Times-Courier wins press awards
The Times-Courier won two first-place awards in the 2017 Better News Contest of the Community Newspapers Inc. family of publications that includes 24 newspapers. Entries were judged from issues published in 2016.
The newspaper won Best Overall Design in the CNI chain. Following are the judge’s remarks in that category:
“Nice balance of type and image, nice easy-to-read layout, nice use of typography. I also thought the section headers and content navigation were really nice on this one. Small pops of color and illustration made for nice highlights. I also thought the graphics in the Sports section felt really strong. I thought it all came together for a nice, clean, cohesive reading experience.”
The Oct. 5 issue with the lead story, ‘Apple Festival officials expect thousands’ and ‘4A wrestling power struggle begins’ in the Nov. 16 issue of Sports were used with the remarks.
In the Best Local News Coverage category, the newspaper garnered another first place. Judge’s comments included:
“ The Ellijay Times-Courier is comprehensive. From the front page to the back, it’s urgent, entertaining, reflective and confident. Strong story choices and headlines set this paper apart. It’s also organized with overall care for useful details. Clearly, there’s good beat reporting here. Overall presentation is good, with clean design that doesn’t confuse readers. This paper is edited with a plan and a voice.”
Pages in the latter category used as examples included the lead stories of ‘Unwind and enjoy the outdoors and lend a hand’ (Oct. 5) and ‘Essay winners explore the theme peace through strength’ (Nov. 16). The CNI News Flash front page displayed the Times-Courier’s Nov. 16 front-page story, ‘Cohutta Wilderness two-thirds burned.’
The judges were Dave Whitling, the co-founder and creative director for The Bitter Southerner; Susan Catron, executive editor for the Savannah Morning News; and Jim Wooten, a retired columnist and associate editorial page editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Publisher Andy Ashurst noted, “I knew when I joined the Times-Courier staff we had a great group of people telling the story of Gilmer County. I think the judge’s comments speak to this.
“Of all the awards we could win, Best Local News Coverage is a wonderful compliment to our staff.”