|Florida Weekly named outstanding weekly newspaper|
For the second consecutive year, Florida Weekly has been named the most outstanding weekly newspaper in the state, racking up 24 journalism awards at the annual Florida Press Association convention in St. Petersburg last week.
In addition to the first place award for weekly newspapers with circulation above 15,000, Florida Weekly writers, designers and editors won 12 first-place, six second place and five third-place awards.
Writer Roger Williams won the prestigious Claudia Ross Memorial Award for investigative journalism for his in-depth look at how the Fort Myers Housing Authority spends taxpayer money. He also pocketed five other writing awards.
Writer Bill Cornwell won the Gwen Stevenson Memorial Award for best news story in the state for his reporting on the BP oil disaster and how it affected Southwest Florida.
Presentation Editor Eric Raddatz won three awards, including first place for front page design.
In addition to the individual awards, the editors and staff won for best special section, “The Best of,” and headline writing. Contest judges said “The Best of” was “An irreverent, entertaining must read… Could not put it down until I read every ‘Best of’.”
&brkbar; Humorous column: Roger Williams for “Political Animals”
&brkbar; Individual graphic: Eric Raddatz for “It’s Tea Time”
&brkbar; Outdoor writing: Betsy Clayton for three columns
Florida Weekly is locally owned and publishes newspapers in Greater Fort Myers, Greater Naples, Charlotte County and Palm Beach Gardens with a combined circulation of 80,000.
The Florida Press Association’s Better Weekly Newspaper Awards are open to monthly, semi-monthly, weekly, semi-weekly, and tri-weekly newspaper members. &brkbar;