|In a recent ceremony in Washington D.C., ABC Action News was honored with a prestigious, national award from The Society of Professional Journalists.
The breaking news coverage led by Jacqueline Ingles, Carson Chambers and Ashley Yore of the shooting at Florida State University was recognized with the highly respected Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism.
ABC Action News was the only large-market TV news organization in the United States to receive this award this year for breaking news reporting.
This comes just after the same breaking news coverage was named first place in the National Headliner Awards, one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry.
The SPJ judges’ comments reinforce the commitment ABC Action News puts on quality journalism and breaking news coverage to keep our audience informed.
“Reporters at WFTS-TV comprehensively covered the harrowing event, turning up background information on the shooter that raised questions about his mental state and interviewing a neighbor who knew him well. They also took viewers inside the library with pictures and interviews, giving reviewers a real sense of the scary situation. Writing was solid. Great team coverage and sense of urgency in a story where you saw progression as it was unfolding. No rumors were reported and exclusive w/ the shooter’s uncle was a solid get. Overall, the WFTS-TV news team should be proud of their coverage.”
The Sigma Delta Chi Awards date back to 1932. The awards recognize the best in professional journalism in categories covering print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.
About WFTS/ABC Action News
WFTS-TV is the primary ABC network affiliate for the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota television market, programming a strong schedule of news, sports and entertainment. ABC Action News has been named the Associated Press’ Best Overall News Operation for past six years and has won numerous national awards for investigative journalism and community service. WFTS-ABC Action News was the first broadcast station newscast in the Tampa Bay area to broadcast in high definition. ABC Action News leads the way providing local news and weather coverage on-air, on the web and on mobile phones. WFTS-TV is a Scripps Media station. For additional information, visit the WFTS-TV website at www.abcactionnews.com.
The E.W. Scripps Company (www.scripps.com) serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of media brands. In July, Scripps announced a deal with Journal Communications to merge its 21 local television stations with Journal’s 13 television stations and 34 radio stations, which will make Scripps the nation’s fifth-largest broadcasting group. The two companies also agreed to spin off their combined newspaper interests to form a new publicly traded company, to be called Journal Media Group. Scripps runs an expanding collection of local and national digital journalism and information businesses, including mobile video news service Newsy and weather app developer Weathersphere. Scripps also produces television shows including The List and Let’s Ask America, runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and serves as the long-time steward of the nation’s largest, most successful and longest-running educational program, the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1879, Scripps’ motto is “Give light and the people will find their own way.”
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