Freeland receives Gaston Outstanding Mentor Award at Kansas Press Association convention
Gloria Freeland, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications, received the 2015 Gaston Outstanding Mentor Award at the annual Kansas Press Association Convention in Overland Park, Kansas on April 22.
"The Gaston award was established in the year 2000 to pay tribute to those — like the late Karl and Dorothy Gaston — who gave so many reporters and editors the extra push they needed to become outstanding writers, editors, publishers and journalism educators," said Doug Anstaett, executive director of the KPA.
"Freeland’s career at K-State is a living testament to the title 'mentor,'" he said.
Freeland has been a journalism professor in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications for 33 years. She adds a historical dimension to her News and Feature Writing classes by requiring her students to do research and write stories about various topics, including Kansas trails, World War II veterans, people who taught in or attended rural schools, the sesquicentennial of Kansas State University and others. Her spring 2013 class project led to seven student stories being published in the Clay Center Dispatch. A story about the efforts of Morganville, Kansas to raise funds for World War II-ravaged Feves, France garnered local, state, regional and international attention and led to the reconnection of the two towns 65 years later.
She has advised more than 1,000 students in her role as internship coordinator for the A.Q. Miller School. She organizes annual internship fairs so students can network with prospective employers.
Freeland has been director of the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media at K-State since 1997. She helps organize local and regional workshops and coordinates the annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media.
She writes a weekly blog, "Kansas Snapshots," for which she has won numerous awards.
Freeland was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador from 1976-1978. She worked for several Kansas newspapers and, from 1978-1980, at an English-language newspaper in San Jose, Costa Rica. From 1983-1998, she served as the associate director/advertising director of K-State’s Student Publications Inc., publisher of the Kansas State Collegian, the Royal Purple yearbook and the campus directory.