June 6, 2014, 9 pm
Georgia Press Association: There were 610 awards presented in 37 categories to 87 newspapers.
“Best Of” newspaperin’. Like Upwards Newspapers! everyone’s a winner!
“The judges of the annual Georgia Press Association newspaper contest put a number on what you already know: The news staff of The Augusta Chronicle delivers quality every day.”
“We are pleased to be honored by the Georgia Press Association for the work of our journalists across the many print and digital platforms where we deliver news and information,” said Michael Traynor, publisher of the Savannah Morning News and savannahnow.com. “We continue to produce the most comprehensive news report in the Coastal Empire while growing current and new audiences with our talented team.”
“I am proud of our editors and staffs who produce great newspapers not only for the communities served by the Times-Georgian and Douglas County Sentinel, but also for those communities served by the associated publications of the Newspapers of West Georgia,” said Publisher Marvin Enderle.”
“I am proud of each individual award but general excellence takes an all-around team effort, and is a testament to the hard work and long hours our staff has put in over the past year,” said Tribune Publisher Otis Brumby III, adding the award will provide the impetus to make Cherokee’s leading news source an even better newspaper.
“As an organization, we recognize there are still areas to improve,” Brumby said. “We must continue to grow, create unique content and enhance our distribution channels. Our organization is committed to these goals and believes some of our best journalistic efforts are ahead of us.”
“For the third straight year, our dedicated staff have (sic) proven we are the best newspaper in the state for our size,” Managing Editor Robbie Schwartz said. “I am most pleased with the variety of awards that we have received, which I think serve as testament to our abilities to cover all of Walton County.”
“We are extremely proud of the Journal staff and the very high standard of excellence they are setting in the state,” said co-publisher Mike Buffington. “To win the top award for excellence two years in a row is a very big deal in our industry and speaks to the dedication of the Journal’s staff.”
Executive Editor Sherrie Marshall said The Telegraph’s reporters and editors work diligently “to provide Middle Georgia readers with news and information intended to enlighten, engage and entertain.”
“The staff works harder than ever these days because of the increasing demand for news not only in print, but on our digital and mobile platforms,” she said. “It is always a boost when the good journalism we produce is recognized by peers.”
“We are very proud of the work our staff does each day to be an industry leader in delivering news that matters across our print and digital platforms,” said Athens Banner-Herald and OnlineAthens.com publisher Scot Morrissey. “As we move into a new era of journalism, we will continue to lead the way by improving our mobile platform offerings while keeping our focus on our website and print publications to continue delivering the quality stories our readers have come to expect.”
“ Led by three first-place awards for reporter Alan Mauldin, The Moultrie Observer picked up six awards altogether at Friday night’s Georgia Press Association awards banquet.”
“I couldn’t be more proud of the hard work of our staff and to live in Douglas County where there is an abundance of news and plenty of great stories to tell,” Douglas County Sentinel Editor Mitch Sneed said. “We honestly love what we do and you won’t find a group of people who work harder than the folks in our newsroom.
“Awards are great, but to know that we served our community well – winning General Excellence, Community Service and Local News Coverage – it doesn’t get any better than that.”
“It is truly a staff effort,” said James Healy, operations manager for the Herald. “I commend editor Jason Wermers and his team for their hard work. It is an honor, indeed, to be recognized by our peers.”
Eh. We’re smartasses. Congrats to all.