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Finalists named in 57th annual Green Eyeshade Awards


For Immediate Release:

Holly Fisher, SPJ Region 3 Director, (843) 849-3125
Erin Hornsby, GES Contest Administrator
Sonny Albarado, SPJ Region 12 Director, (901) 529-2703

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Society of Professional Journalists announces the finalists for the 57th 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 finalists will be honored and the first-place winners announced at a banquet May 5 in Nashville, Tenn. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel – Nashville at Vanderbilt. Tickets are $60 per person. Visit http://www.spj.org/a-eyeshade.asp for more information or for banquet tickets.

The Green Eyeshade Awards were started by the Atlanta Professional Chapter of SPJ. The contest has since been taken over by SPJ and is 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.

FINALISTS (in random order)


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

• Cross-Border Chase – Julie Kay, Jessica M. Walker and Polyana da Costa, Daily Business Review (South Florida)
• Ninth or Never – St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times

• 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.

• 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

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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

• 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

• 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

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

• 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)

• 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

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

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

• 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.


• Deputy's Death – News Department, Bay News 9, Tampa, Fla.
• Evicted – Laurie Davison, Jonathan Haas, Bay News 9, Tampa, Fla.
• Police Chase and Standoff – News 3 Team, WBTV News 3, Charlotte, N.C.

• Bill Heard Chevrolet – Jennifer Kraus, Bryan Staples, Kevin Wisniewski, WTVF TV, Nashville, Tenn.
• Quest for Everest – Linda Hurtado, Matt McGlashen, Walt Maciborski, John Turner, WFTS TV. Tampa, Fla.
• Tennessee State Veteran's Home – Jennifer Kravs, Bryan Staples, Kevin Wisniewski, WTVF TV, Nashville, Tenn.

• Citizenship for Sale –Jeff Burnside, Scott Zamost, Felix Castro, Ed Garcia, WTVJ NBC6, Miami
• Secret Sex Offenders –Shannon Cake, Israel Perez, Jim Sitton, Katy Adams, Bonnie Billing and Dave Peterson, WPTV NBC 5, West Palm Beach, Fla.
• The Forgotten Floor – Michele Gillen, Abel Castillo, Marcia Izaquirie, Giovanni Benetiz,
• WFOR TV, Miami

• Final Ride – Kristen Hampton, WBTV News 3, Charlotte, N.C.
• Medical Documents – Gray Hall, Sydney Brant, WCBD NBC 2, Charleston, S.C.
• Speedy Wilson – Will Frampton, Lewis Turner, Mac Frampton, WLTX TV, Columbia, S.C.

• Miracle League Baseball – Melinda Roeder, Paul Mojonnier, WTVQ-36, Lexington, Ky.

• Heaven 2 Hell: A journey of Grace – Barry Bernson, Kenny Bradley, Jennifer Keeney, WDRB- FOX 41, Louisville, Ky.
• The Georgia Meth Invasion – David Zelski, Pamela Roberts, Georgia Public Broadcast
• Heritage or Hate? – G. Stuart Smith, Dennis Gaston, WUFT-TV, Gainesville, Fla.

• Gino Canello Compilation – Gino Canello, WCBD NBC 2, Charleston, S.C.
• On the Margins – Chuck Fadely, The Miami Herald
• Sydney Brant Compilation – Sydney Brant, WCBD NBC 2, Charleston, S.C.


• Apex Chemical Fire – Lorne Matalon, Jessica Jones, Connie Walker, Catherine Bond, North Carolina Public Radio – North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC, Chapel Hill, N.C.
• Lawmen Ambushed in East TN – News Team, WNOX-FM Radio News, Knoxville, Tenn.
• The Sago Mine Disaster – Chris Lawrence, Shawna Johnson, Jennifer Smith, Jeff Jenkins, WCHS Metro News, Charleston, W.Va.

• Duke Lacrosse – Rusty Jacobs, Leoneda Inge, Jessica Jones, North Carolina Public Radio – North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC, Chapel Hill, N.C.
• Immigration – Susanna Capelouto, Rickey Bevington, Emily Kopp, GPB Radio
• The Sago Mine Disaster – Chris Lawrence, Shawna Johnson, Jennifer Smith, Jeff Jenkins, WCHS Metro News, Charleston, W.Va.

• Amy Yates and Juvenile Interrogation – Susanna Capelouto, Georgia Public Broadcast Radio

• 9/11 Remembrance – Laura Leslie, North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC, Chapel Hill, N.C.
• Beep Ball – Kathryn Mobley, 88.5 WFDD, Winston-Salem, N.C.
• Grief Counseling – Rose Hoban, North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC, Chapel Hill, N.C.

• Disabled Surfers – Rose Hoban, North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC, Chapel Hill, N.C.
• Racing to the Future – Clayton Henkel, Bruce Ferrell, David Horn, Matt Willoughby, North Carolina News Network
• The Jarrod Touffer Tribute – Chris Lawrence, WCHS Metro News, Charleston, W.Va.

• Daily Lessons – Emily Hanford, Deborah George, Alison Jones, Benjamin Shapiro,
• North Carolina Public Radio – North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC, Chapel Hill, N.C.
• Hands of Hope from Louisville – Susan Sweeney Crum & Julie Goodwin, WFPL Radio, Louisville, Ky.
• The Long Road – Claudia Hickey, Bill Beckett, Donna Green-Townsend, WUFT-FM, Gainesville, Fla.


• Polk County Deputy Shot – Billy Townsend, TBO.com staff, TBO.com, Tampa, Fla.

• 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

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.

• 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

• 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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