Miami New Times staffers brought home the bacon in two contests recently, with staff writer Jessica Lipscomb the big winner, taking a first in profile writing at this past weekend's Sunshine State Awards for a piece about a reality star, Ted Vernon, whose history of abuse had gone largely unnoticed.
Lipscomb, a Florida native and veteran of several daily newspapers before arriving at New Times, also took an honorable mention in immigration coverage at the Association Alternative Newsmedia award banquet for a story about a would-be jihadi in Key West.
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New Times managing editor Tim Elfrink also delivered with a story about a brutal murder and floating bales of drugs, "Hooked." Elfrink took a second in the Sunshine State in news reporting among small papers and an honorable mention in the AAN awards for that piece. That story was also a winner in the Sigma Delta Chi awards.
New Times daily news writer Jerry Iannelli picked up a second in the AAN Awards for several stories about the use of drones in South Florida.
Finally, former New Times music editor Ryan Pfeffer took a third in profile writing at the Sunshine State Awards for a story about the rapper Trina.