The Oklahoma Gazette received 18 honors at the 2009 Oklahoma Pro Chapter's Society of Professional Journalists awards, including five first-place wins. The Gazette also picked up 10 awards (including four firsts) at the 2009 Oklahoma Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest, and received seven honors at the Oklahoma City Ad Club's 44th annual ADDY Awards.

Continue ReadingOklahoma Gazette Picks Up Dozens of Awards in Three Contests

"What began as an upstart, 2,000-circulation bimonthly publication with roots in historic preservation has grown into the largest weekly in Oklahoma," editor Rob Collins writes. "To celebrate its first three decades, Gazette contacted former editors, writers and contributors to share their memories and unique experiences." Collins says publisher Bill Bleakley founded the paper as a "journal of contributions to Oklahoma's quality of life." MORE: Joe Wertz looks at the paper's future.

Continue ReadingOklahoma Gazette Celebrates 30th Birthday

The Gazette won one of nine 2008 Sequoyah Awards in this year's Oklahoma Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. The Sequoyah Award, the highest honor in the contest, is based on total points accumulated in all events. The alt-weekly received first place awards in News Content, Layout & Design, Advertising, Sales Promotion, In-Depth Enterprise, Personal Columns, Feature Writing and Photography. It placed second in Editorial Comment; third in Community Leadership; and fourth in News Writing. "A quality alternative weekly," one judge commented. "Great photography. Clever headlines ... wish our paper could attract all those plastic surgeon ads."

Continue ReadingOklahoma Gazette Wins Top Honors in State Press Association Awards

Last week, Gazette editor Rob Collins alerted AAN News to the striking similarities between Newsweek's Dec. 15 cover and one published by the alt-weekly on Feb. 5, 2004. The Gazette's image, which was designed by art director Chris Street and shot by photographer Shannon Cornman, was one of three Gazette entries that won a 2005 AltWeekly Award. "Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand words," Collins says.

Newsweek vs. OKC Cover

Continue ReadingRecent Newsweek Cover Looks Very Familiar to the Oklahoma Gazette