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."