About NMPW

New Mexico Press Women (NMPW), organized in 1950, is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women. It is an organization of professional journalists and communicators that promotes the highest ethical standards while looking to the future in professional development, networking and protecting First Amendment rights. NMPW’s objectives are to:

  • Keep members at the top of their abilities through dynamic seminars, exceptional networking opportunities and publications.
  • Recognize members’ achievement and their service through the New Mexico Professional Communications Contest and the Communicator of Achievement award. First place winners proceed to the national level.
  • Support youth activities and education through a High School Journalism Contest and the Doris Gregory College Scholarships. First place winners in the high school contest compete in the NFPW High School Journalism Competition.


  • is open to men and women
  • holds an annual state conference
  • holds an annual communications contest with more than 90 categories; first place winners compete nationally.
  • has a statewide newsletter
  • provides a space for networking, mentoring, shared advice, experience, encouragement and guidance
  • offers special workshops, how-to sessions and refresher seminars
  • advocates First Amendment rights and public’s right to know
  • has local chapter activities in Albuquerque, Northern New Mexico and Las Cruces

NMPW Bylaws are available here.

NMPW History

In 2009, long-time members Sandy Schauer and Denise Tessier wrote a book about NMPW’s history (see below). In January 2017, they wrote a brief summary, “A Short History of New Mexico Press Women.” Click on the title to read it.