The Tampa Bay Times and Sarasota Herald-Tribune Thursday won top honors in the Associated Press Media Editors Innovation in Journalism Awards for a joint investigation exposing violence and neglect in Florida's state-run mental hospitals.
The series — "Insane. Invisible. In danger." — was named best-in-show for public service journalism. It also won the Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Reporting.
Reporters at the two papers spent more than a year uncovering how $100 million in budget cuts and a pattern of neglect created warehouses of violence where deaths and physical attacks spiked.
Last month, Times reporters Leonora LaPeter Anton and Anthony Cormier and Herald-Tribune reporter Michael Braga received the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting last month for the series.