The Champion Newspaper earned first place in general excellence for the third consecutive year at the Georgia Press Association Better Newspaper Banquet on June 10 on Jekyll Island. It was the fourth time in five years the newspaper has won the general excellence award.
The paper won first place in six categories and took home a total of 22 awards, including 13 for second place.
Travis Hudgons won first place for sports feature photograph, sports photograph and photo illustration. Robert Naddra earned first place for sports writing and headline writing.
The paper earned second place in the following categories: photo gallery on a newspaper website; web photo; business coverage; feature writing; hard news writing; layout and design; news photograph; photo essay; religion coverage; serious column; sports section; editorial writing and editorial cartoonist.
Third-place awards for The Champion were for lifestyle coverage, feature writing and photo essay.