Originally created 05/07/00

AP awards Chronicle staff



Of the thousands of photographs taken for Georgia newspapers each year, only a few are recognized as among the best. On Saturday night, such an honor went to a picture story by Jeff Janowski of The Augusta Chronicle.

Mr. Janowski received the Photo of the Year award among large newspapers in the Georgia Associated Press Association's 1999 contest among large newspapers.

His photographs are of Greg West, a 10-year-old boy who underwent cutting-edge medical procedures in an effort to cure his debilitating epilepsy.

The awards were presented at a banquet at the Atlanta Renaissance Hotel.

Mr. Janowski also was awarded first place in the picture portfolio and picture story categories.

Staff Writer Tom Corwin won first place in the feature writing category for his special section, "Saving Greg," which followed Greg's medical journey during the course of a year. Mr. Corwin narrated the emotional events surrounding several surgical procedures performed on Greg, including brain surgery and the implantation of a vagus nerve stimulator -- a device that regulates electrical impulses in the brain of an epileptic.

Chronicle Staff Photographer Todd Bennett took home the first-place award for feature photo and the second-place award in the sports action category.

Several other Augusta Chronicle staffers also were recognized Saturday night with AP awards.

Staff Writer Sylvia Cooper won second place in the beat reporting category for her coverage of local government issues. Tim Morse, who covers prep sports for The Chronicle, won third place for sports writing with his story about Luther Welsh, a 67-year-old former coach who was hired to help rebuild Thomson High School's football program.

Graphics Editor John Fleming received second-place recognition for his graphic on the turbine operations of the Thurmond Lake dam.

The contest was judged by AP member newspaper editors in Illinois.

Other newspapers in the Morris Communications Corp. chain also took home honors Saturday. The daily newspapers in Athens swept the top story and photo awards for medium-size papers, and The Savannah Morning News won Story of the Year among large dailies.

Other awards

At the 1999 Georgia Associated Press Association news contest awards banquet Saturday night, public service awards were given to:

  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for Jane O. Hansen's reporting on child protective services' inability to safeguard 844 children who died after their families were reported for mistreatment.
  • The Valdosta Daily Times for Brian Lawson's series of stories chronicling problems with local Habitat for Humanity affiliates.
  • The Union Recorder of Milledgeville for Jena Frazier and Jennifer Fowler's reports on mental health and public safety.
  • Freedom of Information awards were presented Saturday to:

  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Colin Campbell and Melissa Turner for their reports on Atlanta's Olympic bid records.
  • Joan Stroer of the Athens Banner-Herald for her work on University of Georgia admissions.
  • The Griffin Daily News for the work of Mike Stucka, Diane Wagner-Price, Rob Shapard and Ron Wayne in seeking personnel records of a policeman charged with shooting himself and blaming another man.
  • The Georgia AP Association is made up of Georgia daily newspapers that are members of The Associated Press.

    Other staff awards

    Augusta Chronicle staffers who won honors in the 1999 Georgia Associated Press Association news contest (large-newspaper division):

    Jeff Janowski: Photo of the Year; Picture Story, first place; Portfolio, first

    Tom Corwin: Feature Writing, first

    Todd Bennett: Feature Photo, first; Sports Action Photo, second

    John Fleming: Graphics and Illustrations, second

    Sylvia Cooper: Beat Reporting, second

    Tim Morse: Sports Writing, third