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Oklahoma City Free Press won five awards for 2018 in ceremonies this May. Four were for reporting and one was for website design.

The latest were two awards given by the Society of Professional Journalists Oklahoma Chapter at their 2019 Awards Banquet at the Reed Center in Midwest City Saturday.

Free Press received first place in the “Web Design” category and second place in “Special Reports/Enterprise Reporting” for coverage of the 2018 Oklahoma Teacher Walkout.

Each year SPJ state chapters across the U.S. submit their contest entries to be digitally judged by SPJ chapters in other parts of the country. This year, the awards for Oklahoma contest entries were decided by the Long Island chapter of the SPJ.

Earlier in the month, Free Press received three Marshall Gregory Awards from the Oklahoma Education Association. The long-standing awards are given each year by the largest teachers’ organization in the state for exceptional coverage of education issues.

The three Awards of Excellence Free Press received were for:

  • Year-round coverage
  • Photography – “Oklahoma Teacher Walkout, first day rally”
  • Series – “Teacher Walkout”

2018 was the second year in the short, 3 year history of our publication. In 2017 Free Press won awards from both the Oklahoma Education Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

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Founder and Editor Brett Dickerson poses with two awards Free Press received Saturday at the 2019 Society of Professional Journalist Awards Banquet. Kailey Emerson for Okla City Free Press