MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – The Osage News won six Oklahoma Press Association awards in the 2012 OPA Better Newspaper Contest including first place finishes for news writing and personal columns.
In its respective newspaper division, the Osage News also placed high in the award categories for layout/design, in-depth enterprise, feature writing and community leadership.
This is the second year the newspaper has participated in the annual newspaper contest with other news outlets across Oklahoma. Those participating news outlets submitted 2012 published content for consideration.
Osage News placed first for news writing and submitted front pages from three monthly issues for consideration. Those editions carried story coverage on the resignation of the inaugural health authority board in wake of the Executive Branch’s firing of health/wellness division leader Norma Merriman without the board’s consultation; the resignation of the former Pawhuska Indian Village Five-Man Board chairman Joe Don Mashunkashey in wake of an Osage Nation Congressional audit questioning the finances and spending of village revenue received from the Pawhuska Osage Casino lease; and a story reporting that a non-Osage and a non-Osage Nation employee traveled to the 2011 National Congress of American Indians conference at the Nation’s expense.
The News also placed first for personal columns for a second consecutive year. The newspaper submitted blog columns written by Editor Shannon Shaw Duty on the new Grayhorse roundhouse arbor, Features and Multimedia Reporter Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan on Osage slang and Osage author Charles Red Corn on the legacy of the late ON Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Lohah.
Other OPA honors awarded to the News are:
- Second Place for Layout & Design
- Second Place for In-depth Enterprise
- Third Place for Feature Writing
- Third Place for Community Leadership. The newspaper sponsored candidate debates for the 2012 ON election candidates and submitted its news coverage of the event for this contest.
The Oklahoma Press Association is a trade organization focused on safeguarding and advancing the newspaper profession in the state, according to its Web site. The Osage News is an OPA sustaining member.