Coastal Breeze News is excited to announce it has received four awards of excellence from the Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP). Any paper throughout the United States is welcome to enter content of myriad varieties to be considered for awards – as long as the publication is free to the community and is a member of this prestigious industry organization.
At its conference in Denver over the weekend of April 26, the AFCP announced its winners in each category. Publisher Val Simon was on hand to receive the four awards.
Coastal Breeze News received Honorable Mention in the area of Overall Excellence.
In the past year, Coastal Breeze revamped its website and was awarded nicely with the First Place prize for Website Design. Has it been awhile since you’ve visited the site? Check it out at www.coastalbreezenews.com and see why the site is a winner.
Following the First Place win came a Second Place victory for cancer awareness. Coastal Breeze News received the Newspapers Fighting Cancer 2013 Award for Excellence in Raising Awareness and Funding For the Fight Against Cancer. This award is sponsored by the Andrew E. Shapiro Cancer Foundation along with the AFCP. Ongoing cancer coverage has been a mission of the Coastal Breeze from the publication’s onset. Covering major local events such as Relay for Life, the Imagination Ball and Shoot Down Kids Cancer, as well as featuring individual stories of cancer survivors within the community has been a priority for the publication.
Coastal Breeze has recently stepped up its cancer coverage, adding Marco Island ACS Executive Director, Lisa Honig as a regular columnist. Every edition, Lisa discusses important events, research and ways in which people can help to “celebrate a world with more birthdays.”
Last, but certainly not least, Coastal Breeze News Editor, Natalie Strom, received Second Place in the Education category for her article, “Saving the Florida Manatee,” published in the July 13, 2012 edition. The article is archived within the Coastal Breeze’s First Place website. Simply use the Search section in the top right corner and enter the article name to read all about it. Again, you may find the website at www.coastalbreezenews.com.
Next up is the Florida Press Association Awards to be announced in July. Fingers crossed!