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Times, Web sites earn 23 awards in state competition

ORLANDO — The St. Petersburg Times and its affiliated Web sites won 14 first-place prizes Friday in the annual competition of the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. With 23 awards overall, the Times won more than any other large-circulation newspaper in Florida.

First-place awards, print

Lane DeGregory, body of work; Robert Farley and Kris Hundley, explanatory reporting; Sydney P. Freedberg, business reporting; Bill Maxwell, columns; Antonya English, sports writing; John Romano, sports columns; Nikki Life, feature page design; Kristen Walbolt, headline writing; Don Morris and John Corbitt, news graphics/illustrations; and Justin Cook, photo story.

The Times staff also won first place in Page One design for front pages in 2007 that included coverage of Gov. Charlie Crist's inauguration, the University of Florida national championship and the Virginia Tech shootings.

First place awards, online

PolitiFact.com, for Innovation that Drives Digital Audience; Steve Spears, blog/online commentary. Winning in the video category for "Friday Night Rewind" were John Cotey, Joey Knight, Jon O'Neill, Jack Rowland, Brendan Watson, Maurice Rivenbark, Lee Glynn, Ken Helle and Joseph Garnett Jr.

Second place awards

Thomas Lake, beat reporting; Jennifer Hiatt , sports page design; Times staff, special sections; Aaron Sharockman, Abhi Raghunathan, Chris Tisch, Dan DeWitt, Cristina Silva and Jacob Fries won second place for online breaking news for "Scandal and a Suicide."

Third place awards

Sue Carlton, columns; Suzette Moyer, feature page design; Jack Rowland and Zach Boyden-Holmes, online slide show; John Romano, special sections; and Desiree Perry, Meg Laughlin and Don Morris for multimedia.

Times, Web sites earn 23 awards in state competition 06/06/08 [Last modified: Sunday, June 8, 2008 9:14am]
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