Cherokee Nation citizen and journalist Nancy Marie Spears holds the three awards she accepted at the recent Native American Journalists Association conference. After graduating from Oklahoma University, she is now working for The Imprint News covering youth-related issues. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX PHOENIX – One of the many Native journalists who attended this year's Native American Journalists Association Conference in Phoenix was Nancy Marie Spears of El Reno, Oklahoma. The Cherokee Nation citizen and recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism was a member of the organization all through college and was able to attend her first in-person conference in August after attending “numerous virtual journalism conferences” due to COVID-19. Also, this was the first time Spears received awards for her reporting. “I was nominated for five awards by my folks at Gaylord News who I worked with during my undergrad. I actually won first place in one student category for best print online for environmental coverage, and then I won first place in health coverage and won second place in best elder coverage in the professional division,” she said. “I've been a member of NAJA for many years…and so to be recognized by NAJA is really just amazing to me.” While all of the stories she won awards for are special to her, she said the elder story is the most special. It is about “a very prominent” Kiowa elder and linguist Dorothy WhiteHorse DeLaune or “Grandma Dorothy.” DeLaune was the elder responsible for teaching […]
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