Women and men in all areas of the communications industry may join NPW.
NFPW Awards - Lori Potter, a reporter, columnist and photographer, for the Kearney Hub, won the overall sweepstakes award in the National Federation of Press Women's 2018 Professional Communications Contest. Mary Jane Skala, also a writer and columnist for the Kearney Hub, placed third in the sweepstakes competition. In all 15 NPW members won awards in the national contest. Click here to read more and see the list of winners.

High School National Winners - Nine Nebraska high school students were among those honored Sept. 7 with awards in the 2018 National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contest. Click here to read more and see the list of winners.

Register for Fall Conference - “Recording Memories: Writing and Rewinding History” is the theme for Nebraska Press Women’s Fall Conference on Saturday, October 6, in Neligh. The NPW membership meeting begins at 9 a.m. and is followed by conference sessions on historic writing with Author Marie Krohn; an overview of The Rural School Project with Gloria Christiansen; and a hands-on video production workshop. The conference is open to the public. Click here to learn more and register for the conference.

Hall of Fame Recipients - Two former longtime newsroom managers were inducted into the Marian Andersen Nebraska Women Journalists Hall of Fame May 5 during Nebraska Press Women’s spring conference in Omaha. Kathleen Rutledge, former editor-in-chief at the Lincoln Journal Star, and Rose Ann Shannon, former KETV Newswatch 7 news director, are the newest inductees into the hall of fame. Click here to read about these accomplished women.

Sweepstakes Awards - A reporter, photographer and columnist for the Kearney Hub took home the top sweepstakes award in the 2018 Nebraska Press Women Communications Contest. Second place went to LuAnn Schindler of Clearwater, and Mary Jane Skala of Kearney was third. Click here to see the complete list of contest winners.

High School Contest - Westside High School of Omaha received the Sweepstakes Award in the 2018 Nebraska Press Women High School Communications Contest May 5 at NPW’s spring conference in Omaha. Additionally, Nebraska high school journalism students were honored for placing in the contest, which includes categories for student newspaper, yearbook, broadcasting and online video work. Click here to read more.

Scholarship Winners - NPW's 2018 $1,000 Memorial Scholarship went to Brittany Hamor of UNL, and the $500 Marianne Beel Memorial Scholarship was awarded to graduating high school senior Amanda Payne. Click here to read more.

COA Award - Nebraska Press Women (NPW) extended their highest honor, the Communicator of Achievement (COA) Award, to Judy Nelson, a 45-year member of NPW during their fall meeting in Osceola. Preparations are now underway to send Nelson’s COA packet to the national office for judging ahead of the September 2018 national conference in Bethlehem, Penn. Click here to read more.

Writer's Network - Need a pro? Nebraska Press Women has a talented group of communications professionals available for freelance work in a variety of areas – from writing, editing and photography to public relations, corporate communications and more. Click here for more information.

Jan. 9, 2019 - Early-bird deadline for Communications Contest entries.

Jan. 22, 2019 - Final deadline for Professional Communications Contest entries.

April 26 - 27, 2019 - NPW Spring Conference, Broken Bow, Neb.

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Each year, the Nebraska Press Women organization sponsors a Professional Communications Contest. A collegiate communications contest is a separate division of the professional contest. Award winners in both contests are recognized at the state level with top prizes being first, second and third place Sweepstakes Awards. All NFPW first place winners from Nebraska are eligible to compete in the national contest. For more information, go to the menu above and click on Contests, then Contest Rules.

NPW also holds an annual High School Communications Contest with 23 categories encompassing newspaper, yearbook and video work done by students. The first-place entry in each of the categories advances to the national contest held by the National Federation of Press Women. This is the only existing high school journalism contest that feeds into a national competition. For more information on the high school contest, go to the menu above and click on Contests, then High School.

Click the link below to find out more about NPW's contests.