Cimarron County's news source receives state awards

The Boise City News received two state awards on Feb. 6, a second place in Editorial Comments, and Fourth in Personal Columns.

The paper, which competed in the Oklahoma Press Association's “Better Newspaper Contest” picked up it's second place award   for three editorials submitted; two of which were from Aug. 6 and 20, about Cimarron Memorial Hospital and its board and the third was a December 18, 2002 editorial  about a roadblock set up in Boise City by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The judge, Catherine Emery, of the Virginia Press Association wrote in her critique that: “With two of these editorials, this paper follows an issue sticking with a topic and taking a stand on it, speaks volumes at this paper.”

“They could offer a little more direction-rather than saying, ‘There has to be a way.' suggest a way, come up with an idea.”

Emery judged the editorial writing to be excellent; with originality/creativity, attention-compelling lead, logical construction and strong concluding kicker, to be good.

The fourth place award for personal columns was given for Editor C.F. David's Slinging A Smooth Stone weekly column. The contest entries were: The Feb. 26 column on the life of Sally Guerrero, of Keyes; a May 7 column warning that winning peace in Iraq might be more difficult than winning the war, and a March 12 column criticizing politically correct speech.

In his critique, George Cruger, of the Virginia Press Assoc. wrote: “They're straight forward, expressed in plain, easy to discern language.”

“The ‘Word for the week' device is unnecessary. In each case, the column has concluded in the previous graph.”

Cruger graded the columns average to good on attention/compelling lead; good on quality of writing and organization and average for creativity and fair on a strong conclusion.

The Boise City News competed in Division Six, for weekly papers with circulation from 1,200 to 1,849. Papers from Drumwright, Hennessy, Newkirk and Eastern Oklahoma County were in competition.