Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 NPW Communications Contest. Winners are listed by category: 1-A. News story, newspaper First: Lori Potter, Kearney Hub, “First a flood, now a pandemic” Second: Erika Pritchard, Kearney Hub. “Summer Prom” Third: Erika Pritchard, Kearney Hub, “Record Revival” HM: Barb Batie, Midwest Messenger, “Palm Sunday Cruise-in” HM (tie): Ellen […]

Four journalists who worked in Nebraska over the last three centuries were inducted into the Marian Andersen Nebraska Women Journalists Hall of Fame Oct. 9 in Grand Island. Because the induction was delayed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rheta Childe Dorr and Lori Potter, who were chosen for the hall of fame in […]

LuAnn Schindler

The publisher of one of the state’s newest weekly newspapers was named the Nebraska Press Women (NPW) Communicator of Achievement (COA), according to Ruth Brown, NPW COA director. LuAnn Schindler, who publishes the Summerland Advocate Messenger in northeast Nebraska, received the award at the group’s fall conference today in Grand Island. The conference marks the […]

Mary Jane Skala of Kearney was named national runner-up for the 2021 Communicator of Achievement Award. The announcement was made June 12 during the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) virtual convention.  Skala is a national award-winning newspaper editor and reporter who was named Sweepstakes Winner of the NFPW Communications Contest in both 1996 and 2020, finishing […]

Congratulations to the 11 Nebraska Press Women members who won a total of 34 awards in the National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest. These members won first place in the Nebraska contest to advance to the national competition. NPW members also placed in the sweepstakes contest. Mary Jane Skala of Kearney, a reporter for […]

Nebraska high school students earned two first places, four second places, three third places and seven honorable mentions in the National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contest. Winners were announced during a May 22 awards ceremony held via Zoom. First-place entries in the Nebraska Press Women High School Communications Contest advanced to the […]

Marian High School in Omaha has earned the Sweepstakes Award in the Nebraska Press Women (NPW) High School Communications Contest, Sherry Thompson, NPW High School Contest director, announced this week. The annual competition included 218 entries by students from 15 Nebraska high schools. The contest, which is open to high school students across the state, […]

Nebraska Press Women named Kearney Hub lifestyles reporter Mary Jane Skala its Communicator of Achievement (COA) at the group’s virtual fall conference on Oct. 17. Skala honed her journalistic skills at the Sun News chain in Cleveland, Ohio, where she worked her way from reporter to senior editor in charge of 22 suburban newspapers. During […]

Congratulations to all of the Nebraska Press Women members who received awards in the 2020 National Federation of Press Women Contest. There were more than 1,800 entries from across the country this year, with nearly 300 award winners. NPW members were awarded 11 first-place, 12 second-place, 5 third-place and 11 honorable mention awards. Awards went […]

The Kearney Hub’s Mary Jane Skala is the overall sweepstakes award winner in the National Federation of Press Women’s 2020 Professional Communications Contest. The award was announced June 20 in an NFPW online event. The 2020 national conference in Little Rock, Ark., was canceled because of COVID-19. Skala writes features and covers health issues. Her […]