Places in prestigious General Excellence category
The White County News is the winner of a dozen awards in the Georgia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.
Honors were highlighted by the News being named one of the state’s top weekly newspapers by received second place in the overall General Excellence category for its division.
The News received four first-place awards, including the Editorial Page and Lifestyle Coverage categories. Reporter Stephanie Hill took the top spot in Multimedia Journalism for a series of video interviews in an online project about the 50th anniversary of Alpine Helen’s transformation.
“Stephanie did an incredible job coordinating these conversations and compiling an oral history about a key time in Helen’s history,” says Editor & Publisher Wayne Hardy. “We’re thrilled judges felt the same about the quality and value of this entry.”
The videos can be viewed here.
Local columnist Emory Jones won first place in Humorous Column for his tales about the mischievous pet pig, Cunningham.
Sports Editor Mark Turner garnered second place in Sports Coverage.
“Mark has been a staple of the White County sports scene for years, and it’s not a surprise his work continues to earn accolades from judges,” Hardy says.
Hardy earned second-place honors in Feature Photograph. Hill won second place in photo essay, with a joint effort by Hardy and Hill also taking third place in the same category.
Hardy also won third-place awards for Serious Column and News Photograph. The News earned another third place in Layout and Design.
The White County News is published by Athens-based Community Newspapers, Inc.