Journalists at The Augusta Chronicle and two of its community newspapers won 2012 Morris Journalism Excellence Awards and a handful of honorable mentions.
The Chronicle won the William S. Morris IV Innovation Award for the development of the Augusta Golf app for smart phones and tablets, which showcased coverage of the Masters Tournament.
Chronicle writers Tracey McManus and Susan McCord received an award in the Community Service category for their stories about Augusta’s fire department, which led to a shake-up of the department’s top administration.
Also in that category, Chronicle writer Sandy Hodson received an honorable mention for a story about how the Department of Juvenile Justice’s secrecy in a case contributed to the continued abuse of children.
“I recognize the talent we have across the entire publishing group, and to see this many winners amongst our enterprise is very rewarding,” said Dana Atkins, Chronicle president.
Chronicle staff received an honorable mention in the Community Engagement category for its Web site topic page on slain Richmond County sheriff’s Deputy James D. Paugh.
Zach Boyden-Holmes won an honorable mention in videography for a video on a breast cancer survivor.
Mic Hernandez got an honorable mention in page design.
Barry Paschal, the publisher of the Columbia County News-Times, won an award in the Commentary category for his columns in the newspaper.
Enoch Autry, of the Sylvania Telephone, won honorable mention for headline writing.
Jim Blaylock, the photographer for the News-Times, received honorable mention in photography for a Little League baseball photo.