Successful year for High Plains Journal at Ag Media Summit

Dodge City, Kan. High Plains Journal and Midwest Ag Journal took home 18 awards from the 2013 Ag Media Summit (AMS) in Buffalo, N.Y., Aug. 4-7.

Associate Editor Jennifer M. Latzke picked up a first place Livestock Publications Council (LPC) Award for her story Zumba at your own risk and another first place for her biweekly column, Common Ground. 

Editor Holly Martin was given honorable mention in the commentary or essay category for The Right Priorities and for her regular column.   

Lance Ziesch and Diana Derstein earned recognition for their work in graphic design. Ziesch won first place for his work on the 2012 Wheat Issue and second place for the Hay Forage Issue and Bale Buddy Manufacturing ad.  Derstein won second place for her National Western Stock Show and Rodeo cover. 

Other LPC awards included:

  • Jennifer M. Latzke, honorable mention, The Meatless Monday misstep;
  • Jennifer Carrico, honorable mention, Hog Wild;
  • Jennifer Carrico, honorable mention, Good stockdogs arent easy to come by;
  • Doug Rich, honorable mention, Three hundred days of grazing is possible; and
  • Lance Ziesch, honorable mention, Professional Cattle ad.

 High Plains Journal and Midwest Ag Journal also received awards from the American Agricultural Editors’ Association (AAEA). The High Plains Journal Facebook page took home second place in the social media category. Jennifer M. Latzke received first place for her humorous article Zumba at your own risk. 

Jennifer Carrico was awarded second place for her livestock photography and third place for her crops photography. She was also recognized as a level four in the master photographer program.

In the Best of the Bunch photography contest Carrico took first place, being named the best photo of all entries submitted.  Carrico also was awarded first and third in the livestock category, second in the livestock scenic category, and third in the sky’s the limit category.  Martin took home a second place award in the livestock category.

 AMS is the largest gathering of crop and livestock publications professionals in the United States and is hosted by AAEA, LPC, and the ABM AgriCouncil. While the event itself focuses on networking and professional education, the AAEA and LPC critique contests showcase excellence in ag communications and journalism while providing constructive evaluation of writing, design and marketing pieces. 

The Livestock Publications Council was founded in 1974 and is a non-profit organization designed to serve the livestock publishing industry.  Its goal is to provide a forum through which members can obtain information on how to improve their overall effectiveness and value to both readers and advertisers.

High Plains Journal and Midwest Ag Journal are weekly agriculture news publications with five geographic editions covering production agriculture across 12 states with paid readership. The Journal is based in Dodge City, Kan., and has brought essential industry news and markets to farm families and agriculture decision makers for more than 60 years throughout the core of production agriculture.



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