2018 Fall Conference Results

First Editions

Newsmagazine

Best Cover: Odyssey, Clarke Central High School

Best Design: Odyssey, Clarke Central High School

Notes from Judges: Effective use of white space, good images throughout

Best Sports Story: “From the ground up”, Pinnacle, Mountain View High School

Notes from Judges: People-centric story, good focus on relationships between players (not just stats), and the game timeline was impressive

Best Feature Story: “Hearing music in silence,” Odyssey, Clarke Central High School

Notes from Judges: Compelling images, Good captions and pull quotes

Best News Story: “Return of The Gladiator,” Odyssey, Clarke Central High School

Notes from Judges: Great job localizing a state/national story, good research by showing previous yearbook/athletics images

Best Overall: Odyssey, Clarke Central High School

News Website

Best Front Page: OdysseyNewsMagazine.net, Clarke Central High School

Honorable Mention: The Knight Life, Pace Academy

Best Multimedia Usage: OdysseyNewsMagazine.net, Clarke Central High School

Best News Story: "Smoke and bathroom mirrors", The Prowler, Starr’s Mill High School

Notes from Judges: Good job of reporting, localizing this topic and great headline

Best Feature Story: "Pianos for peace" The Southerner Online, Henry W. Grady High School

Notes from Judges: Breadth of the story displaying global movement, visual aides and pull quotes stood out

Best Sports Story: "Jaguars and Classic City Championship Drought" Blueprints, Cedar Shoals High School

Notes from Judges: Well-organized, Good information balanced with emotional quotes

Best Overall: The Southerner Online, Henry W. Grady High School

Newspaper

Best Cover: The Gold Observer, Calvary Day School

Notes from Judges: Unique angle, and incredibly compelling point for high school audience

Best Design: The Verve, The King’s Academy

Notes from Judges: Effective use of white space, very organized with good elements (especially page numbers)

Best News Story: "A new generation of nicotine addicts", The Southerner, Grady High School

Notes from Judges: The most in-depth reporting in this category, including strong sources

Best Feature Story: "Sponsor achieves worldwide recognition", The Verve, The King’s Academy

Notes from the Judges: Good buildup to the story and strong writing

Best Sports Story: "Varsity volleyball coach appointed", Pitchfork, Marietta High School

Notes from the Judges: Very descriptive and personalized the subject, focused writing with a good angle

Best Overall: The Southerner, Henry W. Grady High School

Notes from the Judges: High quality of writing, good job localizing stories, appear connected to campus (e.g. Letters to the Editors section)

On-the-Spot Photo: “Connection”

Winner