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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

Benny Polacca

Title: Senior Reporter


Instagram: @bpolacca

Topic Expertise: Government, Tribal Government, Community

Languages spoken: English, basic knowledge of Spanish and French

Benny Polacca (Hopi/ Havasupai/ Pima/ Tohono O’odham) started working at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter in Pawhuska, Okla., where he’s covered various stories and events that impact the Osage Nation and Osage people. Those newspaper contributions cover a broad spectrum of topics and issues from tribal government matters to features. As a result, Polacca has gained an immeasurable amount of experience in covering Native American affairs, government issues and features so the Osage readership can be better informed about the tribal current affairs the newspaper covers.

Polacca is part of the Osage News team that was awarded the Native American Journalists Association's Elias Boudinet Free Press Award in 2014 and has won numerous NAJA media awards, as well as awards from the Oklahoma Press Association and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter, for storytelling coverage and photography.

Polacca earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and also participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota where he was introduced to the basics of journalism and worked with seasoned journalists there and later at The Forum daily newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. area where he worked as the weeknight reporter.


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