The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting has been nominated for awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the South Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Ashley Lopez’s series on the 11 constitutional amendments on the 2012 Florida ballot is a finalist for the PRNDI Award for nationally edited series. Lopez’s series was a collaboration between FCIR and Florida’s NPR member stations and was edited by Trevor Aaronson of FCIR, Amy Tardiff of WGCU in Fort Myers and Scott Finn of WUSF in Tampa.
Lopez’s series is also a finalist for general coverage in the Sunshine State Awards, which is administered by the South Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. FCIR stories are finalists in two other categories of the Sunshine State Awards.
Two entries placed in investigative reporting.
The series “13th Grade” — a collaboration between FCIR and the Florida NPR project StateImpact Florida and reported by Sarah Gonzalez and John O’Connor of StateImpact Florida and Mc Nelly Torres and Lynn Waddell of FCIR — explored the crisis of remedial education in Florida’s community colleges.
“After Package From Yemen, Questions About Worker Illness and Government Response” — a collaboration between FCIR and WUSF and reported by J.J. Barrow and Trevor Aaronson of FCIR and Steve Newborn of WUSF — explored how the U.S. Postal Service hadn’t investigated a toxic spill that critically injured an employee in Orlando.
Finally, for the second year in a row, FCIR is a finalist for News Website. Last year, FCIR won first place in the category.