Sarasota News Leader

05/09/2014

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The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has announced that Robert S. Hackney, opin- ion editor of the News Leader, has won second place in the Editorial Writing — Non-Dailies category of its 64th Annual Green Eyeshade competition. The results represent 2013's best work by journalists in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia, the organization pointed out in a news release. Hackney was honored for his entry of five edi- torials, with topics ranging from the County Commission's decision to vacate a Siesta Key right of way to North Port city commissioners' refusal over a period of time to collaborate with the County Commission over the future of Warm Mineral Springs. The selection also included his editorial in observance of July 4: No independence without equality. First place in that category went to The Memphis News, a weekly publication of The Memphis Daily News that contains curated content from the previous week's daily issues, plus additional unique content. The free pub- lication goes out each weekend. Third place went to The Memphis Flyer, a free lifestyle weekly founded in 1989 that combines news and information about leisure activities. 'Double, double toil and trouble,' the editorial in the News Leader's June 7, 2013 edition, was one of a winning series written by Robert S. Hackney. NEWS LEADER HONORED BY SPJ FOR EDITORIAL WRITING NEWS BRIEFS

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