The Barrow Journal has won four national awards for its articles and photos published in 2011, including a first place award for best sports photo and second place for best local news coverage and community service. The Journal was honored Saturday at the annual convention of the National Newspaper Association held in Charleston, SC. Co-publisher Mike Buffington and photographer Jessica Brown represented the Journal at the event.
Brown’s photo from a swim event won first place for best sports photo. Said the judges of the effort: "Best of the Best. The cropping is tight and the expression on the swimmers face grabs the readers’ attention. Out of all the photos in this category, this photo makes you feel as if you are in the water with the swimmer. Depth of field is excellent."
Brown also won honorable mention for best feature photograph.
Reporter Susan Norman won second place in the prestigious community service award for her articles in 2011 about the county’s budget crisis and for finding a $2 million error in the county’s numbers. Said the judges: "Great job by the reporter to not just take the numbers at face value but to dig into them and discover the $2 million error! Well done!"
The Journal also won second place for its overall best local news coverage of the community. Said the judges: "Packed with news appealing to a diverse readership, this publication successfully delivers up‐to‐date information on vital topics. Excellent mixture of in‐depth and news briefs."
The Journal was also honored earlier this year by the Georgia Press Association as the state’s best weekly newspaper in its division.
The Journal’s sister newspaper, The Jackson Herald, Jefferson, was also honored at the NNA event Saturday as one of the nation’s overall best weekly newspapers in its division.