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LITTLE ROCK – Publications from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
were honored for excellence this month by Arkansas Press Women.
Kristin Higgins, a program associate for the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture Public Policy Center, took first place for non-profit/governmental
newsletters for “Energizing Arkansas.” She earned an honorable mention in the same
category for a newsletter on Arkansas Ballot issues.
Mary Hightower, director-communications services for the Division of Agriculture,
won awards for online feature writing for a story about the Cooperative Extension
Service was helping victims of the Moore, Okla., tornado in 2013, and agriculture/agribusiness
writing for the coupled entry of “It’s May. It’s Arkansas. It’s Snowing,” and “Beekeeping
Beeginners get hives of their own.” She took third in the continuing coverage category
for “Arkansas Soybean Growers break 100-bushel barrier.”
“Arkansas Land & Life,” a semiannual publication for the Division of Agriculture,
took first place in the magazine category.
The awards were announced June 7, as Arkansas Press Women, marked the 65th anniversary of its founding. Winners in the state contest move on to the National
Federation of Press Women contest.
“From its start in 1949, this organization set out to help its members develop their
skills professionally,” said Debbie Miller, APW president. “We have never lost sight
of that goal and this contest is one way we recognize the outstanding work of our
members and learn from our judges.”
This year’s contest drew more than 120 entries from all over Arkansas and recognized
excellence in news and public relations. The entries were judged by journalists and
communications educators from Missouri and Arkansas.
Tammy Keith of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette was the contest sweepstakes winner with
seven first places from her 38 entries. Miller, communications specialist with NorthWest
Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, was runner up in the sweepstakes point
The event also featured a colloquium with graduate students in mass communications
programs in Arkansas schools presenting their research. Among the students selected
to present were:
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers its programs to all
eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age,
disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
By the Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com