Nominations are being sought for the next Nebraska Press Women’s Communicator of Achievement (COA) Award. The award is part of a national program to honor communicators who not only display exceptional achievement in the communication field, but also serve the organization and the community.

The state COA is announced annually at the fall convention and serves as NPW’s nominee for the national honor. A previous state COA can be nominated again provided the person has not been the national COA winner.

In addition, NPW does not allow a current state president or a member who serves as National COA Director to be nominated for the state honor. All nominees must be living members in good standing for at least two years in NPW and in NFPW. The COA scoring is based on professional achievements (60 percent), community service (20 percent) and service to NPW and NFPW (20 percent).

Please submit nominations for the 2015 NPW Communicator of Achievement no later than July 1 to NPW COA Chair Barb Bierman Batie at 43590 Rd. 761, Lexington, NE 68850 or email:

In addition to the nominee’s name, please tell why you think this member deserves the honor. If you are unsure whether an individual is eligible, please call Barb at 308-325-2247 and she can confirm their state and national membership.