The Oklahoman sports department was one of seven media groups in the country to win a “grand slam” in the Associated Press Sports Editors contest held in Indianapolis last week.
The “grand slam” consists of being named a Top 10 daily section, a Top 10 Sunday section, a Top 10 special section and a Top 10 website. The Oklahoman was the only newspaper in its circulation category (75,000-175,000) to win the ‘grand slam.’
“We know our readers love sports, and that's why we strive every day to deliver high quality, original content. It's nice when our peers take note of our efforts,” said Kelly Dyer Fry, editor of The Oklahoman and Vice President of news for OPUBCO Communications Group.
The APSE awards, voted on by sports editors from across the nation during four days of judging, honor work published in 2013.
In addition to the section awards, The Oklahoman had three writers honored for their work.
Jenni Carlson was named a Top-10 columnist as well as being named Top 10 in the feature-writing division. Columnist Berry Tramel was named Top 10 in explanatory writing for his three-part series on college football officiating that was published in July 2013. Jason Kersey was named a Top-10 beat writer for his work covering OU athletics. Final results of the writing categories will be announced later this month.
The other media groups winning “grand slam” honors were The Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, the Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News, the Opelika-Auburn (Ala.) News and the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle.