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: 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: 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!

National Communications Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to winners of the National Federation of Press Women’s Communications Contest for their works, which had placed first in their categories in the state contest. The honorees are:

Chris Allen, Pat Walkow, New Mexico
3 rd Place, Book Edited by Entrant

Barb Belknap, New Mexico
3rd Place, Publication Regularly Edited by Entrant, Newspaper

Sherri Burr, New Mexico
1st Place, Columns, Informational
2nd Place, Speech

Mary Lou Cooper, New Mexico
3rd Place, Special Programming, Radio

Marisa Demarco, Hannah Colton, Megan Kamerick, New Mexico
1st Place, Radio and Television, Talk Show

Bob Diven, New Mexico
2nd Place, Nonfiction Book for Adult Readers, Humor

Jennifer Edelson, New Mexico
1st Place, Young Adult Book,  Fiction

Kathryn Hammel, New Mexico
3rd Place, Children’s Book, Fiction
3rd Place Short Stories, Single story

Lynne Hinton, New Mexico
1st Place, Fiction for Adult Readers, Novels (More than 40,000 words)

Sandi Hoover and Jim Tritten, New Mexico
2nd Place, Fiction for Adult Readers, Novellas

Jennifer Hull, New Mexico
1st Place, Nonfiction Book for Adult Readers, Biography or History

Carrie Ishee, New Mexico
1st Place, PR video promoting specific product or service
1st Place, Non-fiction Book for Adult Readers, Autobiography or Memoir

Megan Kamerick, New Mexico
2nd Place, Specialty Articles, Arts and entertainment
2nd Place, Special Programming, Radio

Megan Kamerick, Andy Lyman, New Mexico
Honorable Mention, Podcast

Colleen Keane, New Mexico
Honorable Mention, Personality Profile, More than 500 words

Tara Lumpkin, New Mexico
3rd Place, Website Edited or Managed by Entrant, Nonprofit, government or educational

Andy Lyman, New Mexico
1st Place, Feature Story, Online publication

Kathleen McCleery, New Mexico
2nd Place, Video for Web, Special interest video
Honorable Mention, Video for Web, Video for nonprofit or government organization 

Mary Mendoza, New Mexico
1st Place, Radio and Television, Interview

Mary Morris
1st Place, Creative Verse, Book of Poetry

Sharon Niederman, New Mexico
3rd Place, Nonfiction Book for Adult Readers, General Nonfiction

Tracy Patrick, New Mexico
1st Place, Specialty Articles, Hobby

Sylvia Ramos Cruz, New Mexico
1st Place, Creative Verse, Single poem

Sherry Robinson, New Mexico
Honorable Mention, Continuing Coverage or Unfolding News

Diane Joy Schmidt, New Mexico
1st Place, Photography, Photographer-writer

Madison Staten, New Mexico
2nd Place, Prepared Report, Television

Claudette Sutton, New Mexico
1st Place, Website Edited or Managed by Entrant, Corporate or for-profit
2nd Place, Publication Regularly Edited by Entrant, Magazine/Magapaper
Honorable Mention, Specialty Articles, Arts and entertainment

Jasmine Tritten, New Mexico
Honorable Mention, Book Designed by Entrant
Honorable Mention, Single Photograph,- General photo (open competition on any subject)

Leora Zeitlin, New Mexico
3rd Place, Web and Social Media, Web Copy

Saving Community Newspapers

The June online meeting of Albuquerque Press Women and Friends will be a very special occasion. The guest speaker will be Larry Ryckman of the Colorado Sun, a community newspaper which has spearheaded the purchase of 24 more Colorado community newspapers in order to save them. He will be telling about that effort.

The meeting will be at 12 noon, Monday, June 14, via Zoom. In order to be recognized and allowed to join the Zoom, you must register in advance with Linda Lockett at She will send you the link.

You can read a little bit about this here:

A preview of that article:

All too often these days, hedge funds are the first ones in line to buy newspapers, and no one wanted to see that happen. News is too important to be left to absentee owners who care only about double-digit profits, not the journalists and the communities they serve.

Together, The Sun and the National Trust have purchased Colorado Community Media, which has 24 weekly and monthly newspapers serving eight counties including and surrounding Denver.

Larry Ryckman is editor and co-founder of The Colorado Sun. Previously he was senior editor at The Denver Post, managing editor at The Gazette in Colorado Springs and city editor at the Greeley Tribune. Ryckman spent 22 years at The Associated Press, where he was assistant managing editor, a national editor and supervisor of the AP’s national desk in New York. He spent nearly four years as a Moscow correspondent for AP and helped cover the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of a new Russia. He also supervised AP’s coverage of the Columbine High School massacre and directed AP’s coverage of the presidential election recount in Florida in 2000.