The Champion Newspaper has won first place in general excellence for the fourth consecutive year and took home eight other first-place awards in its category at the Georgia Press Association Better Newspapers awards banquet. The event was held July 7 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, Fla.
Four of the first-place awards were for photography. Travis Hudgons won first place for best photo gallery on a newspaper website and for spot news photograph. Andrew Cauthen won for news photograph and Daniel Beauregard placed first in the photo essay category.
News editor Robert Naddra placed first in the feature writing and sports writing categories, and Steen Miles won for best editorial. The Champion also won first place for lifestyle coverage.
The Champion won 20 editorial awards overall, including five for second place and six for third. The second-place awards were layout and design, local news coverage, headline writing, Kathy Mitchell for feature writing and Cauthen for hard news writing. The third-place awards were sports section, Hudgons for web photo, best photo gallery on a newspaper website and spot news photo, Beauregard for education coverage and Bill Crane for editorial writing.