The Oklahoman's NewsOK.com has won a national EPpy Award for its Web site coverage of the Oklahoma centennial. NewsOK won in the category of special news or event feature, in the smaller Web sites category.
NewsOK's exclusive content includes a podcast with four reporters discussing Oklahoma in the early years of statehood, year-by-year capsules of Oklahoma's first 100 years of statehood as told by The Oklahoman, an audio slideshow with a woman who showcased Oklahoma centenarians using a photo essay, and a calendar of centennial-related events. In a featured video, retirees from The Oklahoman recall stories of days gone by. They reminisce about covering major events in history such as race riots, the Kennedy assassination and the Edmond post office massacre. Centennial-related stories appearing in The Oklahoman were posted on the site. Kelly Dyer Fry, vice president of the news and information center, said the award is of great significance because it is atribute to news coverage of Oklahoma's centennial. "This Web award shows the progress of our company as well as our state," Fry said. "We covered statehood with our print product and showcased our centennial on a completely different medium." Judges received more than 450 nominees in 36 categories from nearly 100 outlets. Winners for the 13th annual EPpy Awards were announced Thursday at the Interactive Media Conference and Trade Shows in Las Vegas. Editor & Publisher and Mediaweek magazines present the awards. NewsOK won an EPpy in 2004 for "Best Community Service Effort" with fewer than 1 million unique monthly visitors.