The Oklahoman has received a First Amendment citation from a national journalism organization for its coverage of the controversy involving public employeesâ€™ birth dates.
The Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) announced on Wednesday that it was giving The Oklahoman the citation for its "aggressive coverage of the battle between the legislature and courts over whether birth dates of public employees should be open records."
The Oklahoman's honor was announced along with APME's other 2010 awards that will be presented during the organization's convention in October. Earlier, APME announced the finalists in its innovation contest that The Oklahoman won last year.
John Estus, Paul Monies, Bryan Dean and others have been involved in the coverage of the continuing controversy.
APME also gave First Amendment awards in three circulation categories to The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. and the Merced (Calif.) Sun-Star. Only one other newspaper, The News Journal in Wilmington, Del., received the First Amendment citation.