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The George-Anne receives awards at Georgia College Press Association Conference

Staff members of The George-Anne, Georgia Southern’s student newspaper, proudly display awards won at the Georgia College Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

The George-Anne, Georgia Southern University’s student newspaper, 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

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125 degree programs serving 20,673 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education. Visit


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