Earlier this month, the Journal claimed 21 awards at the Georgia Press Association awards banquet, including nine first place honors and the General Excellence Award for its division.
“The recognition we’ve received this month from the Associated Press and Georgia Press certainly underscores the talent our editorial staff has and the hard work it pours into thorough coverage of Cobb County news,” said MDJ Publisher Otis Brumby III. “I also believe that, as we explore new innovative ideas to enhance this coverage, our best journalistic days are ahead of us.”
The Journal had four first-place entries among the 11 AP awards, including a sweep by Editorial Page Editor Joe Kirby. A 27-year veteran of the Journal staff, Kirby won both editorial page categories in the Georgia Press contest — Best Editorial Writing and Best Editorial Pages — and has now captured the lone such category in the AP contest: Best Editorial Writing. Saturday’s win came for an editorial calling for tighter oversight over the credit cards issued by the City of Kennesaw to the mayor and members of its City Council.
Chief Photographer Kelly J. Huff added to a banner year by adding first place in the AP contest for Best Spot News Photo, along with five other awards. Huff earned three first-place awards in the Georgia Press contest, along with three other awards.
Kirby and MDJ columnist Don McKee finished third in the AP’s prestigious Freedom of Information category.
The MDJ also won AP first places in non-deadline reporting and business writing.
“Our editorial staff had a big year, and these awards attest to it,” said Managing Editor Billy Mitchell. “I salute all our staff members. These awards are well-deserved.”