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Ellen HaasMiami resident Ellen Haas rides her bike along the Rickenbacker Causeway on Key Biscayne Florida. Haas rides 14 miles roundtrip to and from work as many days as the weather allows.
By Amelia Waiz
Dina Weinstein is a finalist in 2011 Florida Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine State Awards. Her article about cycling in the city of Miami is being considered in the Social Policy Reporting category. The article first appeared last year in the September/ October 2010 issue of Momentum. You can read Dina Weinstein’s article here: momentumplanet.com/articles/miami
On being chosen as a finalist Weinstein said, “I'm glad the judges felt that a story about transportation challenges should be taken seriously.” She said being chosen as a finalist validates her work. Other finalists in the Social Policy Reporting category focus on problems in the foster care system.
Working on the article gave Weinstein the opportunity to learn more about the challenges and opportunities ahead for Miami's growing cycling culture. “What was most enjoyable about working on the Miami article was having the chance to spend time with people working to make a difference and improving the streets of Miami-Dade County for cyclists,” she said. Weinstein hopes to write an article in the near future about the policy-makers who are addressing the needs of cyclists.
The Sunshine State Awards recognizes quality journalism across Florida. Journalists from outside the state will judge entries and award first, second and third place honors. Other categories that will be judged include: Breaking News Reporting, Crime Reporting and Environmental Reporting.
The winners will be announced at the 2011 Sunshine State Awards celebration this Saturday, June 11. It will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel, Hollywood, FL. A cocktail reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the seated awards presentation takes place starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29 for Society of Professional Journalists members, $39 for non-members and $19 for students.
For more information on the 2011 Sunshine State Awards celebration, please visit: spjsofla.net/sunshine-state-awards/2011-awards-celebration/