By Natalie Strom
CBN has done it again. The excellent staff at Coastal Breeze News has brought home four more awards for its work in 2013; this time from the Florida Press Association.
Having already received seven national awards from the Association of Free Community Papers in April, Coastal Breeze is again being rewarded for the fruits of its labor with these latest honors from the FPA.
The 2013 Better Weekly Newspaper Contest, hosted by the FPA, recently announced its random list of winners. The list can be found at www.flpress.com. Award placement will be announced in July at the FPA’s annual conference.
The four awards consist of both individual efforts and teamwork. Coastal Breeze will take home awards in the fields of General Excellence as well as Website Excellence. Craig Woodward, Coastal History columnist, won under the Community History Category, and Natalie Strom won an award for an article in the in-depth (non-investigative) category. The titles of the two articles have yet to be released.
Coastal Breeze News has shown consistent success in all of these areas as Woodward and Strom have both taken home awards for original writing in the past. In 2012, CBN received an Overall General Excellence nod and won for best Website from the FPA. The AFCP also agreed in its 2013 awards; Coastal Breeze received second place for Website Excellence.
Seven other awards were given through the AFCP. Columnists Tarik Ayasun, Matt Walthour and Craig Woodward received awards for their original writing, while photographer Victoria Wright received second place for Best Original Color Photography. The newspaper also garnered first place for cancer awareness coverage as well as third place for its Galahad Award which fell under community involvement.
That just about wraps up this year’s awards season for Coastal Breeze, but keep an eye out in July to see just how well the newspaper placed with the Florida Press Association. A special thank you goes out to all the readers, supporters and CBN staff for making the paper such a success.