Reporter Newspapers won 12 awards — including seven first-place honors in its division — in the Georgia Press Association’s 2018 Better Newspaper Contest, whose winners were announced June 8.
The Reporter’s first-place honorees included: Photographer Phil Mosier, in news, sports and spot news categories; Managing Editor John Ruch for Business Writing in the Perimeter Business section; Robin Conte, whose “Robin’s Nest” column won in two categories; and Creative Director Rico Figliolini for Page One design.
Staff writer Dyana Bagby won second place in the “Enterprise Story” category for her coverage of rapid changes to the communities along Buford Highway in Brookhaven.
The Reporter also won awards for local news coverage; website; layout and design; and “general excellence.”
The awards honored work that appeared in the Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs newspapers.
The awards were given in the name of the Reporter’s parent company, Springs Publishing. Publisher Steve Levene accepted the awards at a June 8 ceremony on Jekyll Island, Ga.
The GPA is a 132-year-old organization of Georgia newspapers. Its Better Newspaper Contest is statewide and this year was judged by members of the Kansas and Oklahoma press associations. Entries were judged in seven divisions based on the newspapers’ circulation. Reporter Newspapers was judged in the division that includes all weekly newspapers with a circulation over 15,000 and all of the GPA’s “associate media members.”
The full list of Reporter Newspapers’ award-winning work includes:
Business Writing: First Place (John Ruch)
News Photo: First Place (Phil Mosier)
Sports Photo: First Place (Phil Mosier)
Spot News Photo: First Place (Phil Mosier)
Humorous Column: First Place (Robin Conte, “Robin’s Nest”)
Lifestyle/Feature Column: First Place (Robin Conte, “Robin’s Nest”)
Page One design: First Place (Rico Figliolini)
Among the winning entries was the Feb. 17, 2017 issue of the Sandy Springs Reporter.
Enterprise Story: Second Place (Dyana Bagby, coverage of Buford Highway changes)
Local News Coverage: Second Place
Best Newspaper Website: Second Place
General Excellence: Third Place
Layout & Design: Third Place