Entries now accepted for 2018 Great Plains Journalism Awards

Professional journalists and students can submit their entries for the 2018 awards. Deadline for entries is Jan. 31, 2018.

To promote the highest standards of journalism, the Tulsa Press Club and Benevolent Association presents the Great Plains Journalism Awards. Journalists from newspapers, magazines and websites across the region are invited to enter their best work from the 2017 calendar year. After an extensive judging process, winners will be recognized at a spring 2018 ceremony in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Details are still pending. Download a printer-friendly version of the brochure here.


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2017 Great Plains Journalism Awards winners named + flip through the awards book

The Tulsa Press Club is proud to announce the 2017 Great Plains Journalism Awards winners.

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.

Anthony Mason, CBS News’ senior national correspondent and co-host of CBS This Morning: Saturday, received the Distinguished Lectureship Award and gave the keynote lunch address at the May 1 event.

The top nine overall winners are:
Great Plains Newspaper of the Year: Omaha World-Herald
Great Plains Magazine of the Year: Tulsa World Magazine
Great Plains Website of the Year: The Des Moines Register
Great Plains Designer of the Year: Tim Parks, Omaha World-Herald
Great Plains Writer of the Year: Adam Kemp, The Oklahoman
Great Plains Newspaper Photographer of the Year: Laurie Skrivan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Great Plains Magazine Photographer of the Year: Bill Sitzmann, Omaha Magazine
Great Plains Magazine Writer of the Year: Mariam Makatsaria, Arkansas Life
Great Plains Student Newspaper of the Year: The Baker Orange

More than 600 entries were received this year, with winners and finalists named in 70 professional and student categories. Four student journalists were awarded $1,250 scholarships named after former Tulsa Press Club president and ONEOK executive Dan Harrison.

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors: BlueCross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Cherokee Nation Businesses, ONEOK, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Hillcrest HealthCare System, ONE Gas, Trust Company of Oklahoma, Tulsa Community College and Tulsa World Media Company.

Below is a list of the 2017 Great Plains Journalism Awards winners and finalists by publication.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • Project/Investigative Reporting: Lisa Hammersly, Brian Fanney
  • Business Feature: Jessica Seaman, Emily Walkenhorst
  • Food: Kelly Brant
  • General News Photography: Mitchell Masilun
  • Staff, finalist
  • Kate Bridges, finalist
  • John Brummett, finalist
  • John Deering, finalist
  • Matt Jones, finalist
  • Nicholas Hunt, finalist
  • Jeannie Roberts, finalist
  • Paul Sawyer, finalist
  • John Sykes Jr., finalist
  • Stephen Thornton, finalist

Arkansas Life Magazine

  • Feature Writing: Wyndham Wyeth
  • Magazine Profile Writing: Mariam Makatsaria
  • Magazine Page Design: Kelley Lane
  • Magazine Specialty Photo: Rett Peek
  • Bonnie Bauman, finalist
  • Katie Bridges, finalist
  • Jordan P. Hickey, finalist
  • Nicholas Hunt, finalist
  • Arshia Khan, finalist

The Daily Republic

  • Sports Action Photography: Matt Gade

The Des Moines Register

  • Beat Reporting: Mackenzie Ryan
  • Specialty Feature: Kathy Bolten, Grant Rodgers, Brian Powers
  • News Photography, Multiple: Brian Powers, Rodney White
  • Courtney Crowder, finalist
  • Michael Zamora, finalist

Fly Over Media

  • Michael Todd, finalist

The Frontier

  • Online Feature Writing: Ziva Branstetter
  • Online General News: Kevin Canfield
  • Dylan Goforth, finalist


  • Marc Dillard, finalist
  • Kristen Shanahan, finalist
  • Jon Welsh, finalist


  • Bryan Clemmer, finalist
  • Kristen Dickerson, finalist
  • Burt Mummolo, finalist
  • Global Sisters Report
  • Dawn Araujo-Hawkins, finalist

Lincoln Journal Star

  • Personal Column Portfolio: Cindy Lange-Kubick
  • Bria Christopherson, finalist
  • Frances Gardler, finalist
  • Peter Salter, finalist
  • Steven M. Sipple, finalist

The New Territory

  • Jacob Zlomke, finalist

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

  • Editorial Portfolio: Doug Thompson
  • Dan Holtmeyer, finalist
  • Staff, finalist

The Oklahoman

  • Sports Reporting: Berry Tramel, Jenni Carlson, Anthony Slater, Erik Horne
  • Review: Brandy McDonnell
  • Graphics/Illustration: Todd Pendleton
  • Specialty Photo: Steve Gooch
  • Portrait: Bryan Terry
  • Sports Feature Photography: Bryan Terry
  • Multimedia Graphic: Staff
  • News Blog Writing: Steve Lackmeyer
  • Website Design Project: Richard Hall, Tim Watson
  • Staff, finalist
  • Newsok.com, finalist
  • Silas Allen, finalist
  • Brianna Bailey, finalist
  • Jim Beckel, finalist
  • Ray Carter, finalist
  • Jaclyn Cosgrove, finalist
  • Melissa Howell, finalist
  • Chris Landsberger, finalist
  • Paul Monies, finalist
  • Sarah Phipps, finalist
  • Darla Slipke, finalist

Oklahoma Gazette

  • Entertainment Feature: Ben Luschen

Oklahoma Humanities Magazine

  • Anne Richardson, finalist
  • Carla Walker, finalist

Oklahoma Watch

  • Clifton Adcock, finalist
  • Trevor Brown, finalist
  • Jennifer Palmer, finalist
  • Nate Robson, finalist
  • Thomas Thoren, finalist
  • Warren Vieth, finalist

Omaha Magazine

  • Magazine Portrait: Bill Sitzmann
  • Magazine Photography, Feature: Bill Sitzmann
  • Magazine News Writing: Greg Jerrett, Sam S., Doug Meigs
  • Marisa M. Cummings, finalist
  • Kristen Hoffman, finalist
  • Christopher Marshall, finalist
  • Charles Trimble, finalist
  • James Vnuk, finalist
  • Douglas Wesselman, finalist
  • Matt Wieczorek, finalist

Omaha World-Herald

  • News Package: Henry Cordes, Matthew Hansen, Paul Goodsell, Mike Reilly, Matt Haney
  • Narrative Story/Series: Dirk Chatelain
  • Feature Writing: Dirk Chatelain
  • Business Reporting: Cindy Gonzalez, Russell Hubbard
  • Sports Feature: Dirk Chatelain
  • Sports Column: Dirk Chatelain
  • Special Section: Staff News
  • Page Design: Ian Lawson
  • Feature Page Design: Jessica Thompson
  • Sports Page Design: Margaret Riedel
  • Editorial Cartoon: Jeff Koterba
  • Headline Portfolio: Haylee Pearl
  • Feature Photography, Single: Ryan Soderlin
  • General News Video: Brendan Sullivan
  • Feature Video: Brendan Sullivan
  • Sports Video: Megan Smith
  • Sports Blog: Dirk Chatelain
  • Staff, finalist
  • Todd Cooper, finalist
  • Megan Farmer, finalist
  • Kate Folsom, finalist
  • Erin Grace, finalist
  • Matthew Hansen, finalist
  • Sarah Baker Hansen, finalist
  • Dave Croy, finalist
  • Sarah Hoffman, finalist
  • Micah Mertes, finalist
  • Pam Miller Jenkins, finalist
  • Katie Myrick, finalist
  • Tim Parks, finalist
  • Paul Sawyer, finalist
  • Barbara Soderlin, finalist
  • Ben Vankat, finalist
  • Tammy Yttri, finalist

Presence Magazine

  • Shane Bevel, finalist

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • Spot News Photography: Robert Cohen
  • Feature Photography, Multiple: Laurie Skrivan
  • Online Project: Laurie Skrivan, Nancy Cambria, Josh Renaud
  • Santiago Carlos Ayulo, finalist
  • Blythe Bernhard, finalist
  • Jesse Bogan, finalist
  • Stephen Deere, finalist
  • Ethan Erickson, finalist
  • JB Forbes, finalist
  • Ian Froeb, finalist
  • Evan Hill, finalist
  • Doug Moore, finalist
  • Daniel Neman, finalist
  • Judith Newmark, finalist
  • Tod Robberson, finalist
  • Ryan Soderlin, finalist

Sauce Magazine

  • Magazine Cover: Carmen Troesser, Meera Nagarajan

Sunflower Publishing Magazine

  • Photography, Multiple: Brian Goodman, Nathan Pettengill
  • Sunny Bryant, finalist
  • Ken Davis, finalist
  • Seth Jones, finalist
  • Jenni Leiste, finalist
  • Doug Stremel, finalist
  • Torren Thomas, finalist

Topeka Capital-Journal

  • Staff, finalist
  • Jan Biles, finalist
  • Megan Chilson, finalist
  • Stewart Cole, finalist

Tulsa Kids Magazine

  • Magazine Column Writing: Kiley Roberson, Betty Casey
  • Entertainment/Specialty Blog: Betty Casey

TulsaPeople Magazine

  • Best Overall Website Design: Anna Bennett, Madeline Crawford

The Tulsa Voice

  • Best Website Page Design: Madeline Crawford, Maxx Crawford

Tulsa World

  • General News Reporting: Paighten Harkins, Corey Jones, Curtis Killman, Arianna Pickard, Samantha Vicent
  • Spot News Video: Mike Simons
  • Staff, finalist
  • Mike Brown, finalist
  • Scott Cherry, finalist
  • Kelly Hines, finalist
  • Ian Maule, finalist
  • Bruce Plante, finalist
  • Cody Stavenhagen, finalist
  • Jimmie Tramel, finalist
  • Jesse Wardarski, finalist
  • Jerry Wofford, finalist
  • Corey Young, finalist

Tulsa World Magazine

  • John Clanton, finalist
  • Christopher Smith, finalist
  • Jimmie Tramel, finalist

Wichita Eagle

  • Kelsey Ryan, finalist


The Oracle – Oral Roberts University

  • Dan Harrison Memorial Student Designer of the Year: Tabitha Levi
  • oruoracle.com, finalist

The O’Colly – Oklahoma State University

  • Dan Harrison Memorial Student Photographer of the Year: Kurt Steiss
  • Dan Harrison Memorial Student Writer of the Year: Stetson Payne
  • The O’Colly, finalist
  • Nathan Ruiz, finalist
  • Sierra Winrow, finalist

The Baker Orange – Baker University

  • Dan Harrison Memorial Student Editor in Chief of the Year: Sarah Baker
  • Lauren Freking, finalist

The Collegian – The University of Tulsa

  • Elias Brinkman, finalist
  • Dalton Stewart, finalist

The Connection – Tulsa Community College

  • Cecil Sunny-Phillip, finalist
  • Erica Wilson, finalist

Columbia Missourian – The University of Missouri

  • Blake Nelson, finalist

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Schedule announced for the 2017 Great Plains Journalism Awards. Buy your tickets to attend the banquet and workshops

We are a week away from the Great Plains Journalism Awards, sponsored by the Tulsa Press Club.

Registration starts at 11 a.m. The event starts at 11:30. The event is at the Mayo Hotel, 115 W. Fifth St. in Tulsa, Okla.

Here is the schedule for the day:

11:30 a.m.: Luncheon begins with emcee Jennifer Loren, presentation of the Dan Harrison Memorial Scholarships, and keynote speech from Anthony Mason, distinguished lecturer and CBS News anchor

1:15 p.m.: Q&A with Anthony Mason

2 p.m.: Reporting Today with Hailey Branson-Potts

3 p.m.: Life in Real Time with Mark Potts

4 p.m.: On the Scene with Hailey Branson-Potts and Mark Potts

5 p.m.: Reception

Tickets to the luncheon are $40 or $35 for media personnel. Afternoon conferences are free to attend. Tickets can be purchased at shop.tulsapressclub.org or contact Kelly Nash at 918-583-7737 or kelly@tulsapressclub.org.

Thank you to our sponsors: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Cherokee Nation Businesses, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Hillcrest HealthCare System, ONEOK, ONE Gas, Trust Company of Oklahoma, Tulsa Community College, Tulsa World

The event’s distinguished lecturer at its annual conference and awards luncheon is Anthony Mason, CBS News’ senior national correspondent and co-host of “CBS This Morning: Saturday.”

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.

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.

For sponsorship information contact Kelly Nash at kelly@tulsapressclub.org and 918-583-7737.

2017 Finalists include:

Adam Kemp
Alyssa LaCourse
Anna Bennett
Anne Richardson
Anthony Slater
Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Arkansas Democrat Gazette Magazines
Arshia Khan
Barbara Soderlin
Ben Luschen
Ben Vankat
Berry Tramel
Betty Casey
Bill Sitzmann
Blake Nelson
Blythe Bernhard
Bonnie Bauman
Brandy McDonnell
Brendan Sullivan
Brian Christopherson
Brian Fanney
Brian Goodman
Brian Powers
Brianna Bailey
Bruce Plante
Bryan Clemmer
Bryan Terry
Burt Mummolo
Carla Walker
Carmen Troesser
Cate Folsom
Cecil Sunny-Philip
Charles Trimble
Chris Landsberger
Christopher Smith
Christopher Marshall
Cindy Gonzalez
Cindy Lange-Kubick
Clifton Adcock
Cody Stavenhagen
Cory Young
Courtney Crowder
Dalton Stewart
Dan Holtmeyer
Dan Martin
Daniel Neman
Darla Slipke
Dave Croy
Dawn Araujo-Hawkins
Dirk Chatelain
Doug Meigs
Doug Moore
Doug Stremel
Doug Thompson
Douglas Wesselmann
Dylan Goforth
Elias Brinkman
Emily Walkenhorst
Erica Wilson
Erik Horne
Erin Grace
Ethan Erickson
Evan Hill
Francis Gardler
Grant Rodgers
Greg Jerrett
Haylee Pearl
Henry Cordes
Ian Froeb
Ian Lawson
Ian Maule
Jaclyn Cosgrove
Jacob Zlomke
Jadyn Watson-Fisher
James Vnuk
Jan Biles
JB Forbes
Jeannie Roberts
Jeff Koterba
Jenni Carlson
Jenni Leiste
Jennifer Palmer
Jerry Wofford
Jesse Bogan
Jessica Seaman
Jessica Thompson
Jessie Wardarski
Jim Beckel
Jimmie Tramel
John Brummett
John Deering
John Clanton
John Sykes, Jr.
Jon Welsh
Jordan P. Hickey
Josh Renaud
Judith Newmark
Kathy Bolten
Katie Bridges
Katie Myrick
Kelley Lane
Kelly Brant
Kelly Hines
Ken Davis
Kesley Ryan
Kevin Canfield
Kiley Roberson
Kristen Hoffman
Kristen Shanahan
Kristin Dickerson
Kurt Steiss
Lauren Freking
Laurie Skrivan
Lisa Hammersly
Mackenzie Ryan
Madeline Crawford
Marc Dillard
Margaret Riedel
Mariam Makatsaria
Marisa M. Cummings
Mark Cooper
Matt Gade
Matt Haney
Matt Jones
Matt Wieczorek
Matthew Hansen
Maxx Crawford
Meera Nagarajan
Megan Smith
Megan Farmer
Melissa Howell
Micah Mertes
Michael Todd
Michael Zamora
Mike Brown
Mike Reilly
Mike Simons
Mike Wyke
Mitchell Masilun
Morgan Chilson
Nancy Cambria
Nate Robson
Nathan Pettengill
Nathan Ruiz
Nicholas Hunt
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Oklahoma Humanities
Omaha World Herald
Pam Miller-Jenkins
Paul Sawyer
Paul Goodsell
Paul Monies
Peter Salter
Ray Carter
Rett Peek
Richard Hall
Robert Cohen
Rodney White
Russell Dorsey
Russell Hubbard
Ryan Soderlin
Sam S.
Santiago Carlos Ayulo
Sarah Hoffman
Sarah Baker
Sarah Baker Hansen
Sarah Hoffman
Sarah Phipps
Sauce Magazine
Scott Cherry
Seth Jones
Shane Bevel
Shelly Bryant
Sierra Winrow
Silas Allen
Stephen Deere
Stephen Thornton
Stetson Payne
Steve Lackmeyer
Steve Gooch
Steven M. Sipple
Stewart Cole
Tabitha Levi
Tammy Yttri
The Baker Orange
The Daily O’Collegian
The Des Moines Register
The Oklahoman
Thomas Thoren
Tim Parks
Tim Sacco
Tim Watson
Tod Robberson
Todd Cooper
Todd Pendleton
Topeka Capital-Journal
Torren Thomas
Trevor Brown
Tulsa World
Tulsa World Magazine
Warren Vieth
Wyndham Wyeth
Ziva Branstetter

Conference workshops are free to attend. Awards luncheon tickets are $40 for individuals, and $35 for students or media personnel. Tickets are available at shop.tulsapressclub.org.

The Tulsa Press Club was founded in 1906 as a members-only professional organization offering networking, education events and social opportunities. The Tulsa Press Club promotes the highest standards in journalism with an emphasis in recognizing young journalism talent through its annual scholarship initiatives. Visit tulsapressclub.org for more information.

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