AWARD WINNER: The June 2011 GTR Union Boundary was submitted to the IFPA judges for this year’s national award competition.
Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers won the Vic Jose Award for General Excellence at the Independent Free Papers of America annual conference, held this year in Reno, Nev. Sept. 29-Oct. 1.
In addition, won First Place for Local Business Coverage and was one of three winners for its website, www.gtrnews.com.
The article, “Taxation the Big Beneficiary of Oil Production,” written by K.J. Webb and appearing in all six Newspapers in Mid-May 2011, was cited for excellence in business coverage.
, founded by Tulsan Forrest Cameron, began publishing in 1993 with a single paper, the Union Boundary to cover news in the Union School District in southeast Tulsa and northwest Broken Arrow. In 1995, the Jenks Gazette and the Tulsa Free Press were added to cover news in the Jenks and Tulsa School Districts, plus general news throughout greater Tulsa. That year, the name “Greater Tulsa Reporter” was added as the company name for the three papers.
The Broken Arrow Express and the Owasso Rambler were added in 1998, and the Bixby Breeze debuted in 2002. In 2009, the Jenks Gazette name was changed to the Jenks District Gazette, and the Tulsa Free Press became the Midtown Monitor. The website was established in 1996.
has won numerous awards over the years for its articles, advertisements, website and community service, including certificates of excellence from the Oklahoma Press Association.
Cameron, who holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Kentucky and continues as editor and publisher of , was honored in 2010 as the “Energy Advocate of the Year for Journalism” by the Energy Advocates. He was also awarded the “Legend Tulsey” Award for Entrepreneurship in 2010.
also was honored with the “Award of Excellence Winner in Statewide Competition for Keep Oklahoma Beautiful” in 2006, and the Tulsa Metro Chamber has honored as a Media Advocate for Small Business.
Cameron praises the staff. “Sharon Cameron, our co-publisher, is invaluable. We have excellent editors and writers, and our marketing representatives work hard for their advertisers. Our graphics department is outstanding, and our distribution team does a great job in getting the papers out to our readers. Our printer, Nowata Printing Company, is excellent.”
The Mission Statement sums up the overall effort: “The mission of the Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers is to provide metropolitan Tulsa-area readers and advertisers with interesting targeted local news and information at reasonable advertising rates and produced by professional writers, editors and graphic artists.”