The Miami Hurricane Wins 10 Florida Sunshine State Awards

University of Miami’s student-run newspaper, The Miami Hurricane, was recognized with 10 Society of Professional Journalists Florida Sunshine State Awards, including nine first place awards, on July 9 during the 22nd annual competition at the Firefighters Memorial Building in Miami.

The Miami Hurricane, under editor Nicholas Gangemi, B.S. ’16, was awarded Best Student Publication and Best Website in Florida, competing in the college newspaper high frequency sub-category. The high frequency sub-category evaluates newspapers published five more or times per month. To win Best Student Publication, three issues of the newspaper from 2015 were judged on writing, photography, and design. The newspaper’s website won the Best Website Award after judges reviewed entries to determine which website had content in 2015 that best covered its community.

“Everyone at The Hurricane did tremendous work – in print, online, the writing, the editing, and the photography. These awards just underscore the quality of the work they are doing every week and in every section,” says Samuel Terilli, department chair for Journalism and Media Management.

The Sunshine State Awards honor excellence in journalism throughout the state of Florida with journalists from out-of-state judging the entries and determining the winners. To compete in the student division, students must have published their work in 2015 through a student media outlet in Florida.

The Miami Hurricane was founded in 1929 and is edited and produced by undergraduate students. The newspaper is published semi-weekly on Mondays and Thursdays during the academic year. Visit http://www.themiamihurricane.com/ to read the online version of The Miami Hurricane.

Below is a complete list of the awards earned by The Miami Hurricane at the Society of Professional Journalists Florida Sunshine State Awards.

Best Student Publication (High Frequency)- First Place

The Miami Hurricane / University of Miami – Staff, The Miami Hurricane

Best Website (High Frequency)- First Place

The Miami Hurricane / University of Miami – Staff, The Miami Hurricane

Best News Photo (High Frequency)- First Place

The Miami Hurricane / University of Miami – Erum Kidwai, Candlelight vigil laments tragedies in Paris, Beirut

Best Profile (High Frequency)- First Place

The Miami Hurricane / University of Miami – Erika Glass, Alexander Gonzalez & William Riggin, The Shalala Years: Looking back at Shalala’s tenure

Best Review (High Frequency)- First Place

The Miami Hurricane / University of Miami – Madelyn Paquette,‘Disgraced’ highlights religious tension, yet core cast falls flat

Best Sports Story (High Frequency)- Third Place

The Miami Hurricane / University of Miami – Mark Singer, Miami Hurricanes upset Duke 30-27 in last-second stunner

Best Opinion Column- First Place

The Miami Hurricane / University of Miami – Andrew Allen, Jerry Falwell Jr., Donald Trump ring death knell of conservative American evangelicalism

Best Page Design (High Frequency)- First Place

The Miami Hurricane / University of Miami – Emma Deardorff, Game over, Golden 

Best Video (High Frequency)- First Place

The Miami Hurricane / University of Miami – Ari Mont, “Smoke-Free Campus” policy may be detrimental to UM students

Best Coverage of Race and Minorities- First Place

The Miami Hurricane / University of Miami – Lyssa Goldberg & Isabella Cueto, Remedying race relations: Campus weighs in on inclusivity, diversity