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K-State Today

September 29, 2011

Freeland receives national award from National Federation of Press Women

By Gloria Freeland

Gloria Freeland, director of the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media and assistant professor in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, recently won a national first-place award  in Community or Institutional Relations from the National Federation of Press Women.

She won for the campaign she coordinated for the Miller School’s centennial celebration. The theme for the celebration — “Preserving the past … preparing for the future” — was used for postcards, email messages, Web pages, posters, banners, invitations, gallery exhibits, a historical booklet and other materials for the three-day event in September 2010. The event included workshops for students, a celebration banquet, a tailgate party at the K-State-UCLA football game and other activities. Part of the campaign included raising money for “Tools for Tomorrow,” a fund to provide technology for students and faculty members.

There were 748 entries in the 2011 National Federation of Press Women communications contest, and 283 winners. The awards were presented at the annual National Federation of Press Women conference in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sept. 10. Twenty-eight judges from 15 states judged the national competition.

For Freeland’s entry, the judge commented: “Excellent, well-rounded campaign and very results-oriented, particularly given the size of the budget. Enjoyed seeing the quantifiable results.”

The National Federation of Press Women will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2012.

Freeland teaches News and Feature Writing classes, is the internship coordinator and helps plan events, such as the Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media and the Great Plains Radio History Symposium, for the Miller school and the Huck Boyd center. She also coordinates the "Newspapers and Community-Building Symposium" at the annual conventions of the National Newspaper Association. The National Newspaper Association’s most recent convention was in Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 23-24. In addition, she writes a weekly online column, "Kansas Snapshots."