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Newspaper receives thirty-one awards from Georgia Press

Judged the second best small weekly newspaper in Georgia

Friday, July 30 was a historic day for the Donalsonville News in the Better Newspaper Editorial and Advertising Contests held during the 134th Convention of the Georgia Press Association on Jekyll Island. Winner of thirty-one editorial and advertising awards, the Donalsonville News was judged the second best small weekly newspaper in the state of Georgia, placing second in the General Excellence category, one of the association’s highest honors.

The General Excellence winners are chosen via a points system based on the awards won in the editorial and advertising contests. The award is based on an overall evaluation of the newspaper, including local news, sports and lifestyle coverage, use of photography and graphics and overall quality.

The Donalsonville News received first place honors in the categories of feature photograph, headline writing, layout and design, serious column writing, newspaper promotion, advertising campaigns, special editions, photo essay, lifestyle coverage, community service, apparel and jewelry advertising, service and institutional advertising, health care coverage, classified page design, and home furnishing advertising.

Second place awards were received in the categories of page one design, photo essay, special sections, miscellaneous advertising, motor vehicle advertising, home furnishings advertising, health care advertising, newspaper promotion, full color advertising, and service and institutional advertising.

Third place awards were received in newspaper promotion, religion coverage, signature page, small page advertising and best use of color.

The contest was judged by members of the South Carolina and Tennessee Press Associations and the winners were recognized for their achievements in journalism at this past week’s GPA Convention held at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.

“Awards are great, but to know that we served our community well with a quality designed and written product is icing on the cake. I am proud of each individual award, but receiving placement in the General Excellence category takes an all-around team effort and is a testament to the paper’s commitment to the community and to the hard work and long hours each and every member of the newspaper’s family has put in over the past year,” commented Managing Editor David Maxwell. 

“It doesn’t get any better than this and I honestly love what I do. Working each day to tell the stories and to put the faces of the people in this community on the pages of their hometown newspaper is an honor. It has been the newspaper’s goal from day one to give our readers and advertisers exactly what they deserve – the absolute best. 

“Recognizing there are still areas in which to improve, we are constantly upping our standards. We are committed to serving our readers, our advertisers and our community, and we believe that our best journalistic efforts are ahead of us. 

“Receiving these honors tells us we are on the right track. We will never stop in our efforts to improve and expand our coverage as we work to become the best weekly community newspaper of our size in Georgia,” concluded Maxwell.

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