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Becky Funke of Kansas Named NFPW
2014 Communicator of Achievement

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Becky Funke of Goddard, Kansas, was named the 2014 Communicator of Achievement by the National Federation of Press Women during its annual conference, held this year in Greenville, S.C. The Communicator of Achievement award is the highest honor bestowed by NFPW upon those members who have distinguished themselves within and beyond their field.

Funke says she felt a calling to writing and editing, which is a good thing since her high school English/journalism teacher told her she had the best “nose for a good story” of any of the student journalists he had worked with in his teaching career.

For the past 25 years, Funke has been editor and publisher of Active Aging, a regional monthly newspaper serving readers aged 55 plus. She is a 31-year member of Kansas Professional Communicators. She has held most officer positions, including president. She also was the contest chairperson numerous times. She is co-chair of the planning committee for the 2016 NFPW conference, to be held in Wichita. For more, read the press release.

John Watson of Delaware Also Honored

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John Watson of Wilmington, DE, was named the 2014 Communicator of Achievement Runner-Up. Watson, a semi-retired talk show host, continues to urge his listeners to call in and to be a part of history by engaging in discussion. He began his broadcasting career in New York and was later recruited by 1450 WILM NewsRadio in Delaware. He was often named the best talk show host in Delaware. Watson is a longtime committed member of the NAACP. He mentors boys and young men through the Village Center in the disadvantaged Southbridge Neighborhood of Wilmington. He also is a member of CHILD, which provides youth services and emergency shelter and has worked as an advisory board member of the Cab Calloway School of the Arts. He also is a member of American Legion Post #21 and the Wilmington Kiwanis Club. A member of the Delaware Press Association since 1966, he is a board member and has won numerous awards in DPA and NFPW. — Read the press release.

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.

Affordable Liability Insurance Available to NFPW Members.

Chubb has developed a media liability insurance program exclusively for members of the National Federation of Press Women. The program is affordably priced and is administered by Walterry Insurance Brokers, a brokerage firm that has been providing media liability coverage for over 20 years. Coverage is worldwide and protects you against claims arising from articles you have written which are published or disseminated by others. Information on this program is referenced on our Join page or you can contact the Media Department at Walterry Insurance Brokers at 800-638-8791. Read the full article.

AFFILIATE NEWS: New Florida Affiliate Forming

Suki Eleuterio, a Delaware Press Woman member who recently moved to Florida, has started the Florida Press Women group in South Florida. Interested? Join the LinkedIn Group or contact Suki for more information.

About NFPW

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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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