Zoom Conversation: Journalists Covering Criminal & Social Justice Issues

Photo of Ludella Awad

Host Ludella Awad

NMPW members are invited to participate in an off-the-record Zoom Conversation on Friday, 25 Sep, from 4:00- 4:45 p.m. NMPW will host two journalists covering criminal and social justice issues surrounding police reform and accountability. Joining us are Ryan Lowery from the Las Vegas Optic and Elise Kaplan, criminal justice reporter for the Albuquerque Journal. The event host is NMPW Board Member Ludella Awad, a criminal justice reporter who has worked with multiple news organizations covering the criminal justice system. We anticipate this meeting lasting 45 minutes, but it may go as long as one hour.

If you are a member you may register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you are not a member, you may join to attend.

Zoom attendees for Criminal Justice Zoom meeting

Criminal Justice Zoom attendees

Las Cruces Press Women Sponsors COVID-19 and the Media Response II

Las Cruces Press Women is sponsoring a continuing Zoom conversation on how did governmental communications professionals provide critical public health information during the COVID-19 crisis? The event, COVID-19 and the Media Response II, takes place Monday, Aug 31, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The discussion will be moderated by Damien Willis, lead reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News and New Mexico Press Women 2020 Communicator of Achievement award winner. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Justin Bannister, associate vice president of marketing and communications for New Mexico State University
  • Kelly Jameson, public information officer for Las Cruces Public Schools
  • Dan Trujillo, public information officer for the Las Cruces Police Department
  • Mark Rudi, media relations manager, for University of New Mexico Health Sciences

This event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend, but advance registration before 5:30 p.m. the day of the panel is required to receive the Zoom link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please remember to use the same email account with which you registered to join the meeting.

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.

2020 Communicator of Achievement Is Announced

The 2020 NMPW Communicator of Achievement is Damien Willis of Las Cruces. As a member of the NMPW Board since 2016, Damien has enthusiastically taken on—and volunteered for—duties as needed. He is a model of professional dedication and positive attitude. Read more about Damien and why he was chosen for New Mexico Press Women’s highest honor in the press release.