The Advocate has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for the newspaper’s coverage of the guilty verdict against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and an eight-part special report on Louisiana’s tax giveaways.

The Green Eyeshade awards have been given annually since 1950 by the Society to honor the best journalism in the South.

The award for coverage of the Nagin verdict was given to John Simerman and Gordon Russell, the Advocate’s managing editor for investigations. The ex-mayor was convicted on 20 of 21 counts in February 2014. The coverage won second place in deadline reporting.

The award for Giving Away Louisiana was given to a team of reporters, photographers, graphic artists and designers who worked on the special report, which was published in November and December. The report detailed the growing cost of six key giveaway programs and has prompted a number of reform measures being considered in this year’s legislative session. The report won second place in public affairs reporting.

The contest covers Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. It honors work in print, TV, radio, online, and magazines.

There were no other Green Eyeshade winners in Louisiana.