In Memory of George Floyd

New Mexico Press Women condemns the senseless and unjust murder of George Floyd and stands with the journalists who are covering the protests. Journalists report the news every day, even at the risk of their own safety. In the overheated atmosphere of this summer, when journalists rush to the scene of the action, they are becoming targets of groups who don’t want their actions recorded. Journalists and their organizations need all the support we can give, by watching, reading and financially supporting them.

We also support the legions of Americans who record and share information that we would otherwise never know. It was a citizen who video-recorded the death of George Floyd and shared his last words. Democracy thrives when citizens stand up and record something urgent. At this moment in history, sharing history-making video gives renewed meaning to the phrase citizen journalist.

New Mexico Press Women

Online Panel Discussion: COVID-19 and the NM Media Response

How did journalists that usually report on other issues quickly pivot to report on the COVID-19 crisis competently and confidently? What are the stories they would have liked to tell?

Join us on Monday, June 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a NMPW and Las Cruces online video event, “COVID-19 and the NM Media Response,” with a panel discussion moderated by Damien Willis, a lead reporter for the Las Cruces Sun News and the NMPW 2020 Communicator of Achievement.

Panelists include: Sharon Chischilly, photo editor for the Daily Lobo; Algernon D’Ammassa from the Las Cruces Sun-News; Patrick Hayes, general assignment reporter for KOB-TV; Trip Jennings, executive director for New Mexico In Depth; Ryan Lowery from the Las Vegas Optic; and Joy Wang, also from KOB-TV.

Topics include how reporters across the state had to become competent public health reporters during the COVID-19 crisis—and also the stories that panelists believe should have been told but were lost because of the pressing need to keep up with quickly changing updates and important information from health and government officials.

There is no charge for the event, but registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Email lcpresswomen@gmail.com with “COVID panel” in the subject line and include your full name and affiliation (if any).

NMPW Vice President Damien Willis pens article on Corona, New Mexico

 
Damien Willis, a journalist with the Las Cruces Sun-News, wrote an article called “A town named Corona: Rural New Mexico village shares name with a pandemic” that appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on 27 April 2020. Link: https://www.abqjournal.com/1447917/a-town-named-corona.html
Willis drove to Corona, New Mexico to interview folks in a village of 163 residents in Lincoln County, and wrote a delightful article about how its citizens are adapting to now having a notorious name.

Northern New Mexico Chapter YouTube Program: The Virus & the Voters: Election 2020

Brian Sanderoff, who is president of Research and Polling, Inc. in Albuquerque, the pollster for the Albuquerque Journal, and a political analyst for KOAT-TV discuss the potential effects of the pandemic in a wide-ranging interview with Kathleen McCleery, a broadcast journalist with more than two decades experience with the PBS NewsHour.
The 36-minute program “The Virus and The Voters: Election 2020” was produced by the northern chapter of New Mexico Press Women and may be viewed on YouTube.

SouthWest Writers 2020 Writing Contest

Are you an aspiring poet? Fiction writer? Memoirist? SouthWest Writers (SWW) annual short story and poetry writing contest challenges you to bring your tales to life. With more than 66 prizes and an option to have your work published, this is an opportunity to give wings to your creativity. Whether your interest lies in the past (historical fiction, biography, memoir), the future (sci-fi/fantasy), or the present (current foibles, social consciousness/philosophy) this contest gives you an opportunity to express your vision of the world. Do you love to watch mystery/crime shows but have a new plot twist? Can your longing for romance flow out in words? Can you find humor in the little things in life?  Write about it. For more information go to: www.southwestwriters.com or call (505) 830-6034.