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Journal wins awards at National Federation of Press Women conference

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Associate Editor Jennifer M. Latzke, Graphic Designer Diana Derstein, and the High Plains Journal special projects team were among 268 distinguished professionals from across the country receiving awards celebrating excellence in communications during the National Federation of Press Women's annual conference held in Scottsdale, Ariz., Sept. 20 to 22.

Awards were given in a wide variety of categories and judged by several Pulitzer Prize winners and educators associated with the Institute of Rural Journalism, based at the University of Kentucky. Entries eligible in the national competition were first-place winning entries at the state level, and were published between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2011.

Latzke received a first-place award in the columns category and an honorable mention in the special articles category. Latzke is the current president of the Kansas Professional Communicators, an affiliate state chapter of NFPW.

Harvest Heroes was awarded a first-place award for the video Mom's Tractor. The Future of Farming Series was awarded second place in the advertorial category. All Aboard Wheat Harvest was awarded second place in the photography for web category and a third place in the special insert category.

Derstein received a second-place award for cover design.

NFPW is a nationwide organization of women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum, including print and electronic journalism, freelancing, new media, books, public relations, marketing, graphic design, photography, advertising, radio and television.

High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal is a weekly agriculture news publication with five geographic editions covering production agricultural across 12 states with paid readership. The Journal is based in Dodge City, Kan., and has brought essential industry news and markets to farm families and agriculture decision makers for more than 60 years throughout America's heartland.

Date: 10/8/2012



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