The Bayonet staff
The Bayonet staff poses with five Georgia Press Association awards.

FORT BENNING, Ga. (July 11, 2012) -- "The Bayonet" took five awards Saturday during the annual Georgia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest at Miramar Beach, Fla.

Representing Fort Benning and the Maneuver Center of Excellence, the newspaper is judged in Division I along with 16 other weekly newspapers with a circulation of 15,000 or more and all media associate members, including magazines and other publications.

The first-place awards are Page One, Lifestyle Coverage, and Layout and Design. Nathan Deen took third place in sports writing; the Sports Section also garnered a third-place.

Judging criteria for the Page One award include appearance, quality and news worthiness. General appearance and reader appeal embodies typography, pictures and illustrations, headlines layout and proofreading. The Lifestyle Coverage judges the Community section of the paper. The Layout and Design award encompasses the entire paper, not separate sections or the front pages of the sections.

John W. Peeler, general manager and managing editor, and sports writer Nathan Deen represented "The Bayonet" at the 126th annual convention of the Georgia Press Association and first Southeastern Press Convention with the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida press associations. "The Bayonet" entered 12 of the 36 categories, sending in 23 entries for judging.

Last year, "The Bayonet" took third place for Page One and second place in Layout and Design, being repeat winners in two categories, Peeler said.

"We're consistently among the best," he said. "Ten awards in our first two years of membership, I think that's pretty good."

Last year, Vince Little took first in news photo, and the paper placed third in local news coverage and third for special issues.

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