Sedalia Democrat Editor Bob Satnan was recently selected as a finalist in the editorial writing category of the Great Plains Journalism Awards contest.
Paul Greenberg, an editorial writer from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, was chosen as the winner in the category. Greenberg previously received a Pulitzer Prize for editorials he wrote in 1968.
Satnan and Wayne Greene, editorial writer for the Tulsa World, were chosen as finalists from a pool of dozens of contestants.
Satnan’s editorial, “Shirt flap hits sour note,” discussed a decision made by Sedalia School District 200 administrators to remove the high school marching band’s “Brass Evolutions” T-shirts after a few parent complaints.
The Great Plains Journalism Awards is a regional contest in which newspapers, magazines and websites from eight states — including Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Missouri and Arkansas — are eligible to compete, according to Ashley Parrish, director of the Tulsa Press Club.
“Newspapers have been able to enter state contests or national contests with nothing in between,” Parrish said. “The club wanted to honor the outstanding journalism happening right here.”
This year, the club honored more than 100 journalists from the best newspapers, magazines and websites in the region, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Oklahoman, the Tulsa World and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Satnan said he entered the contest on a lark.
“This was the first year I became aware of this contest,” Satnan said. “I knew there was an awfully big pool of talent to compete against.”
Satnan said he was stunned when he received the notification of being selected a finalist in the contest.
“Being chosen as a finalist was good enough,” he said, “and going against a Pulitzer Prize winner made it even more special.”
Parrish said Satnan should be pleased with the award.
“Bob’s win is remarkable because he was competing against papers 10 times the size of The Sedalia Democrat,” she said.