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Green Eyeshade Awards Finalists

For Immediate Release:
June 2, 2011

For more information:
Sarah Prickett, GES Contest Administrator,
Sonny Albarado, SPJ Region 12 Director, (901) 529-2703 or

The Society of Professional Journalists announces the finalists for the 61st annual Green Eyeshade Awards. This regional journalism competition recognizes outstanding journalism in 11 southeastern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

The winners will be announced at the Green Eyeshade Awards banquet Friday, June 24, in Atlanta.

Keynote speaker for the event will be Hank Klibanoff, James M. Cox Jr. professor of journalism at Emory University and 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner in history as co-author of The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation.

The dinner will start at 7 p.m. at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway, 2020 Convention Center Concourse.

Banquet tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased at

The Green Eyeshade Awards were started by the Atlanta Professional Chapter of SPJ and are now administered by regional directors for the Society. The Society of Professional Journalists works to improve and protect journalism. The organization is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.

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.

For more information contact contest co-director Sonny Albarado, 501-344-4321, or contest administrator Sarah Prickett, 501-399-3686.

FINALISTS (in random order)

1. Deadline Reporting—All Dailies
“Bleak day in Tampa” by Staff, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL)
“Under Fire 2 officers dead, 2 wounded” by Jody Callahan, Cindy Wolff, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

2. Nondeadline Reporting—Large Dailies
“Swept Away: The Albert Pike flood” by Cathy Frye, Amy Upshaw, Rick McFarland, Kirk Montgomery, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR)
“The War Widow” by Elizabeth Leland, The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC)
“Herald Watchdog – County Hall” by Matthew Haggman, Martha Brannigan, Jennifer Lebovich, The Miami Herald (Miami, FL)

4. Feature Writing—Large Dailies
“Portfolio by Bobby Ampezzan” by Bobby Ampezzan, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR)
“Coming Clean” by Joan Garrett, Chattanooga Times Free Press (Chattanooga, TN)
“Sacrifice is all relative” by Dan Grech, Alicia Zuckerman, Kenny Malone, Knoxville News Sentinel (Knoxville, TN)

6. Nondeadline Reporting—Small Dailies
“Caught Between Lenders” by Jose Pagliery, Daily Business Review (Miami, FL)
“Year of Resilience: Hospitals, health care companies and biotech firms post strong 2010” by Aisling Maki, The Daily News (Memphis, TN)
“Flight Plan: Pinnacle prepares for challenging move” by Sarah Baker, The Daily News (Memphis, TN)

7. Investigative Reporting—Small Dailies
“Trustee Trouble” by John Pacenti, Polyana da Costa, Daily Business Review (Miami, FL)
“Agencies do little to ensure motorists escape sinking cars” by Matt Clark, Naples Daily News (Naples, FL)
“50 Years of Secrets” by Bill Dries, The Daily News (Memphis, TN)

8. Feature Writing—Small Dailies
“Le Bonheur Moves Patients Into New Facility” by Aisling Maki, The Daily News (Memphis, TN)
“XX Factor: Single women buying homes at increasing rate” by Sarah Baker, The Daily News (Memphis, TN)
“Escape to freedom” by Michelle Rupe Eubanks, Times Daily (Florence, AL)

9. Sports Reporting—All Dailies
“Masters Tournament coverage” by Scott Michaux, Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, GA)
“Jockey safety no sure bet” by Jennie Rees, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
“Linda Robertson – Winter Olympics” by Linda Robertson, The Miami Herald (Miami, FL)

10. Sports Commentary—All Dailies
“A selection” by John Romano, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL)
“Dan Le Batard – In My Opinion” by Dan Le Batard, The Miami Herald (Miami, FL)
“Columns by David Climer” by David Climer, The Tennessean (Nashville, TN)

11. Business Reporting—All Dailies
“Risk to Ruin” by Robert J. Smith, Laurie Whalen, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR)
“Unrefined Rarity” by Josh Flory, Bob Fowler, Knoxville News Sentinel (Knoxville, TN)
“Business coverage by G. Chambers Williams III” by G. Chambers Williams III, The Tennessean (Nashville, TN)

12. Technology Reporting—All Dailies
“Melissa Jones’ Tech Columns” by Melissa Jones, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR)
“Journalism’s digital flight” by Bartholomew Sullivan, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
“Bridget Carey’s Technology Coverage” by Bridget Carey, The Miami Herald (Miami, FL)

13. Public Affairs Reporting—All Dailies
“Florida’s Insurance Nightmare” by Paige St. John, Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, FL)
“PolitiFact Florida” by Staff, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL)
“1)Slick deal no savings to city 2)Trucks fall ill to X factor 3)Vehicle repair pacts under review by FBI 4)Liquor store is banker for firm 5)Police cars pulled over” by Marc Perrusquia, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

14. Politics Reporting—All Dailies
“GOP inroads in Arkansas” by Charlie Frago, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR)
“Florida politics” by Adam C. Smith, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL)
“The fall of Charlie Crist” by Steve Bousquet, Alex Leary, Adam Smith, Marc Caputo, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL)

15. Courts & The Law Reporting—All Dailies
“Clerks clean up on foreclosures” by Robert J. Smith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR)
“Church Secrets – Moment of Truth – Troubled Traveler” by Lawrence Buser, Lawrence Buser, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
“The Gangs of Middle Tennessee” by Brad Schrade, Chris Echegaray, John Partipilo, The Tennessean (Nashville, TN)

16. Disaster Coverage—All Dailies
“Gulf Oil Spill” by Staff, The Associated Press- Florida (Miami, FL)
“Helping Haiti 1) Painful Progress 2) Suffer the children 3)Death everywhere in shattered Haiti 4)Wost yet to come” by Tom Charlier, Alan Spearman, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
“Haiti – Another Cruel Blow” by Staffs of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, The Miami Herald (Miami, FL)

17. Consumer Reporting—All Dailies
“The Federal Failure on Drywall” by Aaron Kessler, Joaquin Sapien, Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, FL)
“Baby Boomers” by Ana Veciana-Suarez, The Miami Herald (Miami, FL)
“Examining Hospital Bills, Diagnosis: Mess” by Dan Warner, The News-Press (Ft. Meyers, FL)

18. Travel Writing—All Dailies
“Our National Parks” by Janet K. Keeler, Scott Keeler, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL)
“Misc. travel stories” by Tamara Lush, The Associated Press- Florida (Miami, FL)
“Shelby Farms Urban Oasis” by Tom Charlier, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

19. Criticism—All Dailies
“A selection” by Lennie Bennett, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL)
“Heart of Soul” by Bob Mehr, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
“1)memphis music loses big star 2)Saying goodbuy: Festival salutes Chilton 3)Big sendoff for the music man 4)Big Star sings swan song in fitting tribute” by Bob Mehr, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

20. Serious Commentary—All Dailies
“Paul Greenberg portfolio” by Paul Greenberg, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR)
“Philip Martin Columns” by Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR)
“Leonard Pitts – In My Opinion” by Leonard Pitts, The Miami Herald (Miami, FL)

21. Humorous Commentary—All Dailies
“Quite a senior moment” by Sam Venable, Knoxville News Sentinel (Knoxville, TN)
“Kelly Kazek’s Columns” by Kelly Kazek, The News Courier (Athens) (Athens, AL)

22. Editorials—All Dailies
“Paul Greenberg Editorials” by Paul Greenberg, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR)
“Shameful delay imperils Ferschke residency” by News Sentinel, Knoxville News Sentinel (Knoxville, TN)
“Carol McPhail Oil Spill Editorials” by Carol McPhail, The Press-Register (Mobile, AL)

23. Public Service in Daily Journalism—All Dailies
“Going for Broke” by Northwest Arkansas staff, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR)
“A Builder’s Secret: Defective Drywall” by Aaron Kessler, Joaquin Sapien, Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, FL)
“Double exposure & In the shadows” by Marc Perrusquia, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

24. General News Reporting—Nondailies
“”The Most Dangerous Neighborhood in Memphis?” (April 19, 2010)” by Bianca Phillips, Associate Editor, Memphis Flyer (Memphis, TN)
“Three of Hearts” by Melanie Stawicki Azam, Orlando Business Journal (Orlando, FL)
“On the Mend” by Aisling Maki, The Memphis News (Memphis, TN)

25. Investigative Reporting—Nondailies
“Disorderly Conduct” by Tim Elfrink, Miami New Times (Miami, FL)
“CDDs at a crossroads” by Bill Orben, Richard Bilbao, Anjali Fluker, Melanie Stawicki Azam, Orlando Business Journal (Orlando, FL)
“Inside the Priest Files: Documents reveal 50 years of abuse, cover-ups in Memphis diocese” by Bill Dries, The Memphis News (Memphis, TN)

26. Feature Writing—Nondailies
“Kids Having Kids” by Lacey McLaughlin, Jackson Free Press (Jackson, MS)
“Blow Hard” by Gus Garcia-Roberts, Miami New Times (Miami, FL)
“Dirty jobs” by Anjali Fluker, Orlando Business Journal (Orlando, FL)

27. Sports Reporting—Nondailies
“Ghetto to Gridiron” by Michael Miller, Miami New Times (Miami, FL)
“A reputation in shambles” by Richard Bilbao, Orlando Business Journal (Orlando, FL)

29. Business Reporting—Nondailies
“Hurricane Nevin” by Tim Elfrink, Miami New Times (Miami, FL)
“Jobs, jobs, jobs” by Staff, Orlando Business Journal (Orlando, FL)
“Bankruptcy Winners & Losers” by Paul Brinkmann, South Florida Business Journal (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

30. Technology Reporting—Nondailies
“Hack Pack” by Tim Elfrink, Miami New Times (Miami, FL)
“Social Media Icons: How some Memphians are taking to Twitter to promote themselves – and the community” by Bill Dries, The Memphis News (Memphis, TN)

31. Public Affairs Reporting—Nondailies
“Restoring Justice” by Charles W. Cherry II, Jenise Griffin Morgan, Starla Vaughns Cherin, Florida Courier (Tampa, FL)
“Disorderly Conduct” by Tim Elfrink, Miami New Times (Miami, FL)
“Public Affairs Reporting (Group – 5 articles)” by Lee Molloy, Terence Cantarella, The Lead Miami Beach (Miami, FL)

32. Politics Reporting—Nondailies
“Are Judges Up For Sale in Mississippi?” by Adam Lynch, Jackson Free Press (Jackson, MS)
“Tea Party Pretty Boy” by Tim Elfrink, Miami New Times (Miami, FL)
“The Next Election Gambit: Your guide to the 2010 Shelby County primaries” by Bill Dries, The Memphis News (Memphis, TN)

33. Courts & The Law Reporting—Nondailies
“Rush To Judgement: Trying Kids As Adults” by Donna Ladd, Valerie Wells, Jackson Free Press (Jackson, MS)
“”Blunt Assessment” (May 20, 2010)” by Bianca Phillips, Associate Editor, Memphis Flyer (Memphis, TN)
“Disorderly Conduct” by Tim Elfrink, Miami New Times (Miami, FL)

37. Criticism—Nondailies
“”Refuge in the Blues” (1-28-10), “Many Voices, Many Rooms” (2-25-10), and “From Mystery Train to Memphis Beat” (6-24-10) (3 sample columns)” by Chris Herrington, Music Editor, Memphis Flyer (Memphis, TN)
“Style Over Steak; Flapjack Flip-Off X; Gigi Ingenuity” by Lee Klein, Miami New Times (Miami, FL)

38. Serious Commentary—Nondailies
“Editor’s Note(s) by Donna Ladd” by Donna Ladd, Jackson Free Press (Jackson, MS)
“”City Beat” column (4 examples: “How We Got There,” “Worst Foot Forward,” “Electioned to Death,” and “Game On.) ” by John Branston, Senior Editor, Memphis Flyer (Memphis, TN)
“Terrorist with Friends; School of Hard Knocks; Forgotten War Hero, parts 1 – 3” by Chuck Strouse, Miami New Times (Miami, FL)

40. Editorials—Nondailies
“”Accepting Change” (5-20-10), “Scapegoating” (7-2-10), and “Connecting the Dots” (8-28-10) – 3 sample editorials” by Jackson Baker, Senior Editor, Memphis Flyer (Memphis, TN)
“Don’t kick elderly to the curb” by Cindy Barth, Orlando Business Journal (Orlando, FL)
“Social Media’s One Thing, But Reality is Another; Too Many Elections ‚Äì Or Not Enough Voters?; Memphis Needs Whitehaven; Any Election Review Should Benefit Voters; Zoo Just One Part of Overton Park ” by Staff, The Memphis News (Memphis, TN)

41. Public Service in Nondaily Journalism—Nondailies
“Death Row” by Francisco Alvarado, Miami New Times (Miami, FL)
“Amendment 4” by Orlando Business Journal, Tampa Bay Business Journal, South Florida Business Journal, Jacksonville Business Journal, Orlando Business Journal (Orlando, FL)

42. General News Reporting—Magazines
“Medical Makeover” by Mark Howard, Amy Keller, Mike Vogel, Art Levy, Florida Trend (St. Petersburg, FL)
“”‘Sovereign’ Citizen Kane” by J.J. MacNab, Intelligence Report Staff, Intelligence Report (Montgomery, AL)
“”Full Moon Over West Memphis: The West Memphis Three have spent 17 years behind bars, but the evidence (or lack thereof) is shocking.” (May 2010) ” by Mara Leveritt, Contributing Writer, Memphis Magazine (Memphis, TN)

43. Investigative Reporting—Magazines
“Whose Standards?” by Amy Keller, Florida Trend (St. Petersburg, FL)
“”Under Attack”” by Mark Potok, Evelyn Schlatter, Robert Steinback, Leah Nelson, Intelligence Report (Montgomery, AL)
“”Absence of Motive: Local police saw it as a clear-cut case of murder, with confession letters and a suicide? But questions linger.” (June 2010)” by Marilyn Sadler, Senior Editor, Memphis Magazine (Memphis, TN)

44. Feature Writing—Magazines
“Game Day” by Jeremy Markovich, Charlotte Magazine (Charlotte, NC)
“Cal Walker: The Last DJ” by Jonathan Singer, Charlotte Magazine (Charlotte, NC)
“”The Immigration Dilemma,” “Widespread Panic and the Business of Making Music,” and “Pushing For Reform”” by Jerry Grillo, Senior Editor, Susan Percy, Editor, Georgia Trend (Norcross, GA)

45. Serious Commentary—Magazines
“Welcome to Gun Land” by Richard Thurmond, Charlotte Magazine (Charlotte, NC)
“Ballad of a Dirtbag” by Mike Giglio, Charlotte Magazine (Charlotte, NC)
“”At A Loss: A Friend’s Passing Leave Its Own Unique Anguish” (January 2010)” by Marilyn Sadler, Senior Editor, Memphis Magazine (Memphis, TN)

46. Humorous Column—Magazines
“Travails of Travel (Sept.); The New Wine Snob (Oct.)” by Sarah Crosland, Charlotte Magazine (Charlotte, NC)
“”How did I live without you?”” by Mark Wallace Maguire, Cobb Life (Marietta, GA)
“”Ask Vance” (3 sample columns: January, June, and October 2010)” by Vance Lauderdale, Memphis Magazine (Memphis, TN)

47. Public Service in Magazine Journalism—Magazines
“Stop the Presses” by Walker Lundy, Charlotte Magazine (Charlotte, NC)
“Homeless with Cancer” by Cynthia Ryan, writer, Sylvia Plachy, photographer, Jessica Gorman, editor, Cynthia Ryan (Birmingham, AL)

48. Newspaper Spot News Photography—All Print
“Pulled from the railing” by Rick McFarland, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR)
“Alan Spearman/The Commercial Appeal” by Alan Spearman, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
“Spot News-Shelley Mays” by Shelley Mays, The Tennessean (Nashville, TN)

49. Newspaper Feature Photography- Single—All Print
“Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal” by Jim Weber, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
“President Obama by Bill Luster” by Bill Luster, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
“No Room at the Inn” by Lance Murphey, The Memphis News (Memphis, TN)

50. Newspaper Sports Photography—All Print
“A selection” by James Borchuck, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL)
“”Cam Newton races jubilantly off the field,” “Craig Loston and Patrick Peterson celebrate,” “Josh Jasper hugs Joe Robinson,” “Hebert, Jasper and Bailey celebrate,” “Patrick Peterson returns a kick” ” by Travis Spradling, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
“”Jonathan Vilma celebrates,” “Devery Henderson pulls in a touchdown,” “Garrett Hartley celebrates,” “Tracy Porter scores on an interception,” “Drew Brees holds up the trophy”” by Bill Feig, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

51. Newspaper Graphics—All Print
“A fan’s guide to the Golden Gloves National Tournament” by Ferris Williams, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR)
“Why all the weird weather?” by Steve Reed, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
“Pension Bomb” by Emily Morrow, The Memphis News (Memphis, TN)

52. Newspaper Editorial Cartoon—All Print
“Editorial Cartoons by Clay Bennett” by Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press (Chattanooga, TN)
“Body of Work, 2011” by Jeff Parker, Florida Today (Brevard, FL)
“2010 Editorial Cartoons” by Robert Ariail, Spartanburg Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, SC)

53. Magazine Feature Photography- Single—All Print
“Bay magazine” by Edmund D. Fountain, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL)
“Her Scene photo by Matt Stone” by Matt Stone, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

54. Magazine Feature Photography- Multiple—All Print
“My Fair Lady” by Sara Brennan-Hall, Whitebox Weddings, Chris Edwards, Charlotte Wedding, Charlotte Wedding (Charlotte, NC)
“Power Surge” by Edmund D. Fountain, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL)
“Dali’” by John Pendygraft, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL)

57. Magazine Best Cover—All Print
“”The City Guide 2010″ (Memphis Magazine – August 2010)” by Brian Groppe, Art Director, Rick Bostick, Photographer, Memphis Magazine (Memphis, TN)
“”The Man Who Built Modern Memphis: The World of Roy Harrover” (November 2010)” by Briane Groppe, Art Director, Photographer – unknown (archival), Memphis Magazine (Memphis, TN)
“Indulgence” by Edmund D. Fountain, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL)

59. Best Newscast—Television
“News 13 12/14/10 4:00pm” by staff, Central Florida News 13 (Orlando, FL)
“WFTS STEINBRENNER NEWSCAST ” by Kristin Moore, Staff , Doug Culver , WFTS-TV ABC Action News (Tampa, FL)

60. Breaking News Coverage—Television
“Palm Bay Hospital Gunman” by staff, Central Florida News 13 (Orlando, FL)
“WFTS- TPD OFFICERS KILLED” by Staff, Doug Culver, WFTS-TV ABC Action News (Tampa, FL)

61. Investigative Reporting—Television
“Untested Justice” by Keli Rabon, Jim O’Donnell, WREG-TV (Memphis, TN)
“Left To Die” by Scott Noll, Dan Patton, WREG-TV (Memphis, TN)
“Missing from the Bench” by Lee Zurik, Donny Pearce, Greg Phillips, Mikel Schaefer, WVUE-TV (New Orleans, LA)

62. Feature Reporting—Television
“Florida on a Tankful” by Scott Fais, Central Florida News 13 (Orlando, FL)
“Police Tragedy: A Mayor & Chief” by Scott Wilson , Sarina Fazan , WFTS-TV ABC Action News (Tampa, FL)
“”Poppa Daddy Drummer”” by Meredith Anderson, Keith Rush, Chris Parrish, WRDW-TV (North Augusta, SC)

63. Documentaries—Television
“Men and Women of Distinction: Miller Williams” by Mark Wilcken, Gabe Mayhan, Carole Adornetto, Arkansas Educational Television Network (Conway, AR)
“Home From Haiti” by Christine Webb, John Handiboe, Central Florida News 13 (Orlando, FL)
“WFTS – TAKING ACTION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PRIMETIME” by Jennifer McVan , Jason Mooradian, John Fulton, Lissette Campos, WFTS-TV ABC Action News (Tampa, FL)

64. Public Service in Television Journalism—Television
“WFTS- PUBLIC SERVICE TAADV 2010 CAMPAIGN” by Rich Pegram , Lissette Campos, Jennifer McVan, WFTS-TV ABC Action News (Tampa, FL)
“Untested Justice” by Keli Rabon, Jim O’Donnell, WREG-TV (Memphis, TN)
“Save From the Wrecking Ball” by Mike Deeson, Paul Thorson, Tim Burquest, WTSP TV (St. Petersburg, FL)

65. Best Newscast—Radio
“WUNC Newscast” by Eric Hodge, North Carolina Public Radio- WUNC (Chapel Hill, NC)
“Election Night Newscast” by Phil Latzman, WLRN (Miami, FL)

66. Breaking News Coverage—Radio
“Twister” by Jeff Tiberii, 88.5 WFDD (Wake Forest, NC)
“The Troy Davis Case” by Orlando Montoya, GPB News (Atlanta, GA)
“Devastation in Haiti” by Joshua Johnson, Leah Fleming, WLRN (Miami, FL)

67. Investigative Reporting—Radio
“AIDS in Alabama” by Alisa Beckwith-Ayilliath, Pat Duggins, Alabama Public Radio (Tuscaloosa, AL)
“Jefferson County Attorney Salary” by Tanya Ott, WBHM (Birmingham, AL)
“State Airplanes — WBT News” by Jeff Sonier, WBT Radio (Charlotte, NC)

68. Feature Reporting—Radio
“Elkin” by Kathryn Mobley, 88.5 WFDD (Wake Forest, NC)
“Faust Fest Marks the End of an Era” by Philip L. Graitcer, Gary Waleik (editor), Phil Graitcer (Atlanta, GA)
“Patients and Healers” by Dan Grech, Kenny Malone, Alicia Zuckerman, WLRN (Miami, FL)

69. Documentaries—Radio
“Still Singing the Blues” by Richard Ziglar, Writer/Producer, Barry Yeoman, Writer/Producer, Fifth Creek Media LLC (Durham, NC)
“Under the Sun Haiti Episode” by Dan Grech, Alicia Zuckerman, Kenny Malone, WLRN (Miami, FL)

70. Public Service in Radio Journalism—Radio
“Homeless Series ” by Josephine Bennett, Susanna Capelouto, Noel Brown, Kathleen Quillian , GPB News (Atlanta, GA)
“North Carolina Voices: Tomorrow’s Energy” by Staff, North Carolina Public Radio- WUNC (Chapel Hill, NC)
“Price of Poverty ” by Tanya Ott, Andrew Yeager, Bradley George, Sushma Boppana , WBHM (Birmingham, AL)

71. Digital Media Presentation—Online
“Life on the Edge” by Staff, The News-Press (Fort Meyers, FL)
“Broken Bucs: ’79 Players From Fame To Pain ” by Tampa Tribune, and News Channel 8 Staff, The Tampa Tribune (Tampa, FL)
“The Gangs of Middle Tennessee” by Brad Schrade, Chris Echegaray, John Partipilo, Heather Fritz-Aronin, The Tennessean (Nashville, TN)

72. Deadline Reporting—Online
“Tampa Officers Killed” by Staff of The Tampa Tribune, and WFLA, News Channel 8, The Tampa Tribune (Tampa, FL)
“Flood of 2010” by Tennessean Staff, The Tennessean (Nashville, TN)

73. Nondeadline Writing—Online
“Hyperlocal Haiti Coverage” by Matt Clark, David Albers, Naples Daily News (Naples, FL)
“Inside Scientology” by Joe Childs, Thomas C. Tobin, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL)
“Terrell Starks” by Laura Ungar, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

76. Best Blog—Online
“Property Scope” by Josh Flory, Knoxville News Sentinel (Knoxville, TN)
“Stuck in the ’80s” by Steve Spears, Sean Daly, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL)
“The Lowe Down by Chan Lowe” by Chan Lowe, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

77. Sports Reporting—Online
“”Beyond the Bronze”; “Harry Gilmer”; “Eyewitness News”; “Johnny Musso on Mark Ingram”; “Dennis Homan”; “The Kick;” “The Boot”; “Sweet Redemption”; “Time Capsule: Unveiling the Wishbone”; “In the Huddle: Johnny Musso”” by Keith Dunnavant, (Newnan, GA)
“Home Team” by Staff, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL)

80. Politics Reporting—Online
“A collection of political stories” by Mary C. Curtis, Mary C. Curtis (Charlotte, NC)
“Bob Norman/The Daily Pulp” by Bob Norman, New Times Broward/Palm Beach (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
“PolitiFact Florida” by Staff, St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, FL)

81. Specialized Site—Online
“Crimson Replay” by Keith Dunnavant, (Newnan, GA)
“” by Tennessean music team, The Tennessean (Nashville, TN)

82. Public Service in Online Journalism—Online
“Double Exposure & In the Shadows” by Marc Perrusquia, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
“I am al qaeda” by Kristina Goetz, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

83. Videography—Online
“The Tea Party: Brewing up a movement” by Lauren Spuhler, Talid Magdy, Erin Chapin, Knoxville News Sentinel (Knoxville, TN)
“Bill Haslam: A journey to governor” by Lauren Spuhler, Knoxville News Sentinel (Knoxville, TN)
“WFTS- The Town of Bealsville” by Eugene Perry , Lissette Campos , Doug Culver, WFTS-TV ABC Action News (Tampa, FL)

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One Member, One Vote

My much-delayed report on the national board meeting of April 16.

At their annual spring session, at headquarters in Indianpolis, your SPJ leaders and national representatives rejected a Bylaws Committee recommendation regarding the “one member, one vote” option.

The committee had asked the board to let delegates at this fall’s national convention decide whether SPJ should start electing national officers by direct vote.

The board voted 15-8 against sending the committee proposal on to the delegates.

I voted with the majority. I explained during the discussion that, as a delegate, I had supported a similar proposal at the 2006 national convention in Chicago, which the delegates defeated. I added that I no longer supported the bylaws change.

In 2002, the convention delegates amended the bylaws to apportion delegate votes by chapter size. Since then, national officers have been elected by proportional representation. Chapters receive one vote for every 50 members or fraction of 50. A chapter with up to 50 members gets 1 vote; a chapter with 51-100 members gets 2 votes.

In its recommendation, the Bylaws Committee contended that the proportional system disenfranchises members who are not affiliated with a chapter. The committee also noted that a majority of SPJ members don’t go to the convention, cannot vote and have little incentive to engage with the society’s governance.

Several arguments put forward by the proposal’s opponents influenced my decision to vote against the Bylaw Committee’s recommendation.

Paraphrased, the arguments amount to this: Delegates to two national conventions have rejected the one-member, one-vote proposal twice. There has been no groundswell among members of fresh support for the idea, so there’s no reason to believe the proposal would be greeted differently this year. We believe that’s because most members are content to let their chapters’ delegates to the convention, their regional directors and other board members represent them.

At our April 16 meeting, board members debated the proposal for most of an hour, the longest and most passionately discussed item on a daylong agenda.


If you haven’t heard by now, President-Elect Darcie Lunsford announced at the April board meeting that she will not assume the SPJ presidency at the national convention in New Orleans.

Darcie has taken a job outside of journalism and felt it would be best if SPJ’s president be a working journalist. She will serve out the remainder of her term, but her decision means that not only will delegates at the convention choose a secretary-treasurer and a president-elect, they will also elect a president.

Longtime SPJ’ers tell us this is a first. We’ve had presidents leave before their term expired and presidents-elect fill out the term, then serve their own. But this is the first time anyone can remember all three officer positions being open.

In any case, John Ensslin, the current secretary-treasurer, has announced his intention to run for president. And I have told colleagues that I will run for president-elect.

That means Region 12 will need a new director. Chapter representatives at the national convention will vote for the new director at the regional meeting tentatively set for the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 25.

If you are interested in running for any open positions, please contact Kevin Smith, nominations chair, or Joe Skeel, executive director.

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Chapter fund-raising tips

Region 12 chapter leaders,

Here are some tips from Regions 4 & 5 on finding sponsors for a regional conference. They could also apply for major events where you’re trying to attract a broader audience.

To: Members of SPJ National board
From: Robyn Davis Sekula, fundraising chair, Regions 4&5 conference
Re: Funding for the Regions 4&5 conference
Date: April 12, 2011

The SPJ 4&5 Super Regional Conference is behind us, and we’re delighted to report that the conference had 230 attendees and netted a healthy profit of nearly $10,000, which will be split among three chapters (Cincinnati, Louisville and Bluegrass Pro). We thought it would be helpful to provide an outline of how we did it that could be used by other regions and also possibly be of help in planning the national conference.

Below you’ll find an outline of the steps we took, a listing of the sponsorship levels, a list of sponsors, a list of (nearly) everyone we asked and also a copy of the letter we used to ask for the funding. I hope all of this is helpful.

If you have questions about this, feel free to ask Region 4 Director James Pilcher, or Region 5 Director Liz Hansen. You can also contact me at or (502) 608-6125.

Here are the steps of how we did it:
1. We determined the cost for the conference at roughly $15,000.
2. We put someone in charge of securing sponsorship funding (me).
3. We created a list of who we wanted to ask for sponsorships. Those who had the closest relationships with the organization/principals within it made the ask. James Pilcher approached Scripps, Patti Newberry approached Miami University (her employer) and I did most of the rest of the asks.
4. We crafted a letter that outlined WHY the organization should sponsor the conference, emphasizing that it was a great marketing opportunity to pitch their products/services to professionals who were also consumers. We did not (of course) promise any sort of positive coverage as a result of the conference. The pitch has to be made in marketing way – not in a non-profit way. This is a marketing opportunity, not really a chance to do good. That approach seemed to resonate with our sponsors, and it allows those who are marketing-oriented to dip into marketing budgets to pay for it, rather than charitable budgets. Marketing budgets are usually more robust and there is less oversight of the funding. Charitable budgets (for larger companies anyway) are usually designated for specific causes, such as pet shelters, etc. Rarely will you find journalism as anyone’s charitable cause unless they are a journalism-related organization.
5. We created an outline of sponsorship funding levels, also adding in some sponsorship opportunities that fell outside of that but would meet a specific need. For example, we wanted an opening reception sponsor and an organization to buy the tote bags, both of which we secured.
6. We made asks. I contacted roughly 30 to 40 organizations/businesses/universities and asked them to sponsor us, and followed up as often as I could. In nearly every case, the pitch was made by e-mail, then followed up with a phone call. This method seemed to work, but if you want 10 or so sponsors, expect to contact somewhere around 40 organizations/people. Make the asks at least four months ahead of the conference. Also, consider hitting businesses/organizations before the end of a calendar year, as they may have leftover funding from the previous year they can spend.
7. For top-tier sponsors, we promised exclusivity. We promised Frost Brown Todd we would not take on any other law firms as sponsors. That’s part of the benefit of top-tier sponsorship, and something we didn’t offer at lower levels to encourage the sponsors to “level up.” That was really valuable to FBT.
8. I used Facebook and Twitter to advertise the fact that we were soliciting sponsors, and actually got one sponsor that way – Verizon. Their regional PR rep had rejected the idea, but a friend here in Louisville who works in PR and represents Verizon approached them again and got the funding.
9. We decided not to accept donations of less than $1,000. With the amount of work that has to be done to keep a sponsor happy, it’s not worth it. We discouraged organizations from giving us less than $1,000 unless they had a give-away item for us to put in the tote bags.
10. We offered the sponsors spots at the conference if they wished to attend. Some did, but some did not.
11. We are mailing our sponsors hand-written thank you notes as well as formal letters thanking them for attending and for their participation.

12. We ruled out anyone who was in the news in a negative way (for example, Duke Energy has huge ethics issues in Indiana, which is part of our region, so we skipped an ask there).

Our final sponsors were:

Title sponsors: Scripps and Frost Brown Todd (law firm)
Presenting sponsor: Toyota (they have a large manufacturing base in Erlanger, Ky., where the conference was held)
Corporate sponsors: Macy’s and Miami University of Ohio
Opening reception: Verizon and Maker’s Mark
Tote bag sponsor: Ivy Tech Community College

This raised a total of $16,800, plus $212.21 that Maker’s Mark will reimburse us for the “tasting” we had at the opening reception.

Here are new funding levels and what the funders would receive in exchange:

COST: $5,000
LARGEST logo on tote bags, top of tote bags (logo must be provided)
Announced from podium at start of each session as a sponsor
Opportunity for full-page ad in program (but must be submitted camera-ready)
Listed in program as sponsor

COST: $3,000
MEDIUM logo on tote bags, middle of bags (logo must be provided)
Announced from podium at start of two at-large sessions as a sponsor
Opportunity for half-page ad in program (but must be submitted camera-ready)
Listed in program as Presenting Sponsor

COST: $1,000
SMALLEST logo on tote bags, bottom of bags (logo must be provided)
Listed in program as Friend sponsor

COST: Provide tote bags for free
Can add their own logo onto the bag, will be thanked briefly in printed program

COST: $1800
EXPECTED: Heavy h’ordeuvres, open bar
LOCATION: Could be provided by sponsor if they have a nice location suitable for 200 people and wish to host. Seeking nice location in downtown Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky
BENEFITS: Opportunity to host journalists, short speech from podium, we thank them from podium and in program

Who we asked:
Scripps (James): successful
Frost Brown Todd: successful
Toyota: successful
Ivy Tech (Robyn): successful
Cision (Robyn): no
Kentucky Farm Bureau (Robyn): no
Frost Brown Todd (Robyn): successful
Gannett (James): no
Miami University (Robyn through Patti): successful
Google – Jake (Robyn): no
UC (Elissa): no
Bellarmine University (Robyn): no
PNC (Robyn): no
Humana (Robyn): no
Knight-Wallace Fellows: no
Asher and clients (Robyn’s client): no
Maker’s Mark (Robyn): successful
Guthrie Mays (Robyn): not the firm, but got Verizon this way
Cox (Robyn): no
Verizon (Robyn): successful
F+W Media (Robyn): no
The Eisen Agency (Robyn): no
Nielsen (Robyn): no
Macys (Robyn): successful
Cincy Tech (Robyn): no
Cincy Bell (Robyn): no
NKU (Robyn): no
Haile Foundation (robyn): no
Jewish Hospital (Robyn): no
AT&T (Robyn): no
Twitter (Robyn): no
UPS (Robyn): no
Stoll, Keenon, Ogden (Robyn): no
Western Southern (Robyn): No


October 25, 2010

Susan J. Porter
Vice President, Programs
Scripps Howard Foundation
P.O. Box 5380
Cincinnati, OH 45201-5380

Dear Sue,
In April 2011, journalists from seven states will gather in Northern Kentucky to hone their skills as part of the Society of Professional Journalists Regions 4 and 5 Conference. We anticipate attendance from several hundred writers, editors, bloggers, producers, photographers and broadcasters who will spend their time learning about the best techniques for improving their news gathering and distribution. They’ll hear from media thought leaders from around the Midwest who will help them continue their education and preparation for producing news in the 21st century.

For SPJ to provide this important educational opportunity, we are asking media companies and related foundations that serve our regions to sponsor the conference. We estimate expenses at about $15,000, which includes an opening reception on Friday night, a full day of sessions and Mark of Excellence awards lunch on Saturday and a Sunday half-day session on one in-depth reporting topic. We are discussing a partnership with the Radio Television Digital News Association that could increase our attendance and bring a more diverse audience.

Title sponsorship of the conference is set at $5,000. With three title sponsors, we can pay for the conference entirely and offer scholarships for more journalists to be able to attend, and allow some of the struggling Society of Professional Journalists chapters within our region to save their own funds for programs in their cities. Title sponsorship will entitle the Scripps Howard Foundation to be listed on all printed material as the Title Sponsor, and will include a thank you message from the podium of various events throughout the conference. Any other sponsors that give at the same level will be listed along with the Foundation; sponsorships of a lesser amount will be tiered accordingly.

As SPJ sees it, in times of staff cuts and new media, it’s critically important for journalists to take the time to improve their skills and refresh their energy for news gathering, and there’s no better place to do it than at an SPJ event. Your sponsorship will ensure that we can hold this conference to the highest standards, market the conference accordingly and draw in the largest crowd possible.

We welcome any questions you have about this opportunity, and we look forward to hearing from you.


James Pilcher
Business Reporter, The Cincinnati Enquirer
Region 4 Director, Society of Professional Journalists

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1 week until Region 12 Conference

That’s right.
The SPJ Spring Conference for Region 12 will bring journalists and journalism students from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee to Lipscomb University in Nashville March 25 and 26.

An opening reception will kick off the weekend Friday, the 25th, and the conference starts Saturday at 9 p.m.

Early registration deadline has passed, but you can still register by filling out the form below and emailing or faxing Jacqueline Fellows, conference chairwoman, at or 615.760.2035. Just bring your registration fee(s) with you to Nashville.

MARCH 25-26

Registration Form

Name __________________________________________________________
Street Address __________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip _________________________________________________________

E-mail address __________________________________________________________
Phone Number __________________________________________________________
School/Company _________________________________________________________

Registration after March 18
Student $60 ___
Pro SPJ $100 ___
Pro nonmember $110 ___

Friday Reception ___ I will attend ___ I will not attend

Saturday Luncheon ___ I will attend ___ I will not attend

Make checks or money orders payable (no credit cards) to SPJ Middle TN Pro
Mail registration form and registration fee to:
SPJ Middle Tennessee
P.O. Box 22248
Nashville, TN 37202

“The Journalistic Enterprise”

March 25-26, 2011

9-10:30 a.m.
The Entrepreneurial Journalist: In today’s uncertain journalism ecosystem, journalists have to rely on their wit, talent and skill more than ever in order to make a living. Two journalists who have made the leap from the once-secure bastion of mainstream journalism to other ventures explain how they do it.
• AmyJo Brown, an award-winning investigative journalist who has channeled her reporting skills as well as her business acumen into work as a digital news strategist.
• Jennifer Peebles, former Nashville Tennessean reporter and now producer of

Creating Multimedia Documentaries: The nuts and bolts of successfully producing a multimedia documentary.
• Jack Zibluk, professor of photojournalism at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro.

10:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.
The Multimedia Journalist: Tying together the strands of enterprise, branding and technology.
• Sybril Bennett, Ph.D., a two-time Emmy-winning television news journalist and professor at Belmont University in Nashville.

12:30 – 2 p.m.
Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon
Join us in recognizing the best in collegiate journalism from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
• Keynote speaker: Hagit Limor, SPJ president and Emmy-winning investigative reporter for WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, will speak about her use of social media to report from Japan after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

2:15 – 3:45 p.m.
Branding – Why Journalists Should Care: A new mantra in media circles calls for individual journalists to establish a brand. Why?
• Joey Strawn, blogger, multimedia consultant and Lipscomb graduate.
• Pamela Coyle, senior editor and writer at in Nashville and a former reporter and editor at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and Nashville Tennessean.

The Necessity of Ethics: The first completely revised SPJ Journalism Ethics book in a decade was published in February. This session uses case studies to explore why journalists need ethical guidelines more than ever.
• SPJ President Hagit Limor
• SPJ Region 12 Director Sonny Albarado

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