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Price, Nagel Inducted into Hall of Fame - A veteran small town newspaper editor and publisher and a college news bureau director and journalism instructor were the 2024 inductees into the Marian Andersen Nebraska Women Journalists Hall of Fame.

Osceola native Velma Price was a post-humous inductee, honored for her 35 years as editor and publisher of the Newman Grove Reporter, as well as serving as Nebraska’s first president of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) in 1955.

The second inductee was Glennis Nagel. She has been a journalist since the day she became editor of her high school newspaper in Goodland, Kan., where she graduated with the Class of 1961. Nagel earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature with an emphasis on journalism from Ft. Hays State and a master’s degree at Kansas State University (KSU). Read the full story.

State High School Contest Awards Announced - Students from 16 schools won state awards in the NPW High School Communications Contest that includes categories in the areas of writing, visual, broadcast or video, and yearbook. The contest was open to high school students across the state. It was judged by communications professionals, with constructive feedback provided on each entry.

Westside High School in Omaha accumulated the most points based on contest results and received the Sweepstakes Award. Millard South High School, also in Omaha, was runner up for the Sweepstakes Award. Gretna East High School placed third. All three schools received awards.
See the list of winners.

Batie Named Runner-up for National COA - Barb Bierman Batie of Lexington, Neb., has been named the runner-up for the 2023 Communicator of Achievement Award from the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW).

Batie was recognized during a celebration at the organization’s annual conference held June 22-24, 2023, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Now in its 86th year, NFPW is a nationwide organization of professional women and men pursuing careers across the spectrum of journalism and communications.
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Students Win National Communications Awards - Nebraska high school students earned two first places, two second places, four third places and nine honorable mentions in the National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contest.

Winners were announced during a May 17 awards ceremony held via Zoom. Nebraska’s national winners are from eight schools – Dorchester Public School in Dorchester, Gretna High School in Gretna, Lexington High School in Lexington, Marian High School in Omaha, Millard North High School in Omaha, Millard South High School in Omaha, Ralston High School in Ralston, and Westside High School in Omaha.
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NPW Communications Contest Awards - All three NPW Sweepstakes Award recipients in the Nebraska Press Women Communications Contest this year are from central Nebraska. The three and their placements include: Mary Jane Skala, Kearney Hub lifestyle writer and columnist, first; Lori Potter, Kearney-based freelance writer and columnist, second; and Barb Batie, Lexington-based freelance writer, third.

Other members also were recognized for their work.
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March 15, 2024 Hall of Fame nomination deadline

April 19, 2024 - NPW Board Meeting, Lexington

April 20, 2024 - NPW Spring Convention, Lexington


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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.