The Society of Professional Journalists announced last week that SFGN won a Sigma Delta Chi award. This is SFGN’s first national award. 

“Sex Predator at the Pride Center” was recognized with the award for Non-Deadline Reporting (Non-Daily Publication). SFGN is the only LGBT publication that was recognized this year. 

The series, led by SFGN Executive Editor Jason Parsley, broke the story of a convicted sex predator working at the Pride Center. The series then followed the fallout from the scandal. Lastly SFGN, through its extensive reporting, was able to bring to light a second sex predator that had also worked at the Pride Center several years ago. 

The story was also covered in the Miami Herald and the Sun Sentinel with the Herald’s editorial board even weighing in.    

Besides Parsley, Damon Scott, a freelancer for SFGN, was also recognized for his contributions to the series. 

“As a newspaper our product is the news we produce. This award just shows how much SFGN is committed to investing in our product,” Publisher Norm Kent said. “Congratulations to Jason, Damon and the rest of the staff who contributed to this series.” 

Other local winners include:

– Non-Deadline Reporting (Daily Circulation of 1-100,000)

How Florida ignited the heroin epidemic - by Pat Beall, Palm Beach Post

– Editorial Writing (Daily Circulation of 100,001+)

The Invading Sea - by The Palm Beach Post, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and WLRN Public Radio, The Palm Beach Post

– Feature Reporting (Daily Circulation of 1-100,000)

The Strange Tale of Wolfie and the Addicts - by Joe Capozzi, Palm Beach Post

– General Column Writing (Daily Circulation of 1-100,000/Non-Daily Publication)

Frank Cerabino – by Frank Cerabino, Palm Beach Post 

ceremony will be held in Washington D.C. June 21 to recognize all the winners of this year’s Sigma Delta Chi Awards.