For the second time in three years, The Flame Trench has won one of the prestigious Online Journalism Awards.
The web site, the centerpiece of FLORIDA TODAY's online coverage of the space industry, earned top honors for topical reporting and blogging in the 2009 awards, which were announced this weekend in San Francisco. The Flame Trench, launched in 2006 at floridatoday.com to bring you live news and analysis on the space industry from our bureau at the Kennedy Space Center, won in the same category in 2007.
The Online Journalism Awards were started in 2000. The international contest is administered by the Online News Association and the University of Miami School of Communications. You can read the press release on the awards here.
Over the past year, The Flame Trench has featured the reporting of Todd Halvorson (pictured at right), James Dean, Patrick Peterson and Eun Kim. Mara Bellaby and John Kelly edit the site and, from time to time, report as well. Our live launch coverage this year was greatly enhanced by the photography of Michael R. Brown and broadcast engineering of Tim Walters. However, the site is supported by contributions from dozens of FLORIDA TODAY producers, photographers, videographers, reporters and editors. For example, you can see Chris Kridler in the picture above shooting video during one of Todd's live broadcast updates during a space shuttle launch countdown. It's a team effort.
This site is powered by its users too. Thanks to you for reading, watching and participating in The Flame Trench. We're constantly working to make this site work better for you and, as always, we're open to your ideas and suggestions.