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Osage News wins 10 Native American Journalists Association awards for 2020 coverage

NAJA will present more than 250 awards recognizing the best coverage of Indian Country during its 2021 National Native Media Awards virtual ceremony set for 3 p.m. CST on Oct. 28 via Zoom. Screenshot/NAJAnewsroom.com

The Osage News received 10 awards from the Native American Journalists Association for its 2020 coverage. The award winners were announced on Aug. 4.

NAJA will present more than 250 awards recognizing the best coverage of Indian Country during its 2021 National Native Media Awards virtual ceremony set for 3 p.m. CST on Oct. 28 via Zoom. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NAJA has postponed the 2021 National Native Media Conference until Aug. 25-27, 2022 in Phoenix.

“I am very proud of our team. We have some very talented people working here and as challenging as 2020 was, we persisted and made it through,” said Shannon Shaw Duty, Osage News Editor. “Everyone at the Osage News is dedicated to doing our best in bringing accurate and fair coverage of the Osage Nation to the people. I’m excited for this upcoming year as we will debut a new website and mobile app for our readers.” 

The Osage News team consists of Senior Reporter Benny Polacca, Photographer Cody Hammer, Columnist Ruby Hansen Murray and Graphic Designer Sherry Stinson. New to the team this year is Reporter Kennedy Sepulvado, who is covering the Osage Minerals Council; Reporter Natasha Lovato, who is writing feature articles, and Reporter Jessica Brent who is covering Osage Nation businesses.

The annual competition recognizes excellence in reporting by Indigenous and non-Indigenous journalists from across the U.S. and Canada. NAJA received more than 730 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 competes in Professional Division II. Other publications competing in Division II are 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 / Online – Best News Story
First Place
Benny Polacca
Osage News
ON Congress passes four bills to continue government operations amid pandemic

Print / Online – Best News Photo
First Place
Cody Hammer
Osage News
Drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Osage Nation

Print / Online – Best Feature Story

Honorable Mention
Shannon Shaw Duty
Osage News
A change in name brings peace, comfort and understanding

Print / Online – Best Feature Photo
First Place

Cody Hammer
Osage News
Osage Nutcracker

Third Place
Cody Hammer
Osage News
Osage elder on Veterans Day 2020

Print / Online – Best Health Coverage
First Place
Shannon Shaw Duty
Osage News
WHC conducts 1,500-plus COVID-19 tests, addresses testing incidents

Print / Online – Excellence in Beat Reporting
First Place

Benny Polacca
Osage News
Osage Nation Congress

Second Place
Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton
Osage News
Education Beat Reporting

Print / Online – Best Layout

Third Place
Sherry Stinson
Osage News

Print / Online – General Excellence

Second Place
Shannon Shaw Duty, Benny Polacca, Cody Hammer, Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton and Ruby Hansen Murray
Osage News