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Miami Herald, ‘Fins at 50’ honored by Associated Press Sports Editors

A smiling Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula leaves the field at Joe Robbie Stadium on Sept. 22, 1991. The Dolphins defeated the Green Bay Packers to give Shula his 300th victory.
A smiling Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula leaves the field at Joe Robbie Stadium on Sept. 22, 1991. The Dolphins defeated the Green Bay Packers to give Shula his 300th victory. AP file photo

The Miami Herald was honored with a multimedia award and two honorable mentions in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors contest, which recognizes the nation’s best sports journalism.

Fins At 50’ was named a top-10 finalist in the Multimedia category. Led by assistant sports editor John Devine, data visualization editor Kara Dapena and multimedia producer Adrian Ruhi, the project celebrated 50 seasons of Miami Dolphins history. The package featured video interviews with Dolphins legends Don Shula, Dan Marino, Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas and archival photos, some of which had never been published.

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Miami Herald sportswriters Edwin Pope, Greg Cote, Armando Salguero, Adam H. Beasley, Barry Jackson, David J. Neal and George Richards contributed stories and columns that reflected on the Dolphins’ 50 greatest moments and figures, as well as features on the team’s influence on pop culture, and logo and stadium history. Dapena compiled an interactive ‘Hall of Records’ allowing readers to identify which Dolphins hold franchise records, are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and are in the team’s Ring of Honor.

APSE also recognized the Herald’s website with an Honorable Mention in the Digital category, and awarded an Honorable Mention in Special Sections for the annual football preview sections.

Former Miami Dolphins head coach and Hall of Famer Don Shula speaks with Miami Herald sports columnist Greg Cote about the 1972 perfect season, Dan Marino and being replaced by Jimmy Johnson. Video by Jose A. Iglesias and Jessica Bal / Miami Heral

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