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APME grant recipient wins writing sweepstakes in state contest

Monday, May 4, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Angie Muhs
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A project that won APME's 2014 Community Journalism Public Service Initiative was honored as a Sweepstakes winner in the Associated Press/Oklahoma News Executives' annual contest.

"Under Pressure" won the Public Service award in the APONE contest and then was selected by Alabama judges as the division's top Writing Sweepstakes winner. The Enid, OK, News & Eagle project was about how the city wasn't providing basic services for its poorest neighborhoods.

Dale Denwalt, who spoke at the ASNE-APME convention in Chicago, was the reporter for the project and accepted the awards on Saturday. He now is the state Capitol reporter for the Oklahoma Journal Record.

Enid Executive Editor Rob Collins said the project had also won the CNHI Newspapers' corporate award.

This public service initiative awards $1,000 to a smaller news organization wanting to jump-start a community project. It also will award a trip for the recipient to speak at the  ASNE/APME Conference Oct. 16-18 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. 

The deadline to enter has been extended to May 15.

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Dale Denwalt holds the Public Service and Writing Sweepstakes awards he won at the annual APONE banquet in Oklahoma City. Enid News & Eagle Executive Editor Rob Collins stands next to him.

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