The Tulsa Press Club is proud to announce the 2016 Great Plains Journalism Awards finalists.
The Great Plains Journalism Awards is a regional contest honoring print, web, TV and magazine journalists for outstanding stories, photography and design. The eight-state competition includes Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
The competition attracts entries from the region’s largest and best organizations and boasts a distinguished panel of judges, many of whom are Pulitzer Prize winners. More than 800 journalists have been honored since the contest began eight years ago.
Winners will be announced from the list of finalists at an awards luncheon on Monday, April 18 at the Mayo Hotel in Tulsa. The event will include Distinguished Lectureship recipient Erik Logan, president of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Logan was born in Midwest City and has had a long career in broadcast and satellite radio, in addition to television. Logan was promoted to OWN president in 2011.
Five student journalists will be awarded $1,250 scholarships named after former Tulsa Press Club president and ONEOK executive Dan Harrison. The winners are:
- Student Editor in Chief of the Year: Kassie McClung of Oklahoma State University
- Student Designer of the Year: Gerald Brown of Oral Roberts University
- Student Writer of the Year: Kasia Kovacs of the University of Missouri
- Student Broadcaster of the Year: James Packard of the University of Missouri
- Student Photographer of the Year: Kurt Steiss of Oklahoma State University
Click here to see a list of the 2016 Great Plains Journalism Awards finalists by publication.