The Savannah Morning News/savannahnow.com won 40 awards Friday night at the Georgia Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Awards. The honors covered work by staff and freelancers for 2016.
For the second straight year, it won the General Excellence Award, the state’s top newspaper, in a category competing with Georgia’s largest newspapers. GPA presented awards in 37 categories to 73 newspapers across the state.
The Morning News swept the Community Service category, taking all three top places, for its staff work on Hurricane Matthew and crime coverage and individual work by reporter Jan Skutch on Memorial University Medical Center.
Staff journalist Brittini Ray was named the Georgia Press Association Emerging Journalist of the Year, an award dedicated to journalists in the early years of their career. Ray, a public safety reporter, also won first place in hard news writing and shared a third place award with staff reporter Jenel Few for investigative work. Few won first and third places for education writing, as well.
Staff photojournalist Josh Galemore’s work won nine awards, including Photo of the Year for his photo of mourning firefighters at the funeral of Savannah Fire Department Master Firefighter Michael Curry.
“It’s a wonderful compliment for the news team of reporters, editors and freelancers here who work so hard to bring high quality journalism to our readers,” said Susan Catron, executive editor.
“Our team works diligently to provide a complete and thorough report on our community and its happenings each and every day across our print and digital platforms,” said Michael Traynor, publisher of the Savannah Morning News and savannahnow.com.
“We are proud to be honored with the many awards presented to us by the press association. It is a great acknowledgement of our efforts to keep the public informed with relevant and credible information.”