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Osage News wins two Native Media Awards from NAJA

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Osage News earned two Native Media Awards from the Native American Journalists Association during its annual convention in the Land of Enchantment.

The newspaper won third place for Best Design Layout in the Newsletter/Tabloid category and also took third for Best Feature story in the Monthly/ Bimonthly category.

Interim Editor Shannon Shaw’s December 2008 story on Osage graphic design artist and business owner Ryan Red Corn won the third place feature story recognition.

“Indian Country Responding to Osage’s Designs” focused on Red Corn who owns businesses in Pawhuska including his graphic design firm Red Hand Media; Buffalo Nickel Press, a custom shirt maker and distributor;; and pre-packaged food distributor Red Corn Native Foods.

Red Corn discusses his ventures which heavily focus on Native American identity, such as his custom shirt designs, and maintaining ties with his Osage culture.

This year marks the first time the Osage News has entered the Native Media Awards competition which honors NAJA members, who are Native and non-Native, for their outstanding work efforts.

The newspaper received award plaques during the 25th annual NAJA convention held July 30-Aug.1 in Albuquerque this year. T

he Native American Journalists Association is a nonprofit that serves and empowers Native journalists through programs and actions designed to enrich journalism and promote Native cultures. It is based at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.


Benny Polacca

Original Publish Date: 2009-08-05 00:00:00


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Benny Polacca
Benny Polacca started at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter and has covered various stories and events impacting the Osage Nation and Osage people. Polacca is part of the News team awarded the Native American Journalist Association’s Elias Boudinot Free Press Award in 2014 and other NAJA Media Awards and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter awards for news coverage and photography. Polacca is an Arizona State University graduate and participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota. He previously worked at The Forum newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. region as the weeknight reporter.

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