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Reserve Your Spot for the 2014 Newsies Awards on April 3

Tulsa World Executive Editor Joe Worley will be recognized as the 2014 Tulsa Press Club Media Icon during the Tulsa Press Club Newsies Award program on April 3. Media Icon honorees are selected for their commitment to their craft, respect and admiration of their peers and for careers spent primarily or entirely here in Tulsa.

Worley will be honored along with local journalists who received the most public votes for the 2014 Tulsa Press Club Newsies Awards on April 3 at Sky Loft at First Place Tower, 15 E. 5th Street.  The program will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., then the nominee toast at 6:45 p.m. followed by the awards at 7 p.m.

Worley has served as the executive editor of the Tulsa World since 1995. Prior to that time he was managing editor of the Tulsa World and Sunday editor of the Tulsa World.

Before coming to Tulsa, Worley was the managing editor of the Nashville (Tenn.) Banner from 1983 until 1987. He was also city editor, political editor and copy editor for the afternoon newspaper. He also worked for newspapers in Augusta, Ga. and Johnson City, Tenn.

He is past president of the Oklahoma Press Association and in 2009 he was awarded the Beachy Musselman award by the association for his contributions to journalism. In 2007, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. Worley was given the Society of Professional Journalists Oklahoma Pro Chapter’s award in 1999 for work to protect the First Amendment. He is a member of the American Society of News Editors.

In addition to his work within the journalism community, Worley is a board member and past president of Pets Helping People, a non-profit group that trains female felons to succeed in the pet care business. He has been a member of the boards of Mental Health Association and the Tulsa Press Club. He participated in the Leadership Tulsa Class XVI in 1990 and Leadership Oklahoma in 2006.

The Presenting Sponsor and Nomination Announcement Sponsor is Cherokee Nation Businesses. The Tulsa World is the Supporting Sponsor. Table sponsors include Bank of Oklahoma, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Jones PR, Fox23, KTUL Channel 8, STF|PR and Doerner, Saunders, Daniel and Anderson, LLP.

The Tulsa Press Club created the Newsies Awards to celebrate local journalists and support the organization’s mission to promote journalism in the Tulsa area through programming, scholarships and a clubhouse.

Tickets for the event are $20 for Tulsa Press Club members and $25 for nonmembers. Complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will be available. To purchase tickets, visit or call the Tulsa Press Club at (918) 583-7737.

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Who were the nominees?  2014 Tulsa Press Club Newsies Nominees






Presenting Sponsor: Cherokee Nation Businesses





Supporting Sponsor: Tulsa World Media Company

THURSDAY NIGHT, MAY 15: BARBECUE with the judges

Come try some of Tulsa’s best barbecue and listen to Texas Monthly Barbecue Editor Daniel Vaughan talk about cookbooks, ‘cue and having one of the best jobs around. Also meet the other speakers and judges. The event starts at 5:30 at The Tulsa Press Club. More details to follow.

Great Plains Journalism Awards – May 16 

The Great Plains Journalism Awards and Distinguished Lectureship will serve as a gathering spot for hundreds of the area’s most important journalists, business leaders and media figures. The event, sponsored by the Tulsa Press Club, is an amazing platform for you to reach an influential audience and will take place on Friday, May 16 at the Mayo Hotel in Tulsa.

The Great Plains Journalism Awards is a regional contest honoring print, web, TV and magazine journalists for outstanding stories, photography and design. The eight-state competition includes Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The competition has grown over the past six years and attracts the highest caliber of entries and judges. The judges for the 2014 competition include three Pulitzer Prize winning journalists. This year’s competition had more than 750 entries from newspapers, magazines, TV stations and other media outlets from across an eight-state region. Since its inception, more than 700 journalists from the region’s best media have been honored.

This year’s Distinguished Lectureship recipient will be CNN’s John Sutter, an Oklahoma native who walked the path of the May 20, 2013, tornado in Moore. He is a columnist for and writes about social change and human rights. The presentation and awards ceremony begin at 11:00.

For reservations or information please contact Shaun at 918.583.7737 or or to purchase individual tickets or a reserved table, visit or call the Tulsa Press Club at (918) 583-7737.

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