The Tahlequah Daily Press brought home several collective and individual awards from the Oklahoma Press Association's 2018 Better Newspaper Contest awards ceremony, held Saturday in Shawnee.
The TDP competes in Division 3. A sister newspaper, the McAlester News-Capital, won sweepstakes this year in that division.
In individual awards, first place in News Story went to TDP Executive Editor Kim Poindexter, for her piece, "Sequoyah Fuels nuclear waste leaves state." Poindexter also took first in Column Writing. Sports Editor Byron Beers scored two first-place wins: first in Sports Story, for a feature titled "Golden duo: Running to glory," about Brooke Thomas and Joshua Dick; and second, in Sports Photograph. Graphic designer Juanita Lewis brought home first in the Large Space Ad category, for an advertisement she designed for Sooner Electronics.
TDP staffers won two second-place individual awards: News Editor Grant Crawford in News Photograph, and former courts and crime reporter Tesina Jackson in In-Depth Reporting, for her series on E. coli levels in Town Branch Creek. Third-place honors went to Lewis for Front Page Design.
In overall group awards, TDP took second place in Editorial Writing, Community Leadership and Sales Promotion. The newspaper took third in News Content and Layout & Design.
Every year, the OPA gives out a good-humored "Blooper Award," and this year, TDP brought home the toilet seat. Though technically it wasn't an error, the OPA and other journalists were amused by a front-page headline that, due to spacing between letters and words, could have a double meaning: "THE PEN IS MIGHTIER."