The Statesboro Herald won 10 awards in the 2014 Georgia Associated Press Awards contest, including Photo of the Year. The awards were announced Saturday in Atlanta during the AP’s annual awards luncheon.
The Herald competed in Division 1 for newspapers with daily circulation under 10,000. There were 16 newspapers eligible in Division 1. Contest entries were judged in April by members of the Indiana Associated Press for work that was published in 2013.
“I congratulate our journalists for the recognition of their work by our colleagues in the industry,” said Jim Healy, the operations manager for the Herald. “We strive to give our readers a product that provides insight, entertainment and information in print and online they can’t get anywhere else.”
The Herald earned six first-place awards in the entry categories of Sports Writing, Editorial Writing, Spot News Photo, Picture Story, Portfolio and Best Website.
The paper also earned second-place awards in Deadline Reporting and Spot News Photo and third place in Sports Writing and Sports Action Photo.
Herald photographer Scott Bryant earned five photo awards. His three first-place awards include a soldier surprising his family at a Georgia Southern game in the Spot News Photo category and a selection of 10 of his photos in the Portfolio category. Bryant also won first place in the Picture Story category for a series of photos about Aaron Oliver, a 7-year-old with leukemia who became a firefighter for a day in November. Aaron lost his battle with leukemia in May.
Also, Bryant’s photo of the soldier and his family was selected as “Photo of the Year” in Division 1 among all photo entries submitted in the 2014 contest. It was the fifth year in a row that one of Bryant’s photos was picked as Photo of the Year and the seventh year in a row Bryant won at least five awards in the AP contest.
For Sports Writing, Herald sports editor Matt Yogus earned first place for his story about three founders of Georgia Southern football talking about the impact on the program after defeating Florida. Yogus’ column about the victory over Florida earned third place in Sports Writing.
Healy won first place in the Editorial Writing category for a piece on how the Georgia EPD was falling down in its responsibilities for protecting the Ogeechee River.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon earned a second-place award in the Deadline Reporting category for a story about a man who was found safe after being lost in a creek for 18 hours.
The Herald’s website – statesboroherald.com – earned first place in the Best Website category for the third consecutive year.