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PolitiFact honored with Vigilance in Journalism award

PolitiFact has been award the 2012 Irene Miller Award for Vigilance in Journalism by the Pinellas County, Fla., chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.

The Irene Miller award is given annually to "members of the media profession who have exemplified consistent dedication to the highest principles of freedom of the press and responsibility to  the necessity of an informed public."

The award is named in honor of the late Irene Miller, who served as Pinellas County chapter president until 2001, and in the words of her colleagues, "had the greatest appreciation for the important role of the press in preserving and extending our democracy."

Amy Hollyfield, the assistant managing editor for politics for the Tampa Bay Times, accepted the award at a dinner in St. Petersburg.