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FCN recognized by Georgia Press Association
Staff brings home 13 awards
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Forsyth County News

Click HERE to view a PDF presentation of all the winning entries statewide.

The Forsyth County News has again been honored as one of the top newspapers in Georgia, taking second place in general excellence for papers its size during the 2013 Georgia Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

The FCN won a total of 13 awards this year, including first place honors for page one and sports section, and third place awards in lifestyles coverage and layout and design.

The awards were announced during a banquet at the recent GPA convention on Jekyll Island. The contest, held annually, recognizes the best print journalism in the state.

FCN Publisher John Hall said the awards are testament to the dedication of the paper’s newsroom staff. 

“Our entire staff works diligently as a team, under Editor Kevin Atwill’s leadership,” Hall said.

“It’s our ongoing goal to provide top-quality local coverage of Forsyth County. We’re always honored when that work is recognized by our peers in the journalism industry.

“This recognition is a great tribute to the day-in and day-out work of our dedicated newsroom.”

Among the honors the newspaper received were a first place finish in the special issues category for the 2012 Progress edition, and second place for editorial writing.

Online Editor Jim Dean earned first place in the news photograph category, while former Sports Editor Jared Putnam took a first place honor for sports photograph and third place for sports feature photograph.

Former photographer Autumn Vetter also received a third place award for sports photograph, while staff writer Jennifer Sami took second place for feature photograph.

Staff writer Alyssa LaRenzie also received a third place nod for education coverage.

The awards came not long after the GPA Advertising Contest earlier this spring, in which the paper’s graphics staff won several honors for advertisements that were produced locally for area businesses.

“Helping our clients to be creative is just part of what we do every day – whether in print or with online advertising,” Hall said.

In the GPA competitions, the Forsyth County News competes in Division C against newspapers with up to 15,000 circulation.