Valdosta Daily Times

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June 9, 2013

Times continues award-winning tradition

Receives 10 awards from Georgia Press

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Daily Times received 10 awards at the Georgia Press Association conference at Jekyll Island this weekend.

Following two days of seminars on the relevance of newspapers in a changing world and upholding the standards of journalism, an awards banquet was held to recognize the winning entries in the annual contest. Newspapers are judged by circulation size and compete against their peers in more than a dozen categories.

The Times received two first-place awards. Ed Hooper won first for Sports Writing for his coverage of an accusation of cheating at a football game and Paul Leavy won first place in Photo Essay for his photo series in the aftermath of the tornadoes that struck Lanier County in 2012. Leavy also won a second-place award for Spot News Photo for a photo of a man wearing only a sheet in handcuffs after being placed under arrest at a local hotel for operating a meth lab in the room.

The Times received four other second-place awards. Brittany McClure won second place for  Education Coverage for a series on the HOPE scholarship; Bonnie L. Rogers won second for award-winning Sports Section design for the Valdosta State University national championship; Kay Harris won second for Local News Coverage for a story on the importance of agriculture to the region; and the staff won the Special Issues award for its annual Yearbook edition, “Follow the Beat.”

Also, The Times won third place for Editorial Writing; Jason Schaefer won third for Hard News Writing for his feature, “Life on Hard Ground,” depicting the homeless living under the overpass in downtown Valdosta; and the staff won third for Community Service for the Breast Cancer Survivor Series in October 2012.

Publisher Jeff Masters said, “I am extremely proud of our editorial staff and their hard work. These awards demonstrate The Times’ continuing dedication to producing outstanding stories and photos for our readers and advertisers.”

The results of the Associated Press of Georgia awards for 2012 will be announced in mid-July.

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