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Statesboro Web site wins top honor
Other Georgia papers earn awards, recognition

From staff reports

The Statesboro Herald's Web site, www.statesboroherald.com, was rated the best daily newspaper Web site in the National Newspaper Association's annual newspaper contest.

The newspaper headlined a group of papers and journalists from Georgia that have garnered awards for their work or for their civic contributions.

"To receive a first-place award in national competition is a great honor for Statesboro," said Publisher Randy Morton. "We're very fortunate to have such a talented and hard-working multimedia staff that made this happen."

"Obviously, we're very honored," said Executive Editor Jim Healy. "It's a testament to the hard work we've put into our multimedia efforts over the past few years."

Morton noted the contributions of the Herald's parent company, Morris Multimedia, and the Morris Technology Development Team. "It's also a tribute to the support of our readers and local business community," he said. "By combining the strength of our Web sites with our daily newspaper and other print products, we're able to offer a very powerful local multimedia package, and our customers are taking advantage of it."

One other Georgia newspaper, The Blackshear Times, earned NNA recognition. The Times was honored with second-place awards for best feature story and best serious column for the nondaily division with circulation between 2,700 and 4,499. It also won a third-place award for best agricultural story for nondailies with circulation less than 6,000.

Two Marietta Daily Journal staffers earned second-place honors in the Society of Professional Journalists' Green Eyeshade Awards.

Editorial Page Editor Joe Kirby was honored for "End of a Nightmare," and Mark W. Maguire of Cobb Life magazine and Neighbor Newspapers was honored for "Simple Pleasures We Enjoy." Both awards were in categories for serious commentary.

Other Georgia journalists and newspapers earning awards recently included The Daily Citizen of Dalton, which was recognized by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities for its reporting on the council's activities. Editors Jimmy Espy and Victor Miller and reporter Rachel Brown were named specifically for their efforts.

Staff writer Joe Johnson of the Athens Banner-Herald earned the Outstanding Service to the Community award from the Mental Health America of Northeast Georgia organization. Johnson's work covering the issue of mental illness in Athens was cited.

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