Two Journal-World editors were among the winners in the 1999 Kansas Press Women Communications Contest. Winners were announced April 24 at the KPW state convention in Wichita.
Jan Biles, arts editor, was a runner-up for the Sweepstakes Award. She received first-place awards for news reporting, feature writing, reviews and the annual arts and entertainment section of the KU Edition; second-place awards for The Mag, the paper's weekly arts and entertainment section, continuing coverage of an event, feature writing, arts and entertainment reporting, and editing of lifestyle-entertainment pages; and an honorable mention for page layout.
Ann Gardner, editorial page editor, received first- and second-place awards for editorial writing.
Gwyn Mellinger, a journalism instructor at Baker University in Baldwin, received a first-place award for the food and gardening column she writes for the Journal-World.
Other winners from Lawrence were Susan Novak, who works at the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka, first, historical articles; and Pat Solbach, who works at Menninger Clinic in Topeka, second, advertising-TV campaign or series.
Lou Ann Thomas, a free-lance writer from Oskaloosa who contributes to the Topeka Capitol-Journal and KANU-FM 91.5, won first-place awards for feature writing, personality profile, column writing and electronic media-personal column/review; second-place awards for feature writing, historical writing and humorous column; third-place award for special series; and an honorable mention for feature writing.
First-place entries will advance to the National Federation of Press Women competition, with winners announced in June.
The state contest received 198 entries. Judging was done by the faculty of Western Kentucky University.