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Tampa Bay Times wins 7 firsts, 13 overall in Green Eyeshade journalism awards

The Tampa Bay Times won seven first-place awards and 13 prizes overall in the 62nd Green Eyeshade Awards, a competition recognizing outstanding journalism in media organizations in 11 Southeastern states.

The 2012 first-place Times winners, in the divisions of large and/or all daily newspapers, were:

Times staff in the category of deadline reporting for "The Worst Day," team coverage of the fatal shootings of two St. Petersburg police officers.

Times staff in politics reporting online for PolitiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website of the Tampa Bay Times.

• Lane DeGregory in feature writing for a collection of work including "If I die young, " the story of a young mother's struggle to recover from her addiction to oxycodone.

• Janet K. Keeler in travel writing for a collection of work that included "The Land Dalí Never Forgot" and "The Maine Event."

• Tim Nickens, Joni James and John Hill in editorials for a collection of work that included "Fighting Obama, not helping Florida" and "Never let oil rigs reach our shores."

• John Pendygraft in videography for "If I die young."

• John Romano in sports commentary for a collection of columns including "Penn State scandal" and "Trop talk comes back to cash."

Second-place winners:

• Sean Daly in criticism for a collection of work including "Why grunge no longer matters" and "Now, Good Reverberations."

• Jeff Klinkenberg in feature writing for Real Florida stories including "My courtship of Bunny Yeager" and "His raft is his Ritz."

• Adam C. Smith in politics reporting for a collection of work including "Romney: Man of the people?" and "How Gingrich got back into the GOP race."

Third-place winners:

• Leonora LaPeter Anton in nondeadline reporting for a collection of work that included "A Cat Calling" and "Meaning in the Metal."

• John Fleming in criticism for a collection of work including "Putting Verdi in context" and "Florida Quintet wows Cubans with concert."

• Ivan Penn in public affairs reporting for articles on Progress Energy that included "Saving millions costs billions" and "Utility knew DIY plan risks."

The annual Green Eyeshade Awards are administered by regional directors for the Society of Professional Journalists, a national organization that promotes the free flow of information to the citizenry and works to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Green Eyeshade winners, from nearly 500 entries, were announced Friday evening.

Tampa Bay Times wins 7 firsts, 13 overall in Green Eyeshade journalism awards 06/16/12 [Last modified: Saturday, June 16, 2012 10:20pm]
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