Citizen staffers bring home eight AP awards

COVINGTON -- Staff members from both the Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen were honored Saturday by the Georgia Press Association for outstanding work over the last year.

Newton Citizen staff members competed in Division 1, earning seven awards in several categories. They are:

-- PUBLIC SERVICE: Crystal Tatum for "Newton clerk will not reveal how passport fees spent," second place; and Michelle Floyd for "Free speech," third place.

-- NON-DEADLINE REPORTING: Michelle Floyd and Alice Queen for "Principal sues web commenters, school board member," third place.

-- FEATURE WRITING: Crystal Tatum for "Ghost Hero: Covington man served in secret unit during WWII," second place.

-- BUSINESS: Crystal Tatum for "'Vampire Diaries' impact on tourism, businesses and residents," first place.

-- FEATURE PHOTO: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith for "Virtual Vittles,"second place.

-- PORTFOLIO: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith for her portfolio of assorted shots, second place.

The Rockdale Citizen competed in Division 2.

Reporters Aimee Jones, Alice Queen and Crystal Tatum took home second place honors in the FREEDOM OF INFORMATION category with the story, "Passport processing fees."

"Citizen staff members have consistently earned top awards for their outstanding journalistic talents and this year is no exception," said editor Alice Queen. "We are proud of their accomplishments and hard work. The community certainly owes them a debt of gratitude for the effort they put forth in keeping them informed on events that have and will shape their lives."


dennistay53 2 years, 1 month ago

Way to go. All you ladies deserve it and more. Enjoy reading your work. Congratulations.


Meep 2 years, 1 month ago

I love the Newton Citizen. They don't smear people like the rag across town. They don't sensationalize stories they just print the facts. They don't try to run people down. They don't have to constantly retract things they print like another paper. I think it is great that the LaQuanda Brown Carpenter won Mrs. Floyd an award the Citizen stayed on top of the real story there all the way through without doing gutter journalism and inserting themselves into the melee. Very happy to purchase and read and share the good news of the Newton Citizen. Quality is obviously a goal at this paper. I always find integrity in their stories and use the other paper across town to line my cat pans. I will never forgive that other paper for the way they ran down a teenager a while back.


eyewitness 2 years, 1 month ago

This is the best paper in town by far with objective reporting and facts. I love how that other paper in town attacks the anonymity of people on the comment sections then prints a huge front page story yesterday on a councilman they apparently don't like and they use ANONYMOUS sources. Hysterical.


mrsfingerprints 2 years, 1 month ago

@eyewitness - I have heard employees of the rag on the other side of town brag that they don't use anonymous stories and you are so dang right that Sunday article mentioned more than one anonymous source that is so hypocritical.


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