County's paper places in OPA contest

The Boise City News picked up one second place award and two thirds during the Oklahoma press Association's Better Newspaper Contest during the association's Mid-Winter conference Feb. 10-12 in Tulsa.

The paper's yearlong coverage of Cimarron Memorial Hospital resulted in two of the awards.

Second Place was for In-Depth Enterprise, and several examples of the paper's coverage of the hospital were entered, including the June 25 Special Editon.

The paper received excellent twice, once for relative importance of the topic and for degree of involvement.

The articles drew a good for depth of research and average for writing quality.

In the remarks from the judge, the paper was praised for its Special Edition, “Hands down, the Special Section; it had all the elements of good enterprise reporting,” the remarks read.

The judge added that the writing could be more clear and that more nonboard coverage was needed.

Third Place was awarded in Community Leadership; again for coverage of the issues at Cimarron Memorial.

The series of articles received excellent on Importance of topic, Quality of effort, and Depth of Research; and Good for results of the project.

The judge remarked that they liked the project, especially the voter information tab.

Third Place was also given for personal columns.

Three columns were entered, Nov. 12, 2003, about Space Elevators, February 11, 2004 about Simple Directions and July 28, about my Camping Experiences.

The columns received a Good three times for effective humor, organization and original creativity; they received average twice for a compelling lead and writing quality; and one fair for a strong conclusion.


The paper was judged in Division Six for papers with circulations from 1,200 to 1,849 per week.

The first place winner in In-Depth Enterprise was The Hennesey Clipper .

The Clipper placed First in Community Leadership, and the Inola Independent placed second. The Westville Reporter placed first in Personal columns and the Tuttle Times placed second.

The Boise City News is currently being judged in the Panhandle Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest; the PPA covers the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles, (as far south as LaMesa, Texas and the northeastern side of New Mexico.

The results of that contest will be made public in mid-April.

Boise City News
P.O. Box 278
105 W. Main Street
Boise City, Oklahoma 73933-0278
Phone: 580 544-2222
Fax: 580 544-3281
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