Palatka Daily News captures 13 Florida Press Club awards
The Palatka Daily News won 13 awards at the Florida Press Club’s annual Excellence in Journalism Competition.
The annual celebration was hosted in St. Augustine.
“Congratulations to this great group of professionals for representing Putnam County well,” Publisher Wayne Knuckles said.
“I never fail to be impressed with the quality of work our news team produces day in and day out, but it is especially gratifying to see them recognized for their efforts by their journalism peers.”
Lifestyles Editor Trisha Murphy won first place in Class C for feature page design.
Editor Scott J. Bryan won second place in Class C for front page design, Class A-C in headline writing and Class A-C opinion writing.
Photographer Chris DeVitto won first place in Class C for sports photography, second place in Class C-D for breaking news photography and third place in Class C-D for general news photography.
Staff writer Asia Aikins won Class C-D runner-up in the Frances DeVore Award for Public Service for her extensive coverage of Putnam EDGE High School and its financial woes, second place in Class A-D in arts news reporting and honorable mention in Class C-D for education reporting.
News editor Allison Waters-Merritt won second place in Class C-D in breaking news reporting.
Sports writer Mark Blumenthal won second place in Class C-D for sports columns.
The Palatka Daily News won second place in Class C-D in special sections for Salute, its annual magazine dedicated to veterans.
“These awards recognize not only their individual talent, but their dedication to helping make our newspaper and our community better,” Knuckles said.
“We believe strong newspapers help build strong communities, and these dedicated journalists are helping achieve both objectives.”