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Members attend NFPW in Chicago, bring home hardware

Nine WPCI members attended the National Federation of Press Women conference in Chicago in August to network with members, attend workshops and collect their national awards.

At the Aug. 27 banquet, WPCI first vice president Elizabeth Granger was named co-first runner up in the Communicator of Achievement competition, and 10 other members won other honors during an Aug. 28 ceremony (see a full listing below).

In addition to Granger and her husband, Fred, other members attending were Gena Asher, Marion Garmel, Donna Penticuff, Tara Puckey, Nita Scoggan, and Gene and Julie Slaymaker. WPCI members not in attendance who won awards were Sandra Behringer, Stephanie Ferriell, Jackie Finch, Becky Manley and Kendal Miller.

high school winners

From left, WPCI president Julie Slaymaker, Jack Leibovitz, Marianna Cooper, Arjuna Capulong and WPCI contest director Elizabeth Granger celebrate the high school students' awards.(Courtesy photo)

Over the three-day event hosted by the Illinois Woman's Press Association, members attended workshops ranging from using Twitter as a reporting tool to ways the nonprofit model of journalism are working in the Chicago area.

The group of about 150 affiliate members from around the country also heard from guest speakers such as three leaders from the Chicago Tribune who explained how the newspaper and its online products are contributing to the reinvention of that news organization.

Three of the Indiana high school students won first place awards in the WPCI contest attended the Aug. 27 luncheon in Chicago to be honored and collect their awards. They were Marianna Cooper and Arjuna Capulong of Carmel High School and Jack Leibovitz of Lawrence Central High School.(See the full list of Indiana high school winners below.)

Slaymaker and Price

WPCI president Julie Slaymaker, left, accepts her award for profile writing from NFPW president Cynthia Price. (Photo by Marion Garmel)

During a candlelight memorial service, WPCI's Lilian Carmer and Jeannette Grubb, who both died in the last year, were honored.

Indiana members recognized for their milestone years of service were Jackie Davis, 40 years; Ann King, 35 years; former NFPW president Donna Penticuff and Jinsie Bingham, 30 years.

The 2011 NFPW conference will be in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and will be hosted by Nebraska Press Women and Iowa Press Women. Stay tuned to the NFPW website for details, or to check out more information from this year's conference.


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