Newspaper takes 16 awards in statewide contests
The Tribune & Georgian took home 16 awards in the Georgia Press Association’s editorial and advertising contests this year.
The GPA annual banquet was held on Friday, June 3, at the Jekyll Island Club on Jekyll Island. The Tribune & Georgian, owned by Community Newspapers Inc., competed against 20 other Georgia newspapers in Division E, which is for weekly newspapers with a circulation of 4,000 to 14,999.
“These awards are a testament to the talent and dedication of our staff, which works hard to serve the readers of Camden County with quality news content that they can trust,” said Tribune & Georgian publisher Jill Helton. “I hope our readers will join me in congratulating them.”
Johna Strickland Rush received first-place in the Hard News Writing category. According to a judge, “Each piece in this entry is incredibly thorough and that’s what helped set this entry apart from some very tough competition.”
Rush also took third-place in the Feature Writing category.
Fred Hill won the Joe Parham Trophy for his first-place entry for Humorous Column.
According to a judge’s comment, “(Dr.) Hill is easily the best and most creative writer in this category.”
Andy Diffenderfer, Tribune & Georgian sports editor, took second place for Best Sports Section and second place for Sports Writing.
The Guide to Camden County, a joint project with the Camden County Chamber of Commerce, was recognized with a second-place award in the Magazine Product category. This award considered all weekly newspapers, rather than just its circulation category.
According to a judge, the magazines were “absolutely the most difficult category to judge because all of the entries were so impressive. Georgia papers are huge on promoting their communities — and that’s a newspaper’s responsibility — with all of the newcomers guides and publications.”
The Tribune & Georgian also received 10 advertising awards in the Georgia Press Association’s Advertising Contest in April.
The Guide to Camden County was again recognized with a second-place award in the Non-Traditional category.
The newspaper swept both first and second place in the Online Banner or Tile Ad category for ads created for ABC Pediatrics and Habitat for Humanity. It also took first and second in the Newspaper Promotion Out of Print category for its subscription mailer and for a Catfish Festival Flyer.
The Tribune & Georgian classifieds section earned a second place. The Pink Pages, which raise awareness about breast cancer, also received a second-place award.
The newspaper was recognized with a second-place award for a circulation ad campaign called “Let’s Talk about Value.”
The Tribune & Georgian got a first-place award in the Spot Color category for an ad it designed for the 2015 Rock Shrimp Festival and a first-place award in the miscellaneous category for an ad it designed for Pak’s Karate.
Helton noted that the newspaper’s biggest competition in the annual contest usually comes from other CNI newspapers across the state.
“In many cases, CNI newspapers swept entire categories of the statewide contest, which shows how the standard for high journalistic principles resounds through all of our company newspapers,” Helton said.