The Las Cruces Press Women will be hosting the New Mexico Press Women conference in Las Cruces in April of 2017. Now, we can announce our theme:
Cuentos de la Frontera:
Opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of telling stories on the border
The 2017 New Mexico Press Women conference and awards banquet will be held April 21-23, 2017 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It will focus on the many ways we tell stories about life on the U.S./Mexico border, including journalism, fiction, non-fiction, photography and film. Journalists, authors, photographers, filmmakers and historians will come together to share knowledge and experiences through presentations, panels and workshops. The event offers attendees a fresh perspective of border life, and the unique opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of telling its people’s stories and accurately portraying its culture. The conference will also include an optional excursion to Juarez, Mexico, to shed light on the fluidity and shared challenges of both sides.
While we are a small but mighty organization, we’d love to hear from a wider audience – people who might say…come to this – what they’d want to see or who they’d want to hear from. This could be you! Do you have suggestions? Let us know!
Or….just keep us in mind for something to do over a weekend next April…or on Saturday, August 20th when we have the Art of the Interview hosted by LCPW at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library from 10 am to noon.
President of the Las Cruces Press Women
Loretta Hall is the new president of New Mexico Press Women. She was elected and installed at the recent state conference in Albuquerque. In addition to Hall, the new board is as follows:
President – Loretta Hall
2017 Conference Chair – Cassie McClure
Broadsheet Editor – Sherry Robinson
Communicator of Achievement – Diana Sandoval
High School Contest – Chris Burroughs
Public Relations – Sharon Niederman
Scholarship – Desiree Cooper
Zia Book Award Coordinator – Jessica Savage
Website – Karen Wentworth
There are other state board positions open. Anyone who is a member of New Mexico Press Women and who is interested, can contact Loretta Hall.
Congratulations to the 2016 Zia Book Award winners!
Pictured below from the left Judy Villella and Beth Hadas representing Lisa Lenard-Cook who received an Honorable Mention, First Runner-Up Diane Thomas, and 2016 Zia Book Award recipient Denise Chávez. The women hold their honored fiction books.
Fifty-three contestants took home nearly 140 certificates honoring their work from the previous year. There are 64 separate media categories in which participants can enter.
A highlight of the contest is the Awards of Excellence, given to writers and organizations who make major contributions to their communities through their work. The Award of Excellence is based on a weighted scale: the more entries in a media category, the more points the winners earn. For example, a first place in a category with three entries earns four points. That same first place in a category with ten entries earns five points. Writers entering multiple categories stand the better chance of winning an Award of Excellence.
This year, The Awards of Excellence went to:
Nicolás Cabrera — First Place
Margaret Cheasebro — Second Place
Colleen Keane — Third Place
Peter St. Cyr — Honorable Mention
The top organizations were:
Majestic Living, Farmington — First Place
Frontera NorteSur, NMSU, Las Cruces — Second Place
Navajo Times, Window Rock, AZ — Third Place
Rio Grande Books, Albuquerque — Honorable Mention
Santa Fe Reporter, Santa Fe — Honorable Mention