Three Journal-World employees are winners in this year's Kansas Press Women's Communications Contest. Awards were presented Saturday night at the annual KPW convention in Wichita.
Jan Biles, arts editor at the Journal-World, is this year's recipient of the Kansas Press Women's Sweepstakes Award. Biles, who came to the Journal-World in February 1995, has won the Sweepstakes Award three other times -- twice while at the Hutchinson News and once while at the Pittsburg Morning Sun.
Biles received eight first-place rankings in feature, business, arts and entertainment and humorous column writing as well as in page layout and page and special section editing. She also received a second place in arts and entertainment writing and third places in personality profile and general column writing.
Her winning entries included stories on Kansas University's fall theater auditions, the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center's connection to the film "Apollo 13," the Lawrence book market and a column about her mother's struggle with anorexia nervosa.
Ann Gardner, editorial page editor at the Journal-World, received first- and third-place awards in editorial writing and second place in page layout. Her first-place editorial suggested that the idea for a mid-high, senior-high be put to rest so the community could concentrate on its plans for a second high school.
Gwyn Mellinger, county government reporter and food editor at the Journal-World, received a first place in continuing news coverage for her articles on the South Lawrence Trafficway. She also received a second place for her food columns.
Other Lawrence residents placing in the contest include Carol Francis, second place in speech writing; and Sherry Pigg, honorable mention in features and second places in news reporting and articles about social issues.
First-place entries advance to the National Federation of Press Women's Communications Contest. Winners in that contest will be announced in June at the NFPW convention in Charlotte, S.C.