Georgia College Press Association Press Institute celebrates Better Newspaper Contest winners


Georgia’s top collegiate journalists were honored at the 2023 GCPA Press Institute on Friday, April 7. The annual Press Institute offers college journalists a day of learning and discussion with instructors and professional journalists on a variety of topics to help them improve their craft and make connections with journalists throughout the state.
Newspapers and their staffs and advisers from colleges and universities across Georgia were recognized in a variety of photography, reporting, design and community service categories. Overall winners general excellence winners were chosen based on points awarded in those categories and an overall general excellence rating.

General Excellence winners were:

Division A (Enrollment 5,000 or greater)

First place: The Red & Black, University of Georgia
Second place: The Spectator, Valdosta State University
Third place: The Technique, Georgia Institute of Technology

Division B (Enrollment less than 5,000)

First place: Six Mile Post, Georgia Highlands College
Second place: Campus Carrier, Berry College
Third place: The Roar, Piedmont University

Please click here to see the complete list of winning entries and award winners.


Georgia College Press Association


Interested in joining the Georgia College Press Association?

If your college newspaper or online publication is interested in joining GCPA, download this application: GCPA application. It can be returned to Sean Ireland at

Georgia College Press Association allows young journalists, designers, advertising representatives and others interested in media at colleges and universities from across Georgia to network, learn and share ideas and work.

The Stallion
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

The Bell Ringer
Augusta University

Campus Carrier
Berry College

Six Mile Post
Georgia Highlands College

The George-Anne Statesboro
Georgia Southern University

The George-Anne Inkwell Edition
Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus

Georgia Institute of Technology

The Cluster
Mercer University

The Roar
Piedmont University

The Red & Black
University of Georgia

The West Georgian
University of West Georgia

The Spectator
Valdosta State University



Georgia College Press Association

GEORGIA COLLEGE PRESS ASSOCIATION is an organization dedicated to assisting in the betterment of Georgia collegiate journalism and providing a reciprocal flow of information between its member colleges. Membership to GCPA is an excellent opportunity for print journalism students to discuss common issues of college newspapers and to network with newspaper professionals.

GCPA Membership Information:

Membership entitles your newspaper to:

GCPA press cards for each staff member

Entry in the GCPA Better Newspaper Contest

2 copies of the monthly GPA Bulletin
with industry information and job board

Student rates on all GPA educational seminars
and conferences

GPEF scholarship and internship information

Contact for more information

* Dues are based on OFFICAL ENROLLMENT at the university or college. Rates are as follows:
1 – 4,999 students = $40
5,000+ students = $60

Membership Application

For a membership application, please contact: Sean Ireland
at (770) 454-6776 or email her at