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Breeze Newspapers wins multiple industry awards

By Staff | May 12, 2010

Breeze Newspapers recently won a number of awards in state and national journalism competitions.

Publisher Jack Glarrow said he is pleased to see that Breeze Newspapers is being recognized by the industry.

"Breeze Newspapers has a history of being recognized by its peers for news and advertising issues," said Glarrow. "We are happy again to see our work has been recognized in the newspaper industry."

The Community Papers of Florida is a newspaper association which recognizes the best of the best in community journalism among its 60 publication membership.

The Cape Coral Breeze won three awards in its newsroom, including first place for Best Editorial, and recognitions for a News Story by Drew Winchester and for Best Original Photographic Spread by Michael Pistella.

Fort Myers Beach Bulletin Editor Melissa Schneider was recognized for Best Creative Concept for a special section she designed called "Memoirs of Pirates," which appeared in the Fort Myers Beach Observer.

Four other awards were won by Breeze Newspapers’ advertising production department. Chris Lurty was recognized for Black and White Real Estate Advertising in the Cape Coral Breeze and for Full Color Automotive Advertising.

Dede Stuart was recognized for Real Estate Advertising in Gulf Coast Homes and for Theme Promotion in Charlotte Women.

Recently, the Florida Press Association announced its winners and although staff from Breeze Newspapers won awards, their exact places won’t be announced until June.

The Island Reporter won in the category of Overall Graphic Design.

The Gasparilla Gazette will receive a General Excellence Award for its efforts in 2009 and Editor Terry O’Connor will receive an award for his Health story "Jellyfish protein promoted as stroke prevention."

Robert Petcher, editor of the Fort Myers Beach Observer, will receive an award for his City or County Government story "Aircraft issues buzz concerned residents."

The Observer also received an award for Self Promotion from the Association of Free Community Papers. The AFCP is a national industry association with a membership of 3,000 community newspapers.