NMPW Members Are Winners

Congratulations to six New Mexico Press Women members who won first places in the 2021 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. They are Sherri Burr, Anne Hillerman, Marcia Meier, Mary Morris, Sharon Niederman, and Patricia Walkow. Anne Hillerman’s book Stargazer won special honors for Fiction: Mystery/Thriller, Cover Design, and Best New Mexico Book. We are proud of you all!

Contests Are Open!

NMPW announces the opening of its annual contests as of October 1, 2021. These include the Communications Contest, the College and Graduate School Journalism Scholarships, and the Zia Book Awards Contest. The annual High School Communications Award is administered directly by the National Association of Press Women and is also now open. These competitions have different instructions and cut-off dates. Please make sure to read the detailed instructions before submitting entries. Links to full information on each contest may be found on our Awards/Contest page. Good luck, everyone!

Albuquerque Press Women & Friends Meeting

At the Monday, October 11, 12:00 noon Zoom meeting of Albuquerque Press Women and Friends, Sara Solovitch, Executive Director and editor of Searchlight New Mexico, will discuss Searchlight New Mexico, an independent nonprofit investigative news organization based in Santa Fe. 

To attend, you must RSVP to Linda Lockett at: lockettabq@comcast.net no later than 9 p.m. Sunday, October 10 so she can put you on the list to be allowed into the Zoom meeting. To protect our privacy and prevent unwelcome spammers, etc., only those on this approved list are allowed in. The Zoom log-in link you will need for the APWF October meeting is below—please keep it and use it on Oct. 11. 

Searchlight New Mexico launched 3 1/2 years ago in the belief that great reporting can motivate New Mexicans to confront racial and economic inequities, government corruption and negligence, and abuses of power. They distribute their stories free to all newspapers in New Mexico as well as radio, TV and digital platforms. Their work also appears in a wide array of national publications, including The Guardian, Rolling Stones, Texas Observer, Indian Country Today, and the USA Today Network. The staff of 11 has won numerous national awards, but is especially proud of the recognition they’ve received here in New Mexico.

Solovitch supervised its launch in January 2018 with the Child Well-Being Project, an investigation into the plight of children and families in New Mexico. Before coming to Searchlight, she published investigative and long-form stories in Esquire, Wired, Politico, and the Washington Post. As a staff reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer, she covered education, courts and special projects. A former health columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, Solovitch also has traveled throughout New Mexico and Alaska while reporting for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on health care in under-served areas. Her book, Playing Scared: A History and Memoir of Stage Fright, was published by Bloomsbury in 2015.

Here is the Zoom invitation: Linda Lockett is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Albuquerque Press Women & Friends – Oct. 11, 2021 meeting. Time: Oct 11, 2021, 12:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada). Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87555569539?pwd=SmFuTjNoQU1UWVBOYXdrRWNhK2tjUT09 Meeting ID: 875 5556 9539, Passcode: 862632.

Sherri Burr Named National Communicator of Achievement

New Mexico Press Women President Sherri Burr has been honored by the National Federation of Press Women as its 2021 Communicator of Achievement. This award, which is presented to one member each year, is the organization’s highest honor. It recognizes professional achievement in communications, service to the organization, and service to the community. Read more about Sherri in this post, which announced her selection as New Mexico Press Women’s 2021 CoA.Only four other members of New Mexico Press Women have been named NFPW’s Communicator of Achievement. They are:
Faye Plank (1981)
Ree Sheck (2005)
Cary Herz (2008)
Loretta Hall (2016)

Congratulations, Sherri!