Top honors in six events, including the coveted Digital Media Award, were earned by the Grove Sun and Delaware County Journal staffs this past weekend during the 2017 Oklahoma Press Convention in Oklahoma City.

The Grove Sun earned first place in advertising, personal columns, news writing and community leadership, as well as second in in-depth enterprise, third in editorial comment and fourth in news content, layout/design, ad series and sports coverage.

Additionally, The Grove Sun came in second, 20 points behind the winner, The El Reno Tribune, for the Sequoyah Award for Division 8: Semi-, Twin- or Tri-Weekly Division. The Sequoyah is the highest honor given to newspapers in the OPA Better Newspaper Contest.

It is determined by the amount of points accumulated in the contest's 13 events: News Content, Layout & Design, Advertising, Sales Promotion, Advertising Series, In-Depth Enterprise, Editorial Comment, Personal Columns, News Writing, Feature Writing, Sports Coverage, Photography and Community Leadership. 

The Delaware County Journal staff received first place for news content and second for in-depth enterprise. 

The honors were for work published during the 2016 calendar year.

Digital Media Award 

Additionally, for the fourth year in a row, the staffs of The Grove Sun and The Delaware County Journal, brought home the Digital Media Contest award for the weekly division, for the joint 

The award, presented to the top website for weekly newspapers throughout Oklahoma, also takes into consideration on how newspapers use social media to engage readers.

"Winning these awards are a testament to the hard work of the staff at The Grove Sun and Delaware County Journal," said Cheryl Franklin, publisher for both The Grove Sun and The Delaware County Journal. "In addition, winning the digital award in the weeklies division for the fourth year in a row, is a great honor. It confirms our concept of serving as a daily newspaper online." 

Sister Publication Awards

Members of The Miami News Record won first place for news content, second place for sports coverage, third place for in-depth enterprise and photography, and fourth place for editorial comment and feature writing, as well as awards for layout & design, sales promotion and advertising.

Complete results of the 2016 Oklahoma Press Better Newspaper Contest awards may be found here: