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GPA awards Smoke Signals 1st place for ‘Ad Idea of the Year,’ General Excellence

Smoke Signals earns 25 editorial, 15 advertising awards

By Barbara Schneider This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 2019 Georgia Press Association conference and awards dinner at the Jekyll Island Inn on May 31 was a very good night for Smoke Signals staff and contributors. Earning 40 achievement awards including General Excellence—for the fifth year in a row—and Ad Idea of the Year—the top advertising award for non-daily publications—Smoke Signals enjoyed its most winning year ever.

Most categories are judged by division but a few are judged across all divisions. Bob Glover, Smoke Signals editorial cartoonist, won twice—taking first and third place for editorial cartoons—across all non-daily publications.

The ‘Ad Idea of the Year’ winner is selected from all first-place ads from all the categories and division submitted by non-daily publications. Barbara Smith, Smoke Signals advertising designer creates unique and appealing designs for Smoke Signals advertisers. Her ad design won Ad Idea of the Year for Rocco’s Bike Night, an event at Rocco’s Pub in Pickens County.

First place editorial and advertising awards:

First place editorial division awards by category include: General Excellence 1st place, Smoke Signals, Education Writing, Ellen Harrison; Feature Writing, Anita Rosen; Humor Column, Brent Carroll; Layout and Design, Karen Webster; Lifestyle Coverage, Anita Rosen (editor), Special Issues, Smoke Signals; Sports Photograph, Karen Attaway.

First place advertising awards by category include: Health Care, Salt Med Spa; Home Furnishings and Appliances, Louden Furniture; Miscellaneous, Rocco’s; Full Color, Dalton Wholesale Floors; Signature Page, Holiday Collection; Small Page Ad, The Beauty Bar; Advertising Campaign, Pet Au Pair and More.

Second and third place editorial and advertising awards:

Breaking News Writing 2nd place, Laura Link; Education Writing 2nd place, Cynthia Smith and Denise Ray; Page 1, 2nd place, News Barbara Schneider, Serious Column, 2nd place, George Fox; Special Issues, 2nd place, staff; Sports Feature Story, 2nd place, Randy Waters; Spot News Photo,  2nd photo Mark Green; Editorial cartoonist, 3rd place, Bob Glover; Lifestyle Feature Column, 3rd. place, Bob Anderson; Local News Coverage, 3rd place, staff; News Photograph, 3rd. place, Jim Francis; Special Issues, 3rd place, Smoke Signals; Sports Feature Story 3rd pace, staff; Sports Photograph, 3rd place, staff; Sports Section, 3rd place, staff—Division D; Spot News Photo, 3rd staff.

Advertising 2nd place awards include Real Estate B/W, Hynes Custom Homes – Big Canoe Realty; Apparel, Jewelry & Accessories, Whim Z Boutique; Miscellaneous, Rocco’s; Full Color, Legacy of Caring; Signature Page, A Special Gift Collection; Small Page Ad, Soul Sisters Antiques; Advertising Campaign, Premium Indoor Comfort, LLC.

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