"You know how to throw a party," said a friend and journalist to me yesterday." He was one of 250 people who attended the 45th anniversary of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame yesterday, held on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma.
It's a homecoming, a reunion, as many members of the hall gather to visit and be recognized. It has grown through the years, and it's been my privilege for 17 years to coordinate it. Another friend told me earlier about my job--"Tough job. you get to throw a party for your friends once a year."
Yep. The pleasure is in knowing so many of these journalists in many fields, all across the state who are so crucial to our state. Each year I get to meet new ones. It's been my priority, with the help of a selection committee, to increase the number of women and people of color represented throughout these years.
Understandably when the hall of founded back in 1971, most journalists were white guys, but it changed rapidly since then. My goal has been to honor those people who give their lives in the trenches of every day journalism...many of whom are well-known in small towns as well as the cities.
So it is with the 12 inducted this year--the most we've ever done. We now have 410 members and you can read the bios on them on our website: okjournalism.uco.edu
Julie DelCour (1951- ) came to Oklahoma in 1977 after graduating from the University of Missouri and working four years at Springfield newspapers. She has covered higher education, county and city government, state and federal courts. Her coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing investigation and trials earned national attention, and Newsmaker of the Year from the Association of Women in Communications. After joining the Editorial Board in 1998, she was part of an editorial team honored by APONE for work leading to a buyout of endangered residents in the Tar Creek superfund site. In 2014, the Tulsa YWCA named her one of 100 Women With Moxie on its 100th birthday.