By Lindsey Chastain
The Skiatook Journal was recognized for its excellence in journalism over the weekend at the Oklahoma Press Association’s annual convention on Saturday, June 8.
Tulsa World’s Oklahoma Weekly Group, which consists of the Skiatook Journal, Owasso Reporter, Sand Springs Leader and Wagoner County American-Tribune, collected a total of 32 awards, seven of which were awarded to the Skiatook Journal.
The Sequoyah Award was awarded to the Skiatook Journal. The award is the top honor given one newspaper in each division.
The Journal took home first place in advertising and sales promotion, second place in sports coverage, community leadership and in-depth reporting, and third place in news content and editorial writing.
The first place award in sales promotion was awarded for the Pioneer Day special section. The paper also received first in advertising with the judge commenting, “Where an ad is located is just as important as its content. The entry shows a staff that knows how to mix it up to create an attractive package of ads.”
Managing Editor Lindsey Chastain was awarded second place in in-depth reporting for her story, “Osage County and Osage Nation land battle.” The judge stated, “Clear and concise reporting on a tribal land issue that impacts the community and surrounding property.”
The Journal also won second place for sports coverage with articles by Chastain and Jesse Haynes and photography by Amy Garner. The judges appreciated the outside-the-box thinking with some of the features.
Community leadership is another category in which the Journal won second place for “Pet of the Week” supporting Skiatook Paws and Claws. The series made the judge want a kitten.
The Journal won third place in news content. The judge said, “Nice community newspaper that does an admirable job bringing news to its readers.”
Third place was also awarded in editorial writing for Chastain’s “easy to understand editorial voice.”
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