2018-06-13 / News

True Citizen recognized for reporting efforts

The True Citizen has received a Georgia Press Association award for reporting.

The recognition came during the GPA’s 132nd annual convention, where winners in the Better Newspaper Contest for 2018 were announced on Friday, June 8, during the conference’s banquet. In its division, The True Citizen was awarded second place in investigative reporting.

The series, a compilation of stories penned by True Citizen publisher Roy F. Chalker Jr. and staff writer Diana Royal, broke the news of a comprehensive plan in which City of Waynesboro police services would be taken over by the county’s sheriff’s office. While the plan had initially been discussed quietly and in an executive session that violated the Georgia Open Meetings Law, the initial story informed the public and opened communication between citizens and city officials.

One contest judge described the coverage as “a good series on an important localized community issue,” adding that, “it does appear that the city would have passed this in a heartbeat if not for diligent reporting by this newspaper ... This series overall is a great example of holding public officials accountable and doing thorough reporting.”

Claiming first place in the weekly division with a series on DATE funds was The Eatonton Messenger, and The Clayton Tribune rounded out the top three with coverage concerning animal control.

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