Telegraph captures 15 awards in Georgia APME contest

Staff reportJuly 15, 2013 

The Telegraph captured five writing and nine photography and graphics awards during the Georgia Associated Press Media Editors 2013 newspaper competition.

Among the honors announced Saturday was a first-place award for best website.

The Telegraph also received first place awards for beat reporting, feature photo, sports action photo, sports feature photo and photo illustration.

Here’s a look at the Telegraph’s winners in Division 3, for newspapers with a circulation of 40,000 or greater:

• Beat reporting: first place, Amy Leigh Womack, for her overall coverage of crime and courts.

• Public service: second place, Heather Duncan, “Safety at Risk,” an examination of discipline problems within the Bibb County school system; third place, Heather Duncan, “Plant Scherer ash pond worries neighbors,” about residents’ health concerns over Plant Scherer’s ash pond.

• Deadline reporting: second place, Amy Leigh Womack and Joe Kovac Jr., “Victim didn’t have a mean bone in her body,” about the slaying of Linda Hunnicutt at a Gray Highway gas station.

• Feature writing: third place, Amy Leigh Womack and Joe Kovac Jr., “Night of Panic,” about the frantic search for slain Mercer University law graduate Lauren Giddings.

• Best website: first place,, Ben Yoder and Telegraph staff.

• Graphics and illustrations: second place, Erin Ivanov, “Houston, Peach SPLOST;” third place, Erin Ivanov, “2011 Traffic Fatalities.”

• Spot news photo: third place, Beau Cabell, “Carried to court.”

• Feature photo: first place, Beau Cabell, “Mach Pride.”

• Sports action photo: first place, Beau Cabell, “Soap Box Derby crash.”

• Sports feature photo: first place, Beau Cabell, “Baseball flip.”

• Picture story: second place, Woody Marshall, “Salamander Springs.”

• Photo illustration: first place, Jason Vorhees, “Helmet cam.”

• Portfolio: third place, Woody Marshall.

Entries were judged by newspaper editors from the state of Michigan. The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,500 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.

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