White County News wins state press awards
White County’s hometown newspaper has once again been recognized for journalistic excellence, bringing home several awards in the Georgia Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest.
The White County News received five awards, including three first-place honors, at the GPA awards banquet, held Friday, June 2, at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.
The Alabama Press Association judged the contest, which was based on issues and content published in 2016.
The News won the J.C. Williams Trophy for first place in the Editorial Page category. A judge commented that the News’ opinion pages featured a “wide array of local, pertinent content in each issue.”
In related honors, the newspaper received third place for Editorial Writing, while Editor & Publisher Wayne Hardy received third place honors in the Serious Column category.
“Editorial pages are the heart of a newspaper, and I think that speaks volumes about the collaboration of our staff and contributors to perform so well in such prestigious categories,” Hardy said.
Sports Editor Mark Turner was awarded first place in Sports Writing. A judge said of Turner’s coverage: “Good, clear writing. Takes us to the field. Great job.”
“Mark continues to provide White County with top-notch sports reporting and photography,” Hardy said. “I’m glad to see others recognize his work in such a competitive field.”
The News also won first place in the Lifestyle Coverage category for the second consecutive year.
“This is the clear winner in this category,” one judge wrote about the newspaper’s Mountain Life section. “Excellence in lifestyle content, photos and community interest throughout each issue.”
In a separate event, the News received a second place award in the Full Color category of the Georgia Press Association Advertising Contest. The honor – received for a half-page Christmas advertisement for Mountain Valley Community Bank – was recognized at the GPA’s April advertising conference.
“This recent awards showing further demonstrates what our readers and advertisers already know – the staff of the White County News is committed to serving their community with a quality newspaper,” Hardy said.
The newspaper’s staff includes staff writers Linda Erbele and Debbie Gilbert, advertising sales representatives Jeff Gore and Heather Howell, office manager Stephanie Wiggins, Turner and Hardy.
The White County News is published by Athens-based Community Newspapers, Inc.