Editorial teams from across the Fusion Media Group received multiple Sunshine State Awards including FUSION TV’s “The Naked Truth,” FUSION.net (now Splinter) and Project Earth.

The 2017 Sunshine State Awards are presented by the Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. See the reports recognized below:

  • They were mocked as “The Deplorables” but they changed the face of presidential politicals in 2016. FUSION TV profiled the real people who fueled the Trump candidacy. “The Naked Truth: Trumpland” took home a first place win in the Government & Politics Reporting category.
  • In January 2016, while the media and the presidential candidates were talking about the deadly impact of heroin earlier this year during the New Hampshire primaries, FUSION TV’s investigative team took an in-depth look at the drug killing even more people: fentanyl, a synthetic opiate similar to heroin, but far more powerful. “The Naked Truth: Death by Fentanyl” won the first place award in the Multimedia Feature category. The documentary previously won an Alfred I. DuPont Journalism Award.
  • The graphic journalism piece “A decade in immigration purgatory: My struggle to become an American citizen” by Juana Medina was honored with a first place win in the Art/Photo Illustration category. Splinter’s comics section is edited by Pulitzer Award finalist Jen Sorensen.
  • Project Earth received the first place award on the social media package category for its report “The rapid spread of border fences is making it harder for animals to survive.”
  • The “The Naked Truth: Dirty Little Secrets” premiered alongside FUSION’s enterprise reporting as a part of ICIJ’s Panama Papers investigation. The doc took home the second place Gene Miller Award for Investigative Reporting.
  • In addition “The Naked Truth: Mugged” and “The Naked Truth: Rigged” received third place awards in the Investigative and Government & Politics Reporting categories respectively.

All the awards were presented this weekend in Miami. In fact, VP of News Specials for FUSION TV Mark Lima won two items in the raffle: a Starbucks gift card and one-year membership to NAHJ.