Internet newspaper wins Florida Press Club journalism awards for 6 stories, 4 of which focus on political corruption

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The internet newspaper was a big winner in the 2014 Florida Press Club Statewide Journalism Contest with finalists announced Wednesday. This is the fourth year in a row that has been recognized for award-winning content.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Four of the six stories won by Headline Surfer® in the 2014 Florida Press Club Statewide Journalism Contest focused on political corruption with two of them on New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer.

There was one story each on the corrupt leadership of the Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority and Daytona Beach City Commissioner Carl Lentz, IV, who was trespassed from a strip club by the cops.

The other two stories among the six award-winners were far more positive -- the fifth winning story highlighted Daytona Beach Mayor's remembrance of the late poet, Maya Angelou.

The sixth award-winning story featured a Q&A session with Daytona each minister L. Ronalf Durham on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Three of the stories were in the category of "General News Writing" and the other three in the category "Minority News Reporting."

The big three stories reciognized under general news writing all had the theme of corruption as their core. A chance opportunity to get New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer to acknowledge on video camera that he led the vote to raise property taxes taxes two years in a row while not paying his own taxes was priceless.


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Short Bio

Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.