The St. Petersburg Times has received six honors — including a first-place award for coverage of the deaths of two Tampa police officers — in the National Headliner Awards sponsored by the Press Club of Atlantic City.
The Times staff won in the spot news category for coverage of the killings last June of police officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab. The newspaper's entry included a main news story, video timeline of the day's events, and profiles of the officers. The Times also received these honors:
• Second place in feature writing to Lane DeGregory, whose entry included "The Swan Project," about disadvantaged girls learning etiquette.
• Second place in environmental writing to Craig Pittman for his writing about panthers and the gulf oil spill.
• Second place to John Corbitt and Don Morris for their informational graphics about the oil spill.
• Second place to Morris for his illustrations.
• Third place in news series for "Help Wanted," about the unemployed. Staff writer Michael Kruse had four articles in the entry.
The National Headliner competition, held since 1934, is one of the nation's oldest and largest journalism contests.