The Osage News received eight awards from the Oklahoma Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The OKSPJ yearly awards banquet was held at the Reed Center in Midwest City on May 18. The Osage News competes in the Newspaper B division which includes newspapers with a distribution of under 25,000. The Osage News’ distribution is approximately 7,300.
The Press Club of Long Island judged this year’s award entries and awarded the Osage News with Best Newspaper in the Newspaper B division, the second year the News has won the award.
“We’re very thankful and humbled to have won Best Newspaper in our division for the second year in a row,” said Shannon Shaw Duty, Osage News editor. “We have a dedicated staff that works as a team and we want to thank the Press Club of Long Island for recognizing our hard work for our readers.”
The Osage News team includes Senior Reporter Benny Polacca (Hopi/Pima/Tohono O’odham/Havasupai), Layout & Designer Sherry Stinson, Columnist Ruby Hansen Murray (Osage), Freelance Writer Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton (Cherokee), and new to the staff this year, Cody Hammer (Cherokee/Creek), photographer.
Hansen Murray won third place in the Personal Column category for her column “Domestic Violence, Overdose or Suicide, We Can Help Each Other.”
Stinson won third place for Page 1 Layout & Design for the February 2018 edition.
Krehbiel-Burton won second place for Government Reporting.
Polacca won second place for Business Reporting for his article “Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center Expected to Exceed Projected Revenue This Year.”
Shaw Duty won third place in Sports Feature for “Osage Language Immersion School Eagles to Compete in Cross Country This Fall.” Second Place in General News Reporting for “Unease Builds as Hollywood Tackles the Osage Reign of Terror.” First Place in Leisure Writing for “Participants End Osage Heritage Sites Visit at Osage Mission.”
Other newspapers competing in the Newspaper B division include:
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune
Comanche Nation News
Muscogee Nation News
Tahlequah Daily Press
Tulsa Business and Legal News
The Tulsa Voice
The Vista (UCO)
The Chronicle (based out of Elgin)