On Saturday, Oct. 12 at Nielsen we presented awards in nearly 20 different categories. The entries were published or broadcast in 2012 and involved issues or concerns related to people of color, especially African-Americans. The contest was open to media outlets in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties. The entries were judged by the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists and the Central Florida Association of Black Journalists.
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1. COMMUNITY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS. For her series in The Ledger on black men moving forward in Polk County, the first-place award went to MERISSA GREEN.
2. FEATURES REPORTING. For his story titled “Divide and Conquer’’ on our own Eric Deggans, former TBABJ president and author of Race-Baiter, the Features Reporting award went to MITCH PERRY of Creative Loafing.
3. SPORTS NEWS REPORTING. For her story “Hovering Over the Classic’’ about the state’s largest HBCUs continuing their annual football extravaganza after the death of a Florida A&M band member, the SPORTS NEWS REPORTING award went to ASHLEY THOMAS of the Florida Courier.
4. OPINION. For what a judge called clear, concise and thoughtful writing in his column “Race to the Past, Your Bias is Showing, Truth and Consequences,’’ the first-place OPINION award went to PETER MEINKE of Creative Loafing.
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5. DEADLINE REPORTING. For his story “A Couple in Sickness and in Health’’ which the judges say proves that obits don’t have to be stale, the first-place award went to ANDREW MEACHAM of the Tampa Bay Times.
6. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING. The judges said this writer’s ability to tell a story without bias or libel shows he has mastered the art of journalism. For his story on police gang lists, the award went to WILL HOBSON of the Tampa Bay Times.
7. FEATURES REPORTING. For her detailed and riveting piece “Trayvon Martin’s killing shatters safety within Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford,’’ the FEATURES REPORTING award went to LANE DEGREGORY, also with the Tampa Bay Times.
8. COMMUNITY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS. For her story titled “Good Girls Can Have Bad Boy Hook-ups’’ that focused on the Violence Against Women Act, the award went to DR. YVONNE SCRUGGS-LEFTWICH of the Center for Community & Economic Justice. Her work was published in a variety of publications, including the Weekly Challenger and Power Broker magazine.
9. SPORTS NEWS. For his story titled “Linsanity more than just a passing fandom phase for local player,’’ the SPORTS NEWS award went to JOHN C. COTEY of the Tampa Bay Times.
10. SPORTS FEATURE. For his feature on Lakewood High School football standout Shaquem Griffin, the SPORTS FEATURE award also went to JOHN C. COTEY of the Tampa Bay Times.
11. BEST DEADLINE NEWS PHOTO. For his Associated Press photo of a Trayvon Martin rally last year, the award went to independent journalist JOSEPH BROWN III.
12. BEST FEATURES PHOTO. Also for a series of photos on the Trayvon Martin rally, the BEST FEATURES PHOTO award went to JOSEPH BROWN III.
13. BEST PHOTO ILLUSTRATION. For his series of photos on back to school that appeared in Hernando Today in 2012 the first-place award in PHOTO ILLUSTRATION went to FRED BELLET.
14. DEADLINE REPORTING. For their story about Jaylen Arnold, a remarkable special needs student in Lakeland who is trying to stop bullying, the DEADLINE REPORTING award went to LAURA A. HARRIS, FRANK BARRERA AND COREY DIERDORFF of WFTS-TV/ABC Action News.
15. NON-DEADLINE REPORTING. Last year, ABC Action News tackled a series of stories on Domestic Violence. One piece focused on Hillsborough Deputy Lyonelle Deveaux, herself a victim of domestic violence. For their contribution to this series the NON-DEADLINE REPORTING award went to JAMISON UHLER AND ERIC MOORE.
16. COMMUNITY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS. For a story in its Suncoast Business Journal that outlined the tale of Lt. Colonel Gregory Celestan, a West Point graduate who turned his expertise in military intelligence and operations into a $20 million business, the COMMUNITY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS winner is WEDU.
17. BEST DOCUMENTARY. For a story in the “Diamonds Along the Highway’’ series on the life and artistic journey titled “Baby Artist: The Gale Fulton Ross Story,” hosted by Gus Molassis, the BEST DOCUMENTARY award went to WEDU/MCP.
18. BEST BLOG. The judges called this blog on homeless teens a good blend of the writer’s personal situation and commentary on critical issues confronting the black community. Winning in this category for the third year in a row, the BEST BLOG award went to KEISHA PICKETT, creator of BLACKINTHEBAY.COM.
19. BEST MULTIMEDIA STORY. This was indeed a team effort. Last year, this team created a series of stories and a moving website in memory of Lakeland Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin, who died in December 2011 at 25 years old. The award for BEST MULTIMEDIA story went to City of Lakeland communications department employees KEVIN COOK, ANTWAN KEY, MIKE MUSTARD AND ROBIN TILLETT.
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Photos above courtesy of ANTWAN KEY.