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Date of Issue: June 10, 2005

Carrie Price of The Islander shows off the newspaper's first-place award for its Web site. The site is the creative work of Wayne Ansell. Click image to enlarge

Islander collects 7 state press awards

The Florida Press Association met last week at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota to conduct its annual convention, host seminars, panel discussions on current topics, and bestow awards.

Amidst the posh digs and intense networking, the FPA celebrated its 125th anniversary with a luncheon honoring past presidents and a Thursday evening gala with dinner, an orchestra and dancing and a video of remembrances from FPA icons.

The convention is co-hosted by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, which honors daily newspapers with its journalism competition and was sponsored this year by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune/Tribune Media Services.

The Islander's top award received at the Friday night 2003 Better Weekly Newspaper Awards dinner includes a first place for its Web site. Other awards include second place for "Original Local Editorial Cartoon," Jack Egan cartoonist; and "Individual Graphic."

Third was place awarded to The Islander for "Outdoor Writing" for a series of turtle reports by writer Jim Hanson, and three honorable mention certificates were received for "Humorous Column," a contribution by Holmes Beach City Commissioner Don Maloney; "Spot News Picture" for a shark photo submitted by Nate Talucci; and "News Story" for the story of murder-suicide in Anna Maria by staff writer Rick Catlin.

The Islander has been a member of the FPA - and a consistent award-winner - since 1993. Last year The Islander became founding members of the Florida Press Foundation, which hosted a silent auction at the event.

All FPA entries were judged by the Alabama Press Association.