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.

2022-2023 Academic Year

The Green Eyeshade Awards

Best News Reporter in the South, 1st Place: Valentina Palm, Miami Beach’s Dirty Little Secret

Best Sports Writer in the South, 3rd Place: Liam Rooney, collected sports work

Sunshine State Awards

Best student work in Spanish, 1st Place: Valentina Palm, El Secreto sucio de Miami Beach

Best News Story, 3rd Place: Valentina Palm, Miami Beach’s Dirty Little Secret

Best Profile, 1st Place: Gabriella Genao, El Caballero de Santiago

Best Light Feature, 1st Place: Aaliyah Pasols, She made Miami chongas famous. Now she’s the voice of Selena in the new Netflix series

Best Coverage of LGBT Issues, 1st Place: Ursula Muñoz Schaefer, Dabney Richards & Vanessa Sanchez, Transgender murders plague Puerto Rico (includes video story)

Best COVID-19 Coverage, 2nd Place: Elizabeth Garcia & Helen Acevedo, South Florida immigrants struggle to access COVID-19 vaccine

2021-2022 Academic Year

Florida Society of Newspaper Editors Contest

Helen Acevedo, Alejandra Garcia El Coro and Zitlali Solache
Breaking news – 1st place
Relatives of Surfside victims anxiously await news of loved ones at reunification center, Biden offers solace to families of Surfside victims, A vigil is held for Surfside victims as rescue and investigation continue

Valentina Palm
Investigative reporting – 1st place
Miami Beach’s Dirty Little Secret.

Shantel Sanchez
Sports reporting – 1st place
Freedom Park: What do neighbors think?

Adriana Rizik
Audio – 1st place
The world is fighting an invisible war through the Internet: Interview with Khrystyna M.

Lidia Delgado for first place in
Commentary – 1st place
Is FIU’s P3 App Effective?

Aaliyah Pasols
Feature writing – 3rd place
Roller skating during the pandemic.

Luciana Naretti
Multimedia reporting – 2nd place
Does the incoming flood of college students affect COVID-19 cases on campus?

Zitlali Solache and Julio Mendez
Video storytelling – 2nd place
A son grieves the loss of his elderly parents in the Surfside collapse.

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