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PolitiFact wins Green Eyeshade Award for public service in online journalism

PolitiFact, the national politics fact-checking website of the Tampa Bay Times, has won a first place Green Eyeshade Awards in the category public service in online journalism.

The contest, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists and now in its 63rd year, recognizes the best journalism in the southeastern United States. 

PolitiFact won for its fact-checking reports of the 2012 presidential election. The public service category recognizes "outstanding service to the public rendered through extensive coverage of an issue facing a community."

PolitiFact's state partner PolitiFact Florida also won a first place Green Eyeshade award in the category of political reporting. PolitiFact Florida's winning entry included its fact-checks of the 2012 U.S. Senate race and Florida's state government.

In all, the Tampa Bay Times won five first-place awards. In addition to the two awards for PolitiFact, award winners included Jeff Klinkenberg  for nondeadline reporting; Janet Keeler for travel writing; and Eric Deggans for best blog ("The Feed"). The Times also won several second and third-place awards.