Janet K. Keeler, St. Petersburg Times food editor, has won third place in food news reporting from the Association of Food Journalists.
The awards were announced Saturday in Boston at the AFJ's annual convention.
The Times entries were judged in the 150,001 to 350,000 circulation category.
The awards recognize excellence in reporting, writing and photography in all media, including newspaper food-section design and content.
Keeler won for "Now What Do We Eat?," a look at the confusion about dieting caused by the resurgence of the Atkins diet and bickering among nutrition experts and researchers.
The story appeared in the Taste section Aug. 7, 2002.
(To read the story online, go to www.sptimes.com/2002/08/07/Taste/
Nowwhatdoweeat.shtml. A complete list of winners is posted at www.afjonline.com.)
One judge commented that Keeler's story did "a good job of laying out the issues." Another said "Great story idea . . . Good, strong sources. Story has nice flow to it _ well-composed."
Brett Anderson of the Times-Picayune of New Orleans won first place and Carolyn Jung of the San Jose Mercury News in California took second in food news reporting.
The only other Florida paper honored was the Orlando Sentinel, which was second in the best section competition for papers in the 150,001 to 350,000 circulation
The Oregonian of Portland was first and the Seattle Times was third.
The Los Angeles Times won best section for papers of more than 350,000 circulation, followed by the Chicago Tribune and the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.