The Enid News & Eagle and McAlester News-Capital earned top honors in the Oklahoma Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest.

Each newspaper won the Sequoyah Award in its respective division. A sweepstakes award, the prize goes to the newspaper accumulating the most points based on results in a dozen news and advertising contests.

The contest judged work published in 2012. Awards were presented at the association's convention on June 14 in Midwest City, Okla.

The News & Eagle won first-place honors in five contests including those for news content, layout and design, in-depth enterprise, personal columns and community leadership. It placed second in six other categories and finished fourth in another.

The Sequoyah Award is the News & Eagle's third in as many years. It competed in Division I against other newspapers with daily circulations of 8,000 or more. The division includes the largest newspapers in the state.

"The News & Eagle staff works hard every day to make the best newspaper possible," said Publisher Jeff Funk. "This is a wonderful recognition of those daily efforts."

The News-Capital won the Sequoyah Award for Division II, composed of newspapers with daily circulations between 4,000 and 8,000. The News-Capital won first place in two contests - for news content and layout and design - and placed in six others.

"The News-Capital staff is passionate about this newspaper," said Publisher Amy Johns. "I believe, without a doubt, each and every team member is worthy of all this award stands for. It stands for being the best."

The News & Eagle and News-Capital were among nine CNHI newspapers that won first-place awards in the Better Newspaper Contest. Others were The Norman Transcript; Muskogee Phoenix; Claremore Daily Progress; Stillwater NewsPress; Ada News; Waurika News-Democrat; and Edmond Sun. The newspapers collectively won 23 first-place awards.

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