A series of stories and editorials on Rogers County government by the Claremore Daily Progress received a first place award at the annual Better Newspaper Contest Awards.
Awards for the contest — sponsored by Oklahoma Press Association — were given Friday evening in Midwest City.
The series of stories by Progress staff reporter Salesha Wilken and editorials by editor Randy Cowling detailed actions by the Rogers County Commissioners.
The Progress also received a second place award for feature writing by sports editor Tim Ritter, and a fourth place award for sales promotion.
Members of the South Dakota Newspaper Association judged the 895 entries from 96 Oklahoma newspapers.
This year’s Sequoyah Award winners, presented to the sweepstakes winner in each circulation division, were Enid News & Eagle, McAlester News-Capital, The Daily Elk Citian, The Purcell Register, Oologah Lake Leader, Wagoner Tribune, Drumright Gusher, Sequoyah County Times, Broken Arrow Ledger and Oklahoma State University’s The Daily O’Collegian.
The Sequoyah Award, which is the highest honor in the OPA Better Newspaper Contest, is determined by the amount of points accumulated in the contest’s 12 events: News Content, Layout & Design, Advertising, Sales Promotion, In-Depth Enterprise, Editorial Comment, Personal Columns, News Writing, Feature Writing, Sports Coverage, Photography and Community Leadership. In addition to the 10 Sequoyah Award winners, 120 first place plaques were presented during the awards banquet.
Newspapers receiving second, third or fourth place in the contest received certificates.