Northwestern's Valarie Case wins photography, writing awards

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Northwestern's Valarie Case wins photography, writing awards

August 7, 2008

Public relations specialists from across the state compete throughout the year for awards in a variety of competitions, and this year Valarie Case, a university relations specialist at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, received six awards for her creativity in writing and photography.

In the recent Oklahoma College Public Relations Association (OCPRA) contest, 450 projects were entered into 30 different categories. Case placed third in Digitally Enhanced Photography/General for her photo of the Ranger logo including a crowd of people. That particular photo was on the 2007-08 Ranger viewbook cover.

The Waynoka native also received an Honorable Mention award in News Writing for a story titled “Rangers Helping Rangers,” T-shirt sales benefiting Greensburg Future Fund.”

During the Oklahoma Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) annual awards banquet, held mid-spring semester at the Skirvin/Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City, Case received four awards.

Awards presented in newspaper, television, radio, magazines, Web site and public relations were judged by three out-of-state SPJ chapters. Judges reviewed more than 1,200 entries.

Case received a third place award for “Rangers Helping Rangers,” the same story as mentioned above. She also won first place in Feature Photography for her photo titled “Hot Dog Eating Contest.” This photo is from a student investiture activity and also is a photo in the Ranger viewbook. Case won first prize in Sports Photography with “Zach Edwards’ Catch,” from a Ranger football game.

Overall, the Best Photographic Portfolio award was presented to Case. She received first place for her portfolio, which included the feature and sports photos that won above, as well as a basketball photo of Brandon Brown at the NAIA National Tournament, the campus fountain during a snow shower on April 13, the day of Dr. Janet Cunningham’s investiture, and a group of students on campus talking and the scenery trees had fall leaves.

At OCPRA, Northwestern competes against communication and public relations individuals from colleges and higher education entities from across the state, including the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, University of Tulsa, Northeastern State University and the University of Central Oklahoma. Northwestern also competes against privately funded schools such as Oklahoma City University and Oklahoma Baptist University.

In the SPJ competition, Northwestern competes against those working in the professional field of journalism, as well as against employees and students from universities. Case’s photography awards were judged in the Division C category for circulations of less than 7,000.



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Office of University Relations
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