T-C staffers, newspaper win Georgia Press awards
Two staff writers and the Times-Courier as a newspaper won first-place awards in the 2016 Better Newspapers Contest of the Georgia Press Association.
Mountain Life Editor Michael Andrews took first place in the category of Feature Writing, and education reporter Whitney Crouch won first place for Lifestyle Column. The newspaper staff won a first-place award for its 2015 Georgia Apple Festival tabloid in the Special Issues category.
Andrews submitted features on Ellijay musician and instrument maker LH Sales, a local woman’s battle with Tourette’s Syndrome and the history of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Crouch submitted columns titled, ‘Finding lessons in the strangest places,’ ‘Healing hurts one kind act at a time’ and ‘How to bake an apple pie.’
Judges said of Andrews’ submissions, “This was a crowded field with great examples of feature writing. Andrews’ entry took first place for the consistent quality and variety of stories.” No comments were given on winning columns.
Of the special issue award, judges said, “(It) makes me want to come to an Apple Festival. Massive undertaking that I’m sure readers all over look forward to so they know what’s going on and when. (An) added touch is all the local copy from non-newspaper people as well.”
Times-Courier news editor Mark Millican noted the achievements.
“Mike and Whitney each have distinctive styles and a way with words that showcase their writing talents in features and columns, and they also do thorough and commendable work reporting on the government entities they cover,” he said. “We appreciate their efforts that often go past what they are required to do.
“The entire staff is thrilled with the special issue award. It shows what people can do when they work together toward a goal. Awards are nice, but ultimately, we want to serve our readers and advertisers with a quality publication each week.”