The Gallatin News was named the best newspaper in the state in its circulation category at the 78th annual Tennessee Press Association awards banquet last Thursday in Franklin.
The News was named the top paper in Division 1. Other newspapers named best in their categories included the Wilson Post (Division 2), The Lebanon Democrat and Columbia Daily Herald (Division 3), The Johnson City Press (Division 4) and the Chattanooga Times Free Press (Division 5). Both the Gallatin News and the Wilson Post are owned by Main Street Media of Tennessee.
"We were so honored to be recognized for our work," said Dave Gould, owner of Main Street Media of Tennessee. "We have a very passionate and hard-working staff that does its best to bring a great local news report to our readers every day."
The News won four first-place awards, including the prestigious Edward J. Meeman Awards for Public Service Journalism and Editorial Writing.
The public service award was tied to the paper's coverage of the April 2016 police shooting that resulted in the death of a woman who charged an officer with an ax. Judges called the work, which included posting the police video of the shooting online just hours after it happened, "public service journalism at its finest.... The newspaper's coverage of the shooting as well as of the police department surely reduced tensions."
The paper's other awards were for breaking news coverage (1st place and 4th place), single feature (1st place), single editorial (2nd place), sports writing (2nd place), community lifestyles (3rd place), local features (3rd place), website (3rd place), news photograph (3rd place), investigative reporting (4th place), headlines (4th place), business coverage (4th place), education reporting (5th place) and special section (5th place).
"We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to cover a city like Gallatin, and we are grateful to the thousands of people who read the paper in print each week and online every day," Gould said.
Main Street Media of Tennessee, which is headquartered in Gallatin, publishes community newspapers, websites, social media pages and magazines in Middle Tennessee. Its weekly newspapers include the Gallatin News, Hendersonville Standard, Portland Sun, Robertson County Connection, Wilson Post, Murfreesboro Post, I-24 Exchange and Bargain Browser.