Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U Staff Wins 17 Awards; Sunshine State Honors Are Handed out for Journalism Excellence

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U Staff Wins 17 Awards; Sunshine State Honors Are Handed out for Journalism Excellence

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The Times-Union won 17 Sunshine State awards Saturday night from the South Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, taking top honors in six writing, photography and design categories.

Two major investigations by the newspaper -- Homicide 360 and Sunshine Law violations by the council -- won five awards. In all, the paper earned six first-place, six second-place and five third-place wins.

Times-Union Editor Frank Denton called the awards an "important recognition by our peers of the quality and importance of the work" by the journalists at the paper.

"The citizens of Jacksonville and the area should take comfort in knowing that this newspaper is looking out for them," Denton said.

The newspaper's investigation of Sunshine Law violations by the council won two first-place awards: one for Beth Kormanik in the local political/government reporting category and another for Joe Adams for his editorials on the issue.

The judges praised Kormanik's dogged reporting and reader-friendly presentation, and commended Adams for uncovering misdeeds and creating change.

Homicide 360, an eight-month analysis of the root causes of Jacksonville's alarming homicide rate, won three awards: first in criminal law reporting, third in the prestigious James Batten Award for Public Service category and third in social policy reporting. …

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