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April 29, 2014

News Press journalist, Keys, wins three first place awards, second place at SPJ banquet

MIDWEST CITY — Stillwater News Press journalist Elizabeth Keys won three first-place awards and a second-place award at the Oklahoma pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists annual awards banquet Saturday at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City.

Keys received first place in Education Reporting for “Annual robotics competition creates Oklahoma innovators.” The judges said it was “a very engaging and entertaining story with tons of detail, well sourced and great photos.”

Keys also earned first place in Entertainment Feature for “Stillwater’s rockin’ mum – Tracey Rains joins All American Rejects on tour” which judges described as a “fun read.”

In the Leisure Writing category, Keys earned first place for “First Cowgirl strikes a pose for flexibility with yoga.” Judges said the feature about Ann Hargis and yoga was a “fun story and great lead! Got me hooked right away.”

Keys earned second place in Business Reporting for her article “KICKER founder quietly livin’ loud through Christian faith.”

Three special awards were presented to individuals and organizations that have made an impact on the media industry.

Wayne and Gloria Trotter, publishers of The Countywide & Sun in Tecumseh, were honored with the chapter’s highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. Nonprofit journalism organization Oklahoma Watch was awarded the Carter Bradley First Amendment Award. Karen Holp, adjunct teacher at The University of Oklahoma, was recognized with the Teacher of the Year award.

Plaques and certificates were presented to state journalists placing in the annual competition.

More than 1,250 entries were submitted in the 2013 contest.

The annual contest recognizes journalistic excellence in newspaper, magazine, television, radio, public relations and online divisions.

The contest period for entry consideration was the 2013 calendar year. SPJ chapters in Connecticut, Minnesota, Oregon and southwest Washington judged the entries.

Other CNHI newspapers garnering awards included Salesha Wilken of the Claremore Daily Progress winning Best Reporting Portfolio and The Muskogee Phoenix earning Best Newspaper.

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