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Daytona Beach News-Journal wins 22 Florida Press Club awards
The Daytona Beach News-Journal took home 22 awards over the weekend at the annual Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Competition, competing against newspapers and websites from across Florida.
The recognition included 11 first place awards ranging from in-depth reporting to sports photography to serious features and environmental writing; seven second place awards on beats that included education reporting and commentary; and four third place awards for public service, business, breaking news and serious features.
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“My congratulations to everyone on The News-Journal staff who received these awards,” Editor Pat Rice said. “This is a newsroom that works very hard to cover topics of high interest to our readers, and to investigate how government operates. I’m very proud to be associated with them.”
Reporters Suzanne Hirt, Dinah Voyles Pulver and Frank Fernandez won first place for the Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting and third place for the Frances DeVore Award for Public Service for their project on gun deaths in Volusia and Flagler counties, which highlighted issues such as domestic violence and suicide.
[READ MORE: In 2018, 176 people were shot in Volusia and Flagler counties, and 112 of the shootings were fatal. The shootings were rarely random. Most fatal shootings were suicides.]
Reporter Dustin Wyatt won first place for Government News through his steady coverage of Volusia County and development and other issues important to readers.
Hirt also won first place in Serious Features for a collection of stories on the Holocaust, and first place in Public Safety News for the reporting on the gun deaths in Volusia and Flagler counties.
Environmental Data reporter Dinah Voyles Pulver won first place for Environmental Writing, where she covered issues such as water quality and climate change.
Photographer Lola Gomez won first place in the sports action category, and Ken Willis won first place awards for both sports writing and sports columns.
Reporter Jim Abbott also took home first place, for a selection of stories about the tourism industry.
And, The Daytona Beach News-Journal also won first place for its Daytona Beach Speed-weeks special section.
Second place awards included:
• Nigel Cook for features photography;
• David Tucker for sports action photography;
• Clayton Park for business news;
• Mark Lane for commentary writing;
• Cassidy Alexander for education news;
• Eileen Zaffiro-Kean for general news and government news.
Awarded third place were:
• Dinah Voyles Pulver for serious features;
• Jim Abbott for business news;
• Frank Fernandez for breaking news;
• David Tucker for breaking news photography.
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