Extensive Enterprises Media and its media, including FloridaPolitics.com, won three statewide journalism awards Saturday night from the the Society of Professional Journalists Florida Pro Chapter, during ceremonies held in Coral Gables.
EEM’s magazine INFLUENCE took second-place for best magazine single issue, for the Winter 2016 edition. That category was won by City & Shore Magazine, published by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, for its August 2016 issue. The Mirror Magazine took third place.
EEM’s Peter Schorsch and his SaintPetersBlog took second-place in best blog writing. Again, the winner was from the Sun Sentinel, for food critic Michael Mayo and his The Eat Beat Blog. The Tampa Bay Times’ political blog, The Buzz, placed third.
Scott Powers took a third-place award for best in-depth blog entry, for a post he wrote for FloridaPolitics.com and Orlando-Rising.com on the Pulse nightclub massacre, headlined, “The Soul of Orlando to America: Give us a moment.” Both the first- and second-place winners in that category were written by Eric Barton of Florida Bulldog, one on the medical examiner, and one on Florida education.
The big winner in the awards ceremony was the Sarasota Herald Tribune, which won nine-first place awards in various newspaper and special categories, including the Gene Miller Award for Investigative Reporting, and the First Amendment Foundation Freedom of Information Award.
Among other major awards, WUFT.org won the James Batten Award for Public Service. The Florida Times-Union and Tia Mitchell won the Diversity Award. The Times-Union also won the Integrity Florida Award for Public Corruption Reporting.
Pat Beall of The Palm Beach Post was named Journalist of the Year in Florida. Lisa Peakes of WUSF Public Media was named Anchor of the Year in Florida.