Awards

The South Florida Media Network has won many national and regional prizes including the prestigious Hearst Award for breaking news and the EPPY, given by Editor and Publisher magazine, for best community/niche website.

2020-21 Academic Year

Hearst Award

Investigative Reporting – 3rd place ($1500 scholarship)

Valentina Palm

Miami Beach’s Dirty Little Secret: The Park View Island Canal

 

Green Eyeshade Award

Best News Reporter

1st Place: Bianca Marcof

2nd Place: Alejandra Marquez Janze

3rd Place: Valeria Venturini

Best Sports Writer – Third Place

Gabriel Urrutia

Best Photographer – First Place

Yasser Marte

 

Sunshine State Awards 

Mejor trabajo estudiantil (todo tipo de medios) 

Best Website –  Third Place
South Florida Media Network Staff
Best News Story – First Place
Jordan Coll & Helen Acevedo
Best News Photo – First Place

Yasser Marte

“Photos of Miami protest are engrossing and frightening”

Best Sports Story 

Gabriel Urrutia

“South Florida produces more top football talent than anywhere else”

Best Video – Third Place

Edmarys Menendez, Betsabe Romero & Jesus Dobbins

“Artists Layon, Rebuil, Wilber Mateu and Leah Dibut create new music despite the pandemic”

Best Multimedia Feature – First Place

Alejandra Marquez Janse & Kaylee Padron


Best Coverage of LGBT Issues – Third Place
Ursula Muñoz Schaefer

Palabra – “Targeting Trans”

Best Coverage of Race & Underrepresented Communities
– Second place

Maria Lago, Helen Acevedo, Jordon Coll, & Yasser Marte

“George Floyd protest stories”

Best COVID-19 Coverage – Third place

Valeria Venturini

Eppy Award (Editor & Publisher)

Best College Produced Community or Niche Website – Winner

South Florida Media Network Staff

Best Video on a College Website – Finalist

Haley Richards, Paul Martinez and Brianny Viso

Mother and Son Offer Autism Training to First Responders”

 

 

2019-20 Academic Year

Hearst Award

Breaking News – Finalist

Kaylee Padron

Trouble at Miami New Times as staff writers leave, culture editor is laid off and salaries cut


Mark of Excellence (SPJ National)

Online/digital feature videography – Region 3 winner; National runner-up

Jay Valle, Monica Lebro and Andrea Igliozzi

South Florida Access Goes from Hollywood Hard Rock to the Lighthouse of Broward 


Campus Coronavirus Coverage (SPJ National)

Best Coverage – Winner

South Florida Media Network Staff

Pandemic Profiles

 Best Design – Winner

Imogen Francis

Florida COVID Stats


Sunshine State Awards

Best Website – First Place

South Florida News Service staff

Best Coverage of LGBT Issues – Third Place

Mariandrea Vergel Prieto

Struggles of transgender women transcend borders

 Mejor Trabajo Estudiantil (todo tipo de medios)

1st Place:  Laura Isabel Perez

Jóvenes boricuas buscan en Miami el hogar que el huracán María les quitó

2nd Place:  Juan David Endara

Ante la adversidad, la resiliencia: Historias de vidas colombianas que superan la adversidad

3rd Place:  Grethel Delgado

Coconut Grove Playhouse: 13 años de silencio


Florida Society of News Editors

Multimedia – Second Place

Yasser Marte, Kai’Chien Chisholm

Stephen Ross, Tank for Tua, and the current state of the Miami Dolphins

Photography – First Place

Yasser Marte

Video Storytelling – Second Place

Brandon Bravo, Jay Valle, Monica Lebro, Andrea Igliozzi

South Florida Access Goes from Hollywood Hard Rock to the Lighthouse of Broward


2018-19 Academic Year

Florida Society of News Editors

Breaking News Reporting – First Place

Gabriel Poblete, Maria Gil, Jesse Scheckner

FIU bridge near MMC campus collapses, killing and injuring several, just five days after being built

Enterprise Writing – Second Place

Adrian Nones-Newman

“Millennials buying guns in wake of school shootings”

Photography – Second Place

Sebastian Ballestas

“Miami Broward Carnival”


Green Eyeshade Award

Best Student Photographer – Third Place

Sebastian Ballestas

 

Sunshine State Awards

Best Website – Second Place

South Florida News Service staff

Best News Story – First Place

Jesse Scheckner, Maria Gil & Gabriel Poblete

FIU bridge near MMC campus collapses, killing and injuring several, just five days after being built

Best Disaster Reporting – Second Place

Jesse Scheckner, Maria Gil & Gabriel Poblete

FIU bridge collapse coverage