-- "Best narrative writing of any entry. Compelling subject that no doubt resonated with readers."
-- "Ken Raymond’s three-part profile of a lawyer’s battle against terminal cancer is a perfect example of why newspapers remain the best platform for telling stories. ...This series was one a reader could not put down if he’d wanted to."
In the photo category, judges wrote about Chris' photo: "A vertically inverted quarterback is the central figure in this energetic image, but it’s the reaction of the fans that adds another layer of storytelling. Their expressions of disbelief draw the viewer back to the action of the airborne quarterback, losing his grip on the ball. The outstretched arms of the opponent also add to the overall energy of the moment.”
As for the design of Page 1A, judges wrote: "This page has strong visual impact. We like the skyscraper popping into the nameplate, the insetting of the story and factoids of information in the lead art. Good vertical and horizontal movement on the page."
Last year, The Oklahoman won three honorable mentions.
All of the entries are in the "over 50,000 circulation" category.