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Times wins five awards for coverage

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 6, 2000

The St. Petersburg Times captured five awards Saturday -- three of them first-place -- in the 50th annual Green Eyeshade competition sponsored by the Atlanta chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

National reporter Anne Hull won two first-place awards in the competition. She was honored in the Feature Writing category for her series, "Una Vida Mejor: A Better Life," which chronicled the struggles of Mexican women working in East Coast crab houses. In the category of Sports Reporting, Hull won for her series, "A baseball story: Greener than grass," on the Devil Rays' hot prospect Josh Hamilton.

Photographer Jamie Francis also was honored with a first-place award in News Photography for his photographs from the Balkans.

In the category of Investigative Reporting, Sydney P. Freedberg won second place for her series of stories on the death penalty.

Columnist Mary Jo Melone won the third-place award in Serious Commentary for her columns on news events and issues.

In the division of weekly/monthly publications, Cynthia Barnett and Mark Howard of Florida Trend magazine won the first-place award in investigative reporting for "Dirty Business," a story on contract cleaning companies. Florida Trend is a monthly publication affiliated with Times Publishing.

The Green Eyeshade competition was open to print and broadcast media in 11 Southeastern states.

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