Great Plains Journalism Awards, sponsored by the Tulsa Press Club, will welcome Anthony Mason, CBS News’ senior national correspondent and co-host of “CBS This Morning: Saturday,” as its distinguished lecturer at its annual conference and awards luncheon May 1 at the Mayo Hotel.
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, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. Entries are now being accepted for the 2017 contest. Entries must have been published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016. Finalists will be announced after an extensive judging process; winners will be awarded on May 1.
Mason got his start in Tulsa at KJRH, channel 2 before making his way through other markets until landing at CBS. There he’s covered a number of beats and is known for his interviews on “CBS Sunday Morning.”
Joining Mason as featured speakers are Hailey Branson-Potts and Mark Potts, reporter and videographer from the Los Angeles Times who won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of the San Bernardino terrorist attack.
Hailey Branson-Potts grew up in Perry, Okla., and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. Mark Potts is a native of Enid, Okla., and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a master’s degree in broadcast journalism. Both will present workshops to conference attendees.
Following its mission to promote high standards in journalism, the Tulsa Press Club will present its Dan Harrison memorial scholarships to winners in five student categories. Students in attendance also will have the opportunity to have portfolio reviews with Mason.