CENTRO Mi Diario's award as Second Place in the General Excellence category for Spanish-language publications was announced by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors (FSNE) on June 6th, during its annual convention in Orlando. Also, an Honorary Mention was awarded to Gonzalo Páez, copy editor and reporter for CENTRO Mi Diario, for a cover story written by him, which ran in March 2007 in CENTRO's print edition. The story had a multi-media component as well which ran on CENTRO's web site: http://www.CentroTampa.com .
CENTRO Mi Diario had been previously recognized in the General Excellence in Spanish Language Publication category for the years 2005 and 2006 by the South Florida Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).
"This latest award only shows what a very small, talented staff can accomplish through hard work and dedication," said Manuel Ballagas, editor of CENTRO Mi Diario and http://www.CentroTampa.com . "Spanish-language publications don't have to limit themselves to community-inspired pieces nor rely solely on translations from their English-language counterparts. They can reach beyond that, and produce compelling, investigative stories that deserve greater recognition," concluded Mr. Ballagas.
About CENTRO Grupo de Comunicación
CENTRO Grupo de Comunicación is a Spanish-language print, broadcast and online media operation owned by the Florida Communications Group (FCG), which is owned by Media General. FCG includes newspapers, broadcast television and online operations in West Central Florida. It incorporates Media General's converged operations in Tampa, including The Tampa Tribune; WFLA-TV, the No. 1 rated station in Florida's largest television market; and TBO.com, the most visited Web site in West Central Florida. Florida Communications Group also includes two smaller daily newspapers, 12 weeklies, and several shopper and niche publications.
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