June 7 – June 14, 2019

Lola Gomez, a photojournalist, has put her professional work on display. A collection of photographs she took while working at The Daytona Beach News-Journal in Florida is now part of the Orlando Museum of Art’s Florida Prize in Contemporary Art exhibition.

“Her photographs in the exhibit depict life for an undocumented immigrant in rural Volusia County, the recovery in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and fatal opioid overdoses in Volusia County,” The News-Journal reported May 28.

The exhibition opened May 31 and ends Aug. 18.

CONGRATS: David Jones, a broadcast journalist with WCJB TV20 in Gainesville, Florida, won first place June 6 in The Hearst Journalism National Championship. He was one of  29 finalists. His on-the-spot assignments during the contest demonstrated writing, photography, radio, television and multimedia skills, the station’s site stated.

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM in Birmingham, Alabama won eight first-place Alabama Associated Press Media Editor awards June 1. The station also won first place for Outstanding News Operation.

Sara Ganim, former CNN correspondent and 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner, will be joining the University of Florida’s Brechner Center as a Hearst Journalism Fellow.

PASSED AWAY: Bryant Steele, writer for the Rome News-Tribune, passed on June 12. “I learned a lot about writing — especially narrative writing — in his time here at the newspaper, and always appreciated his ability to not only practice his craft, but also to teach his craft and pass it along,” said Rome News-Tribune Editor John Bailey.

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