Loretta Hall is the new president of New Mexico Press Women. She was elected and installed at the recent state conference in Albuquerque. In addition to Hall, the new board is as follows:
President – Loretta Hall
2017 Conference Chair – Cassie McClure
Broadsheet Editor – Sherry Robinson
Communicator of Achievement – Diana Sandoval
High School Contest – Chris Burroughs
Public Relations – Sharon Niederman
Scholarship – Desiree Cooper
Zia Book Award Coordinator – Jessica Savage
Website – Karen Wentworth
There are other state board positions open. Anyone who is a member of New Mexico Press Women and who is interested, can contact Loretta Hall.
Congratulations to the 2016 Zia Book Award winners!
Pictured below from the left Judy Villella and Beth Hadas representing Lisa Lenard-Cook who received an Honorable Mention, First Runner-Up Diane Thomas, and 2016 Zia Book Award recipient Denise Chávez. The women hold their honored fiction books.
Fifty-three contestants took home nearly 140 certificates honoring their work from the previous year. There are 64 separate media categories in which participants can enter.
A highlight of the contest is the Awards of Excellence, given to writers and organizations who make major contributions to their communities through their work. The Award of Excellence is based on a weighted scale: the more entries in a media category, the more points the winners earn. For example, a first place in a category with three entries earns four points. That same first place in a category with ten entries earns five points. Writers entering multiple categories stand the better chance of winning an Award of Excellence.
This year, The Awards of Excellence went to:
Nicolás Cabrera — First Place
Margaret Cheasebro — Second Place
Colleen Keane — Third Place
Peter St. Cyr — Honorable Mention
The top organizations were:
Majestic Living, Farmington — First Place
Frontera NorteSur, NMSU, Las Cruces — Second Place
Navajo Times, Window Rock, AZ — Third Place
Rio Grande Books, Albuquerque — Honorable Mention
Santa Fe Reporter, Santa Fe — Honorable Mention
The 2016 NMPW Communications Contest is in the books! With 170 entries in 56 categories, 50 entries were awarded first place and qualified to move on the NFPW contest. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists.
Thanks to our Communications Contest Committee: Marissa Bond, Bud Russo, and Tracy Roy for all their hard work in making this year’s contest a reality. Thanks, also, to our judges around the country for supporting our contest. We couldn’t do it without you! Of course, we appreciate everyone who entered the contest and hope that you’ll save up your best work of 2016 to enter in next year’s contest.
Then, please consider joining us for just part of your day on Saturday, April 23. You’ll enjoy New Mexico thought leaders discussing important issues for our state.
We would love to have you join us for one, two, or all three panel discussions at the conference.
The cost per panel is $15, which may be tax deductible for you. See the panel descriptions here
to decide which to attend.
Sign up online no later than April 20, so we’ll be ready to greet you on April 23. You may also register at the door for panels only.
Also, consider making time for a stroll through the bosque to enjoy spring in a special urban forest. It’s steps away from the Bosque Retreat Center, 6400 Coors Blvd. in Albuquerque.
Please note that these panel attendance fees do not include any meals or special events that are part of the full conference.
Remember — if you’re not able to attend the whole conference, we would love for you to join us for part of it!