Guardian wins statewide awards
Paper honored in Georgia Press Association's
1998 Better Newspaper Contest
From Staff Reports
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - It's nice when someone recognizes your hard work.
The fact that it was our peers - newspaper editors, photographers and designers
in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee and Pennsylvania
- just made the honor sweeter.
Along with papers from around the state, the Georgia Guardian got a moment
in the limelight at the awards ceremony for the Georgia Press Association's
annual Better Newspaper Contest June 26, 1998. The contest recognizes the
best of Georgia's newspapers, from daily papers with circulations of more
than 25,000 to weekly publications which print fewer than 4,000 copies.
The Guardian received awards for layout and design, lifestyle coverage,
headline writing, illustration, sports photography and feature writing from
the Georgia Press Association, a statewide organization dedicated to the
constant improvement of the newspaper industry. The Georgia competition
was judged by members of press associations from across the country.
The awards banquet was the highlight of the week-long 112th annual GPA convention,
which brings newspaper staffers from around the state together to discuss
issues, learn the latest reporting, writing and publishing techniques, and
see who rises to the top in the Better Newspaper Contest.
The Guardian competes in Division D, the largest statewide category for
weekly papers, for those with circulations greater than 7,000.
The Guardian's awards were:
Layout & Design, First Place. Judges' comments: "Very consistent,
simple and clean design. The quality of the inside pages helped us choose
this paper over others with better page one designs. Good use of typography
and white space."
Lifestyle Coverage, First Place. Judges' comments: "Good balance,
variety, photos, stories, very clean, sharp images, great layout too (even
though that wasn't judged). Easy 1st place choice."
Russ Bryant, Sports Photograph - First Place. Judges' comments: "Good
sports action photo - nothing like being in the right place at the right
Headline Writing, Second Place. Judges' comments: "This newspaper
has a headline style of its own that is very effective."
Jason Abbot, Newspaper Illustration - Second Place. Judges' comments:
"Cartooning style very distinctive. Good use of different mediums.
Caricatures capture the likeness of individuals."
Russ Bryant, Sports Photograph - Third
Place. Judges' comments: "good, crisp shot - nice action shot."
Francis Zera, Feature Writing - Third Place. Judges' comments: "Very
well written and researched pieces. Good ideas for features."
Georgia Guardian Executive Editor John Bennett said, "The awards for
design and photography are further recognition for areas in which the Georgia
Guardian has traditionally excelled. Readers appreciate our classic design,
easy-to-use format and striking visuals." He added, "The awards
for our editorial department, such as Francis Zera's feature writing award,
as well as our award for headline writing, show our continuing strength
in this area. The first-place lifestyle coverage award, in our first time
entering this category, proves that we're on the right track in providing
interesting, timely and well-written articles for our readers," he
said. "It's encouraging to receive such positive acknowledgement from
our professional peers."
In a ceremony held earlier this year, the Guardian received second place
for best institutional ad from the Georgia Press Association for the First
Liberty Bank campaign coordinated by Director of Advertising Denise Marshal'.