The Morgan County Citizen newspaper was recently awarded honors by the statewide trade organization, the Georgia Press Association, for its work in both editorial content and advertising.
“In the past 10 years we have been named the ‘Best Weekly’ in the state five times and have placed in that category every year. Because of a dedicated and creative staff at the Citizen, we continue to create an award-winning publication that Morgan County can be proud of,” Editor Patrick Yost said.
In all, 651 awards were granted to 84 newspapers statewide at the ceremony this month on Jekyll Island.
The Citizen received:
A third place award for General Excellence, an overall category that compiles both editorial and advertising awards;
First and second place awards for our business coverage, the staff winning first and Editor and Publisher Patrick Yost winning the second place award, much of this is due to our coverage of Baxter’s move to the area;
A first place award for our education coverage;
A first place award in apparel, jewelry and accessories advertisements for the newspaper’s ad for Amelia’s Apparel & Accessories in Madison, by Designer Betsy Jenniges and Advertising Representative Dianne Yost;
A second place award for coverage of local news;
A second place award for lifestyle coverage of the community;
A second place award for special issues of the newspaper– the “Deck the Halls” holiday Tour of Homes tab was the entry that won the newspaper this award;
A second place award for our classifieds section, handled by Classifieds Manager Artrose Cooper;
A second place award in advertising campaigns for last year’s election season’s Elect Burt Jones advertising campaign, handled by Advertising Representative Ryan Roberts;
A third place award for investigative reporting went to Managing Editor Kathryn Schiliro for her coverage of the administration turnover at Morgan County Middle School early last year;
A third place award for front page design and layout;
A third place award for having the Best Photo Gallery on a Newspaper Web site went to Photographer Jesse Walker;
And a third place award for the newspaper’s Magazine Product went to the Citizen’s sister publication, Lake Oconee Living magazine.