New Mexico Press Women 2017 Awards

New Mexico Press Women have presented their 2017 communications awards in a variety of categories at their annual conference, held this year in Las Cruces. The awards were presented to those present a a gala banquet that ended the NMPW annual conference Saturday evening, April 22. Awards will be mailed to those who did not attend the banquet.

Here is a full list of awards. Congratulations to all!

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.

Free Training on Effective Use of Campaign Finance Data

There is a free course available to the public on ways to effectively use data bases to examine campaign contributions. The course, underwritten by the Thornberg Foundation and co-sponsored by New Mexico in Depth, New Mexico Press Women, the Society of Professional Journalists, New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, Las Cruces Press Women, the UNM Department of Communication and Journalism, and the UNM College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences is available in three cities.

  • Las Cruces, Feb. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Register here.
  • Santa Fe, Feb. 2, 12:30-2:30 p.m.  Register here.
  • Albuquerque, Feb. 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Register here.

Trainers from the National Institute on Money in State Politics will teach participants how to use the Institute’s pilot ”Anomaly Detection” tool, which uses statistical and artificial intelligence algorithms to spot inconsistencies in campaign finance data that is outside historical norms.

The training will also cover how to use FollowTheMoney’s “My Legislature” tool with New Mexico’s 2017 legislative committees and bill feeds to track specific legislation to see how donors overlap with policy proposals and lawmakers.

The training will emphasize use of these tools for investigative reporting, but the training is open to all who are interested.

Contact Denise Roth Barber with questions 406-449-2480 or

Reporters & Editors: If you live outside of these areas, we may be able to provide you with a travel stipend.  Please email Denise for more information.

Wanted: Contest Judges for NC City and County Communicators

The NC City and County Communicators is looking to partner with another state organization in judging the NC3C Excellence in Communications Awards. NC3C is dedicated to the professional development and networking of local government communication professionals.

They are planning to issue a call for contest entries in January 2017 and will require judging assistance in February 2017. The contest is structured much like the 3CMA Savvy Awards with categories in TV/Video, Printed Publications, Communication Technology, Citizen Participation, Community Visioning, Service Delivery and Communication or Marketing plans. In 2016, contest organizers received a total of 80 entries in these categories.

If New Mexico Press Women members have experience in one of those categories and are interested in volunteering as a judge, please send Bud Russo a message including a description of your relevant experience.

Steve Terrell and Andy Lyman to be Featured at January 9 Meeting

Steve Terrell

Andy Lyman - NM Political Report

Andy Lyman – NM Political Report

Journalists Steve Terrell from the Santa Fe New Mexican and Andy Lyman from New Mexico Political Report will speak to Albuquerque Press Women on Monday, January 9 at the Golden Corral at 5207 San Mateo Blvd. NE at 11:45 a.m.

They are both covering the 2017 session of the New Mexico legislature and will share their observations about what lawmakers must get done and issues that they are likely to see brought up before them. This is expected to be a difficult session of the legislature since covering the budget will be the greatest challenge. Will we see new taxes proposed or tax credits eliminated? There have already been bills to do such diverse things as setting up a legislative ethics committee and increasing penalties for certain crimes. Expect a lively discussion and some interesting answers from these two veteran journalists.

Golden Corral is a new location for Albuquerque Press Women. This restaurant is on San Mateo north of Montgomery, and south of Cliff’s Amusement Park. It has a private dining area and we will be in the private area. Everyone is welcome. Non-members will be asked to pay an additional five dollars.