NewsOK … Innovator of the Year
A week ago, at about this very time (11 a.m. or so), NewsOK was being honored with a national award by The Associated Press Managing Editors (APME).
We were a finalist in the prestigious category of “Innovator of the Year.”
As our awards czar (unofficial title) Joe Hight pointed out before and after the award was given – the APME innovator award is one of the most prestigious awards in journalism and probably the most difficult to win. As he says, the hardest part is convincing a room full of top-notch journalists that you deserve the award.
The Innovator award goes back almost three years. It began with a vision from OPUBCO Communications Group leadership. It went through phases of implementation, training, construction and trial and error. It culminated with the execution of a plan to change the culture of our news and information operation and grow our audience.
It was good for the newsroom to win the Innovator.
Now – back to work.