Tahlequah Daily Press

May 7, 2013

Press wins General Excellence AP award

From AP reports

NORMAN — The Tahlequah Daily Press snared 20 awards – including General Excellence and Best Website – during the Associated Press-Oklahoma Newspaper Executives annual banquet, held May 4 in Norman.

The Press competed in Division C, for small daily newspapers. Another CNHI newspaper, the Enid News & Eagle, won general excellence for Division B, while The Oklahoman scored that honor in Division A. Kolby Paxton accepted the awards for the Press.

The Press sports crew swept the Spot Sports Reporting category, with Sports Editor Ben Johnson taking first for “SHS players, coach ruled ineligible,” and second for “Gipson to stay put at NSU.” Kolby Paxton came in third for “Sequoyah staff, players persevere, capture 3A-7 crown.”

In General News, the Press won both first and third places. Teddye Snell took first for her series on a controversy between the Cherokee Nation and United Keetoowah Band; Josh Newton won third for his story, “Man stabbed 11 times.”

A third dual win came in Non-Page One Layout, where Johnson took first place and Managing Editor Kim Poindexter took third. The Press also took first and second place in Graphics/Illustrations, for Paxton and Newton, respectively.

Finally, Newton won both first and third place in the General News Photo Category, for “Baddest of the bad” and “Motorcyclist struck.”

Other second-place Press honors included: Sports Columns, Paxton; and Website Photo, Newton, “Meth Labs.”

Other third-place honors included: Public Service Reporting, Snell and Poindexter, for a series of features and editorials on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Spot News, Newton, for “Baddest of the bad snared in sweep”; Editorials, Poindexter; Page One Deadline Layout, Poindexter and Snell; and Sports Photo, Johnson, “Reserve Power.”

Listed for the General Excellence win – which is an assessment of the overall newspaper product – were all the reporters and editors who had a hand in producing the three issues chosen by the AP for entry this year. Those included Poindexter, Johnson, Paxton, Snell and Newton, plus Rob Anderson, Jean Havens and Renee Fite.