The 2017 SPJ Sunshine State Awards Finalists were recently announced with seven FUSION reports up for awards across six categories. See below.

The Sunshine State Awards recognize quality journalism and are open to all professional print, broadcast and online journalists in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Winners will be announced later this summer.


Ether Gene Miller Award for Investigative Reporting

  • Fusion – Staff of Fusion, Dirty Little Secrets

Television - Investigative Reporting

  • Fusion – Staff, The Naked Truth: Mugged

Television - Government & Politics Reporting

  • Fusion – Staff, The Naked Truth: Rigged
  • Fusion – Staff, The Naked Truth: Trumpland

Online - Multimedia Feature

  • Fusion – Staff of Fusion, Death by Fentanyl

Online - Social Media Package

  • Fusion – Staff of Fusion, Animals in the Border

Art/Photo Illustration

  • Fusion – Juana Medina, A decade in immigration purgatory: My struggle to become an American citizen

Full list of finalists available here.