'The Augusta Chronicle' wins Georgia Press Association award for state's best newspaper

 

The Augusta Chronicle was named the state’s best newspaper by the Georgia Press Association on Friday night.

Competing in the state’s largest daily circulation category, The Chronicle won 26 awards, including first place in General Excellence.

The Columbia County News-Times won 15 awards in its weekly newspaper category.

“These awards are confirmation of the talent and commitment of our newsrooms,” said Dana Atkins, the president of The Chronicle. “Being recognized in the General Excellence category further underscores the quality of reporting we are sharing with our readers.”

In addition, the newspaper won first place in eight other categories:

• Special Issues for the annual Masters section

• Editorial Page

• Headline Writing

• Editorial Cartoonist: Rick McKee, who also won second place in the category

• Investigative Reporting: Steve Crawford

• Best Web Photo: Michael Holahan, who also won second-place awards for News Photograph and Best Photo Gallery.

• Sports Section or Pages

• Sports Writing: Scott Michaux, who also won second place in Sports Column writing.

Individual second-place awards went to Kelly Jasper for religion coverage, Bill Kirby in humorous column writing, Tracey McManus for education coverage and Mike Ryan in editorial writing.

The News-Times won first place in General Excellence and Local News Coverage. Other first-place winners were Jenna Martin for education coverage and Jim Blaylock for feature photography.

 

GPA AWARD WINNERS

The Augusta Chronicle was named the state’s best newspaper by the Georgia Press Association. A look at the award winners, by category:

CATEGORYPLACEWINNER
General Excellence1st
Investigative Reporting1stSteve Crawford
Best Web Photo1stMichael Holahan
Religion Coverage2ndKelly Jasper
Sports Column2ndScott Michaux
Sports Section or Pages1st
Special Issues1stMasters 2012
Editorial Page1st
Headline Writing1st, 2nd
Editorial Cartoonist1st, 2ndRick McKee
Community Service2nd
News Photograph2ndMichael Holahan
Editorial Writing2ndMike Ryan
Education Coverage2ndTracey McManus
Humorous Column2ndBill Kirby
Best Photo Gallery on a Newspaper Web site2ndMichael Holahan
Best Online News Project2ndLisa Kaylor, Tom Corwin, Emily Rose Bennett
Local News Coverage2nd
Newspaper Web site2ndaugustachronicle.com
Layout and Design3rdEmily Ristow
Editorial Writing3rdMike Ryan
Serious Column3rdJoe Hotchkiss
Magazine Product3rdAugusta Magazine

 

The Columbia County News-Times won 15 awards in its weekly newspaper category Award winners. A look at the award winners, by category:

CATEGORYPLACEWINNER
General Excellence1st
Local News Coverage1st
Education Coverage1stJenna Martin
Feature Photograph1st, 2ndJim Blaylock
Page One2nd
Editorial Page2nd
Religion Coverage2ndValerie Rowell
Serious Column2ndBarry L. Paschal
Sports Column3rdScott Rouch
News Photograph3rdJim Blaylock
Spot News Photo3rdScott Rouch
Sports Photograph3rdJim Blaylock
Best Web Photo (All Divisions)3rdValerie Rowell
Lifestyle Coverage3rd

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