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Times takes 6 top AP awards including best website
Coverage of civil rights, Vietnam, floods cited, plus FROG Week photos
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The Times won six first-place awards, including Public Service and best website, in the Associated Press Media Editors annual contest.

Awards were presented Saturday at the organization’s annual banquet in Atlanta.

The Times won 17 awards in all, including best newspaper website in Division B for mid-sized daily newspapers. It also earned the top public service award for its project on civil rights that appeared in print and online in August.

Other first-place winners were photographer Scott Rogers for best picture story, on FROG Week at the University of North Georgia; reporters Jeff Gill, Emma Witman and Savannah King in deadline reporting for coverage of the spring flooding; Gill, for his story on the Vietnam War’s 40th anniversary; and former presentation editor Keith Hatchell for best newspaper graphic on the area’s rental properties.

“We’re proud of all of our winners and the great work they’ve done,” Managing Editor Keith Albertson said. “Recognition from our peers in the business is appreciated. But the judges we care about most are readers of our paper and website, and our talented newsroom staff is determined to earn their trust every day.”

Second-place awards went to Shannon Casas for feature writing; Witman for beat reporting; Albertson for editorial writing; Nat Gurley for spot news photo; and The Times staff for freedom of information.

Earning third-place honors were Carly Sharec, for non-deadline reporting; Rogers for feature photo and photo illustration; and Gurley for photo portfolio.

The Times also took both second and third places for best multiplatform coverage of a single story, print and online, for the civil rights series and Kennedy assassination coverage.