Albany Herald wins GPA awards

The awards were for work performed in 2013


Carlton Fletcher


Jim Hendricks


Terry Lewis


Laura Williams

JEKYLL ISLAND — The Albany Herald won five awards in the Georgia Press Association’s 2014 Better Newspaper Contest.

The Herald competed in Division B with Georgia daily newspapers that have circulations between 8,000 to 29,999. The winners were announced at the 128th annual convention of the GPA. The awards recognized top journalism work that was performed in calendar year 2013.

The Herald won 3rd place under Community Service for a series of articles on cancer survivors and their doctors that was written by Metro Editor Carlton Fletcher, who also is a cancer survivor. The seven-part series was published over the Thanksgiving holidays.

Staff writer Terry Lewis won 3rd place under Investigative Reporting for his work reporting on education issues in Dougherty County.

In commentary, The Herald won two awards. The newspaper won 2nd place for its editorial page, along with 3rd place for editorial writing. Editor Jim Hendricks wrote the winning editorials and is responsible for the editorial page.

The Herald’s bi-weekly SouthView section also claimed 3rd place in Lifestyle Coverage. Staff member Laura Williams is responsible for the Southview section each week.

In addition to The Herald, Division B included daily newspapers in Athens, Brunswick, Canton, Cumming, Dalton, Dublin, Gainesville, Marietta, Newnan and Valdosta.