The awards, which recognized newspapers’ outstanding achievement during 2001, were announced Friday night during the annual GPA meeting at Jekyll Island.
Concerning the first place award, Publisher and Editor Jim Penney said the Standard was honored to be recognized for its coverage of what can be called the biggest news event since the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
“We wanted to give our readers the best local reaction to the terrorists attacks of that day,” said Penney. “We appreciate the cooperation of the local leaders who helped us gather the stories. We also appreciate the help of Cedartown native Sam Starnes who works with the PR News Network in New York.”
The Standard also won a third place award in spot news photo of a two-vehicle crash that killed two people and injured two others at the intersection of U.S. 27 and the Bypass just north of Cedartown.
The awards earned by the Standard were among 36 others earned by News Publishing Co. newspapers from the Georgia Press Association.
The Rome News-Tribune earned a first place award for its editorial pages while the Calhoun Times earned the top prize in general excellence over its weekly competitors.
The following is a breakdown of all the News Publishing Co. awards:
Staff, first place, Editorial Page
Staff, third place, Sports Section or Pages
Staff, second place, Page 1
John Willis, second place, Business Coverage, second place, Humorous Column
Photographer William T. Martin, third place, Feature Photograph
Photographer Ryan Smith, third place, Sports Photograph.
Photographer Kevin Qualls, third place, News Photograph.