SPJ Names Finalists for Green Eyeshade Awards

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By: E&P Staff

The Society of Professional Journalists has named the finalists for this year’s Green Eyeshade Awards, which honor journliastic excellence in 11 southeastern U.S. states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Winners will be announced May 5th in Nashville.


Below are the finalists in newspaper-related categories.

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DEADLINE REPORTING
— The Tragedy of Flight 5191 – Staff, Lexington (Ky.) Herald Leader
— Comair Crash – Staff, The Courier Journal, Louisville, Ky.
— Downtown Inferno – Tom Charlier, Dakari Aarons, Lawrence Buser, Michael Eskine, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.

NON-DEADLINE NEWS/DAILY
— Cross-Border Chase – Daily Business Review (South Florida)
— Ninth or Never – St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times

NON-DEADLINE NEWS/WEEKLY/MONTHLY
— Jesus Redux, Mariah Blake, Miami New Times, Miami, Fla.
— Daddy?s Girl – Kelly Cramer, New Times Broward-Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
— Tracy?s World – Tara Servatius, Creative Loafing, Charlotte, N.C.

FEATURES/DAILY
— Christine Evans – Christine Evans, The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post
— Kennel Trash – Kelley Benham, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times
— What will happen to Kayla? – Danica Coto and Peter St. Onge, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer

FEATURES/MONTHLY
— Energy in Georgia – Jerry Grillo, Georgia Trend Magazine
— Final Frontier – Cynthia Barnett, Florida Trend Magazine
— The Poor Side of Town – Marilyn Sadler, Memphis Magazine, Memphis, Tenn.

FEATURES/WEEKLY
— Band of Outsiders – Emily Witt, Miami New Times
— Desolation Row” and “Coastal Towns – Chris Davis, The Memphis Flyer, Memphis, Tenn.
— Righting History: A local attorney unearths the secrets of a bloody decade in El Salvador – John Spragens, Nashville Scene, Nashville, Tenn.

SPORTS REPORTING
— Carlos Frias – Carlos Frias, The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post
— Series of Central Florida Sports – Josh Robbins, Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel
— The Grave – Neal McCready, Press-Register, Mobile, Ala.

SPORTS COMMENTARY
— Gary Shelton Columns – Gary Shelton, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times
— Mike Bianchi Columns – Mike Bianchi, Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel
— Sports Column by Geoff Calkins – Geoff Calkins, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.

BUSINESS REPORTING/DAILY
— Daunting Data – John Dorschner & Jacob Goldstein; The Miami Herald
— Deadly Express – Ronnie Greene, The Miami Herald
— The Housing Squeeze: Florida feels the pinch – Jeff Ostrowski, Eve Samples, Pat Beall, Linda Rawls, The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post

BUSINESS REPORTING/WEEKLY/MONTHLY
— Buy My Rock! – Trevor Aaronson, New Times Broward-Palm Beach (Fla.)
— Lead Astray – Sara Shipley Hiles, Maria Walkder Guevara, Mother Jones
— Shipping Magnate – Daniel G. Jacobs, Smart Business Miami

INVESTIGATIVE
— Corruption in Community College – Brett J. Blackledge, The Birmingham (Ala.) News
— House of Lies – Debbie Cenziper, The Miami Herald
— When Dry is Wet – Craig Pittman and Matthew Waite, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times

CRITICISM
— Broken Code – Phoebe Flowers, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
— Criticism TV – Glenn Garvin, The Miami Herald
— Truman Criticism – Cheryl Truman, Lexington (Ky.) Herald Leader

EDITORIAL
— Florida’s Shame – Jane Healy, Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel
— Three Editorials – Tim Nickens, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times
— What if/3 Homicides – Tony Biffle, Sun Herald (South Mississippi)

COMMENTARY
— Collection of Columns – Kane Webb, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
— Frank Cerabino – Frank Cerabino, The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post
— Mike Thomas Columns – Mike Thomas, Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel

PHOTOGRAPHY
— Mystery Mississippi – Alan Spearman, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.
— Reunited – Lynne Sladky, Associated Press – Florida
— Train Jumping – Gary Coronado, The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Autozone Liberty Bowl – Nikki Boertman, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.
Roderick Smith – Nikki Boertman, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.
UF v. South Carolina — Erik Lunsford, The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post

EDITORIAL CARTOON
— 2006 Editorial Cartoons – Robert L. Ariail, The State, Columbia, S.C.
— Dana Summers cartoon portfolio – Dana Summers, Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel
— Murder in Memphis – Bill Day, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.


ONLINE

BREAKING NEWS
— Polk County Deputy Shot – Billy Townsend, TBO.com staff, TBO.com, Tampa, Fla.

BEST USE OF MULTIMEDIA
— A Killer’s Grip – Clarisa Gerlach, Tim Price, Tampa Tribune Staff, WFLA Staff, TBO.com, Tampa, Fla.
— Carnival Center – Staff, The Miami Herald
— Sweet 15 – Jigsha Desai, Lauren Suhles, Kevin Cowan, Joe Howell, Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel

NICHE JOURNALISM
Epic – Randy Johnson, Mark Caskie, Pace Communications
GoVolsXtra – Online and Sports Departments, Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel
Tampa’s Local Music Scene – Ryan Bauer, Tim Price, TBO.com, Tampa, Fla.

COMMENTARY/BLOGS
— New Around Town – Leigh Dyer, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer
— Suitcase Stories – Chris Chmura, TBO.com, Tampa, Fla.
— Video Games as Art – Josh Korr, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times

INVESTIGATIVE
— Following the Coldest Trail – Mike Wells, Tim Price, Vidisha Priyanka, TBO.com, Tampa, Fla.
— House of Lies – Staff, The Miami Herald

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