2023 Conference

Plans are shaping up for the 2023 NMPW conference, which will take place at Isleta Resort on March 10 and 11. The conference theme is “Telling the Untold Story.” A detailed program will be announced January 20, as we are still waiting for responses from some invited speakers. There will be events on Friday afternoon in addition to the usual welcoming reception that evening. Events will also take place all day Saturday, including the Zia Book Award Luncheon and the Awards Banquet. Registration is open now, and hotel rooms reservations can be made. See information and sign up on our Conferences page.

2023 New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest Opens

Get Ready To Win

The 2023 New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest will open for entries October 1. The state contest is the first tier in the National Federation of Press Women’s contest. Entries are submitted through the National Federation of Press Women’s Communications Contest portal .

The New Mexico Press Women’s Communications Contest is judged at the state level. First place winners in the state level contest are eligible to move to the national level of judging. To be eligible to move to the national contest, the entrant must be a member in good standing with the National Federation of Press Women.

The contest is open to media people over the age of 18 regardless of gender, professional status or location. There are 61 categories covering writing, editing, photography, graphic design, radio and television, web and social media, advertising, communication programs and campaigns, public relations materials, information for the media, speeches and collegiate/education.

All work must have been published or broadcast between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022 to be eligible for entry.

Entry fees for New Mexico Press Women are $25 for the first entry and $15 for each additional entry. Nonmember fees are $30 for the first entry and $20 for each additional entry. Student fees are $10 for the first and $10 for each additional entry. A one time $25 late fee will be assessed to all professional contest entrants after the Jan. 18, 2023 deadline. Feb. 1, is the entry deadline for all books. Feb. 8, is the final contest deadline and on Feb. 10 state level contest judging begins.

Judging will be completed by March 10 and first place winners that want to go on to the national contest must be members of the national organization by March 15. The national judging will be completed by April 7. New Mexico Press Women will pay the additional national entry fee for one qualified entry by an NMPW member; national fees for additional entries by NMPW members and all entries for nonmembers must be paid by the entrant.

State level contest winners will be announced at the annual NMPW conference planned for March 10-11, 2023 at Isleta Hotel and Resort. For more information go to newmexicopresswomen.org.

Albuquerque Press Women and Friends April Meeting

Albuquerque Press Women and Friends will meet virtually by Zoom on Monday, April 11, at 12 noon to discuss the guardianship issue, which could potentially affect any one of us. 

Our invited speakers are Kent Walz, senior editor at the Albuquerque Journal, who has written several stories about this, and Colleen Heild, investigative reporter, who has also covered the topic.

To attend, you must RSVP to Karen Wentworth at karen.wentworth3@gmail.com
no later than 9 p.m. Sunday, April 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. If you have not previously participated with Albuquerque Press Women and Friends, please give Karen one sentence identifying yourself–that is a safety measure for all our participants.

High School Contest Results

Congratulations to the Albuquerque School of Excellence! Their at-large entries in the National Federation of Press Women won the following awards:
> Student Sama Lilo: Honorable Mention for a News/Feature Photo
> Student Sydney Noranyi: Second Place for a Cartoon and Honorable mention for an Editorial
> The school’s newspaper, the Phoenix Times: First Place for Best Newscast

As a First Place winner in the at-large group, the Phoenix Times will compete against winners in state-affiliated contests in the national phase of the contest.