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The Journal
Weekly Newspaper covering Marion, Schley, Chattahoochee, Webster, and Stewart Counties.
71 Webb Lane, Buena Vista, GA 31803 • Phone & Fax: 229-649-6397 • Email: tjournal@windstream.net

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Best Online News Project

The Journal's video interview of Buena Vista resident
Roosevelt Jackson, 98, received the "Best Online News
Project Award" for all weekly newspapers in the state.

Judge's comments included: "Wow! Speechless comes to mind.
What a piece of living history and especially in the form
of a video. ... Wonderfully done."


View the interview by clicking here.


Georgia Press Association's
Sports Feature Photo of the Year
for Weekly Division G Newspapers!



This photo, titled "Cat Pile", was taken after
Schley County High School won the
2015 State Baseball Championship.
For a larger photo click here.
To view the entire collection of photos
and a slideshow with music
from the Championship Series click here.

From the June 8, 2016 issue of The Journal
   The Journal newspaper received six awards at the Annual Conference of the Georgia Press Association on June 3 in the Morgan Center of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.
   The most prestigious of the awards was first place in the Online News Project category, which only had two divisions – daily papers and weekly papers. The Journal's video interview of Buena Vista resident Roosevelt Jackson, 98, was judged as the best Online News Project of all weekly newspapers in the state, regardless of size. Jackson is the oldest known living former player (and manager/scout) of the Negro Baseball Leagues.
   The judges' comments included: "Wow! Speechless comes to mind. What a piece of living history and especially in the form of a video. Young athletes of all races need to watch this to understand what black athletes went through to play a sport they loved. Wonderfully done."
   The video is still available online here.
   The second and third place awards for this category went to The Dahlonega Nugget and The Post-Searchlight.
   The Journal placed second in the Best Photo Gallery on a Newspaper Website category, which also only had two divisions – daily papers and weekly papers. The Journal's online collection of photos of Schley County High School's State Baseball Championship Series placed second in the weekly newspapers category. The entire collection of photos may be viewed here.
   First and third places in this category went to Columbia County News-Times and Henry Herald.
   The other four awards were presented to The Journal in the Division G category, which is for weekly newspapers with circulations of 3,000 or less (the largest category, which includes 21 other newspapers across the state). Those awards were:
   * First Place in Education Writing. Judges' comments included: "The writer makes good use of the word 'coverage' in bringing information to the reader. A good use of photographs, but the pertinent information listed in the writing was key, supplying what the reader would want or need to know."
   Second and third places in this category went to the Jefferson Reporter and the Madison County Journal.
   * First Place in Sports Feature Photo. Richard Harris' photo titled "Cat Pile" was snapped moments after the Schley County High baseball team won the 2015 State Championship. It was deemed the best "Sports Feature Photo" of the year. The judges' comments included: "Great photo and a great 'catch'. There's a lot going on here, and it's all caught in frame." The photo may be viewed here.
   Second and third places in this category both went to the Barrow Journal.
   * Third Place in Business Writing. Stories that helped The Journal place third in this category included articles about The Crenshaw School, Armageddon Gear, and the Georgia Tourism Resource Team working with the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.
   First and second places in this category went to the Jefferson Reporter and The Champion/Decatur.
   * Third Place in Photo Essay. This award came from The Journal's photos from the Webster County Olde Tyme Fair that were featured in the October 28, 2015 issue of the newspaper. The judges commented that this was a "very difficult" category to judge and that the first place winner "edged out the others by just a matter of degrees". The photo essay may be veiwed here.
   First and second places in this category went to the Walker County Messenger and The Champion/Decatur.