On Nov. 22, the South Florida Media Network hosted its inaugural awards ceremony, highlighting the most outstanding works submitted during the fall 2019 term.
The event’s honored guest was Kyle Swenson, an author and national enterprise reporter at the Washington Post. Swenson’s work has been published in The Village Voice, The New Republic and Miami New Times. His recent book, “Good Kids, Bad City,” built upon his reporting as an alt-weekly reporter. It tells the story of the longest wrongful imprisonment in the United States to end in exoneration. In the early 1970s, three African-American men were convicted of the brutal robbery and murder of a man outside of a convenience store. After a witness recanted his testimony 40 years later, the trio was released.
Also present at the ceremony were the College of Communication, Architecture, + The Arts’ Dean Brian Schriner, the Journalism and Media Department Chair Teresa Ponte and Scripps Foundation President and CEO Liz Carter.
The awards and recipients are listed below. Each one is linked to the winning story.
Excellence in Lists Angelo Gomez and Luisa Peixoto
Excellence in Education Coverage Bianca Marcof
Excellence in Tourism Coverage Amanda La Rosa
Excellence in Interviewing Joemy Blanco
Excellence in Social Media Monica Lebro and Andrea Igliozzi
Excellence in Video Coverage Jay Valle
Excellence in Photography Yasser Marte
Excellence in Fashion Coverage Shannon McMullen
Excellence in Literary Coverage Erika Semprun
Excellence in Cooperative Effort Kai’Chien Chisholm and Yasser Marte
Excellence in Written Feature Silvio Falcone
Excellence in Podcasting Kai’Chien Chisholm
Excellence in Foreign Reporting Jacqueline Mata
Excellence in Election Coverage Natalia Clement
Excellence in Video Feature Colin Miller
Excellence in Environmental Coverage Zoe Soler, Camila Rodriguez and Paul Martinez
Excellence in Health Coverage Shannon McMullen
Excellence in Breaking News Coverage Imogen Francis and Tamica Jean-Charles
Excellence in Coverage of Gender Issues Mariandrea Vergel Prieto
Excellence in 360° Video Yazmine Hassan, Alexis Baez and Gina Torres