The Tribune was awarded first place for Special Section for the Tribune’s Football 2013 edition and for News Photography, and took second-place honors for Best Layout and Design.
The Georgia Press Association honored the winners for their outstanding achievements in journalism at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel during the group’s 128th annual convention.
“I am proud of each individual award but general excellence takes an all-around team effort, and is a testament to the hard work and long hours our staff has put in over the past year,” said Tribune Publisher Otis Brumby III, adding the award will provide the impetus to make Cherokee’s leading news source an even better newspaper.
“As an organization, we recognize there are still areas to improve,” Brumby said. “We must continue to grow, create unique content and enhance our distribution channels. Our organization is committed to these goals and believes some of our best journalistic efforts are ahead of us.”
Individual awards were given to Chief Photographer Kelly Huff, who captured a first place nod for his News Photograph, “Flag Retirement,” second place in the News Photograph category for “Wreaths Across America” and second place for Feature Photograph with “Flag Corp.”
Michelle Babcock took second place in the Feature Writing category for “Breast cancer survivor puts faith in ‘God’s food.’” She was also honored with a second place award for Spot News Photo for her “Dead carjacking suspect” photograph.
Reporter Joshua Sharpe won third place in Hard News Writing for “Armed man arrested at Canton school.”
Sports Editor Emily Horos was awarded a third place honor for the Sports Writing category.
The Tribune was also awarded a second place for Todd Hull’s work in Photo Illustration for WWII vet Edward West, and a third place for “Golfer of the Year.” The Feature Photograph, “Getting a Boost” took third place.
“These awards reflect the work of everyone on the staff, and highlight our commitment to the community,” said Tribune Managing Editor Rebecca Johnston. “I am pleased to be part of such a dedicated team and to have them recognized for their efforts.”