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Georgia Southern’s student newspaper nearly needed a second car to bring home their awards from the Georgia College Press Association Conference.

The George-Anne earned seven awards in categories such as writing, photography and advertising in the Georgia College Press Association’s 2016 Better Newspaper Contest.

“We don’t measure our success with awards, but it’s very nice to see students’ hard work recognized in this contest,” added David Simpson, director of student media and advisor for The George-Anne.

The awards were presented during the Georgia College Press Association Conference held Feb. 10-11 in Macon, Georgia. Several students on staff for The George-Anne attended the conference, which was held at Mercer University.

“It’s nice to be able to bring home awards like this because it shines a light on those who dedicate a lot of time and care to our organization,” said Editor-in-Chief/Print of The George-Anne, Ian Leonard. “Of course these accomplishments are not my own and are all thanks to the reporters and editors who worked so hard on all these stories.”

Tahir Daudier, a photographer on staff for the newspaper, won Best Photo Essay in the competition.

“Words can’t express how grateful I am to be honored from a prestigious organization like the Georgia College Press Association,” said Daudier. “Working in press is taking an oath to serve the people to the best of your abilities with pride, love, ethically sound decisions and, above all, truth. As a cultivator of visual storytelling, receiving the first place, Best Photo Essay Award, to me is the highest honor.”

The George-Anne competed with at least 15 other student newspapers associated with four-year institutions in Georgia, and received the following awards:

  • First place – Best Campus Community Service Features: General Excellence
  • First place – Best Photo Essay: Daudier
  • Second place – General Advertising: General Excellence
  • Third place – Best Column: Skyler Black
  • Third place: Best Entertainment Story: Julia Fechter
  • Third place: Best News Article Objective: Blakeley Bartee and Taisha White
  • Third place: Best Campus Community Service Editorial: General Excellence