The St. Petersburg Times and tampabay.com were honored Friday evening by the Society of Professional Journalists with 10 first-place awards and 17 prizes overall in the 61st annual Green Eyeshade competition. The 2011 Green Eyeshade awards recognize outstanding journalism in media organizations throughout the Southeast in 11 states.
First-place winners were:
• Times staff in the category of deadline reporting, for "Bleak day in Tampa" on the fatal shootings of two Tampa police officers.
• Times staff in politics reporting online for PolitiFact Florida.
• Lennie Bennett in criticism for a collection of work.
• James Borchuck in newspaper sports photography for a collection of work.
• Edmund D. Fountain in three categories for Bay magazine photos: magazine feature photography-single photo; magazine feature photography-multiple ("Power Surge"); magazine best cover ("Indulgence").
• Janet K. Keeler and Scott Keeler in travel writing for "Our National Parks."
• John Romano in sports commentary for a collection of work.
• Adam C. Smith in politics reporting for a collection of work.
Second-place winners were the Times staff in public affairs reporting for PolitiFact Florida; Times staff in sports reporting online for Home Team; Steve Bousquet, Alex Leary, Adam Smith and Marc Caputo in politics reporting for "The fall of Charlie Crist"; Joe Childs and Thomas C. Tobin in nondeadline writing online for "Inside Scientology"; John Pendygraft in magazine feature photography-multiple for "Dalí" in Bay; and Steve Spears and Sean Daly in best blog online for "Stuck in the '80s."
Jeff Testerman and John Martin won a third-place award in investigative reporting for "Under the radar."
Times Publishing's Florida Trend received top honors in the Magazine division. Mark Howard, Amy Keller, Mike Vogel and Art Levy won Best of Division and the first-place award in general news reporting for "Medical Makeover." Amy Keller won second place in investigative reporting for "Whose Standards?"
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