The Times earned 12 awards in the Georgia Associated Press Media Editors contest for 2018 competing among the state’s largest daily papers, including first place for editorial writing, best business writing, best picture story and best feature photo.
The awards were announced at the Georgia AP Media Editors awards banquet, Saturday, June 22, in Atlanta.
Photographer Scott Rogers won first place for best picture story for a series on young men participating in the Gainesville Jaycees "Gut Check" endurance program.
Rogers also won first place for best feature photo, earned second place for best overall portfolio and third place for best sports action photo.
Photographer Austin Steele earned third place honors for best sports feature photo and third place for best overall portfolio.
Features reporter Layne Saliba won first place for best business writing for a story on the Southern Baked Pie Company in Gainesville.
Saliba also won third place for best feature story about how one Gainesville barber helps shape the look of the Atlanta United.
Life editor Nick Bowman won second place for best photo illustration.
The staff was also awarded for general excellence in newswriting.
"Our ongoing priority at The Times is to provide quality, credible journalism for the community we serve,” said Norman Baggs, general manager of The Times. “To that end, we have on staff some extremely dedicated and talented journalists who take their jobs very seriously. It's always rewarding to see them recognized for the excellent work they do. We're very proud of our staff and the job done everyday by The Times newsroom."