The Chatsworth Times is a recipient of two awards in the 2019 Georgia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.
Winners were announced in May of this year, and The Chatsworth Times won Third Place in the Multimedia in Journalism category for their digital platform app.
The app uses a smart devices camera to scan graphics in the newspaper that links to online digital content, especially video coverage of local news stories. Scott Kuhn, who is currently in charge of The Chatsworth Times’ sports coverage also contributed a photo that earned him Third Place in the Feature Photo Category for weekly newspapers with circulation range 3000-5,999.
“It was a team effort,” said Chuck Hamby, former Executive Editor of The Chatsworth Times. “I’m happy to have been a part of it. In this age of Facebook, we need real journalists dedicated to their craft. I love that we were able to break new ground with CT Link.”
The Chatsworth Times was the first newspaper in Georgia to implement the interactive technology used in The Chatsworth Times’ app.
“We are very proud of the strides we have made in the past couple of years improving the quality of our community’s only dedicated news source- The Chatsworth Times,” said Managing Editor Kyle Presley. “My predecessor, Chuck Hamby’s leadership and passion for our county and responsible news reporting is an inspiration to me, and I try very hard to follow his direction.”
Hamby spearheaded the The Chatsworth Time’s mobile app that he dubbed CT Link, which bridges the traditional medium of paper and ink with modern smartphone technology. Presley brought past visual media experience with him when he took over as Editor in November of 2018 that was leveraged into a successful implementation of the app.
“It has been a very interesting and rewarding experiment. It is my hope that the app is successful and plays a role in the future of our newspaper,” said Presley.
Scott Kuhn, already an award winning photographer in his own right, further proved his capability behind the lens with his photo printed in the Aug. 8, 2019 edition of The Chatsworth Times depicting a storm drenching Fort Mountain with rain from an aerial view.
“It is great to receive recognition for the hard work The Chatsworth Times’ staff does each week to bring our community relevant news from our neck of the woods,” said Presley. “I have a great team, and it takes all of us to deliver what we believe is a great product.”