union – Andrew Pantazi, Public Defender Politics
  • Treasure Coast Newspapers/TCPalm.com – Staff, Body of Work

Presidential Election Reporting

  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – Zac Anderson, Zac Anderson
  • The Florida Times-Union – Andrew Pantazi, History, civility and strategy
  • The Miami Herald – Patricia Mazzei, Presidential election reporting by Patricia Mazzei

Data Reporting

  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – Shelby Webb, Expulsions
  • Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Josh Salman, Emily Le Coz, Elizabeth Johnson, Bias on the Bench
  • The Villages Daily Sun – Staff, Redefining Justice

Editorial Writing

  • Florida Weekly – Bill Cornwell, Editorials by Bill Cornwell
  • The Daytona Beach News-Journal – Scott Kent, Editorial Writing Scott Kent
  • The Minaret – Tess Sheets, Bianca Lopez, Selene San Felice, The Minaret Responds to Students Trashing Sexual Assault Articles

Editorial Cartoon

  • Baker County Press – Ed Hall, Portfolio of cartoons created in 2016
  • King Features Syndicate – Ed Gamble, editorial cartoons

Headline Writing

  • Sun Sentinel – David Hayes, David Hayes news headlines
  • Sun Sentinel – Lillian Mayor, Lillian Mayor news headline
  • Sun Sentinel – Murray Miles, Murray Miles news headline

Beat Reporting – Arts

  • Florida Weekly – Nancy Stetson, Arts Beat Nancy Stetson
  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – Jay Handelman, Jay Handelman
  • The Palm Beach Daily News – Jan Sjostrom, Jan Sjostrom – Beat/Arts

Beat Reporting – Business

  • Florida Weekly – Roger Williams, work of Roger Williams
  • Miami Herald – Nicholas Nehamas, Nicholas Nehamas: Business Portfolio
  • South Florida Business Journal – Brian Bandell, Condo sellers target domestic buyers

Beat Reporting – Community

  • Miami Herald – Michael Sallah, Jay Weaver, Opa-locka: City for Sale
  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – Zach Murdock, Zach Murdock
  • The Palm Beach Post – Alexandra Seltzer, Boynton Beach coverage

Beat Reporting – Consumer Issues

  • Tampa Bay Times – Laura Reiley, Farm to fable
  • Tampa Bay Times – William R. Levesque, William R. Levesque on Allegiant Airlines
  • The Miami Herald – Daniel Chang, Cosmetic surgery

Beat Reporting – Crime & Courts

  • Daily Business Review/ALM – Samantha Joseph, See You In Court
  • Sun Sentinel – Rebeca Piccardo, Portfolio
  • The Florida Times-Union – Tessa Duvall, Covering youth justice, trafficking in Jacksonville

Beat Reporting – Education

  • Orlando Sentinel – Gabrielle Russon, Higher Education coverage
  • Orlando Sentinel – Leslie Postal, Charles Minshew, education reporter
  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – Shelby Webb, Expulsions

Beat Reporting – Environment, Health & Science

  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – Barbara Peters Smith, HealthBeat
  • Tampa Bay Times – Kathleen McGrory, Kathleen McGrory on Health and Medicine
  • The Associated Press – Jennifer Kay, Zika, And Other Mosquito Problems

Beat Reporting – Food & Travel

  • Miami Herald – Mimi Whitefield, Opening the Cuban Travel Market
  • Orlando Business Journal – Richard Bilbao, Orlando Business Journal tourism reporting
  • The Palm Beach Post – Liz Balmaseda, Liz Balmaseda – Food

Beat Reporting – Government & Politics

  • South Florida Sun Sentinel – Brittany Wallman, Broward County government beat
  • Tampa Bay Times – Charles Frago, Charles Frago on the city of St. Petersburg
  • The Palm Beach Post – Andrew Marra, Wayne Washington, Jennifer Sorentrue, Culture of largesse

Beat Reporting – Hardship Issues

  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – Maggie Clark, Medicaid
  • The Daytona Beach News-Journal – Eileen Zaffiro-Kean, Beat Reporting Eileen Zaffiro-Kean
  • The Palm Beach Post – Joe Capozzi, Joe Capozzi – Hardship

Beat Reporting – Minority Issues

  • Miami Herald – Mimi Whitefield, The new U.S.-Cuba relationship
  • The Florida Times-Union – Denise Smith Amos, Denise Amos’ Diversity Issues in Education
  • The Florida Times-Union – Tessa Duvall, New efforts to tackle Jacksonville’s known issues

Beat Reporting – Religion

  • Bradenton Herald – Amaris Castillo, Religion in Bradenton
  • Sun Sentinel – Scott Travis, Religion stories
  • The Times of Israel – Dina Weinstein, Students learn about Jewish civil rights activism — in Japan

Beat Reporting – Sports

  • Tampa Bay Times – Joe Smith, Joe Smith on the Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Tampa Bay Times – Marc Topkin, Marc Topkin on the Tampa Bay Rays
  • Tampa Bay Times – Rick Stroud, Rick Stroud on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Special Publication or Section

  • Orlando Sentinel – Staff, Forever Changed
  • Tampa Bay Times – Lane DeGregory, The long fall of Phoebe Jonchuck
  • The Daytona Beach News-Journal – Staff, Special Section Daytona Rising

 

PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN

Breaking News Photography

  • Breaking news – Tiffany Tompkins, Courtroom Drama
  • Orlando Sentinel – Staff, Orlando Sentinel Pulse massacre coverage
  • The Daytona Beach News-Journal – David Tucker, Breaking News Photography David Tucker

Feature Photography

  • Tampa Bay Times – Cherie Diez, The last baby
  • The Florida Times-Union – Bruce Lipsky, Bruce Lipsky Features
  • The Florida Times-Union – Will Dickey, Will Dickey Features

Photography Story

  • Tampa Bay Times – Eve Edelheit, Prince Vinegar’s Last Stand
  • Tampa Bay Times – Loren Elliott, In the wake of Pulse
  • Univision Noticias Digital – David Maris, Almudena Toral, Seeking refuge for my children

Art/Photo Illustration

  • Fusion – Juana Medina, A decade in immigration purgatory: My struggle to become an American citizen
  • Miami Herald – Al Diaz, Kevin Scott, John Devine, Football Preview
  • The Florida Times-Union – Bob Mack, College Cover and Fab Four

Infographic

  • Fort Lauderdale Magazine – Jonathan Perkinson, Making the Rent
  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – Jennifer Borressen, Unravel
  • The Villages Daily Sun – Colin Smith, Operation Holiday Magic

Front Page Design (Large)

  • Sun Sentinel – David Schutz, Gunnar Johnson, Lillian Mayor, Orlando shooting
  • Sun Sentinel – David Schutz, Lillian Mayor, Catie Peterson, Florida elections
  • Sun Sentinel – David Schutz, Lillian Mayor, Front pages

Front Page Design (Small)

  • CENTRO Tampa – Misha Wong, Front pages CENTRO Tampa.
  • Florida Weekly – Eric Raddatz, Covers by Eric Raddatz
  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – Ariana Torrey, Herald Tribune Front Page

 

MAGAZINES

Public Service Reporting

  • Edible South Florida – Urmila Ramakrishnan, Alfredo Añez, Meet Your Farmworker.
  • Gulfstream Media Group – Ike Crumpler, The Promise of Our Water
  • Sarasota Magazine – Robert Bowden, Frankenstorm

Investigative Reporting

  • Florida Trend – Jason Garcia, Tax War
  • Gulfstream Media Group – Eric Barton, Lauderdale’s Troubled Namesake
  • Sarasota Magazine – Tom Bayles, Sand Storm

Feature Story

  • Fort Lauderdale Magazine – Ashley Harrell, The Death and Life of Coral Reefs
  • Gold Coast Magazine – Eric Barton, Big Rig City
  • Palm Beach Illustrated – Daphne Nikolopoulos, Fantasy Island

Profile Story

  • Fort Lauderdale Magazine – Erik Petersen, Advocate for the Seas
  • Sarasota Magazine – Tony D’Souza, Sunshine & Darkness
  • The Key of Kappa Kappa Gamma – Kristen Desmond LeFevre, Engineered Justice

Commentary & Criticism

  • City & Shore Magazine, the Sun Sentinel – Mark Gauert, First Words, the Editor & Publisher’s letter: “When You Are Up to Your Sawgrass in Alligators,” “An Orange Letter Day” and “The Difference a Dad Makes.”
  • Florida Trend – Mark R. Howard, Editor’s Page
  • The Public Relations Strategist – Virgil Scudder, In the C-Suite

Food and Travel Writing

  • FSR Magazine – Jen Karetnick, The Cuba Factor
  • OCALA MAGAZINE – Linda Marks, Kelli Fuqua Hart, Phil Dirlam, Chris Redd, Home Sweet Bonhomme, March 2016; Stay•Cation, September 2016; On the Menu: Golden Ocala, April 2016
  • Sarasota Magazine – Staff, Road Trip!, Rise & Shine, Food Town, Such a Deal!

Trade or Special Interest Publication

  • City & Shore Magazine, the Sun Sentinel – Mark Gauert, Anderson Greene, Elyse Ranart, City & Shore Magazine, March and August issues
  • Nova Southeastern University – Oline H. Cogdill, Mara Kiffin, Susan Hayward, Brandon Hensler, Horizons Spring 2016 and Horizons Fall 2016
  • The Triton – Staff, The Triton, Nautical News for Captains and Crews

Cover Design

  • City & Shore Magazine, the Sun Sentinel – Anderson Greene, Mark Gauert, City & Shore Magazine, April, July and August
  • OCALA MAGAZINE – Linda Marks, Kelli Fuqua Hart, Phil Dirlam, Chris Redd, Ocala Magazine, June 2016, September 2016, November 2016
  • Sarasota Magazine – Gigi Ortwein, The Ultimate Family Fun Guide, Best Bars, Food Lovers’ Guide

Inside Design

  • OCALA MAGAZINE – Linda Marks, Kelli Fuqua Hart, Phil Dirlam, Chris Redd, Person of the Year, January 2016; On the Menu, April 2016; Home Sweet Bonhomme, March 2016
  • OCALA MAGAZINE – Linda Marks, Kelli Fuqua Hart, Phil Dirlam, Chris Redd, A Curious Little Vegetable, September 2016; Chester Weber, March 2016; Laura Lakey, February 2016
  • Sarasota Magazine – Gigi Ortwein, Outdoor Adventures, Such a Deal!, Tastes of the Town

Best Single Issue

  • City & Shore Magazine, the Sun Sentinel – Mark Gauert, Anderson Greene, City & Shore, August issue
  • INFLUENCE Magazine / Extensive Enterprises Media – Peter Schorsch, INFLUENCE Magazine – Winter 2016
  • The Mirror Magazine – Jason Parsley, Brendon Lies & J.W. Arnold, Fall Arts & Entertainment Guide

 

TELEVISION

Best Newscast

NO ENTRIES

Investigative Reporting

  • Fusion – Staff, The Naked Truth: Mugged
  • Telemundo Network & weather.com – Staff, Cosecha de Miseria (Harvest of Misery) & The Source
  • WFTS/ABC Action News – Adam Walser, Randy Wright, Fran Gilpin, GradPoint– Gaming Graduation Rates

Spot News Reporting

NO AWARDS

Government & Politics Reporting

  • Fusion – Staff, The Naked Truth: Rigged
  • Fusion – Staff, The Naked Truth: Trumpland
  • WTVJ NBC 6 – Dan Krauth, Dawn Clapperton, and Pedro Cancio “Turning Old Tickets Into Cash”

Continuing Coverage

  • WFTS/ABC Action News – Adam Walser, Randy Wright, Fran Gilpin, Hope’s Hidden Secrets… Abuse at a Christian Children’s Home
  • WPBF 25 News – Terri Parker, Playing Doctor
  • WTVJ NBC 6 – Dan Krauth, Dawn Clapperton, McNelly Torres, and Pedro Cancio “Cosmetic Coverage Creates Change”

Feature Reporting

  • Bay News 9 – Laurie Davison, Tim Kania, Painting for a Good Cause
  • South Florida SunSentinel – Joe Cavaretta / Amy Beth Bennett, Armless Triathlon
  • WTSP – Garin Flowers, Man gives away free car to grieving stranger

Public Affairs

  • Florida Center for Investigative Reporting – Alexandra Clinton, Adeel Ahmed, Ashwin Gandbhir, Asad Faruqi, Unforgiven
  • Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, PBS NewsHour Weekend – Lisa Desai, Yasmeen Qureshi, How Septic Tanks May Imperial This Florida Ecosystem
  • WFV – Martie Salt, “Blindsided: The Reality of Caring for Aging Parents”

 

RADIO

Best Newscast

  • WJCT – Michelle Corum, Morning Edition- December 2, 2016
  • WLRN News – WLRN News Staff, Is Zika Here? WLRN Reports
  • WUSF Public Media – Carson Cooper, Carson Cooper – WUSF

General Coverage

  • WFSU – Lynn Hatter & Kate Payne, Taylor County’s Fenholloway River: A Balancing Act Between Economy And Ecology
  • WFSU – Nick Evans & Kate Payne, Branch Street: The Line Between Two Districts
  • WJCT – Ryan Benk, A Divide In Jacksonville After FDA Approves Opioid Addiction Treatment

Investigative Reporting

  • WFSU – Nick Evans, Alan Williams: Election Supervisor Hopeful Has Spotty Attendance Record
  • WLRN-Miami Herald News – Rowan Moore Gerety, School Suspensions Continue In Spite Of MiamiDade’s No-Suspension Policy
  • WUFT-FM – Rebekkah Mar, Eastside Clinics

Government & Politics Reporting

  • WGCU – Topher Forhecz, Election Year In Southwest Florida
  • WLRN News – WLRN News, Zika In South Florida
  • WUSF Tampa and WMFE Orlando – Steve Newborn, Catherine Welch, Mary Shedden, Florida Matters: The Politically Crucial I-4 Corridor

Feature Reporting

  • WGCU – Topher Forhecz, Gladesmen, Everglades National Park At Odds Over Airboats
  • WLRN News – Nadege Green, Norland Middle Drama Teacher Is The ‘Real Star’ To Young Moonlight Actors
  • WUSF Public Media – Quincy Walters, 70 Years Later, Showman Not Slowing Down

Public Affairs

  • WLRN News, WJCT – WLRN, WJCT, Decision Florida: Is Your Vote Safe?
  • WUFT-FM – Staff, Pulse Nightclub Special Report
  • WUSF Public Media – Staff, Florida Matters: Public Art Around Tampa Bay

 

ONLINE

Blog

  • South Florida Sun Sentinel – Dan Sweeney, The Power Lunch
  • The Palm Beach Post – Charles Elmore, Susan Salisbury, Best blog: Protecting Your Pocket, The Palm Beach Post
  • Treasure Coast Newspapers/TCPalm.com – Will Greenlee, Off The Beat

News Web Site

  • Univision Noticias Digital – Jose Lopez, Clemente Alvarez, Univision Noticias
  • WLRN News – WLRN News Staff, Teresa Frontado-Digital Director, WLRN.org
  • WUSF, WLRN and WMFE – Staff, Health News Florida

Online Breaking News

  • South Florida Business Journal – Brian Bandell, Telemundo signs $400M deal for new headquarters, studios
  • Treasure Coast Newspapers – Staff, Omar Mateen
  • WLRN News – WLRN News Staff, Fidel Dies

Multimedia Feature

  • Fusion – Staff of Fusion, Death by Fentanyl
  • Treasure Coast Newspapers/TCPalm.com – Dacia Johnson, From childhood to mass shooting
  • Univision Noticias Digital – Almudena Toral, Maye Primera, Luis Melgar, Damia Bonmati, Vacations in no man’s sea

Package

  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – Shelby Webb, Housing in SRQ
  • The Palm Beach Post – Staff, Heroin: Killer of a generation
  • University of Florida/Gainesville Sun – Drea Cornejo, Family Ashes in Pipeline’s Path

User-Generated Content

NO AWARDS

Infographics & Data Visualization

NO AWARDS

Video

  • South Florida Sun Sentinel – Taimy Alvarez, Sally Kestin, Doug Phillips, The Gulf’s Deadly Harvest
  • Sun Sentinel – Doreen Christensen, Barbara Corbellini Duarte, Randy Vazquez, Dylan Boucher, Sun Sentinel Originals Doreen’s Deals
  • Univision Noticias Digital – Laura Prieto, Anna Spelman, Almudena Toral, After Orlando, getting its pulse back

Podcast

NO AWARDS

Blog Writing

  • Extensive Enterprises – Peter Schorsch, SaintPetersBlog
  • SouthFlorida.com/South Florida Sun Sentinel – Michael Mayo, The Eat Beat Blog by Michael Mayo
  • Tampa Bay Times – Alex Leary, Adam C. Smith, Steve Bousquet, The Buzz

Blog Writing – In Depth

  • Florida Bulldog – Eric Barton, Broward medical examiner’s evidence policy worries prosecutors, defense lawyers
  • Florida Bulldog – Eric Barton, Florida education on trial
  • FloridaPolitics.com / Extensive Enterprises Media – Scott Powers, The Soul of Orlando to America: Give us a moment

Social Media Package

  • Fusion – Staff of Fusion, Animals in the Border
  • The New Tropic – Ariel Zirulnick, Roshan Nebhrajani, Riding transit with a Miami Beach commissioner for Public Transit Day
  • WLRN News – WLRN News Staff, Public Transit Day

 

SPANISH LANGUAGE

Periodista del Año – Print/Digital/Online

  • CENTRO Tampa – Myriam Silva-Warren, Adriana Ocampo: Científica universal; Brigada 2506: Soldados por convicción; La cara oculta de ba; Innovando en la educación;Jorge Pérez, el león de la construcción;Impulsando el diseño venezolano
  • El Nuevo Herald – Nora Gámez Torres, Nora Gámez Torres, el Nuevo Herald

Periodista del Año –Television/Radio

  •  TELEMUNDO 51 – Guillermo Gonzalez, REPORTERO DE NOTICIAS
  • TELEMUNDO 51 – Myrian Masihy, TELEMUNDO 51 RESPONDE
  • WLTV 23 Univision Miami – Erika Carrillo, Erika Carrillo

Mejor Reportaje de Investigación – Print/Digital/Online

  • el Nuevo Herald – Antonio Delgado, Johanna Alvarez, El drama de los venezolanos en el sur de la Florida
  • el Nuevo Herald – Enrique Flor, Brenda Medina, Condos de Pesadilla
  • Univision Noticias Digital – Ronny Rojas, Almudena Toral, Mariano Zafra, Vacaciones en aguas de nadie

Mejor Reportaje de Investigación – Television/Radio

  • Telemundo Network & weather.com – Staff, Cosecha de Miseria (Harvest of Misery) & The Source
  • WLTV 23 Univision Miami – Erika Carrillo, Armando Pico, Joaquin Gonzalez, Condos de Pesadilla
  • WLTV 23 Univision Miami – Erika Carrillo, Armando Pico, Sexo con un Click

Mejor Cubrimiento Noticias de Última Hora (Breaking News) – Print/Digital/Online

  • el Nuevo Herald – Nora Gamez Torres, Cobertura de la vista del presidente Barack Obama a Cuba
  • el Nuevo Herald – Staff, La muerte de Fidel Castro

Mejor Cubrimiento Noticias de Última Hora (Breaking News) – Television/Radio

  • InfoMás – Paula Machado, Con el ojo en Huracán Matthew
  • TELEMUNDO 51 – Jorge Rodriguez, Berta Ruiz, Ismeraly Torres, Daylin Lugo, LLEGA 20 BALSEROS A FARO

Mejor Reportaje Especial (Features) – Print/Digital/Online

  • El Nuevo Herald – Nora Gámez Torres, Cuba cambia, más para unos que para otros
  • Univision – Nicolas Ibarguen, Lara Fernandez, Enrique Acevedo, Jose Cuesta, La Amazonía: un paraíso a la venta
  • Univision Noticias Digital – Lorena Arroyo, Pablo Cozzaglio, Almunda Toral, Nacho Corbella, Los huérfanos del Lago Poopó

Mejor Reportaje Especial (Features) – Television/Radio

  • Telemundo Tampa WRMD – Cristina Puig and Milton Lugo, José Fernández: Más Allá de la Verdad Parts 1 and 2
  • WLTV 23 Univision Miami – Erika Carrillo, Armando Pico, Carlos Barquin, La Capital del Fraude
  • WLTV Miami – Sandra Peebles, David Gonzalez, Trafico de Almas

Informes Electorales – Todos los Medios

NO AWARDS

Mejor Trabajo Estudiantil – All Media

  • UCF Knightly Latino – 2016 Staff, Knightly Latino Especial de Politica 2016
  • WUFT-FM – Clara Garcia, Krystalle Pinilla, Noticias WUFT news team, Noticias WUFT newscast for June 18, 2016

 

STUDENTS

College Journalist of the Year

  • FAU University Press, Broward New Times, SunFest – Emily Bloch, Emily Bloch
  • University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications – Briana Erickson, Writing Portfolio – Briana Erickson
  • University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications – Drea Cornejo, Multimedia Portfolio – Drea Cornejo

Best Student Publication

  • Distraction Magazine – Staff, Distraction Magazine
  • The Current – Emma Cotton, Gary Furrow Jr., Sarah Raney, Brianna Spieldenner, The Current
  • The Miami Hurricane – Staff, The Miami Hurricane

Best Website

  • Flagler College Gargoyle – Staff, Flagler College Gargoyle
  • iPulse – Staff, iPulse Website (lynnipulse.org)
  • The Miami Hurricane – Staff, TheMiamiHurricane.com

Best News Story

  • Journey Magazine – Kayla Parker, Lead Found in Water at Leon Elementary Schools
  • The Current – Andrea Depina-Gomes, The Syrian refugee crisis through Eckerd students’ eyes
  • UNF Spinnaker – Cassidy Alexander, To do the right thing

Best News Photo

  • The Current – Sorella Anderson, Havana
  • The Oracle – Jackie Benitez, USF, Bay area honor the victims of the Pulse shooting
  • UNF Spinnaker – Lili Weinstein, President Obama Visits UNF

Best Profile

  • The Independent Florida Alligator – Ethan Bauer, A Sister’s Bond
  • The Independent Florida Alligator – Ethan Bauer, The Road Less Traveled: Garcia finds home at Florida
  • The Oracle – Jacob Hoag, Time and baseball help USF coach overcome loss of wife

Best Review

  • The Current – Dorothy-Mae Eldemire, A Seat At The Table’: For the modern black woman
  • The Current – Dorothy-Mae Eldemire, Lemonade: The manifesto of the black woman
  • The Miami Hurricane – Israel Aragon Bravo, ‘Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses’ features music from classic game series

Best Sports Story

  • The Current – Mereysa Taylor, Analyzing mob mentality
  • The Oracle – Jacob Hoag, Time and baseball help USF coach overcome loss of wife
  • University Press – Florida Atlantic University – Brendan Feeney, What’s Your Excuse

Best Sports Photo

  • The Current – Hannah Hamontree, Men’s soccer stands strong
  • The Oracle – Jackie Benitez, Quinton Flowers wins AAC Offensive Player of the Year

Best Opinion Column

  • FSView & Florida Flambeau – Emily Clemons, Abby Wambach’s apology for DUI isn’t enough
  • The Miami Hurricane – Isabella Cueto, Castro’s Death Serves as Reminder of Family Suffering, Ongoing Oppression

Best Page Design

  • Distraction Magazine – Valentina Escotet, Allie Pakrosnis, Asmae Fahmy, Jamie Shub, Distraction Magazine December Cover
  • The FAMUAN – Meishara Jaghai and Ebony Gibbs, FAMU Brings in Cash Flow
  • The Oracle – Michael (Miki) Shine, Election Preview

Best Video

  • FAMU News20 Online – Javonni Hampton, Noah
  • University of Florida/Gainesville Sun – Drea Cornejo, Family Ashes in Pipeline’s Path
  • WUFT News – Chris Totzke, In Rural Union County, Web Designer Finds New Life As Free Range Farmer

Best Coverage of LGBT Issues

  • FSView & Florida Flambeau – Emily Clemons, Emily Clemons
  • The Current – Brianna Spieldenner, Campus’s attitude toward transgender ahead of nation’s
  • The Oracle – Michael (Miki) Shine, Aftermath goes far beyond Pulse’s walls

Best Coverage of Race and Minorities

  • Distraction Magazine – Asmae Fahmy, Finding Refuge
  • FSView & Florida Flambeau – Emily Clemons, Brianna Milord, Perry Kostidakis, FSView
  • University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications – Staff, The Ties that Bind – Maintaining Black Culture in Gainesville