Jun. 20, 2024  

Sunshine State finalists 2024

The 2024 Sunshine State Awards have now been judged by dozens of out-of-state professional journalists.

Winners and runners-up will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center in downtown Hollywood. Here are the details. Want to be a sponsor? Email Christiana Lilly.

Finalists in each category are presented below in alphabetical order by organization. Not all categories have three finalists. If only one finalist is shown in a category, that’s the first-place winner.

Here are they are…


SPECIAL AWARDS

James Batten Award for Public Service

  • South Florida Sun Sentinel – Investigative Team, Condo Wars
  • The Palm Beach Post – Antigone Barton, Florida Shuffle: State’s failure to oversee addiction treatment leaves patients in deadly danger
  • The Tributary – Nichole Manna, Deaths in the Duval County jail

Gene Miller Award for Investigative Reporting

  • CBS News Miami – Jim DeFede, Warehoused: The Life and Death of Tristin Murphy
  • Tallahassee Democrat – Douglas Soule, Elena Barrera, Voter Vindication
  • WLRN News – Daniel Rivero, Joshua Ceballos, Jessica Bakeman & Sergio Bustos, Unguarded

NABJ South Florida Diversity Award

  • Miami Herald – Jacqueline Charles, Jacqueline Charles Collection
  • WTSP-TV – Emerald Morrow, Hearing What’s Unheard

Barbara A. Petersen Freedom of Information Award

  • Miami Herald – Sarah Blaskey, Shakedown City
  • Tallahassee Democrat – Douglas Soule, The First Amendment Beat with Douglas Soule
  • WLRN News – Daniel Rivero, Joshua Ceballos, Jessica Bakeman & Sergio Bustos, Unguarded

Journalist of the Year

  • Embrace Magazine – John Sotomayor, John Sotomayor Collection
  • WLRN News – Kate Payne, Kate Payne reporting portfolio

Anchor of the Year

  • No awards

Photojournalist of the Year

  • Tallahassee Democrat – Alicia Devine, In the Moment with Alicia Devine
  • WFTS-TV – Matthew Apthorp, Matthew Apthorp: Photojournalist

Outstanding New Journalist

  • WUSF – Nancy Guan, Nancy Guan Collection
  • WLRN News – Julia Cooper, Julia Cooper Reporting portfolio
  • Tampa Bay Times – Olivia George, Olivia George Collection 

Editor of the Year

  • Embrace Magazine – John Sotomayor, John Sotomayor Collection
  • Oviedo Community News – Megan Stokes, Megan Stokes Editor of the Year
  • WLRN News – Sergio Bustos, Sergio Bustos portfolio

Social Justice Reporting

  • Miami Herald – Ben Wieder, Shirsho Dasgupta, Sheridan Wall & Amelia Winger, The Foreclosure Franchise
  • TCPalm / Treasure Coast Newspapers – Laurence Reisman, Never give up
  • WLRN News – Joshua Ceballos, Joshua Ceballos reporting portfolio

DIGITAL WRITING

Breaking News Reporting

  • Florida Times-Union – Teresa Stepzinski, Jacksonville Dollar General shooting
  • LkldNow – Kimberly C. Moore, Lakeland Mass Shooting and Fallout
  • Tallahassee Democrat – Jeff Burlew, Ana Goni-Lessan, Elena Barrera & Ryan Truchelut, Hurricane Idalia Incoming

Non-Deadline News Reporting – Short Form

  • No Awards

Non-Deadline News Reporting – Long Form

  • Center for Public Integrity, Columbia Journalism Investigations & Futuro Media – Staff, Toxic Labor
  • Florida Trend – Robyn A. Friedman, Towering Uncertainty
  • The News-Press & Naples Daily News – Dan Glaun, Katie Baunach’s ex-husband killed her, prosecutors say. The justice system let it happen

Serious Feature Reporting – Short Form

  • No Awards

Serious Feature Reporting – Long Form

  • Florida Trend – Robyn A. Friedman, Towering Uncertainty
  • FORUM – The Magazine of Florida Humanities – Craig Pittman, Gatorland
  • Sarasota Magazine – Isaac Eger, Once Upon a Time in Florida

Light Feature Reporting – Short Form

  • Orlando Sentinel – Patrick Connolly, ‘It’s letting go’: Orlando watercolor artist creates ‘sea pours’ with ocean’s help
  • Orlando Sentinel – Amy Drew Thompson, At 73, Bruce Springsteen proves it all night at Amway Center

Light Feature Reporting – Long Form

  • Tampa Bay Times – Lane DeGregory, The Wind Phone
  • The Miami Herald – Howard Cohen, Jimmy Buffett and Key West
  • Winter Park Magazine – Bob Kealing, Seeing Stars

Series

  • Center for Public Integrity, Columbia Journalism Investigations & Futuro Media – Janelle Retka, Samantha McCabe, Jiahui Huang & María Inés Zamudio, Toxic Labor
  • South Florida Sun Sentinel – Shira Moolten, Outside the Fence: Lead emissions at South Florida airports series
  • The Miami Herald – Ana Claudia Chacin, Michelle Marchante, Nicholas Nehamas & Jay Weaver, Jackson suspends adult heart transplants

General Commentary & Criticism

  • Orlando Sentinel – Scott Maxwell, Scott Maxwell Commentary Collection
  • Out South Florida – Jason Parsley, Pride; Tragedy & HIV
  • VoxPopuli – Norine Dworkin, What happens when Mayor John Rees violates the city charter?

Arts & Culture Commentary & Criticism

  • Miami New Times, Artburst – Douglas Markowitz, Douglas Markowitz Collection
  • Orlando Sentinel – Matthew J. Palm, Matthw J. Palm Collection
  • The Coastal Star / Palm Beach ArtsPaper – Sharon Geltner, Sharon Geltner Collection

Sports Commentary

  • Florida Times-Union – Gene Frenette, Gene Frenette sports commentary
  • South Florida Sun Sentinel – Dave Hyde, Dave Hyde Columns
  • Tallahassee Democrat – Ehsan Kassim, The Columns of Ehsan Kassim

Profile Reporting

  • Miami Herald – Aaron Leibowitz, Biting, berating, racist language: Basabe has faced many claims of bad behavior
  • The Miami Herald – Linda Robertson, Linda Robertson on Joe Carollo
  • Winter Park Magazine – Greg Dawson, Hard News

Obituary Reporting

  • The Miami Herald – Howard Cohen, Jeannett Slesnick obit
  • The Palm Beach Post – Valentina Palm, Remembering Michelle Damone: ‘Firecracker’ fought cancer, led Acreage with a lively touch
  • Winter Park Magazine – Michael McLeod, Laurence J. Ruggieo

Election Reporting

  • Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Zac Anderson, DeSantis Accountability Reporting
  • Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Zac Anderson, The Rise and Fall of Ron DeSantis for President

Data Reporting

  • Orlando Sentinel – Cristóbal Reyes, A question of evidence: Did deposed Orange-Osceola state attorney deserve blame for failed drug trafficking cases?
  • Tampa Bay Times – Ian Hodgson, Florida schools got hundreds of book complaints — mostly from 2 people
  • The News-Press & Naples Daily News – Kate Cimini, Over 250 cases of sex abuse reported in Florida schools; under 60 Title IX complaints filed

Editorial Writing

  • Miami Herald – Amy Driscoll, Isadora Rangel, Luisa Yanez & Nancy Ancrum, Altered State
  • Miami Herald – Isadora Rangel, Miami Dysfunction

Editorial Cartooning

  • ACAMS Today – Karla Monterrosa-Yancey, Ed Beemer & Grant Brownrigg, SARsNStrips
  • Palm Beach Daily News – David Willson, Palm Beach Daily News Editorial Cartoons

Hyperlocal Reporting

  • Florida Politics – Mike Wright, Mike Wright collection
  • Key Biscayne Independent – John Pacenti & Tony Winton, Fraud at EmeraldBay Condominum
  • TCPalm / Treasure Coast Newspapers – Ananya Tiwari & Cheryl Smith, Fuel Farm

Human Interest Story

  • Embrace Magazine – John Sotomayor, Heroism Overpowers Hate
  • FORUM – the Magazine of Florida Humanities – Robert Plunket, The Way of the Trailer
  • Tampa Bay Times – Lane DeGregory, Beneath the bridge …

Blog Writing

  • Refresh Miami – Riley Kaminer, Riley Kaminer’s Coverage of Miami’s Tech/Startup Scene
  • WGCU Public Media – Tom Bayles, Tom Bayles’ Water Quality Report 

Special Publication or Section

  • FORUM – The Magazine of Florida Humanities – Pam Daniel, David Meek, A Taste of Florida
  • South Florida Business Journal – Brian Bandell, Erik Bojnansky, Eman Elshahawy & Ashley Portero, Special Section – Marine Industry
  • Winter Park Magazine – Randy Noles, Living in Winter Park

Trade or Special Interest Publication

  • Embrace Magazine – John Sotomayor & Staff, Embrace Magazine Hero Issue
  • The South Florida Sun Sentinel & Orlando Sentinel – Staff, Explore Florida & the Caribbean
  • Winter Park Magazine – Randy Noles, ArtsLife

Beat Reporting – Arts & Culture

  • Orlando Sentinel – Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Museum of Art: Basquiat Collection
  • The New York Times – Joseph B. Treaster, Joseph B. Treaster Collection
  • The News-Press & Naples Daily News – Charles Runnells, Charles Runnells collection

Beat Reporting – Business & Consumer Affairs

  • South Florida Business Journal – Brian Bandell, Beat Reporting: Business & Consumer
  • Tallahassee Democrat – James Call, The Closing of the Perry Mill
  • The Palm Beat Post – Alexandra Clough, University of Florida West Palm Beach campus series

Beat Reporting – Community

  • Miami Herald – Nora Gamez Torres, Capitalism returns to Cuba
  • South Florida Sun Sentinel – Susannah Bryan, Flood City
  • The Palm Beach Post – Mike Diamond, Mike Diamond community coverage

Beat Reporting – Crime & Courts

  • Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Gabriela Szymanowska, Gabriela Szymanowska Collection
  • Tallahassee Democrat – Jeff Burlew, Tallahassee Trials of the Century
  • The Miami Herald – Grethel Aguila, Grethel Aguila Court Reporting

Beat Reporting – Education

  • The Palm Beach Post – Katherine Kokal, Katherine Kokal collection
  • TCPalm/Treasure Coast Newspapers – Colleen Wixon, Colleen Wixon collection
  • Youth Today – Gabrielle Russon, Gabrielle Russon Collection

Beat Reporting – Environment, Science & Technology

  • Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Earle Kimel, Mote Marine Laboratory Works to Restore Coral Reefs
  • Stet News, University Press – Joel Engelhardt & Jessica Abramsky, Science Shuttered; Wetlands Depleted
  • The Palm Beach Post – Kimberly Miller, Kimberly Miller

Beat Reporting – Food & Travel

  • BrowardBeer.com – Joe Pye, Joe Pye collection
  • Edible South Florida – Staff, Local Food and Farming Collection
  • Miami Herald – Connie Ogle, Connie Ogle – Food Writer

Beat Reporting – Government & Politics

  • Key Biscayne Independent – John Pacenti, Inside Gen. Flynn’s ReAwaken Roadshow
  • Miami Herald – Aaron Leibowitz, Aaron Leibowitz collection
  • Tallahassee Democrat – John Kennedy, Watchdogging DeSantis 

Beat Reporting – Health

  • South Florida Business Journal – Brian Bandell, Beat Reporting: Health Writing
  • The Miami Herald – Ana Claudia Chacin, Michelle Marchante, Nicholas Nehamas & Jay Weaver, Jackson suspends adult heart transplants
  • The Tributary – Nichole Manna, Deaths in the Duval County jail

Beat Reporting – Housing and Real Estate

  • Naples Daily News & The News-Press – Laura Layden, Laura Layden collection
  • South Florida Business Journal – Brian Bandell, Beat Reporting: Housing & Real Estate (Bandell)
  • The Real Deal – Katherine Kallergis & Lidia Dinkova, Fraud at condo associations and HOAs

Beat Reporting – Sports

  • Naples Daily News & The News-Press – Alex Martin, Alex Martin collection
  • Tallahassee Democrat – Liam Rooney, The Front Page Stories of Liam Rooney
  • The News-Press & Naples Daily News – Dan DeLuca, Dan DeLuca collection

Beat Reporting – Underrepresented Communities

  • Florida Today – D Gallop, Eric Rogers & Finch Walker, Underrepresented communities
  • Oviedo Community News – Eric Orvieto, Boston Hill community struggle
  • Tallahassee Democrat – Ana Goni-Lessan, Representing the Underrepresented

PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN

Breaking News Photography

  • Miami Herald – Jose A. Iglesias, Mexican actor gets five years for fatal punch
  • The Palm Beach Post – Greg Lovett, Hurricane Idalia aftermath
  • Virgin Islands Daily News – Kit MacAvoy, Thomas residents hold vigil for homicide victim

Feature Photography

  • Aventura Magazine – Luca Martinez, Deep Focus
  • Miami Herald – Pedro Portal, Miami pediatrician is working to keep kids healthy
  • South Florida Sun Sentinel – Amy Beth Bennett, Boca Raton condo marks a milestone, is first to receive Palm Beach County building recertification since the Surfside collapse

Portrait/Personality

  • Florida Times-Union – Corey Perrine, Corey Perrine portraits
  • Tallahassee Democrat – Alicia Devine, Damon Miller: A Black Life on the Blue Line

Photography Story

  • Miami Herald – Carl Juste, Black 30 and Under
  • TCPalm / Treasure Coast Newspapers – Crystal Vander Weit, Widow Finds New Love in Florida Ocean
  • TCPalm / Treasure Coast Newspapers – Crystal Vander Weit, Living with Long COVID

Sports Photography

  • Miami Herald – Matias J. Ocner, Japan wins the 2023 World Baseball Classic
  • Miami Herald – Al Diaz, Dolphins’ Raheem Mostert leaps over Panthers’ CJ Henderson
  • Tallahassee Democrat – Alicia Devine, Hurdling meets FSU Football

Art/Photo Illustration

  • FORUM – the Magazine of Florida Humanities – Regan Dunnick, Way of the Trailer
  • FORUM – The Magazine of Florida Humanities – Joel Haynes, A Taste of Florida
  • South Florida Business Journal – Jake Stevens, Art/Photo Illustration

Infographics & Data Visualization

  • South Florida Business Journal – Jake Stevens, Infographics & Data Visualization
  • WLRN News – Jenny Staletovich, Laura Kurtzberg & Patrick Farrell, Bright Lit Place

Newspaper Front Page Design

  • Florida Courier – Angela Van Emmerik, Florida Courier, Sharing Black Life Statewide
  • South Florida Business Journal – Jake Stevens, Front Page Design – Jake Stevens

Magazine Cover Design

  • Edible South Florida – Levi Ellenby, Andrea Hernandez & Russell Beans, Edible South Florida 2023 Covers
  • Embrace Magazine – Jamie Mark, Josh Clark, Rheya Tanner & Wendy Mak, Embrace Magazine Cover Collection
  • Winter Park Magazine – Carolyn Edmonds, Covers

Magazine Inside Design

  • Aventura Magazine – Ashley Meyer, Down on the Farm
  • Distraction – Staff, Distraction’s Recent Designs
  • Lynn University – Michael Crary, Scott LeBlanc & Emily Nagle, LYNKD Magazine Best Inside Design

Magazine Issue

  • Embrace Magazine – John Sotomayor and staff, Embrace Magazine Hero Issue
  • Embrace Magazine – John Sotomayor and staff, Embrace Magazine Travel Issue
  • Lynn University – Michael Crary, Scott LeBlanc, Emily Nagle & Cesar Santalo, LYNKD Magazine

TELEVISION & VIDEO

 TV or Video Newscast

  • 10 Tampa Bay – Amanda Cordero, Natalie Ferrari & Bobby Deskins, Hurricane Idalia Preparations
  • Spectrum Bay News 9 – Staff, Your Morning News
  • WVEN-TV – Staff, Noticias Univision Orlando 6PM

Investigative Reporting – Single Report

  • WPTV – Dave Bohman and Jim Sitton, Port St. Lucie Properties
  • WVEA – Mariángeles Muňoz, School Bullying Ponce de Leon Elementary

Investigative Reporting – Series

  • WFTS/ABC Action News – Adam Walser, Matt McGlashen, Randy Wright & Melanie Payne, Failure to Protect
  • WFTS-TV – Katie LaGrone & Matthew Apthorp, The Impact Check
  • WPTV – Dave Bohman & Jim Sitton, Liened into Debt

Spot News Reporting

  • WJAX-TV/WFOX-TV – Tenikka Smith Hughes, FAA System Outage
  • WMBB-TV – Chloe Sparks, River Camps Fires

Breaking News

  • 10 Tampa Bay – Amanda Cordero, Natalie Ferrari, Malique Rankin & Shannon Clowe, Tornadoes Touch Down in Tampa Bay
  • Orlando Sentinel – Rich Pope & Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Museum of Art: Timeline of a scandal
  • WVEN-TV – Staff, Pine Hills Deadly Shooting

General Assignment Report

  • Spectrum Bay News 9 – Cait McVey & Amanda Salvucci, NAACP Travel Advisory: Don’t Give up on Florida
  • WMBB-TV – Jake Holter, Michael Johnson Fraud
  • WVEA – Mariángeles Muňoz, School Bullying Hillsborough School District

Continuing Coverage or Series

  • WFTS/ABC Action News – Adam Walser, Melanie Payne & Randy Wright, The Price of Protection– Traci Hudson
  • WTSP-TV – Emerald Morrow, Saving Sacred Ground
  • WVEA-TV – Staff, State Law SB 1718

Special Reporting

  • WESH 2 News – Staff, Saving Our Streets
  • WINK News – Andryanna Sheppard & Erik Randlov, Homeowners Insurance collection
  • WTSP-TV – Emerald Morrow, Battle Over Black History

Government, Politics & Election Reporting

  • WMBB-TV – Jack Hull, Mayor Rohan’s Conduct
  • WMBB-TV – Tom Lewis, Short Circuiting the 14th Judicial Circuit
  • WUCF-TV PBS ORLANDO – Krystel Knowles, Felon Voters Facing Voting Uncertainty

Environment, Science & Technology Reporting

  • Spectrum Bay News 9 – Cait McVey & Amanda Salvucci, Florida Strong: Regrowing Sanibel
  • WFSU Public Media – Rob Diaz de Villegas, How to protect Florida coasts from storm surge
  • WUCF-TV PBS ORLANDO – Krystel Knowles, Malaria Spreads Throughout Florida

Health Reporting

  • WMBB-TV – Kimber Collins, Hospital to return to DeFuniak Springs
  • WUCF – Krystel Knowles, Mosquito-Borne Illnesses
  • WUCF-TV PBS ORLANDO – Krystel Knowles, Is It My Body My Choice? Post Roe v. Wade

Light Feature Reporting

  • Spectrum Bay News 9 – Erin Murray & Timothy F. Kania, Journi 4 Two
  • WSVN – Darcelle Hall & Anthony Pineda, 7 Spotlight: Sophia Lacroix

Serious Feature Reporting

  • Spectrum Bay News 9 – Cait McVey & Amanda Salvucci, Florida Strong: Regrowing Sanibel
  • WPBF 25 – Angela Rozier & Carlo Pellegrino, Amazon Driver Survives Eastern Rattlesnake Bite
  • WTSP-TV – Emerald Morrow & Gene Yagle, Chandra’s Gamble

Sports Reporting

  • WMBB-TV – Sam Granville, HS Football Altercation
  • WPEC – Robert Garon, 2024 Daytona 500
  • WTSP-TV – Emerald Morrow, Trop Troubles

Weather Reporting

  • Spectrum Bay News 9 – Staff, Hurricane Idalia Landfall
  • WMBB-TV – Staff, April Severe Weather
  • WVEN-TV – Staff, Hurricane Idalia

Non-Newscast Program

  • Noticias Telemundo – José Luis Osuna, Victoria Albanesi, Ronny Rojas & Damia Bonmati, The business of truckers smuggling migrants into the U.S.
  • Spectrum News 13 – Tammie Fields, Tony Rojek & Joh Ficurilli, Black History Month: Exploring Florida’s History
  • WVEN-TV – Staff, Unwelcome to Florida

Video – Short Form

  • South Florida Sun Sentinel – Carline Jean, Sean Pitts & Ben Crandell, Fort Lauderdale’s famed Day of the Dead festival returns on Saturday — here’s why it almost didn’t happen
  • South Florida Sun Sentinel – Mike Stocker, Sean Pitts & Ben Crandell, Got your rats ready, Panthers fans? Here’s why we throw ‘em (and the local guy who started it all)

Video – Long Form

  • ABC Action News – Kylie McGivern, Randy Wright & Melanie Payne, Twice Forgotten: Grandmother’s neglect leads to children’s deaths
  • The Washington Post – Drea Cornejo, How Florida’s abortion ban is leaving one family in agony
  • The Washington Post – Drea Cornejo & Jayne Orenstein, The women racing to stop America’s maternal mortality crisis

RADIO & AUDIO

Radio or Audio Newscast

  • WJCT News 89.9 – Michelle Corum & Steven Ponson, Morning Edition Newscast 10-27-2023
  • WLRN News – Staff, Newscast: Hurricane Idalia prep, Suarez drops out, Haitian Creole in Lake Worth school
  • WUSF – Craig Kopp, Morning Edition May 17, 2023

Podcast

  • Naples Daily News, The News-Press & WGCU Public Media – Staff, The Last Ride
  • WLRN News – Jenny Staletovich, Rowan Moore Gerety, Merritt Jacob & Patrick Farrell, Bright Lit Place
  • WUSF – Matthew Peddie, Dinorah Prevost & Scott Wachtler, Our Changing State

General Coverage

  • WFSU Public Media – Regan McCarthy, An unhoused Tallahassee woman lifted the hearts of hundreds. Betty Scott is remembered
  • WFSU Public Media – Adrian Andrews, Florida State wraps up homecoming week in style
  • WUSF – Cathy Carter & Meghan Bowman, New College of Florida Collection

Investigative Reporting

  • No awards

Government, Politics & Election Reporting

  • WUSF – Cathy Carter & Kerry Sheridan, Sarasota County School Board Collection

Serious Feature Reporting

  • Central Florida Public Media – Lillian Hernández Caraballo, A woman’s story reflects the rise of homelessness in Central Florida
  • WUSF – Stephanie Colombini, As Florida Bills Distress Transgender Community, One Teen Flees For A Better Life
  • WUSF – Gabriella Paul, Is It Worth Fighting An Eviction? One Tampa Renter Says It Left Her Worse Off

Serious Feature Reporting

  • WLRN News – Alyssa Ramos, Alyssa Ramos feature reporting portfolio
  • WUSF – Cathy Carter, Disney’s Live Action ‘Little Mermaid’ Makes Splash With Young Black Girls

Public Affairs

  • WLRN News & LAist – Staff, WLRN, LAist simulcast conversation on DeSantis-Newsom debate
  • WUSF – Matthew Peddie & Steve Newborn, Southwest Florida’s Babcock Ranch Offers Lessons In Resilience And Sustainability

Environment, Science & Technology Reporting

  • WGCU Public Media – Tom Bayles, Tom Bayles Collection
  • WUSF – Steve Newborn, Steve Newborn Collection
  • WUSF – Jessica Meszaros, Jessica Meszaros Collection

Health Reporting

  • Central Florida Public Media – Joe Mario Pedersen, Fighting for care in Florida
  • WFSU Public Media – Regan McCarthy, Florida’s abortion laws protect a pregnant person’s life, but not for mental health
  • WUSF – Health News Florida – Stephanie Colombini, Stephanie Colombini Collection

Continuing Coverage or Series

  • Central Florida Public Media – Central Florida Public Media Staff, Central Florida Seen & Heard: Immigration Divide
  • WUSF – Stephanie Colombini, Growing Up With Guns
  • WUSF – Gabriella Paul, Three-Day Notice: Tampa Bay’s Growing Eviction Crisis

Education Reporting

  • Central Florida Public Media – Danielle Prieur, Education Collection
  • WUSF – Kerry Sheridan, Kerry Sheridan Collection

Arts Reporting

  • WUSF – Cathy Carter, Cathy Carter Collection

DIGITAL

News Website (Small Newsroom)

  • Noticias Telemundo – Staff, Noticias Telemundo website
  • The Tributary – Andrew Pantazi, Nichole Manna & Charlie McGee, The Tributary
  • WUSF – Carl Lisciandrello, Gabriella Pinos & Rick Mayer, ORG

News Website (Large Newsroom)

  • Book Trib – Aurora Dominguez, BookTrib Collection (Interviews and Reviews)
  • Lifestyle Media Group – Aurora Dominguez, Travel Stories (Lifestyle Media Group and South Florida Business and Wealth)

Multimedia Feature

  • Noticias Telemundo – Staff, An accident changed her life. Undocumented and uninsured, her only option left was to return to Mexico
  • Noticias Telemundo / NBC News – Anagilmara Vilchez, José Luis Osuna, Victoria Albanesi & Bruno García, She’ll be the first Afro Latina on a U.S. quarter. Here’s Celia Cruz, remembered
  • WFSU Public Media – Alexander Campbell & Freddie Hall, Spotlight | Matthew “briteso” Forrest

Online Package

  • Spectrum News – Anthony Leone, Twin sonic booms heard after NASA launches Psyche mission
  • Tallahassee Democrat – Alicia Devine & Kim Luciani, Black Lives in the Blue Line
  • WUFT – Staff, The Price of Plenty

Infographics & Data Visualization

  • The Real Deal – Katherine Kallergis & Adam Farence, MAP: Where certain foreign buyers will be banned from buying South Florida real estate
  • Univision News Digital – Amaya Verde, Javier Figueroa, The Oldest Senate in History: Two-Thirds of its Members Surpass Retirement Age
  • Univision News Digital – Javier Figueroa, Amaya Verde & Mariana Rambaldi, Guide to the Trials Against Trump: his Cases as President, Businessman, or Citizen

New Media Engagement

  • WMBB-TV – Staff, 13NOW

E-newsletter

  • Axios & Noticias Telemundo – Marina E. Franco (Noticias Telemundo), Astrid Galván and Russell Contreras (Axios), Axios Latino Collection
  • Stet News – Joel Engelhardt, Carolyn DiPaolo & Pat Beall, Stet News
  • The Real Deal – Katherine Kallergis, The Weekly Dirt

SPANISH LANGUAGE

Mejor trabajo de investigación en televisión/radio

  • Univision Tampa – Filippo Ferretti, La otra cara de la inmigracion
  • WTMO-TV – Valezka Gil-Wester, Raúl Díaz, Emilio Ramos & Luis Millán, ¿Qué pasa con el récord de un inquilino que fue desalojado en Florida?

Mejor trabajo de investigación en prensa escrita/digital

  • Noticias Telemundo – Staff, Camioneros: el negocio mortal de los tráilers con migrantes

Mejor reportaje especial (features) en televisión/radio/video/podcast

  • Despierta América / Univisión – Astrid Rivera, 78 pueblos y una bandera; honrando la muerte a traves del arte
  • Univisión / Despierta América – Astrid Rivera, De profesor a “agricultor de sonrisas”: se gana la vida disfrazado de un personaje de ‘Coco’
  • Univision News Digital – Landybel Pérez & Roser Toll, ¿Cómo hace EEUU para encontrar a los padres de los niños que separó en la frontera?

Mejor reportaje especial en prensa escrita/medio digital

  • Noticias Telemundo – Ronny Rojas, Staff, Un accidente le cambió la vida. Indocumentada y sin seguro médico, su única opción fue regresar a México
  • Univision News Digital – Staff, Ley Migratoria SB 1718 en Florida: Cinco historias sobre cómo ha cambiado la vida de familias con inmigrantes indocumentados
  • Univision News Digital – Patricia Clarembaux & Javier Figueroa, “No sé cómo vivir sin ti”: Un año de dolor y lucha política contra las armas en Uvalde

Mejor cobertura de noticias de última hora (breaking news) en televisión/radio/digital

  • Noticias Telemundo – Ronny Rojas, Damia Bonmati, Bruno Garcia & Marta Planells, Hallan muerta a la soldado latina Ana Basaldua
  • Univision News Digital – Patricia Vélez, Serie de Patricia Vélez sobre la pelea por el techo de la deuda en el Congreso
  • WVEN-TV – Staff, Pine Hills Deadly Shooting

Periodista del año en televisión/radio

  • Noticias Telemundo – Damià Bonmatí, Damia Bonmati Collection
  • WTMO-TV – Valezka Gil, Valezka Gil – Investigaciones que afectan a mi comunidad

Periodista del año en prensa escrita/digital

  • Noticias Telemundo – Ronny Rojas, Ronny Rojas Collection
  • Noticias Telemundo – Anagilmara Vilchez, Anagilmara Vilchez Collection
  • Univision Noticias Digital – Isaías Alvarado, Colección Isaías Alvarado

Mejor infografía y/o visualización de dato

  • Univision News Digital – Javier Figueroa, Amaya Verde & Mariana Rambaldi, Guía de los juicios contra Trump: sus casos como presidente, empresario o ciudadano
  • Univision News Digital – Amaya Verde & Javier Figueroa, En mapas e imágenes: dónde y cómo Israel ha golpeado a Gaza
  • Univision News Digital – Amaya Verde & Javier Figueroa, El Senado más viejo de la historia: dos tercios de sus miembros superan la edad de jubilación

Mejor infografía y/o visualización de dato

  • WTMO Telemundo 31 Orlando – Arnulfo Peralta Solis, Un año del Huracán Ian
  • WVEN-TV – Staff, Hurricane Idalia

Mejor cobertura de desastres naturales en prensa escrita/digital

  • No Awards

Mejor trabajo estudiantil (todo tipo de medios)

  • Caplin News – Alejandro Sanchez, Ruta sur: 3 historias de migrantes africanos en Uruguay (incluye video)
  • Caplin News – Jeronimo Mura & Pamela Correa, Bateyes Dominicanos: ¿Cómo es el lugar donde se produce el azúcar prohibido por EE.UU. y por qué es un fenómeno en crecimiento?
  • Florida International University – yery Lorena Alvarez, Hay avances prometedores en las pruebas clínicas contra el cáncer, pero la comunidad hispana se queda atrás

COLLEGE

 College Journalist of the Year

  • OutFAU – Mary Rasura, Mary Rasura, Collection
  • UNF School of Communication – Inside Jacksonville – Carter Mudgett, Inside Jacksonville-Compilation
  • UNF School of Communication – Inside Swoop – Maddie Leonard, Inside Swoop in 90-Inside Swoop Scoop

College Photojournalist of the Year

  • The Independent Florida Alligator, WUFT News, Atrium Magazine & WRUF – Valentina Sarmiento, Daron Dean, John Freeman, Claire Grunewald & Staff, Valentina Sarmiento College Photo Collection

Adviser of the Year

  • FIU Student Media – The Roar & PantherNOW – Alfred Soto, Advisor of the Year
  • FIU Student Media – The Roar & PantherNOW – Robert Jaross, Advisor of the Year
  • UMTV – Boriana Treadwell, UMTV Adviser: Boriana Treadwell

Student Publication

  • Atrium Magazine – University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications – Staff, Atrium Magazine Winter 2023
  • The Current Newspaper – Nova Southeastern University – Bryce Johnson, Nicole Shaker & Brielle Aguayo, The Current Newspaper
  • The Miami Hurricane – Staff, The Miami Hurricane Newsppaer

Student Broadcast Outlet

  • Caplin News – Staff, 2023 FIU News Clips
  • UMTV – UMTV Staff, UMTV: Student Broadcast Outlet
  • UNF School of Communication – Inside Swoop – Ken Thomas & Staff, Inside Swoop Scoop & Inside Swoop in 90

Website

  • Atrium Magazine – Staff, Website
  • Caplin News – Staff, Caplin News
  • Mako News – Nova Southeastern University – Ana Sofia Aguiar Azambuja, Mako News Website

In-Depth Reporting

  • Caplin News – Samuel Larreal, Amelia Orjuela Da Silva & Kylie Hannigan, Great escape: Venezuelans Head North to Uncertainty Series
  • Fresh Take Florida – Silas Morgan, Redondo condo? GOP candidate wins state House race in South Florida amid questions over district residency
  • WUFT – Staff, The Price of Plenty

Breaking News Story

  • Fresh Take Florida – Jack Lemnus, Idalia survivor of storm’s fury near landfall: ‘Don’t ever want to go through that again’
  • PantherNOW – Elise Gregg, Hoax shooter alert briefly interrupts MMC activity during commencements and Hemispheric Security Conference
  • The Miami Hurricane – Caroline Val, UPurr leads animal cruelty investigation after 6 cat injuries, 9 deaths over past year on campus

News Photo

  • The Miami Hurricane – Alexandra Fisher, Hug the Lake
  • WANM-FM 90.5 – Sydney Dorsey-Rencher, Students Rally Against House Bill 999 in Florida

Profile

  • Distraction – Andrew McCleskey, Marita Gavioti & Sharron Lou, Travian
  • Flagler College Gargoyle – Sydney Preston, Flagler alum discovered his purpose in giving chimps a second chance at life
  • The Miami Hurricane – Andrew McCleskey, How UM singer Jasmine Harris — granddaughter of ‘60s folk music icon Joan Baez — is finding her own voice

Review

  • FSView & Florida Flambeau – Dulce Ordonez, Women at War’: MoFA unveils exhibition on Russia-Ukraine conflict
  • The Miami Hurricane – Faith Jimenez, Ring Theatre’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” is a comedy for serious people

Serious Feature

  • Atrium Magazine – Heather Bushman, I’d never seen a gun before. Days later, I fired one.
  • Fresh Take Florida – Troy Myers, Underage drinking in a college town: How strictly should police, prosecutors enforce laws?
  • WUFT News – Abigail Hasebroock, Shifting Sands

Light Feature

  • Atrium Magazine – Luena Rodriguez-Feo Vileira, Liquid bodies, soft hearts
  • Caplin News – Rafael Hernandez, Visiting this Kendall man’s arcade is time travel for gamers
  • Flagler College Gargoyle – Sara Orr, ‘Teach Me a Song:’ Indigenous music and art installation at Crisp

Sports Story

  • Fresh Take Florida – Aidan Bush, New group emerges to pay UF athletes; Gator Collective dissolves after mishandled QB deal
  • PantherNOW – Brian Olmo, Running in circles: Track and field athletes speak out over state of facilities
  • University Press – Mary Rasura, Mental health services for FAU Athletics

Sports Photo

  • FAMU Athletics – Sydney Dorsey-Rencher, Touch Down
  • FAMU Athletics – Sydney Dorsey-Rencher, FAMU Women’s Basketball vs Houston
  • The Miami Hurricane – Jared Lennon, Reaching for Greatness

Best Opinion Column

  • Flagler College Gargoyle – Hannah Duffey, Black women in the public eye
  • PantherNOW – Kailey Krantz-Diaz, Why did FIU’s Investiture Ceremony ignore diversity?
  • The Oracle – Marcelene Pilcher, OPINION: ‘Don’t Say Gay’: Do say fascist.

Front Page Design

  • Atrium Magazine – University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications – Matthew Cupelli, Front Page Design
  • Distraction – Lizzie Kristal & Charlotte Deangelis, Distraction Winter 2023 Blue Cover
  • PantherNOW – Staff, November 2023 Front Page

Inside Page Design

  • Distraction – Juliana Warnock, Darby Steininger, Sharron Lou & Lizzie Kristal, Blue Jean Baby
  • Lynn University iPulse News – Emily Nagle, LYNKD Magazine – Best Student Inside Design
  • The Miami Hurricane – Katie Stute, Roberta Macedo, Lauren Ferrer & Jenny Jacoby, Messi’s Magic Touch

Video

  • UMTV – Derryl Barnes, History of the Florida Everglades
  • UMTV – Anna Coon, The Biggest Airport That Never Was
  • UMTV – Embrik Eyles, Oil Drilling and Economy Benefits of the Florida Everglades

Podcast

  • WANM-FM 90.5 – Halftime with The Playmakers cast, Halftime with The Playmakers ft. Jabari Smith Jr.
  • WANM-FM 90.5 – Jalynn Mcduffey & Janelle Sears, The Streetlights Podcast ft. Tracy Oliver
  • Z News – Meghan Bowman, One More Time: A Tribute Podcast to My Mom

Multimedia Feature

  • Caplin News – Laura Palfrey, Sheetal Bahadursingh & Jasmine Arocha, Life beyond height: Little people’s struggle to access public buildings
  • Flagler College Gargoyle – Nicholas Leo, Kayla Debrow: The Story Behind The Game
  • USF Z News – Meghan Bowman, One More Time: A Tribute Podcast to My Mom

Coverage of LGBT Issues

  • The Miami Hurricane – Patrick McCaslin, When identity clashes with aspirations; trying to teach in Florida
  • UMTV Primetime – Isabella Popadiuk, In the Wake of “Don’t Say Gay”
  • UNF School of Communication – Inside Jacksonville – Carter Mudgett, Inside Jacksonville-River City Lifts The Rainbow Flag Amid Floridat’s Anti-LGTQ+ Legislative Crackdown

Coverage of Race & Underrepresented Communities

  • Atrium – Kylie Williams, Finding hope in a broken nation
  • Caplin News – Samuel Larreal, Amelia Orjuela Da Silva & Kylie Hannigan, Great escape: Venezuelans Head North to Uncertainty Series
  • org – Alan Halaly, “When the Storm Hits”

General News Story

  • Fresh Take Florida – Lucille Lannigan, ‘Radioactive roads’? Environmentalists want brakes on Florida plan to reuse toxic mining waste
  • The Oracle – Camila Gomez, Some faculty, students consider leaving state due to DEI legislation
  • University Press – Mary Rasura, FAU’s Parking Enforcement

Human Interest Story

  • Atrium Magazine – Kylie Williams, Finding Hope in a Broken Nation
  • Flagler College Gargoyle – Chloe Smith, Retiree devoted to serving local food-insecure population
  • PantherNOW – Elise Gregg, FIU alumni make New York Times’s Top 50 restaurants

HIGH SCHOOL

High School Journalist of the Year

  • Bear Truth News – Shaina Kaprow, Shaina Kaprow Collection
  • CCNN Live – Sebastian Broche, High School Journalist of the Year

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