This week the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) announced a list of finalists for its 2023 Nonprofit News Awards. Bob Norman, journalism director for the Florida Center For Government Accountability and editor of its publication, the Florida Trident, was listed among several outstanding nonprofit journalists for his investigative series, “The Ghost District,” which uncovered greed and self-dealing at the North Springs Improvement District (NSID), a public agency that provides water and sewer services to 40,000 residents in Broward County. Norman’s reporting and investigation into the district and its manager, Rod Colon, was conducted over a year and sparked action in the state legislature state legislators to conduct a still-active state audit of NSID and pass a bill to tighten a loophole in a state ethics laws that was exploited by an NSID official.
Founded in 2009, INN is dedicated to supporting nonprofit journalism and has built an invaluable platform and network for nonprofit media outlets. Each year, INN recognizes top-tier reporting that has had a significant impact on the public it serves. According to the INN website, “the INN Nonprofit News Awards, or INNYs, honor excellence in journalism, leadership and community service across the field of nonprofit news.”
The Florida Trident works to bring you impactful news that holds Florida government and its officials accountable. Norman’s investigative series reflects our mission to produce impactful investigative journalism for our readers. The 2023 INN Nonprofit News Award winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Philadelphia on Aug. 23, 2023.