Augusta Chronicle wins 7 AP awards

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The Augusta Chronicle won seven Georgia Associated Press awards for journalism Saturday, including two first-place awards for its coverage of the shooting death of an Aiken police officer last year.

Reporters Steve Crawford and Summer Moore won first place in deadline writing for their stories on the Jan. 28, 2012, fatal shooting of Master Cpl. Sandra Rogers of the Aiken Department of Public Safety. The stories included the fatal shooting earlier that morning of Cayce Vice, the girlfriend of accused shooter Joshua Tremaine Jones.

The Chronicle also won first place in multiplatform coverage of a single story on its Web site for the stories, videos, photos and other features it produced on the shootings.

The newsroom received the Ron Autry Award, named for the late AP Atlanta bureau chief, for outstanding overall membership cooperation.

Mike Ryan, the Chronicle’s editorial page editor, won first place in editorial writing for his piece supporting a woman whose video of a Columbia County code
compliance officer entering her house without her permission helped get him fired.

Other winners included:

• Sports columnist Scott Michaux, who won second place in sports writing for his profile on 2011 Masters Tour­nament champion Charl Swartzel

• Education reporter Tracey McManus, who won third place in non-deadline reporting for her investigation into financial problems at Paine College

• Tom Corwin, Crawford and McManus, who won third place in the Freedom of In­formation category for their stories on the secrecy behind the merger of Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences unversities.


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