ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Appen Media Group recently took home 30 awards from the Association of Free Community Newspapers annual contest. 

Over 1,400 individual entries were judged in 90 categories, including ads, editorial content, social media, special sections, media kit and self-promotion.  

Appen Media again took home a slew of awards including 10 first place, nine second place, six third place and five honorable mentions.

“I am thrilled that a contest of AFCP’s caliber has recognized so many on staff with these honors. It’s a reflection of their tireless work in 2018 and I couldn’t be more proud,” said General Manager Hans Appen. “For our readers, and our advertisers, it should reaffirm that they are working with true professionals who care deeply about the product we deliver.”

Senior Designer of Ad Development David Brown once again led the charge with eight awards, including three first-place awards. 

“I’ve heard that there is no greater praise than that of your peers,” Brown said. “The Association of Free Community Papers is a national organization of just that — peers. So when we enter our work each year, it is uplifting to know that work is acknowledged as some of the best nationally. Each award is a reflection of the hard work from our administration, sales and production. We also owe a great deal of thanks to our dedicated readers and customers.”

AFCP represents publishers of community papers across the United States, reaching millions of homes on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis.

AFCP’s members are owners, publishers, general managers and sales managers of free-circulation community publications throughout North America.

Its membership ranges from small, independently owned publications with circulations less than 5,000 up to divisions of major communications companies publishing millions of copies every week.

The common denominator among AFCP’s membership is that all publications are distributed free-of-charge to the readers in their designated circulation areas.


Appen Media Group awards from AFCP



Carson Cook

2nd Place Original Writing Opinion


Patrick Fox

1st Place Original Writing News Article


Kathleen Sturgeon

2nd Place Best Use of Social Media

3rd Place Original Writing Opinion

3rd Place Community Service Article


Julia Grochowski

2nd Place Original Writing Column to Entertain

3rd Place Original Writing News Article

Honorable Mention Original Writing Feature Article


Joe Parker

1st Place Original Editorial Photo, Newsprint

2nd Place Original Writing News Article

3rd Place Original Writing Sports Article


Candy Waylock

2nd Place Community Service Article

2nd Place Original Writing Feature Article

Honorable Mention Community

Service Article



David Brown

1st Place Grocery/Liquor Ad, Newsprint

1st Place Use of Art/Photo Service

1st Place Self Promotion Ad, Contests

2nd Place Self Promotion Ad, Awards

2nd Place Self Promotion Ad, Classifieds

3rd Place Single Ad up to 6 in., Color, Newsprint

3rd Place Single Ad 6-12in., Color, Gloss

Honorable Mention Food and Drink Ad, Newsprint


AJ McNaughton

1st Place Original Illustration / Digital Art

1st Place Online Presentation Multimedia

1st Place Website, Mobile

3rd Place Website, Desktop

3rd Place Cover, Gloss Paper Magazine Format

Honorable Mention General Excellence, Weekly 26% or More Editorial


Suzanne Pacey

1st Place Most Improved Publication 26% or More Editorial

1st Place General Excellence Monthly, Gloss

2nd Place Banner or Nameplate, Gloss, Heavyweight Paper

2nd Place Andrew E Shapiro Cancer Awareness

Honorable Mention Feature Article Layout, Magazine

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