OU Daily wins ACP diversity story of the year as well as honors for Norman, Greenwood, COVID-19 enterprise

Reporters from The OU Daily were celebrated in four categories of the Associated Collegiate Press individual story of the year competition in results announced Friday night during the ACP/CMA Fall National College Media Convention awards ceremony.

In the story of the year competitions, with various subdivisions, The Daily placed twice. Jana Hayes earned first place in diversity story of the year for her piece, ‘Born with two strikes: Racial disparities for Black community evident in Norman Police Department data.’ Beth Wallis earned third place in in-depth story of the year for her piece, ‘Norman: A town divided.’

In the multimedia story of the year competitions, with various subdivisions, The Daily placed once. Wallis, Jillian Taylor, Blake Douglas, Ari Fife and Jacinda Hemeon earned honorable mention in multimedia news story for their series of stories, ‘Black Wall Street Greenwood centennial.’

In the COVID-19 competition, Jordan Miller earned an honorable mention in the online news or feature division for her project, ‘How OU, Cleveland County COVID-19 cases rank against others in Big 12 and what’s key as spring semester starts.’

Hayes’ project on disparities in NPD data on Saturday also won first place for diversity coverage of the year in the College Media Association’s Pinnacles.