The Mustang Times, Tuttle Times and Minco-Union City Times received several honors last weekend at the Oklahoma Press Association’s annual convention and awards banquet at the Sheraton Hotel in Oklahoma City.
The papers won a total of 14 awards in the 2020 Better Newspaper Contest which recognizes outstanding work in reporting, photography, advertising, and design. The contest includes categories for both individual and staff entries.
The Mustang Times, competing against the largest circulated weekly newspapers, won nine awards. The staff took second place in the news content, layout and design, editorial writing, and photography categories, and third in advertising and sports coverage.
Individually, Traci Chapman won first place in column writing and took third with a feature photo. Chapman and Jeff Harrison were third for front page design.
The Tuttle Times, competing in Division 5, placed second in the sports coverage and third in advertising.
The Minco-Union City Times took home three awards in Division 7, placing first in advertising and community leadership and second in photography.
The Lawton Constitution, Stillwater News Press and Tahlequah Daily Press won the Sequoyah Award in the daily newspaper divisions. Sequoyah winners in the weekly divisions were The Purcell Register, The Cleveland American, Owasso Reporter, Eastern Times-Register in Roland and El Reno Tribune. The Cameron University Collegian was the winner in the college division.
The Sequoyah Awards is determined by the amount of points accumulated in the eight of the contest’s 20 categories: News Content, Layout and Design, Advertising, Editorial Writing, Photography, Sports Coverage, Sales Promotion, and Community Leadership.
The Mustang Times placed second for the Sequoyah Award in Division 4.
Members of the Iowa Press Association judged this year’s Better Newspaper Contest.