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Katherine Ward standing and holding the award.

Katherine Ward Receives the NFPW President's Award, one the highest honors bestowed by the National Federation of Press Women.

Katherine Ward receives NFPW President's Award

Katherine Ward, executive Director of Delaware Press Association for the last 20 years and NFPW’s electronic communications contest guru, was awarded the NFPW President's Award for her outstanding service to the organization. The award was presented at the NFPW Conference in Greenville, S.C.

A freelance writer, editor, writing coach, educator and author, Ward was presented the award by NFPW President Teri Ehresman, who cited Ward's service to NFPW. The award was in recognition for the hundreds of hours Ward has given over the last several years to switch the NFPW affiliate contests, professional and high school — at both the state and national level — to an electronic format in order to meet the strategic goal of moving our organization into the 21st century. The award is given from time-to-time by the NFPW president, with the approval of the Executive Committee.

Her passions, which are many and diverse, include striving for excellence in communication (including incorporation of First Amendment rights and freedom of information), first-class education for the youth of our nation, and equality for women. She has been an active and loyal member of DPA and of NFPW since 1990.

In accepting the award, she said considering those who have received the award in the past — journalists such as Sarah McClendon and Helen Thomas, and Betty Ford, champion of women's rights — she was deeply honored to receive the seldom-given award.

head and shoulder photo of Katherine Ward.
Katherine Ward, Delaware Press Association

She added: "My receiving such an award would not have been possible without the efforts of those such as Cynthia Price, who for years was a strong advocate for moving forward with an electronic contest; the members of the NFPW board and the Ed Fund board who agreed to take the leap of faith and also put some money on the line; Carol Pierce and Gloria Watkins in the national HQ office, who negotiated for and worked with both the new platform and with countless NFPW members to answer their questions and to accommodate their needs; and all of the affiliate directors of the statewide and high school contests who stepped up to administer the new contest format and put in many hours of time and effort themselves. Thanks are due to all of them, but also to the members of NFPW who made the contest journey into uncharted territory — some who knew where they were going and some who didn't but made the trek all the same. We all have joined hands in this new venture, have come close in a new way, and together have moved NFPW forward to be the best that it can be in our states and on the national scene in this brave new media world. And . . . this wonderful award makes every one of those all-nighters to keep things going to meet contest deadlines ever so worthwhile."

The last time the award was presented was in 1994 when NFPW President Gwen White honored former NFPW President Louise Shadduck with the award.

Lori Potter, Delaware Press Association Take 2014 Sweepstakes Awards

Lori Potter seated and looking toward another lady with back to the camera and photographing Lori with a cell phone. NFPW banners are on the wall in the background.
Lori Potter of Nebraska is a three-time winner of the individual sweepstakes honor.

Lori Potter and Delaware Press Association won top honors in the 2014 National Federation of Press Women’s annual professional communications contest.

Potter captured the individual sweepstakes honor for the third time. She also won top honors in 2008 at the conference in Idaho and 2012 at the conference in Arizona. Potter received a plaque and $250 check for finishing in the top spot. Finishing second was Mary Beth Breckenridge of Ohio who won $150 for her efforts. Third place and $100 went to Christina Motley of North Carolina. The awards were determined based on the number of their winning entries a member submitted and the number of competing entries in those categories.

Delaware Press Association received $100 for having the most members place in the national contest.

This year’s contest featured 22 affiliates and an At-large group submitted 1,502 entries electronically in the statewide contests. Some states also submitted hard-copy entries in categories for books and publications. There were 502 first-place entries from the 124 categories in the state competitions that were advanced to the national competition. Of those entries, there were 101 first-place awards, 94 second-place awards, 70 third-place awards, and 56 honorable mentions.

Texas student wins Award of Excellence

Karla Estrada holds certificate and stands to the right of contest director Gwen Woolf.

Karla Estrada, a rising junior at Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas, captured the first-ever Award of Excellence for having the best overall entry in the 2014 NFPW High School Communications Contest. Her feature photo entry, "High Hats deal with tragedy through tribute dance," was deemed the top entry among 20 first-place winning entries.

Karla was on hand to accept her award at the youth contest awards luncheon on Sept. 6 at the NFPW conference in Greenville.Karla received first-place awards both for the feature photo and a sports photo. Besides certificates, she received a total of $200 in prize money.

Also present at the luncheon to receive her award and a $100 check was Anna Schecterson, a rising junior at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, N.C., who won first place for reviews.

Amanda Ledbetter, adviser for broadcasting, journalism and yearbook at Oakbrook Preparatory School in Spartanburg, picked up the honorable mention award for video web news story for her students, Phillip Macdonald, Daniel Ceballos, Murphy Wildeman and Melanie Arvanites, who could not attend.

For more information, read the press release and view the list of winners.

Professional Development Webinars from Online Media Campus

NFPW members can now participate in high-quality, low-cost online professional development webinars from Online Media Campus, which is brought to you by the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and Iowa Newspaper Foundation.

A typical webinar is a live one-hour session during the work day, costs $35 per phone line, and is archived afterward for repeat viewing. (If several people want to listen in and participate together in one room, the cost is still $35!)

For a complete list of current webinars, visit the Online Media Campus webinar schedule page.

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Membership in NFPW is a solid investment in your career, providing opportunities to develop your professional skills, receive recognition for your work, network with peers, protect the First Amendment, and nurture the next generation of communicators.

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