Bar hands out media awards

first_imgBar hands out media awards The Florida Bar has selected three media organizations as grand prize winners in the 50th Annual Media Awards competition. Two other media organizations were also selected as honorable mentions. Each winner will be recognized at The Florida Bar’s Reporters’ Workshop in December.This year’s grand prize winners are The Miami Herald (newspapers and other periodicals with circulation over 50,000), the Daily Business Review (newspapers and other periodicals with circulation under 50,000), and WTSP-TV of St. Petersburg (television). Honorable mentions are awarded to The Palm Beach Post and The Panama City News Herald. Each news organization will receive a plaque bearing its name, and certificates will be given to all individuals who contributed to the submissions.When selecting this year’s winners, the judges considered such factors as the informational and educational value of the entry, the degree of difficulty of the subject matter, and whether the entry disclosed practices or procedures in need of correction to encourage improvement of the system. The Miami Herald received the grand prize in the category of newspapers and other periodicals with circulation more than 50,000 with three entry submissions. One submission, “A Question of Justice,” is an investigative report that raised significant and troubling questions over whether the state executed an innocent man. The second submission, “Long Road to Clemency,” is a series that prompted Gov. Jeb Bush to approve widespread changes that instantly allowed an estimated 300,000 Floridians eligible to regain their civil rights and vote. The third submission, “Justice Withheld,” is about a plea deal called a withhold of adjudication and can be approved by judges. The Daily Business Review is the grand prize winner in the category of newspapers and other periodicals with circulation less than 50,000 with three entry submissions. The first submission is a series that focused on litigation arising from the protests during the Free Trade Area of the Americas conference in Miami. The second submission is a series about problems associated with the judicial nominating commissions in Broward and Palm Beach counties. The third submission was a series about the policies and priorities of U.S. Attorney Marcos D. Jiminez.WTSP-TV is the grand prize winner in the television category. WTSP-TV submitted “Murders in the Community,” a report on the number of people convicted of murder in Florida who were released from prisons in the past 10 years and now live in Florida communities. WTSP-TV used a freedom of information request to find out how many convicted murderers are living among us. The Palm Beach Post and The Panama City News Herald were selected as honorable mentions. The Palm Beach Post submitted three pieces, including a series about a man who was convicted of a murder he did not commit. The Panama City News Herald submitted a series of articles that involved the issue of whether prosecutors can arbitrarily seal documents that are open under public records laws by labeling them as “part of an ongoing investigation.”This year’s judges were Duane Stanford of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ; Rebekah Radisch of UNC-TV; Lyrissa Lidsky, professor, University of Florida Levin College of Law; and attorneys Gregory Herbert, of Greenberg Traurig, P.A., and Linda Carol, Charlottesville, Va. Bar hands out media awardscenter_img August 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img