Oklahoma Gazette and its sister magazine, okcBIZ, earned several honors this year from the Oklahoma pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The organization announced the awards Saturday at a banquet in Tulsa.
okcBIZ won best magazine in the state, besting second-place Tulsa People and third-place Oklahoma Today. Writer Kelley Chambers took third-place honors in magazine News Writing for a series on Oklahoma metro development.
In Newspaper Division A, which encompasses publications with a circulation of more than 25,000, Oklahoma Gazette won third-best newspaper in the state, behind The Oklahoman and Tulsa World, respectively.
Gazette creative director Chris Street won first place in Page One Layout and Design for the May 2, 2012, cover story, “Water War.” Graphic designer Brad Gregg earned first place for Use of Graphic Illustration for a Feb. 29, 2012, feature, “Love is in the web.”
Under Commentary/Editorial, Rev. Robin Meyers of Oklahoma City won first place for an Oct. 17, 2012, guest commentary, “An embarrassment of a senator.” Gazette publisher Bill Bleakley won third place for a Feb. 1, 2012, piece, “Time for full disclosure.”
Editor-in-chief Phil Bacharach won second place in Arts Criticism for his film reviews. Managing editor
Rod Lott took second place for Headlines.