TAMPA, Fla. (August 29, 2014) – WUSF 89.7 won five distinct journalism awards at the 2014 Society of Professional Journalists’ recent Sunshine State Awards. The station received recognition for best newscast, general coverage, feature reporting and public affairs. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, WUSF Public Media has received a total of 26 state, regional and national journalism awards in 2014.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by our peers and colleagues at the Society of Professional Journalists,” said JoAnn Urofsky, general manager of WUSF Public Media. “These five journalism awards are a testament to our team’s unwavering commitment to proving quality journalism. We are extremely proud to receive of the staff and the awards.”
More than 100 journalists representing newspaper, online and broadcast organizations from throughout the state of Florida attended the event at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. SPJ Florida partnered with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists South Florida chapter to present the awards.
The WUSF Public Media news team won awards for:
1. Third Place: Best Newscast – Radio: Carson Cooper
2. Second Place: General Coverage – Radio: John O’Connor, Common Core
3. Third Place: Feature Reporting – Radio: Bobbie O’Brien & Andrew Casey, Autism Defined by Those with the Diagnosis
4. Second Place: Public Affairs – Radio: Dalia Colon, Bobbie O’Brien & Carson Cooper, Florida Matters: Curbing Gun Violence
5. Third Place: Public Affairs – Radio: Lottie Watts, Florida Matters: Medical Marijuana
The Society of Professional Journalists is a not-for-profit professional organization of nearly 10,000 members including broadcast, print and online journalists, educators and students. SPJ is dedicated to the practice of journalism and high standards of ethical behavior. For a full list of winners, please visit www.spjflorida.com/2014/08/2014-sunshine-state-winners/.
WUSF Public Media is a comprehensive media organization that provides media services to the community and businesses through public broadcasting and multi-media production services. Licensed to the University of South Florida, WUSF Public Media has been serving the public interest through programming, educational outreach and community partnerships for 50 years. For more information, visit www.wusf.org.
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