ABC Action News Wins Prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism

In a recent ceremony in Washington D.C., ABC Action News was honored with a prestigious, national award from The Society of Professional Journalists.

The breaking news coverage led by Jacqueline Ingles, Carson Chambers and Ashley Yore of the shooting at Florida State University was recognized with the highly respected Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism. 

VIEW: Breaking News Coverage of the FSU Shooting

ABC Action News was the only large-market TV news organization in the United States to receive this award this year for breaking news reporting.

This comes just after the same breaking news coverage was named first place in the National Headliner Awards, one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry.

The SPJ judges’ comments reinforce the commitment ABC Action News puts on quality journalism and breaking news coverage to keep our audience informed.

Reporters at WFTS-TV comprehensively covered the harrowing event, turning up background information on the shooter that raised questions about his mental state and interviewing a neighbor who knew him well. They also took viewers inside the library with pictures and interviews, giving reviewers a real sense of the scary situation. Writing was solid.  Great team coverage and sense of urgency in a story where you saw progression as it was unfolding.  No rumors were reported and exclusive w/ the shooter's uncle was a solid get.  Overall, the WFTS-TV news team should be proud of their coverage."

The Sigma Delta Chi Awards date back to 1932. The awards recognize the best in professional journalism in categories covering print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.