(NASHVILLE, TENN.) — Kansas Country Living magazine today received the prestigious George W. Haggard Memorial Journalism Award for 2013 from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).
Country Living is published by the Kansas Electric Cooperatives, the Topeka, Kansas-based statewide association representing the interests of electric cooperatives in the state. It reaches the homes and businesses of nearly 122,000 electric cooperative consumer-members in Kansas every month, covering issues affecting electric co-ops while weaving in articles that highlight local businesses, attractions and people.
The Haggard Award annually recognizes the electric co-op publication demonstrating the most forthright, concise and balanced presentation of ideas advancing the objectives of electric cooperatives and their members.
NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson and NRECA Board President Curtis Nolan presented the award to Larry Freeze, Editor of Kansas Country Living, during the 2014 NRECA Annual Meeting here. Freeze accepted the award on behalf of the magazine’s staff.
“In addition to reporting news and information about local electric cooperatives, we strive to provide content that is relevant to the quality of life in rural Kansas,” said Freeze. “We see a big part of our mission being to help promote, empower and revitalize the rural sector of our state.”
One judge stated, “This is an excellent example of an advocacy voice for electrical cooperatives. Features are informative and helpful, tailored to the consumer with an educational tone.”
Another noted, “It’s refreshingly clear from front cover to back that you’re the co-ops’ magazine, making a strong and varied case all year long for the importance of co-ops in your readers’ lives.”
The award honors George W. Haggard, a former statewide editor, statewide manager and federal Rural Electrification Administration official who was killed in a plane crash in 1951. Haggard championed the creation of electric cooperative statewide consumer publications. Today, 32 electric co-op statewide publications consistently rank among the most widely read in the United States, each month reaching more than 12 million households served by cooperatives based in 38 states. Eighteen publications entered the 2013 competition.
More than 8,500 representatives from cooperative electric utilities across the nation are attending the NRECA Annual Meeting March 2-5, during which they will set NRECA’s legislative and organizational agenda for 2014. In addition to considering and acting upon policy resolutions, delegates receive reports from NRECA officials, hear addresses by key public figures and business experts, and attend educational forums on major issues affecting electric cooperatives and their consumer-owners.
NRECA, a national service organization, represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide electric service to more than 42 million people in 47 states.