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K-State Today

July 6, 2022

K-State professor earns national communications awards

Submitted by Huyen Nguyen

Outstanding communications entries from throughout the United States have won honors in the 2022 national communications contest sponsored by the National Federation of Press Women. Gloria Freeland, Kansas State University journalism and mass communications professor emerita, earned five first-place awards in the statewide contest, sponsored by Kansas Professional Communicators.

Nearly 300 professional communicators earned honors during the celebration at the 2022 National Federation of Press Women Conference in Fargo, North Dakota, on June 25. More than 2,000 entries were submitted in the contest. Winners first competed in contests within their state, and first-place winners advanced to the national contest.

Freeland's awards were for general column, personality profile, and specialty writing in the areas of history, physical health and travel. She also won the Kansas Professional Communicators' "sweepstakes" award.

Freeland's first-place state entries were then eligible to enter the national contest. Her specialty article on travel won second place and her specialty article on physical health and her general column earned honorable mentions. Freeland has been writing a weekly column, "Kansas Snapshots," since 2001.

National Federation of Press Women is a nationwide organization of women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum, including print and electronic journalism, freelancing, new media, books, public relations, marketing, graphic design, photography, advertising, radio and television.

A group of professional journalists, communications specialists and educators judged the entries, which were published or broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2021.