Honorees are selected by a committee composed of members of the working press, and the Hall of Fame. The committee sifts through all nominations, both new ones and those held over from previous years before selecting the honorees. Nomination forms can be downloaded or mailed directly by contacting the director of the Hall of Fame at (405) 974-5122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each member receives an etched award plaque suitable for wall display, and a certificate of each year's nominees with their accomplishments. The biographical certificate of the honoree is displayed in the Hall of Fame at UCO in the Nigh University Center. Duplicate copies are available for the honoree or his/her family. Names of honorees are announced each April or May. A news release announcing those honored each year is provided to all state newspapers, broadcasting stations, magazines and college departments and schools of journalism. The UCO Department of Mass Communication is the host and administrator of the Hall, with additional funding provided by UCO,
The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation and generous members of the Hall.