Telegraph nets top newspaper awards

The Telegraph brought home some top journalism awards at the Georgia Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, the organization announced Friday night at its banquet in Jekyll Island. Among its first place awards, The Telegraph took top honors for best Newspaper Web site, best Page One and best Local News Coverage. The Telegraph took second place for best Layout and Design.

The Telegraph also took home several awards from the Georgia Associated Press Association, that organization announced recently, including first places for Best Sports and Best Beat Writing.

“These awards honor a body of work that showcases the hard work, talent and versatility of The Telegraph staff,” Executive Editor Sherrie Marshall said. “What is really rewarding is the range of work the judges commended, from general excellence in local news, to military coverage, to photography, to our outstanding Web site, GAThere are fewer journalists in most newsrooms these days. At a time when these journalists are being asked to work harder to tell the stories in their communities, it’s good to see that work recognized.

The Telegraph’s Georgia Press Association winners are:

First place, Danny Gilleland, Best Photo Gallery on a Newspaper Web site; first place, Julie Hubbard, Education Coverage; first place, Woody Marshall, Best Web Photo; second place, Ed Grisamore, Humorous Column; second place, Gene Rector, Feature Writing; second place, Beau Cabell, News Photograph; second place, Rodney Manley, Religion Coverage; second place, David Hale, Sports Writing; second place, staff, Photo Essay; third place, Grant Blankenship, Best Photo Gallery on a Newspaper Web site; third place, Julie Hubbard, Investigative Reporting; and third place, Jason Vorhees, Photo Essay.

The Telegraph’s winners of Georgia AP Association Awards are:

First place, Rodney Manley, Feature Writing; first place, Jay Adams, Best Sports; first place, Woody Marshall, Best Portfolio; first place, Julie Hubbard, Best Beat Reporting; second place, staff, Best Deadline Reporting on Mother’s Day Tornado; second place, S. Heather Duncan, Non-Deadline Reporting; second place, David Hale, Best Sports; second place, staff, Best Freedom of Information; third place, Beau Cabell, Best Feature Photo; third place, Grant Blankenship, Best Sports Feature Photo; third place, Ashley Tusan Joyner and Amy Leigh Womack, Best Public Service.