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The Oklahoman’s digital journalists honored for web coverage

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It is award season for our journalists.

The Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists had its annual awards ceremony on April 30, and The Oklahoman was honored for a lot of its work in the past year.

There were awards for reporting, headline writing, page design, web design, feature writing and reviews.

The list is long, so I won’t list them all here.

What’s fun is to read the comments from the judges.

  • For Adam Kemp’s coverage of the racist chant from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma, a judge said: “Excellent macro- and micro-coverage; good follow-up.”

  • For Richard Hall’s interactive graphics presentation on the website commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing, a judge said: “This is an outstanding piece of work that should be included in the Newseum archives and in classrooms everywhere. There are many who do not understand what the media does and this is an excellent example of gathering massive amounts of information and crafting it with sensitivity without removing the truth of how such a horrendous act affected Oklahoma, the country and the world.

  • And then for his work alongside the reporters telling the stories of the OSU Parade Crash Intersection: “We loved the innovative way Richard Hall used different media to pull together a cohesive story. The moving graphics explaining the accident helped readers visualize the scene. Meanwhile, the written narrative interspersed with the short video interviews was especially gripping.”

  • We also built a special web presentation for a series called Saving the Last Dance. The photographer was Bryan Terry. For his work, a judge said: “Last Dance is a beautiful series. That is all that needs to be said. These photographs lead a viewer on the same emotional journey of those who traveled it. That is the embodiment of visual storytelling. Bryan Terry should be proud of this body of work.”
  • Saving the Last Dance was written by Juliana Keeping, and she was honored for her reporting portfolio. For that work, a judge said: “Juliana Keeping shows remarkable flexibility - everything from a hard-hitting story on police discipline to a narrative about the death of a beloved dance teacher. She has a gift for putting readers at the scene, but doesn’t skimp on the hard-news details that give the necessary facts to back up the emotions she evokes.”
  • For reporter Jaclyn Cosgrove’s work to engage with the community surrounding the issues of addiction and mental health, a judge said: “As journalists we like to reach people. Tell their stories. Tell about the things they do. Maybe once elicit change. You have done all of that for addiction and mental health. You gave people a place to share and help each other. You indeed kept the conversation alive. You got the ball rolling on something amazing and I hope it only grows from here. When people feel safe and not alone ---- wonderful things can happen. Thank you for this group.”

There were a lot more great comments about the work being done in The Oklahoman’s newsroom. I chose some of my favorite ones, especially because they are related to the work those journalists are doing in the digital space.

It’s a lot of fun to see their work being rewarded.

 

 

 

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Alan Herzberger

Alan Herzberger is the Vice President of Audience Development at The Oklahoman Media Company. He focuses on digital strategies for The Oklahoman and for NewsOK.com. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports department.... Read more ›

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