Schedule and tickets now available

Great Plains Journalism Awards, sponsored by the Tulsa Press Club, will welcome Omar Villafranca, correspondent with CBS News in its Southern Bureau, as its distinguished lecturer at its annual conference and awards luncheon May 4 at the Mayo Hotel.

Omar Villafranca CBS News Correspondent
Photo Cr.: Michele Crowe/CBS
©2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved

Villafranca’s assignments have sent him to the front lines of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and in 2017 placed him in the path of major hurricanes that battered the U.S. and the Caribbean. He also led CBS News’ coverage of a deadly shooting by a Tulsa County reserve deputy that eventually led to the resignation of the longtime Tulsa County Sheriff.

Joining Villafranca as featured speakers are S. Douglas “Doug” Dodd of Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson, LLP law firm in Tulsa, Andrea Leitch of National Geographic, and Louise Kiernan of ProPublica Illinois.

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.

Following its mission to promote high standards in journalism, the Tulsa Press Club will present Dan Harrison Memorial Scholarships to winners in five student categories. Students in attendance also will have the opportunity to have portfolio reviews with Villafranca.


On Thursday, May 3, The Tulsa Press Club will host a meet and greet from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the clubhouse. Mix and mingle with conference speakers, out-of-town journalists and guests. Free admission. Cash bar.

Purchase your luncheon ticket at shop.tulsapressclub.org. Tickets are $50; $45, student/media. 

On Friday, May 4, conferences will be held in the Mayo Museum inside The Mayo Hotel, 115 W. Fifth St.
10 a.m.: Louise Kiernan, Editor-in-Chief of ProPublica Illinois-
Strategies for writing about complex topics

11 a.m.: Luncheon Registration

11:30 a.m.: Awards Luncheon — Welcome and Introduction, President’s Remarks, Awards Presentation (Lunch served during awards), Presentation of the Dan Harrison Memorial Scholarships, Distinguished Lectureship Speaker: Omar Villafranca. Luncheon at The Mayo Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom.

1 p.m.: Break

1:15 p.m.: Omar Villafranca, CBS News national correspondent-
Covering natural disasters

2 p.m.: Break

2:15 p.m.: Doug Dodd, partner with Doerner Saunders Daniel and Anderson-
Social media and copyright compliance

3 p.m.: Break

3:15 p.m.: Andrea Leitch, Senior Digital Director, Travel and Adventure for National Geographic-
Digital storytelling

4 p.m.: Break

5 p.m.: Happy Hour Reception
(All luncheon ticketholders are welcome to join us for a post-event reception at the Mayo’s Penthouse Bar.)

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Cherokee Nation Businesses

Executive Editor:

Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Hillcrest HealthCare System
Langdon Publishing
Mayo Hotel
Trust Company of Oklahoma
Tulsa Community College
Tulsa World

Questions regarding Great Plains Journalism Conference and Awards Ceremony should be sent to greatplainsawards@gmail.com.

NEW Member Menu Pricing

Tulsa Press Club members and their guests will now receive up to a 15 percent discount off all lunch items. Not a member yet? Join the Press Club today and save on lunch every day! Email Becki Watson at becki@tulsapressclub.org for more information.

Call-in Ordering Available

Do you have a short lunch break? Let us help.

Members can now call ahead and order lunch. A table will be reserved for you and food will be delivered as you arrive. Call 918-583-7737 Monday-Friday starting at 10:45 a.m. to place your order.

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