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The Times' Rogers earns 6 photo awards in AP contest
Newspaper earns 11 awards overall at annual banquet
Gut Check participants hit the tire during the obstacle course challenge July 22, 2016,at Pine Valley. From right, Mason Newberry, Dylan Kautz, Brayden Kinney, Justin Watson and Jake Long get encouragement from Gainesville Jaycees volunteers. This photo essay by Scott Rogers was voted best picture story in the annual Associated Press Media Editors contest.

The Times earned two first-place awards and 11 overall in the annual Associated Press Media Editors contest for newspapers in Georgia.

The winners were announced Saturday at an awards luncheon in Atlanta.

The Times competed in Division I with the state’s largest metro daily newspapers.

Staff photographer Scott Rogers earned six awards overall, including first place for best picture story for his photos of the annual Gut Check leadership program by the Gainesville Jaycees.

Rogers also earned second-place awards for picture story and for best feature photo, and second and third place for best photo illustration. He earned third place for best overall portfolio.

The Times also won first for editorial writing, the winning effort “Broken lives count” on efforts to start homes for victims of addiction and the sex trade.

Staff reporter Nick Watson and former staff members Joshua Silavent and Frank Reddy earned second place in public service for their series on affordable housing in Hall County.

Staff writer Jeff Gill earned second place for feature writing with his story on a World War II soldier remembered by his quadruplet children.

Marcus Rodrigue earned second-place honors for sports writing with his story on pro baseball player Ralston Cash helping families touched by cancer at Christmas.

Former staff photographer Erin O. Smith earned a third-place award for best sports feature photo.

“Recognition by peers in the industry is always nice and serves as an indication we are doing our jobs the right way,” Times General Manager Norman Baggs said. “We are convinced we have the best and most credible news gathering team in North Georgia, and these awards lend credence to that belief.”

Twenty-two print and broadcast organizations submitted 495 entries in the contest. 




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