Sun showered with journalism, Sunshine awards

The Sun won three first place awards for First Amendment defense, in-depth reporting and humorous column.

ORLANDO – The Anna Maria Island Sun earned seven statewide awards for reporting and photography in print and online at the Florida Press Association Weekly Newspaper Contest on Aug. 10.

First place awards

  • Staff writer Joe Hendricks, First Amendment Defense, for “Bradenton Beach Sunshine Violations.” Hendricks also won the statewide Jon A. Roosenraad award for First Amendment Defense.



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  • Columnist Sean Murphy, Humorous Column, for “Uncle George’s Zipper Parade.”


Second place awards

  • Cartoonist Steve Borggren, Original Local Editorial Cartoon, for “To Die For,” depicting red tide victims.


  • Digital editor Cindy Lane and freelance videographer Bob Hite, Multimedia Storytelling, for “Vaught’s Vietnam,” a profile of Vietnam veteran Tom Vaught.


  • Staff writer Cindy Lane, Online Slideshow, for “Flippers and Feathers,” featuring photos and information about manatees, dolphins, sea turtles and shorebirds.

Third place awards

  • Staff writer Cindy Lane, Photo Series in One Issue, for “Surf’s Up,” featuring West Coast Surf Shop summer surf campers.