Bradenton Herald reporter wins first place in Florida journalism contest

Bradenton Herald reporter Giuseppe Sabella on Thursday was named a winner in the Florida Society of News Editors’ 2019 Journalism Contest.

Sabella, the Herald’s education reporter, won in the Beat Reporting category. The Herald competed with other newspapers with similar circulation size. The prize was presented to Sabella during a luncheon in St. Petersburg.

“Giuseppe is a diligent, hard-working reporter committed to our efforts to produce quality journalism that holds public schools and other institutions accountable,” said Marc R. Masferrer, the Herald’s senior editor. “The stories in Giuseppe’s contest entry clearly reflect that.”

Those stories include reporting on a school guardian’s troubling social media posts; how the Manatee County School District responded after a girl was bullied on a school bus; a book by a school district administrator that touted a “man code;” and problems with a counseling program the district was considering contracting with.

Also part of the entry was a story about a Braden River High School who said officials asked her to cover up her nipples after they became a distraction. That was the most-read story at Bradentons.com in 2018.