The Feed wins Best Blog in Society of Professional Journalists' Green Eyeshade Awards
At the risk of criticism for tooting my own horn, I want to note this blog just won a Green Eyeshade Award for Best Blog from the Society of Professional Journalists.
The SPJ touts the Green Eyeshades as the country’s largest and oldest regional journalism competition, focused on news outlets across the south and southeastern U.S. Since 1950, it’s been open to journalists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
In all, the Tampa Bay Times won 13 awards in this contest, including a first place award for Jeff Klinkenberg in non-deadline reporting, a first place award for Janet Keeler in travel writing, a first place award for public service in online journalism for the fact-checking site PolitiFact and a first place award for politics reporting to the staff of PolitiFact Florida.
The Green Eyeshades also include six categories for television; Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS-Ch. 28 won first place awards for best newscast, breaking news coverage and documentaries (the documentary, "If I Die Young," was a collaboration with the Tampa Bay Times that included Times photographer John Pendygraft).
Click here, here, here, here and here to see the blog posts which earned the SPJ's Green Eyeshade.
On Monday, the South Florida Society of Professional Journalists announced I would receive its first Diversity award, given to a journalist who encourages diversity in journalism.
The award is part of that SPJ chapter's Sunshine State Awards; the group announced finalists for those awards at the start of this week, including 10 nominations for the Tampa Bay Times and one for rival The Tampa Tribune.
Given the themes in my book Race-Baiter, it’s a gratifying recognition.