Register now for the 2017 New Mexico Press Women Conference in Las Cruces

conference logoNew Mexico Press Women will explore “Media Literacy in a Post-Truth Society” at the annual conference on April 21-22 in Las Cruces. Download the agenda.


An added note: We need your donations for the silent auction taking place at the conference on April 22. All proceeds from the silent auction go to our scholarship fund for students attending colleges in New Mexico. Gently used or new items, interesting New Mexico or journalism-related memorabilia, jewelry, books, artwork, donations from local stores and restaurants, gift certificates, etc., all make great auction items. Contact scholarship chair Desiree Cooper at to let her know what you’re bringing. Thank you!

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.

  • Sam Donaldson, renowned reporter and news anchor for ABC News (1967-2013), will be the keynote speaker at the awards banquet Saturday evening. Donaldson was a White House Correspondent for 13 years and a panelist and co-anchor of the network’s Sunday program “This Week.”
  •  Reporting in a Changing Landscape: Working borderland reporters in television, print and radio discuss the current atmosphere, challenges, media literacy and what it’s like to do our jobs in this time and place. Panelists include Lauren Villagran, border correspondent for the Albuquerque Journal; Jamie Warren, reporter for KVIA-TV; Samantha Lewis, reporter for KFOX-TV/KDBC-TV; Patrick Hayes, reporter for KTSM-TV; Simon Thompson, multimedia journalist for KRWG-TV/KRWG-FM.
  •  La Manda Fronteriza—Standing Firm On The Border—Frontera Truth Telling: Noted author and screenwriter Denise Chávez will moderate this panel of writers, historians, educators, community activists, and a former librarian, who will look at the impact of truth telling on the U.S./México Border and its ramifications for our greater community. Panelists include: Dr. Yolanda Chávez-Leyva, associate professor and director of the Institute of Oral History & The Borderlands Public History Lab at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP); David Dorado Romo,  author of Ringside Seat to A Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juárez: 1893-1923, currently a Mellon Research fellow at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM. and Miguel Juárez, historian, librarian, and Doctoral Student at UTEP.
  •  Environmental reporter Laura Paskus will moderate a panel that includes scientists — including NM climatologist Dr. David W. DuBois — and writers talking about how to report on science, including climate change, in the “alternative facts” era. Discussions will include building relationships with scientists and trust with the public, how to communicate scientific uncertainty in a way that’s both accurate and understandable, knowing how to distinguish peer reviewed science from opinions, and understanding what resources are out there for journalists interested in science reporting.
  • Also on Saturday, the Zia Award finalists will read from their books at the Zia Award Luncheon, and the conference concludes with the New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest Awards Banquet.
  • A showing of short films at New Mexico State University with Ilana Lapid is included in the conference registration and is on Friday night at New Mexico State University Creative Media Institute. Other panelists included are Jazmin Harvey, Dr. Laura Anh Williams, and Dr. M. Catherine Jonet.

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.

Conference cost for members is $85 for NMPW members ($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.”

Our gratitude to our public interest sponsors who helped make this conference possible. Ultra Health is supporting the conference at the platinum level.

The Institute for Analytic Journalism is supporting the conference at the bronze level.

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