Cov­ing­ton News wins top story, 13 other AP awards

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The Cov­ing­ton News won the “story of the year” and 13 other awards in its news­pa­per size cat­e­gory in the Ge­or­gia As­so­ci­ated Press Me­dia Edi­tors 2013 news­pa­per com­pe­ti­tion.

Gabriel Khouli’s re­port, “Of­fi­cials un­der fire for ex- ces­sive spend­ing,’’ which ex­am­ined lav­ish spend­ing by So­cial Cir­cle of­fi­cials dur­ing train­ing trips, was the top story win­ner. The story also won first place in AP’s Freedom of In­for­ma­tion award cat­e­gory.

Other first-place awards to The Cov­ing­ton News in­cluded: non-dead­line re­port­ing for Am­ber Pitt- man’s story, “Prostitution prob­lem”; edi­to­rial writ­ing for “Ac­tion, lead­er­ship needed to ad­dress com­plex prob­lems”; beat re­port­ing for Am­ber Pittman’s cov­er­age of crime and courts; graph­ics and il­lus­tra­tions for “New­ton County Theme School Re­port Card,’’ by Rachel Goff; and spot news photo, “Cov­ing- ton woman shot to death,’’ by Josh Briggs.

The News also won sec­ond-place awards in dead­line re­port­ing for “New­ton lands ma­jor in­dus­try,” by Gabriel Khouli; sports re­port­ing for “83 years, 30 races, 1 man,” by Bryan Fazio; busi­ness re­port­ing for “Hun­dreds could save on flood in­sur­ance,’’ by Gabriel Khouli; edi­to­rial writ­ing for “In the Dark”; graph­ics and il­lus­tra­tions, for “A Means to No End,’’ by Josh Briggs; and spot news photo, “Stor­age fire proves chal­leng­ing,’’ by Gabriel Khouli.

“We are proud of th­ese re­sults, which re­flect our com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing com­pre­hen­sive cov­er­age of New­ton County and its cit­i­zens,’’ said Jan Phillips, Cov­ing­ton News edi­tor.

En­tries were judged by news­pa­per edi­tors from the state of Michi­gan.

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