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Meet a Member: Monica Springer

October 28, 2016

Monica Springer joined Kansas Professional Communicators and NFPW after moving from the newsroom to the marketing department of Servi-Tech in her hometown of Dodge City. She immediately involved herself in the organization through leadership roles, including planning the 2016 NFPW conference in Wichita, and now serves as president of the affiliate. She is an outstanding NFPW member and one of reasons the conference was such a success. I hope you enjoy getting to know her better. 

Monica Springer

Monica Springer

Name: Monica Springer

City and State: Dodge City, Kansas

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Kansas Professional Communicators. I’ve been president since April.

Years a member of NFPW: Three I think.

Tell us a little about you.

I work at Servi-Tech in Dodge City. Servi-Tech is an agricultural consulting and laboratory testing company. I’ve worked in the communications department for five years.

I have three of the cutest nieces you’ll ever meet, including almost 3-year-old twins and an almost 1-year old. Being an aunt is the coolest job I’ve ever had. I didn’t know it was possible to love someone that much until they were born.

In my spare time when I’m not killing it as an aunt, I enjoy gardening, canning, and fixing my house that was built in 1900. I also have three Pugs: Penny, Raven and Pickles.

Any career advice you would give?

Be willing to change and be open to new ideas. Don’t be one of those people who always say, “But that’s the way we’ve always done it!” Those people are annoying.

Monica Springer with her darling niece Kaylee.

Monica Springer with her darling niece Kaylee, one of the 3-year-old twins.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I want the ability to stop time. That way, if I’m in the middle of a meeting and I want to take a nap, I could just press a button, go home and take a nap.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I have a soft spot for Oklahoma City. I also like the beach. If I could move OKC to a beach where hurricanes don’t happen, and if my family were willing to move with me, and if I won the lottery and I didn’t have to work, that’d be where I want to live.

What book are you reading?

My latest book club book is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I’m about halfway through. The last book we read was The Girl on the Train. If you’re wondering, the book was way better than the movie. Don’t even waste your money on the movie.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I have different colored eyes. My left eye is blue and my right eye is green.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

If I have a question about something, someone is always willing to help. When I’ve asked for help, no one has ever told me no. Plus, it’s good to have friends in different parts of the state!

Way to follow you on a website, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

My blog: kansasmusings.blogspot.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/monica.springer.73

Twitter: twitter.com/monicaspringer

 

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She travels the world covering agriculture, but calls Kansas home

October 22, 2013

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Jenni Latzke standing in a winter wheat field near Rosario, Argentina.

Talking with Teri this week features a one of the Unique, Unbelievable NFPW members from Kansas.

Name: Jennifer M. Latzke is the byline. Most everyone calls me Jenni

City and State: Dodge City, KS. I write for High Plains Journal, and we are located on Wyatt Earp Blvd. Yes, we still have Boot Hill. No, Miss Kitty and Marshall Dillon were fictional characters. No, I have not seen Dorothy or Toto. Yes, I have seen a tornado.

Affiliate: Kansas Professional Communicators where she is currently serving as president.

Years a member of NFPW: Think about 13? They tend to run together.

Why are KPC and NFPW important to you?

KPC and NFPW are valuable organizations for networking.

Tell us a little about you.

Well, I am an agricultural journalist. My bachelor’s degree is in agricultural communications with a minor in animal science from Kansas State University. My coursework emphasis was in PR. Basically, I took all the same journalism and mass comm classes that you may have taken. But, I also had to do just as much coursework in agronomy, agribusiness and animal science. I landed at HPJ 13 years ago and today I cover wheat, sorghum, cotton, winter canola, cattle production and pretty much anything else that grows in TX, OK, KS and CO. I also write a human interest column twice a month called “Common Ground.”  HPJ is a weekly pub with 50,000+ paid subscribers in 12 states. We have four other Associate and Field Editors who cover other parts of our area.

This job has allowed me to travel around the country and around the globe. My most recent trip was to Buenos Aires and Rosario, Argentina, for the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress at the end of August and first part of September. I was named one of 10  2013 IFAJ/Alltech Young Leader in Agricultural Journalism Award winners selected from IFAJ affiliates from around the globe. I’ve also traveled to Vietnam with my Kansas Ag and Rural Leadership class. And, I’ve been to Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica and Mexico with the U.S. Wheat Associates farmer trade team as the media representative.

Any career advice you would give?

Don’t be afraid to take calculated risks. Look deeper for the story. Listen more than you speak. Black is slimming and always appropriate with the right accessories.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

There’s not one. I like to say I have a dash of Lucille Ball and Erma Bombeck, combined with a pinch of Julia Child, a sprinkling of Patsy Cline and a heaping helping of Julie Andrews.

Which words/phrases do you most overuse?

“Bless his/her heart.” It’s the southern fallback replacement phrase for sentiments that cannot be fully expressed in polite company.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Financial planning. Seriously, I admire those who can read stock reports like bedtime stories. The same people who can research insurance plans and retirement plans and all manner of financial data without falling into a coma or lapsing into adult onset Tourette’s.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Toss up between a cabin in Montana or a cottage in Ireland. Both highly conducive to writing and peaceful tranquility.

What book are you reading?

Honestly, it’s a J.D. Robb novel. When I read, I read for pleasure. I should probably read for self-improvement, but frankly, that bores me.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I showed cattle all through my 4-H career and I can crochet, sew and garden because of 4-H. I sang on the main stage in front of about 15,000 at Manhattan, Kansas’s Country Stampede in 2000 as part of a karaoke contest and at one time I considered moving to Nashville to sing professionally. I am an avid and unapologetic fan of the brilliantly violent TV show “Sons of Anarchy,” the Avengers movie franchise, and Harry Potter. My ideal dinner party would include Nora Roberts, J.K. Rowling, Dame Maggie Smith, Carol Burnett and Georgia O’Keefe.

Website: www.hpj.com and Twitter: @Latzke

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