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Gaylord College announces the inaugural Foster Harris Professional Writing Prize winners

Norman, Okla.- The professional writing faculty at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma proudly announces the winners of the first William Foster Harris Professional Writing Prize.

"Our faculty was very impressed with the quality of the stories submitted,” said Mary Anna Evans, assistant professor of professional writing, “but the two winners were standouts. Judging these young people's work was a pleasure."

The Foster Harris Prize was awarded to commemorate the sixty-fifth anniversary of Gaylord College’s professional writing program. It was given to two promising writers, one in high school and one in a college undergraduate program. to a promising writer in high school and an undergraduate student. Both winners received a $500 prize.

Mia Mamone, a Noble High School student, received the award for the high school student for her story “The Touch.”

Brandie McAllister, a student at Oklahoma City University, was named the undergraduate student winner for her story “Mother Says.”

The prize is named after William Foster Harris, longtime professional writing professor at the University of Oklahoma.

The University of Oklahoma’s Professional Writing Program offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees focused on creative writing for publication, including fantasy, horror, mystery, suspense, romance, and other popular fiction genres, as well as screenwriting and commercial nonfiction. The program focuses on building a writing career by learning the business of publishing while studying creative writing under award-winning, best-selling professors with long and successful publication histories.

Gaylord College announces 2017 William Foster Harris Prizes for Young Writers

The University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, in recognition of the Professional Writing Program's 65th anniversary in the college, invites submissions for the 2017 William Foster Harris Prizes for Young Writers. Two $500 awards will be given, one for a short story of up to 1000 words by a high school student and another for a short story of up to 2000 words by an undergraduate student. There is no entry fee.

The University of Oklahoma's Professional Writing Program offers bachelor's and master's degrees focused on creative writing for publication, including fantasy, horror, mystery, suspense, romance, and other popular fiction genres, as well as screenwriting and commercial nonfiction. The program focuses on building a writing career by learning the business of publishing while studying creative writing under award-winning, best-selling professors with long and successful publication histories. For more information visit the professional writing home page. 

Entrants will retain all rights to their entries. Entries must include a header with the student's name, school, and email address. They should use a 12-point font and be formatted with one-inch margins and page numbers. To submit, email the story as a Microsoft Word attachment to Harris.Prize@ou.edu.

Students currently enrolled in a U.S. high school, grades 9-12, should use this header:

Harris Prize for High School Students

Students currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a U.S. college or university should use this header:  Harris Prize for Undergraduate Students

Entries must be received by March 1, 2017 at noon. Winners will be announced in May 2017.

Scholarship applications DUE Feb. 1

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Applications open Saturday, October 1, for the University of Oklahoma scholarships. Students can apply here.

Award-winning journalist and former U.S. Marine to speak at Gaylord for Unconventional Reporter series

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Josh Rushing, an award-winning journalist and photographer and former U.S. Marine captain will speak Monday night, Oct. 3, 2016,  at Gaylord College. 

More information is available here

Gaylord College hosts Pulitzer Centennial panel September 29th

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Gaylord College will host a panel discussion Thursday, September 29th in the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Auditorium in commemoration of the Pulitzer Prize Centennial. 

The panel begins at 10:30 and covers the culture of trauma reporting before and after the internet, with panelists including Gaylord Dean Ed Kelley, Pulitzer Prize winners Hailey Branson-Potts and Engleman/Livermore Professor John Schmeltzer, Gaylord alum and McClatchey reporter Hannah Allam, and Bruce Shapiro of the Dart Center.

Full details are available here

Gaylord students win four Heartland Emmys

The college received a total of nine nominations

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Read more here about Gaylord's achievements at the Heartland Emmys this year. 

DeWalt wins Outstanding Scholarship award second year in a row

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Christina Childs DeWalt (Ph.D. candidate, Journalism & Mass Communications) received the Carol Burnett Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Mass Media Ethics at the 2016 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conference in Minneapolis, MN. This is the second year in a row DeWalt has won the Burnett Award. This year’s winning paper is titled: Framing Ferguson: Duty-Based Ethical Discourse in the Editorial Pages of the St. Louis Post- Dispatch.

Ed Kelley named permanent dean of Gaylord College

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In March, the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents named Ed Kelley permanent dean of Gaylord College.

Kelley served as interim dean of OU’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication since August 2015.

Read the full release here. 

Graduate Student news

DeWalt receives Burnett Award

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Christina Childs DeWalt (Ph.D. candidate, Journalism & Mass Communications) received the Carol Burnett Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Mass Media Ethics at the 2016 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conference in Minneapolis, MN. This is the second year in a row DeWalt has won the Burnett Award. This year’s winning paper is titled: Framing Ferguson: Duty-Based Ethical Discourse in the Editorial Pages of the St. Louis Post- Dispatch.

Gaylord College news

Ortega named ProPublica "Emerging Reporter"

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Gaylord College journalism major Pam Ortega was named an "Emerging Reporter" by ProPublica, an independent, non-profit newsroom. In addition to this award, Ortega also worked as a News21 fellow this summer on their project on voting rights around the U.S. and won an award from the National Association of Black Journalists for her story on Oklahoma's black towns with Gaylord's Routes TV. 

Read more on the award here

Kochigina Wins Outstanding MA Thesis

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Anna Kochigina
, Dr. Katerina Tsetsura's master's advisee, won the prestigious International Communication Association PR Division’s 2014-2015 James E. Grunig and Larissa A. Grunig Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award

OIDJ Workshop

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The 2016 Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism annual workshop for promising high school students exposes youth to careers in the world of daily journalism. Students visited with anchors at News 9 and other local media and communications professionals to learn more about careers in the fields taught at Gaylord College. 

Three Gaylord alumni win Pulitzers

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Three University of Oklahoma journalism graduates received Pulitzer Prizes this year.

Hailey Branson-Potts and Mark Potts of the Los Angeles Times won for their reporting of the San Bernardino shootings.

Dave Fallis of the Washington Post won for National Reporting as an investigative editor for the team reporting on police shootings

A full list of 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners can be found here

"Talk with Us" wins first place award

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Tulsa, Okla.- Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication and Oklahoma Watch at the University of Oklahoma won first place at the Great Plains Journalism Awards on April 18 for “Talk with Us,” a mobile video reporting project on the effects of poverty on local communities by a team of journalists, scholars, and students. 

Read more here. 

From the archives

Pulitzer winner Jose Vargas speaks at OU

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The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma is excited to invite you to an opportunity to hear and engage with one of our nation’s boldest voices on the topic of undocumented immigrants and citizenship.

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Hodgson plans earthquake safety videos

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NORMAN — Oklahomans are looking for ways to secure their homes against damage incurred from the earthquakes that have been rocking the state.

Scott Hodgson, a broadcasting professor in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, wants to make sure his neighbors know what to do to keep their families safe before, during and after an earthquake.

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MaryAnn Martin

MaryAnn Martin, Ph.D.
Gaylord College Director of Communications
mas@ou.edu
office: (405) 325-5372
cell: (469) 422-1239