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BC-OK--Oklahoma APNE Contest-Finalists, ADVISORY, OK

February 26, 2019

Finalists have been announced in the 2018 Oklahoma Associated Press News Executives newspaper contest.

The awards in actual order of finish_ first, second and third places _ will be posted online at http://discover.ap.org/contests/oklahoma-newspaper in the next few weeks.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please review the finalists and contact Lisa Sheldon (lsheldon@ap.org) or 503-557-8173 by Sunday, March 3, to report any misspelled names, titles or other problems.

The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.

Finalists in the 2018 Oklahoma Associated Press News Executives contest:

DIVISION II:

Spot News Reporting: Michelle Charles, Stillwater News Press, “Pawnee Shooting Threat”; Derrick James, McAlester News-Capital, “Shootout, Explosion in Talihina”; Jacob McGuire, The Norman Transcript, “Two Injured in Live Shooter Incident at Local Business.”

Spot News Photo: David Bitton, Stillwater News Press, “Fatal Accident”; Derrick James, McAlester News-Capital, “Train Derailment”; Bonnie Vculek, Enid News & Eagle, “A Pickup Collided.”

Page One Deadline Layout: Jamie Berry, The Norman Transcript; Joe Malan, Enid News & Eagle.

Non-Page One Layout: Cody Giles, The Norman Transcript; Abbie Sears, The Norman Transcript; Samantha Spears, The Ada News.

Feature Photo: David Bitton, Stillwater News Press, “Orange Smiles”; Kevin Harvison, McAlester News-Capital, “Upside Down”; Bonnie Vculek, Enid News & Eagle, “Mud Volleyball.”

Feature: James Beaty, McAlester News-Capital; Michelle Charles and David Bitton, Stillwater News Press, “Biggest Birthday Party Ever - Myda Lewis”; Gary Reddin, The Lawton Constitution, “Poverty Simulation Heartbreaking, Familiar for at Least 1 Participant.”

Headlines: Rhiannon Saegert, The (Ardmore) Daily Ardmoreite, “Scholastic Park”; Robby Short, The (Ardmore) Daily Ardmoreite, “Rx for Change”; Beau Simmons, Stillwater News Press.

Editorials: Rob Collins, Enid News & Eagle, “Difficult to Read”; Robby Short, The (Ardmore) Daily Ardmoreite, “Historic Election”; Caleb Slinkard, The Norman Transcript.”

General News Photo: Jason Elmquist, Stillwater News Press, “Snowvember”; Billy Hefton, Enid News & Eagle, “Frank Dominguez Stands ”; Bonnie Vculek, Enid News & Eagle, “Brison Barton.”

General News Reporting: David Bitton, Stillwater News Press, “School Safety”; Rhiannon Saegert, The (Ardmore) Daily Ardmoreite, “Taking Shelter”; Adam Troxtell and Caleb Slinkard, The Norman Transcript.

Reviews: James Beaty, McAlester News-Capital; Jordan Bishop, Stillwater News Press, “Reel Talk Reviews.”

Personal Columns: Mack Burke, The Norman Transcript, “Then There Were Three”; Clay Horning, The Norman Transcript, “It’s Been Fun”; Dave Ruthenberg, Enid News & Eagle, “In Defense of Masculinity.”

Business Spot News Reporting: Michelle Charles, Stillwater News Press, “Students Scramble for Housing”; The (Ardmore) Daily Ardmoreite, “Blast from the Past.”

Business Feature: Michelle Charles, Stillwater News Press, “Kumback Lunch”; James Neal, Enid News & Eagle, “Marijuana Dispensaries Work to Cut Costs ”; Mitchell Willetts, Enid News & Eagle, “Tenants Uncertain of Oakwood Mall’s Future.”

Investigative Reporting: Mack Burke, Caleb Slinkard and Adam Troxtell, The Norman Transcript, “Fear, Loathing and Layoffs Under OU President Gallogly.”

Sports Photo: David Bitton, Stillwater News Press, “Missed Tackle”; Jason Elmquist, Stillwater News Press, “Wallace TD Leap”; Bonnie Vculek, Enid News & Eagle, “Enid Majors’ E. J. Taylor.”

Sports Feature: Tim Godfrey, Enid News & Eagle, “Accounted for”; Tyler Palmateer, The Norman Transcript, “New Beginnings”; Dave Ruthenberg, Enid News & Eagle, “Back in the Game.”

Spot Sports Reporting: Jordan Bishop, Stillwater News Press, “Failed Two-Point Conversion Lingers in Pokes’ Bedlam Loss”; Jimmy Gillispie, Stillwater News Press, “Stinchcomb Returns as SHS Volleyball Coach”; Clay Horning, The Norman Transcript, “Explosive, Emotional Fourth Quarter Fuels Thunder Comeback Over Clippers.”

Sports Columns: Jeff Cali, The Ada News; Jeff Hopper, Stillwater News Press; Clay Horning, The Norman Transcript.

Photo Package: David Bitton, Stillwater News Press, “Langston Football Homecoming Celebration”; Kevin Harvison, McAlester News-Capital; Billy Hefton, Enid News & Eagle, “Friday Night in our Town.”

Website: Violet Hassler and Rob Collins, Enid News & Eagle; The (Ardmore) Daily Ardmoreite.

Website Photo: David Bitton, Stillwater News Press, “Tailgate Fireworks”; Bonnie Vculek, Enid News & Eagle, “A Woman Receives Comfort ”; Bonnie Vculek, Enid News & Eagle, “Enid Majors’ Blake Adams.”

Graphics/Illustrations: Jeff Hopper, Stillwater News Press; Abbie Sears, The Norman Transcript; Bonnie Vculek, Enid News & Eagle, “Bridging the Prayer Divide.”

Public Service Reporting: James Beaty, McAlester News-Capital, “Hartshorne Veteran Faces Homelessness”; James Neal, Enid News & Eagle, “Still Fighting”; Mitchell Willetts, Enid News & Eagle, “EHS Grapples With Digital Divide.”

DIVISION I:

Spot News Reporting: Molly M. Fleming, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record, “7-Eleven Boots Liquor Store Tenants”; Molly M. Fleming, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record, “Momentous Murphy Case Heard by U.S. Supreme Court”; Kim Morava, The Shawnee News-Star, “Starving Teen Found Living in Barn.”

Spot News Photo: Rick Carpenter, Altus Times, “Emergency Crews Extricate 2 from Truck Wreck ”; Grant Crawford, Tahlequah Daily Press, “One Injured One Dead”; Kaylea Hutson-Miller, Grove Sun, “Funding Woes/Will Work for School Supplies.”

Page One Deadline Layout: Gay Ketchum, The Shawnee News-Star; Juanita Lewis, Tahlequah Daily Press; Stacey Neal, Altus Times.

Non-Page One Layout: Tina Bridenstine, The Shawnee News-Star; Kim Poindexter, Tahlequah Daily Press; Bryan Richter, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record.

Feature Photo: Rick Carpenter, Altus Times, “Garrison Named Miss Altus Outstanding Teen 2019”; Grant Crawford, Tahlequah Daily Press, “Going Airborne”; Kaylea Hutson-Miller, Grove Sun, “Patriotic Bubbles.”

Feature: Brian Brus, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record, “Oaklake Trails Growing Modestly”; Grant Crawford, Tahlequah Daily Press, “A Little Horseplay”; Molly M. Fleming, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record, “Sooner Stand Down Opens Doors for Veterans.”

Headlines: Ronnie Clay, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record; Kim Poindexter, Tahlequah Daily Press, “On a Roll With Cornhole”; Bryan Richter, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record.

Editorials: Kaylea Hutson-Miller, Grove Sun; Kim Poindexter, Tahlequah Daily Press, “Naysayers Should Look Again”; Russell Ray, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record.

General News Photo: Grant Crawford, Tahlequah Daily Press, “Powwow Dancers”; Grant Crawford, Tahlequah Daily Press, “Thrill of the Chase”; Jennifer Norris, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record, “Gathering Place.”

General News Reporting: Brian Brus, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record, “AG Struggles to Return Manuscripts”; Brian Brus, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record, “Goats ~ Municipal Groundskeeping”; Vicky O. Misa, The Shawnee News-Star, “Homeless Man, Canine Get Safe Place to Call Home.”

Reviews: Sheri Gourd, Tahlequah Daily Press, “Medicine Stone.”

Personal Columns: Molly M. Fleming, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record, “My Day Covering the U.S. Supreme Court”; Kim Poindexter, Tahlequah Daily Press, “On Brown Bags, Booze”; Russell Ray, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record, “From the Editor.”

Business Spot News Reporting: Grant Crawford, Tahlequah Daily Press, “High-Profile Fast Food”; Molly M. Fleming, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record, “Bittersweet Approval”; Vicky O. Misa, The Shawnee News-Star, “Shawnee Tubing Lease and Rent Dispute.”

Business Feature: Grant Crawford, Tahlequah Daily Press, “Grocery Store Latest”; Molly M. Fleming, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record, “Hopping into More Business”; Elisabeth Slay, The Shawnee News-Star, “Players ‘Pac’ Bell Street Retro Arcade.”

Investigative Reporting: Brian Brus, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record, “Answers Sought ~ Jail Deaths”; Tesina Jackson, Tahlequah Daily Press, “Town Branch E. Coli”; Sarah Terry-Cobo, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record, “Legislator’s Bill Would Deregulate His Family Business.”

Sports Photo: Kent Bush, The Shawnee News-Star, “Davion Turner Basketball Dunk”; Rick Carpenter, Altus Times, “Fair, Rodeo Kept Weekend Hopping”; Adam Ewing, The Shawnee News-Star, “Champions!! Dale Lady Pirates Celebrate.”

Sports Feature: Kent Bush, The Shawnee News-Star, “Emily’s Moment: Chesser Scores in Heartwarming Game”; Adam Ewing, The Shawnee News-Star, “Stargell Uses Competitive Drive to Build a Legacy”; Molly M. Fleming, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record, “Energy FC Benefits from World Cup Push.”

Spot Sports Reporting: Molly M. Fleming, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record, “Dodgers Target Growing Hispanic Community”; Molly M. Fleming, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record, “Making a Big Splash”; Ryan Lewis, Altus Times, “Kobi Becomes Latest Gomez to Win State Title.”

Sports Columns: Byron Beers, Tahlequah Daily Press; Kent Bush, The Shawnee News-Star; Rick Carpenter, Altus Times, “Navajo May Be the Long-Term Winner of Championship Game.”

Photo Package: Kent Bush, The Shawnee News-Star, “Firefighters Rescue Cat in House Fire”; Grant Crawford, Tahlequah Daily Press, “Cherokee National Holiday”; Adam Ewing, The Shawnee News-Star, “Lady Pirates Take State.”

Website: The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record; The Shawnee News-Star.

Graphics/Illustrations: Juanita Lewis, Tahlequah Daily Press; The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record.

Public Service Reporting: Sheri Gourd and Kim Poindexter, Tahlequah Daily Press, ”#Metoo, Walk a Mile”; Catherine Sweeney, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record, “Task Force Recommends Tax on Opioid Manufacturers”; Sarah Terry-Cobo and Catherine Sweeney, The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record, “No Quick Revival.”

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