Best Of 2007

FRESHEST REPORTING ON ST. PETE: Points South

Each summer, the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg awards fellowships to a highly talented group of young journalists from all over the country, some just out of school, some with professional experience, and sets them loose on St. Pete for six weeks. Thirty-two writers, photographers and designers work together in eight teams to report on everything from belly dancers to anti-drug programs to the culture of crabbing, all powered by a fresh perspective that can yield surprisingly fine results that are published in an online publication called Points South. (The crabbing story’s interactive Web design, for instance, made reading the story as much fun as a video game.) Credit the Poynter training, and the administrators’ eye for talent (Sarasota CL editor Max Linsky is an alum), and read up on past installments at poynter.org/column.asp?id=115.