ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Petersburg Times and its affiliated Web sites won 20 awards — including 11 first-place prizes — in the annual Green Eyeshade competition, recognizing journalistic excellence in the southeastern United States.
Florida Trend, a business magazine owned by the Times, also won two awards, including one first place.
Politifact.com won first place in political reporting for Bill Adair, Matt Waite and Martin Frobisher. Adair also won first place for the print story "Three words that changed U.S. politics," which chronicled the genesis of the phrase "bridge to nowhere" to describe political pork.
Staff writer Jacob H. Fries won a first-place award for a story that chronicled his voluntary 48-hour stay in the crowded Pinellas County Jail. The online version of the story on tampabay.com also won a first-place award for Fries, multimedia designer Lee Glynn and photographer Douglas R. Clifford.
Multimedia designer Desiree Perry, staff writer Meg Laughlin and news artist Don Morris won first place for the online presentation of "Doubt," a story about a man's questionable murder conviction. Morris, Laughlin and news artist John Corbitt also won second place in print graphics for "Doubt."
Business reporter Helen Huntley won first place for her account of music producer Lou Pearlman's arrest in Indonesia. Staff writer Sydney Freedberg won first place for enterprise business reporting about questionable incentives the government gives to companies.
Photographer John Pendygraft won first place for feature photography for "Paycheck to Paycheck," which showcases people struggling to make ends meet. Sports columnist John Romano won first place for "A story for Jake," which told about an Army major killed in Iraq and the family that survived him.
The Times staff also won first place for the online breaking coverage of sexual abuse allegations against St. Petersburg City Council Member John Bryan, who committed suicide. Sports reporter Dave Scheiber won first place for a story about a softball game between American and Japanese World War II veterans.
The Times and tampabay.com also won four second-place awards and five third-place awards.
The Green Eyeshade Awards, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, honor the best of journalism in 11 southeastern states. The awards are in their 58th year.