Eight southern news organizations win national SPJ SDX awards

The Society of Professional Journalists has announced the recipients of the 2018 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism. Judges chose the winners from entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The top SPJ Region 3 winners are The Palm Beach Post that will be walking away with four national SDX Awards and the Alabama Media Group will hold two SDX Awards for 2018. Other winners are listed below.

The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2018. The Region 3 recipients include the following:

Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 1-100,000)

How Florida ignited the heroin epidemic

Pat Beall, Palm Beach Post

Non-Deadline Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)

Sex Predator at the Pride Center

Jason Parsley and Damon Scott, South Florida Gay News

Investigative Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)

Alabama’s ‘Beach House Sheriff’

Connor Sheets, Alabama Media Group

https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2018/03/etowah_sheriff_pocketed_over_7.html

https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2018/04/jail_kitchen_workers_say_donat.html

https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2018/07/police_investigating_allegatio.html

https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2018/10/beach_house_sheriff_used_pisto.html

https://www.al.com/news/2018/12/heres-how-federal-inmates-made-an-alabama-sheriff-15-million.html

Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation of 1-100,000)

The Strange Tale of Wolfie and the Addicts

Joe Capozzi, Palm Beach Post

Feature Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)

Alabama’s Dinosaur Adventure Land

Anna Claire Vollers, Alabama Media Group

Editorial Writing (Daily Circulation 100,001+)

The Invading Sea

The Palm Beach Post, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and WLRN Public Radio

General Column Writing (Daily Circulation 1-100,000/Non-Daily Publication) Frank Cerabino

Frank Cerabino, Palm Beach Post

Public Service Journalism (Daily Circulation of 1-100,000)

Minimally Adequate

Staff, The Post and Courier

Sigma Delta Chi award winners will be honored on June 21, 2019, at an awards banquet at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.