Mvskoke Media wins five Oklahoma SPJ awards

Mvskoke Media wins five Oklahoma SPJ awards

Mvskoke Media release

TULSA, Oklahoma — Mvskoke Media was awarded five Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists Awards during the annual banquet May 19 in Tulsa.

This is the first year Mvskoke Media submitted entries to the competition.

Mvskoke Media Manager Sterling Cosper said he is proud of Mvskoke Media staff for raising the profile and quality of the department, as well as bringing more attention to Muscogee (Creek) Nation and Native issues through balanced and impactful coverage.

“This is a great first year for our official membership with OK SPJ following our Carter Bradley First Amendment Award in 2016 for our free press legislation advocacy,” he said. “Myself and the other tribal SPJ board members have pushed for more Native involvement with this state media organization and our department and several other tribal outlets’ performances during this year’s awards have helped further this effort.”

‘MvskokeVision’s’ Jason Salsman earned first place in editorial and commentary in the Newspaper B category for his column, #RealTalk with Jason Salsman- Custard’s Last Stand: Popular Oklahoma fast-food chain pulls, apologizes for insensitive ad.

Salsman also won third place in TV videography for Running is Ceremony.

‘MvskokeVision’ staff won second place in TV videography for Episode 592, which included interviews with MCN officials regarding the Royal v. Murphy case, an interview with former Rep. Dode Barnett regarding allegations of sexual harassment against MCN National Council Speaker Lucian Tiger, as well as an interview on winter weather preparations.

‘Mvskoke Radio’ won second place in best radio interview/talk show for the Native American Paranormal Project episode.

Jessica McBride won third place in education reporting in the Newspaper B category for The Cost of Education: Funding fails to keep up with student count.

Mvskoke Media was created as an independent agency and separate from the MCN executive branch through a 2015 tribal free press law.

It is one of only five independent tribal media departments in the United States.

The department aims to be the voice of the Mvskoke people by distributing information to MCN through its newspaper, radio show and TV broadcasts as well as graphic design and printing services.

For more information, visit: or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat: @MvskokeMedia.

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