For the third year in a row The Walton Tribune was named the best newspaper in the state by winning first place in General Excellence for Division D in the Georgia Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.
In addition to The Tribune earning first place in General Excellence, The Tribune sports section brought home 11 awards including a sweep of the Sports Column category second place in overall layout and design and second place honors in Special Sections for the 2018 edition of Gridiron Guide.
Gridiron Guide placed second in the special section category, placing behind The Tribune’s Bicentennial magazine while edging out The Tribune’s 2018 edition of Visions.
The Tribune Sports section placed second behind the Cherokee Tribune’s in the overall sports section category.
Columnist David Johnson and Sports Editor Brett Fowler locked down the sports column category with Johnson winning first and third place while Fowler took home second place.
“Great columns on local topics. So many entries in this category were reheated opinions on national topics that added nothing to local discourse,” the judges said of Johnson’s columns.
Publisher David Clemons took home second place in sports coverage on deadline for his high school football coverage in 2018 while Fowler received third place in the same category for his coverage of Social Circle wrestling’s fourth straight state titles in Duals and Traditional.
“Solid writing, especially on the wrestling piece, and much respect to anyone who can shoot quality photos while covering a game,” the judges said of Fowler’s coverage.
Fowler also took home multiple photography awards in both the Sports Photo and Sports Feature Photo categories.
In the Sports Photo category, Fowler’s photo of the winning touchdown in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game placed third while his photo of Monroe Area quarterback Chandler Byron diving for a touchdown against Pace Academy in 2018 placed second.
Fowler picked up a first place award in the Sports Feature photos category with his photos of LCA’s Keon McGhee silencing opponents after a touchdown against Central Fellowship Christian.
“The angle of the shot is loud while the gesture is quiet, a moment captured with mastery by the photographer,” Judges said of the photo of McGhee.
Rounding out his individual awards, Fowler also took home first place in the sports feature writing category for stories such as “The one that started a dynasty” which reflected on the 10th anniversary of Loganville’s first baseball state title and “Rally items head to Columbus” which gave fans a glimpse at the superstition of softball players heading into the state championship softball tournament.