Weekly Newspaper covering Marion, Schley, Chattahoochee, Webster, and Stewart Counties.
The Journal wins W. Trox Bankston Trophy
for Best Local News Coverage statewide
From the June 18, 2013 issue of The Journal
The Journal was announced as the winner of five awards, including the coveted W. Trox Bankston Trophy, during the Annual Convention of the Georgia Press Association on June 8 at Jekyll Island.
The awards were in Division H, which includes all Georgia newspapers with a circulation of 3,000 or less and is the largest category.
The W. Trox Bankston Trophy goes to the newspaper that wins first place in Best Local News Coverage.
Comments about the newspapers local news coverage included: A very good mix of news with lots of great photos and art inside that make it seem like a larger paper than it is.
Publisher/Editor Richard Harris said that while the newspaper has received awards from the GPA in the past, it is exciting to finally get the big one for Best Local News Coverage.
It is difficult in our rural area to gather and report all of the news that our readers deserve and I want to thank our staff, especially reporters Linda Adams and Chip Jones, for consistently helping us deliver a quality local newspaper each week, said Harris.
In addition to the trophy for Best Local News Coverage, the newspaper also received awards in the categories of Investigative Reporting, Page One, Education Coverage, and Business Coverage.
Richard Harris was named as the first place winner in Investigative Reporting. Two of the articles cited as helping to earn the award were: Marion residents paying up to $18,000 per year to support other counties emergency services, and Nature Conservancy buying up land in Marion. Also, while not dealing with a controversial subject as most investigative pieces do, the judges liked the newspapers article on how changing to a newer school affected electricity bills for the school system (New Marion County school turning in powerful savings).
The Journal received second place in the Page One category, which is based solely on the quality of the front page.
Two third place writing/reporting awards in the categories of Business Coverage and Education Coverage also went to Richard Harris.