Great Plains Journalism Competition

The Great Plains Journalism Competition awards outstanding work in newspapers, magazines and websites. Sponsored and started by the Tulsa Press Club, the regional journalism awards honor the best magazine, web and newspaper work from eight states.

Hundreds of journalists have been honored in the program’s first three years.

The 2018 Great Plains Journalism Awards and Conference

May 4 | Historic Mayo Hotel | Downtown Tulsa
Bringing together award-winning journalists from an eight-state region.

Distinguished Lecturer

Omar Villafranca CBS News Correspondent
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Omar Villafranca is a CBS News correspondent in its Southern Bureau.

Villafranca’s assignments have sent him to the front lines of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and in 2017 placed him in the path of major hurricanes that battered the U.S. and the Caribbean. He also led CBS News’ coverage of a deadly shooting by a Tulsa County reserve deputy that eventually led to the resignation of the longtime Tulsa County Sheriff.

Featured Speakers

Joining Villafranca as featured speakers are S. Douglas “Doug” Dodd of Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson, LLP law firm in Tulsa, Andrea Leitch of National Geographic, and Louise Kiernan of ProPublica Illinois.

Dodd represents national and local media companies in media and intellectual property matters with an emphasis on First Amendment and defamation issues.

Leitch serves as Senior Director of Travel and Adventure. She oversees the digital strategy for and leads a team of editors, producers, and photo editors who tell stories about far-flung places, fascinating cultures, and amazing adventures across digital platforms.

Kiernan is editor-in-chief the first regional operation of ProPublica. She came to ProPublica from Northwestern University, where she was an associate professor of journalism, focusing on investigative and narrative reporting, and the leader of the program’s social justice and investigative journalism specialization.



Workshops: Free
Distinguished Lectureship Luncheon and Awards Presentation: $40 and $35 for students and media personnel

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