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“Failure Factories” takes first prize in Philip Meyer Award for investigative journalism

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The Tampa Bay Times is walking way with a First Place win in the prestigious Philip Meyer Award for investigative reporters and editors. Times writers Cara Fitzpatrick, Michael LaForgia, Lisa Gartner, Nathaniel Lash and Connie Humburg took top honors in the 2015 award for their “Failure Factories” investigation The expose uncovered five chronically failing elementary schools all located in the poor communities of South St. Pete. The schools, once performing on par with other average schools, nose-dived into failing following…

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Tampa Bay Times outperforms all the rest in statewide media competition

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The Tampa Bay Times won more awards than any other large-circulation news group in the state in the Florida Society of News Editors competition this year. According to the paper, the Times took away 12 first-place awards and 29 others. Among the first-place finishers this year were Adam Smith and Michael Kruse for work in the Features and Arts Writing category under “Knowing Charlie Crist.” Times’ coverage of the Florida State University shooting took home a first place finish under…

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