Tampa Bay Times journalists earned a host of top honors in the 2012 Green Eyeshade Awards, a contest that for 63 years has recognized the best journalism in the southeastern United States.
The Times won five first-place awards, all for collections of work: Jeff Klinkenberg for nondeadline reporting; Janet Keeler for travel writing; Eric Deggans for best blog ("The Feed"); PolitiFact Florida for politics reporting online; and PolitiFact for public service in online journalism.
Photojournalist John Pendygraft was among a group of contributors who won first place for WFTS-TV's "If I Die Young" documentary, which was based on a story by Times staff writer Lane DeGregory that detailed a young woman's struggle with an addiction to painkillers.
Alexandra Zayas also won second place in the investigative reporting category for her series "In God's Name," which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Chris Zuppa and former staffer Kathleen Flynn placed second in videography for "Inside and Out," their video from the 2012 Republican National Convention. The diptych style video shows real-time activity comparisons between protesters outside the convention venue and politicians speaking on stage during prime-time broadcasting.
Don Morris, Lee Glynn, Steve Madden and former staffer Darla Cameron won second in graphics for "Conventional Wisdom," a series that ran during the RNC.
Craig Pittman placed third in nondeadline reporting for "Trouble Bubbling," a story detailing Florida's deteriorating natural springs.
Other top finishers who offered collections: movie critic Steve Persall, second place for criticism; Times staff, second place for digital media presentation; and Joey Knight, third place for sports reporting.
Three photojournalists capture top honors
Three Times photojournalists recently earned first-place finishes in the Best of Photojournalism competition, sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association.
In the Best Published Picture Story category, Melissa Lyttle won for a story about the relationship between twin sisters, one of whom was born with epilepsy and cerebral palsy. The story, "The Best Sister," was published in the Times in July 2012.
In the News Multimedia Story/48 Hours category, Chris Zuppa and former staffer Kathleen Flynn won for "Inside and Out."