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Osage News receives 16 awards from Native American Journalists Association

NORMAN, Okla. – The Osage News received 16 awards from the Native American Journalists Association for its 2019 coverage. The award winners were announced on Sept. 28.

NAJA will present more than 250 awards recognizing the best coverage of Indian Country during the 2020 National Native Media Awards virtual ceremony set for 3 p.m. CST on Thursday, Oct. 15 via Zoom. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NAJA has postponed the 2020 National Native Media Conference until Sept. 15-19, 2021 in Phoenix.

“The Osage News has been participating in the National Native Media Awards since 2009. Each year we see journalism in Indian Country improve and advance,” said Shannon Shaw Duty, Osage News Editor. “It is our honor to be part of this prestigious list of winners.”

The Osage News team consists of Shaw Duty, Senior Reporter Benny Polacca, Reporter Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton, Photographer Cody Hammer, Columnist Ruby Hansen Murray and page designer Sherry Stinson.

The annual competition recognizes excellence in reporting by Indigenous and non-Indigenous journalists from across the U.S. and Canada. NAJA received more than 550 entries across the following categories: 

Student Division
Associate Division I – (Circulation below 5,000)
Associate Division II – (Circulation 5,000 – 10,000)
Associate Division III – (Circulation above 10,000)
Professional Division I – (Circulation below 5,000)
Professional Division II – (Circulation 5,000 – 10,000)
Professional Division III – (Circulation above 10,000)

The Osage News competed in Professional Division II as the circulation for the newspaper in 2019 was 7,500. Other publications competing in Division II is the Cherokee Phoenix, Mvskoke Media, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune, KNBA News, The Southern Ute Drum, Comanche Nation News, Confederated Umatilla Journal and more.

Below is a list of the awards received by the Osage News:

Print – Best News Story
First Place
Shannon Shaw Duty
Osage News
Osage family grateful for outpouring of support in wake of devastating house fire

Second Place
Benny Polacca
Osage News
Congress votes down all-encompassing first-time homebuyer assistance bill

Third Place
Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton
Osage News
Amendments to strengthen the Osage Nations Independent Press Act signed into law

Honorable Mention
Shannon Shaw Duty
Osage News
Osage Nation Attorney General resigns after arrest

Print / Online – Best Environmental Coverage
First Place
Shannon Shaw Duty
Osage News
Nation continues water rights negotiations with state of Oklahoma

Second Place
Shannon Shaw Duty
Osage News
Osage Nation wins historic NAGPRA battle for Missouri remains 

Print / Online – Best Sports Story
Honorable Mention

Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton
Osage News
OSU adds Osage Nation citizen J.K. Hadlock to basketball roster 

Print / Online – Excellence in Beat Reporting
First Place

Benny Polacca
Osage News
Osage Nation Government

Honorable Mention
Benny Polacca
Osage News
Osage Nation Congress

Print – Best Feature Story
Second Place

Shannon Shaw Duty
Osage News
Grayhorse community wants to meet with filmmaker Martin Scorsese

Honorable Mention
Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton
Osage News
Author draws parallel between Osage Reign of Terror and the Tulsa Race Riot

Print / Online – Best News Photo
Second Place

Cody Hammer
Osage News
Osage elder Cecelia Tallchief and her daughter, Osage Nation Congresswoman Brandy Lemon

Honorable Mention
Shannon Shaw Duty
Osage News
2019 National Indian Taco Championships

Print/Online – Best Column
Honorable Mention

Ruby Hansen Murray
Osage News
Ruby Hansen Murray, Cultural Columnist 

Print – Best Layout
Second Place

Sherry Stinson
Osage News

Print – General Excellence
Third Place

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