The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald took home the top prizes at the 2017 Florida Society of News Editors awards ceremony Thursday in Naples.
The Miami Herald won the Gold Medal for Public Service for publications with circulation of more 125,000 for its work on Panama Papers, a Pulitizer Prize-winning international investigation that took a deep dive into offshore companies.
While Panama Papers was a collaboration between the Herald, McClatchy and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism, only stories by Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald reporters were submitted. Reporters recognized were: Nicholas Nehamas, Nora Gámez Torres, Jim Wyss, Kyra Gurney and Jacqueline Charles.
El Nuevo Herald won the Gold Medal for Public Service for publications with circulation less than 50,000 for its work on Condos de Pesadilla (Condo Nightmares), which led to state-wide reform on condo laws.
Staff members on both papers earned many other honors, which included:
▪ El Nuevo reporters Enrique Flor and Brenda Medina and Univision’s Erika Carrillo won first place for investigative reporting for publications with circulation less than 50,000 for Condos de Pesadilla (Condo Nightmares).
▪ Kara Dapena, former data visualization editor for the Miami Herald, won first place for her Daily Zika Tracker in the news interactive category.
▪ Miami Herald took won first place for Opa-locka: City for Sale in the multimedia category. Those recognized were: Kara Dapena, Sohail Al-Jamea, Jose Iglesias and Eduardo Alvarez.
▪ Miami Herald staffers David Santiago, German Guerra and Mario Mateo won first place for breaking news video for coverage of Fidel Castro’s death. C.M. Guerrero took third place in the same category.
▪ Al Diaz and Roberto Koltun won third place in the spot news category for the Miami Herald.
▪ Al Diaz, John Devine, Jorge Rojas and Kevin Scott of the Miami Herald won second place for sport page design.
▪ Miami Herald’s Eduardo Alvarez and Orlando Mellado won third place for page one design.
▪ Miami Herald columnist Fabiola Santiago took first place for columns.
▪ In the sports category, Miami Herald staff won first place for its coverage of the death of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.
▪ Miami Herald reporter Mimi Whitefield won second place for her coverage of Cuba.
▪ Miami Herald’s Jay Weaver and Michael Sallah won first place in the community leadership category for Opa-locka: City for Sale.
▪ In the investigative reporting category, Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald staff won first place for The Panama Papers: Florida Edition.
▪ Miami Herald reporter Glenn Garvin won third place in the features and enterprise writing category.
▪ Miami Herald staff won second and third place in the breaking news category.
▪ For Spanish-language publications, El Nuevo won first place in new reporting for Condos de Pesadilla. Antonio Delgado and Johanna Álvarez of El Nuevo Herald won second place in the same category.