/Division of Agriculture staffers earn honors in national communications contest

Division of Agriculture staffers earn honors in national communications contest

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PURCELLVILLE, Va. — College of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture staff earned honors from the Nationwide Federation of Press Women national communication contest, collectively with first place for information or function launch.

Fred Miller’s story: “Legal guidelines maintain take-out meals Shielded from COVID-19, however precautions nonetheless important all by way of buy; hand-washing important even for these in isolation at house” gained first place for information or function launch. He additionally earned honorable mentions in specialty articles-bodily well being with “Evaluation goals to show childhood well being advantages of blueberry extracts,” As properly as to specialty articles-agriculture with “Fitbits and AI — know-how might assist enhance extreme quality in hen meat.” Miller is science editor for the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the Division of Agriculture’s research arm.

Kristin Netterstrom Higgins, Public Coverage Center program affiliate, earned second place for her weblog Inside the nonprofit, authorities or instructional class for “DYK: Arkansas Definitely one of A quantity of States With Extra PollProblem Decisions.”  The general public Coverage Center is An factor of the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture’s outreach arm.

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Mary Hightower, chief communications officer for the Division of Agriculture, earned second place for a public service advertising campaign on COVID-19 outreach and education with co-entrants; Co-entrants:

  • Amy Cole, digital media program supervisor; provided internet and social media expertise
  • Tracy Braveness, extension communications director provided copy and content material
  • Emily Davis, extension publications specialist provided graphic design work.
  • Nick Kordsmeier, interim director-communications for the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station; provided modifying, content material and logistics.
  • Chris Meux, design specialist provided graphic design work.
  •  Kim Rowe, Hempstead County extension agent provided Fb posts.
  • Julie Thompson, design specialist, provided graphic design work.
  • Oliver Williams, publications specialist, provided graphic design work.

Hightower additionally earned third place for function story about 4-H summer time camp: “Masks can’t disguise the laughter, enthusiasm all by way of COVID time summer time camp,” As properly as to honorable mentions for an inner worker informationletter referred to as ONE Division, and internet website managed by entrant-nonprofit, authorities or instructional, for COVID-19 information, with co-entrants:

  • Co-entrants: Blanca Hernandez, Pulaski County extension agent; Keiddy Urrea-Morawicki, diagnostician for the Plant Health Clinic On the Division of Agriculture, provided translation work; Bryan Mader, assistant professor-well being, for the Division of Agriculture; provided research-based mostly content material.

“We’re Joyful with the national recognition for our communications efforts, not solely in bringing our expertise and discoveries to the public, But in addition for the super COVID-19 outreach made Through the pandemic in 2020,” said Mark Cochran, Vice chairman-agriculture, College of Arkansas System.

The awards have been launched June 10 Through the NFPW annual convention, hosted by Arkansas Press Women. Netterstrom Higgins is president of APW.

Almost 2,000 entries have been submitted On this yr’s contest collectively with entries from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa. Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, Ny, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Washington, D.C.

NFPW is a nationwide group of Males And ladies pursuing careers throughout the communications spectrum, collectively with print and digital journalism, freelancing, new media, books, public relations, advertising, graphic design, pictures, promoting, radio And tv.