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Native American Journalists Association awards Osage News with 12 awards for 2018 coverage

Photo caption: From left: Osage News Columnist Ruby Hansen Murray, Reporter Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton and Senior Reporter Benny Polacca hold up their awards at the 2019 Native American Journalists Association Conference in Prior Lake, Minn., on Sept. 18 at the Mystic Lake Hotel Casino. CODY HAMMER/Osage News

PRIOR LAKE, Minn. – The Native American Journalists Association awarded the Osage News with 12 awards for its 2018 coverage.

NAJA, in association with the Fourth Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition, hosted its annual conference at the Mystic Lake Conference Center, owned by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community on Sept. 15-18.

Conference panels and training sessions covered areas in Indigenous media, journalism training, workshops and student workshops. The joint conference also focused on food systems, nutrition and health in Indian Country.

Sessions were led by Indigenous journalists teaching in-depth skills and sharing new insights on media in Indian Country, including Osage News Senior Reporter Benny Polacca. Polacca was a panelist for "The struggle for press freedom in Indian Country" and spoke about the Osage Nation's Independent Press Act and focused on the successes and challenges tribal news media outlets face when trying to implement journalism practices.

The Osage News circulation is 7,200 and the newspaper staff competes in the Professional Division II, which is the 5,000-10,000 circulation category.

The Osage News won for the following:

General Excellence
Third Place
Osage News

 

Best Layout
First Place
Osage News 

 

Best Column
First Place
Ruby Hansen Murray
“Domestic Violence, overdose or suicide, we can help each other” 

 

Best Environmental Coverage
First Place
Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton
“Another wind project may be on the horizon for Osage County” 

 

Best News Photo
First, Second and Third Place
Shannon Shaw Duty 

 

Best News Story
Second Place
Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton
“Tribes not buying into potential Department of Interior reorganization” 

 

Best Sports Photo
Third Place
Shannon Shaw Duty
“Daposka Ahnkodapi Cross Country” 

 

Best Sports Story
First Place
Shannon Shaw Duty
“Osage and Alaskan Native youth alleges racial harassment” 

 

Excellence in Beat Reporting
First Place
Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton
Osage Minerals Council

 

Excellence in Beat Reporting
Second Place
Benny Polacca
Osage Nation Elections