As consumers of media, we need an element of caveat lector- reader beware. But we also need to be aware, to be literate. This series of panels will showcase journalists struggling to make sense of a turbulent reality.
- Borderland reporters will discuss what it is like to do the job in this time and place. Panelists include Lauren Villagran, border correspondent for the Albuquerque Journal; Jamie Warren, reporter for KVIA; Samantha Lewis, reporter for KFOX and KDBC TV; Patrick Hayes, reporter for KTSM; Simon Thompson, multimedia journalist for KRWG TV and KRWG FM.
- “The Responsibility of Storytellers in Turbulent Times.” Noted author and screenwriter Denise Chavez will moderate a panel of historians and storytellers.
- “Environmental Reporting” Laura Paskus from New Mexico Political Report will moderate a panel about the challenge of facts vs. opinions in reporting about the environment.
- Sam Donaldson, renowned reporter and news anchor for ABC News (1967-2013) will be the keynote speaker at the awards banquet on Saturday evening. Donaldson was a White House correspondent for 13 years and a panelist and a co-anchor of the network’s Sunday program “This Week.”
Panels will be presented at the Mesilla Community Center. The Zia Award Luncheon and Saturday evening awards banquet will be at La Posta in Mesilla.
For those arriving early, there will be a showing of short films at New Mexico State University with Hana Lapid.
On Saturday Zia Award finalists will read from their books at the Zia Award Luncheon.
Conference cost for members is $85. ($95. for non-members), with an optional walking tour of Mesilla, New Mexico available for just $12. New this year is a student rate of $25. (This does not include the Zia Award Lunch or the Awards Banquet.)
A discount for rooms is available at the Ramada Inn of Las Cruces. $75 for a single king bed or split a double queen for $85. To reserve a room, call 575-526-4411 and request a room under “New Mexico Press Women.”