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April 28, 2014

News-Capital collects six awards from Society of Professional Journalists

McALESTER — The McAlester News-Capital won six honors from the Society of Professional Journalists Oklahoma Pro Chapter during the organization’s annual awards banquet held Saturday night at the Reed Conference center in Midwest City.

News-Capital journalists were honored with awards in the categories of Criminal Justice Reporting, Entertainment Feature, Sports Column, Story/Photo Essay, Headlines and Best Newspaper.

News-Capital journalists winning individual honors were Staff Writer Jeanne LeFlore, Senior Editor James Beaty, Sports Writer Matt Goisman, Photo Editor Kevin Harvison and Page Designer Brandy Jeffreys.

“It is inspiring to see some of our newest journalists honored by their peers for the work they do, while at the same time our veterans continue to capture awards for excellence,” said Editor Kandra Wells. “Our staff members are among the best journalists in Oklahoma.

“You know, none of us are getting rich or winning any popularity contests in our jobs. It’s the passion for our community and for news that drives us. Recognition like this helps to fuel that passion.”

The News-Capital won third in the Best Newspaper category in the statewide competition in the Division B category, for newspapers with a circulation of up to 25,000.

LeFlore won first place honors in the Criminal Justice Reporting category for her article titled “Dismissed Case Gets Second Look,” an article about the re-examination of a case involving a man who had two similar sexual assault charges against him dismissed in 2006 and 2013. He is now under the guardianship of the court.

Beaty won a second-place award in the Entertainment Feature category for his article “Chart-topper returns to McAlester.” The article covered contemporary Christian music artist Matthew West’s concert at the Southeast Expo Center, where he was joined by Sidewalk Prophets and Jason Castro for a concert to benefit the Ryan McAfee Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Goisman received second place honors in the Sports Column category for his column titled “NCAA Players.” The column expressed Goisman’s opinion that college athletes deserve to be compensated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for profits the NCAA makes from the use of their name and likeness.

Harvison won a third-place award for his photo essay entitled “Christmas Kids,” for his photos of McAlester Public Schools Early Childhood students singing and presenting a Christmas program.

Jeffreys received third-place honors in the Headlines category for a trio of headlines she wrote for News-Capital articles.

Others newspapers in the Division B catgeory include the Lawton Constitution, the Muskogee Phoenix,  the Norman Transcript, the Shawnee News-Star and the Stillwater News-Press, along with a number of others.

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