JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - The Augusta Chronicle and The Columbia County News-Times won numerous awards Friday evening in their respective divisions in the Georgia Press Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest.
The Chronicle won nine awards, including first place in feature writing by Staff Writer Tom Corwin for a special section titled "Saving Greg," which followed 10-year-old Greg West's treatment for debilitating epilepsy.
That section also won The Chronicle a first-place award in the special issues competition. In the same category, The Chronicle took third place for its Super Bowl Preview section.
The Chronicle won second-place awards for headline writing and local news coverage. Third-place awards included those in lifestyle coverage, layout and design, and editorial writing. Graphic artist Andres Fernandes won third place in the photo illustration category.
In its circulation category for weekly newspapers, The Columbia County News-Times in Martinez won the General Excellence award, the top award given by the Georgia Press Association. The News-Times also won 17 other honors, including first place in local news coverage, sports section and newspaper promotion.
Another Morris Communications Corp. newspaper, The Savannah Morning News, won the General Excellence award among larger newspapers. The Savannah paper also won 18 other awards.
The awards were announced Friday during the GPA's convention on Jekyll Island.
Associated Press reports were used in this article.
The Augusta Chronicle was presented the following awards Friday in the Georgia Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest in Jekyll Island:
Feature writing, Tom Corwin, first place
Special issues, "Saving Greg," first place
Headline writing, second place
Local news coverage, second place
Photo illustration, Andres Fernandes, third place
Special issues, Super Bowl Preview, third place
Lifestyle coverage, third place
Layout and design, third place
Editorial writing, third place