New Mexico Press Women invites university and college students to apply for a higher education scholarship offered for the 2021–2022 academic year. NMPW annually awards two Doris Gregory Memorial Journalism Scholarships. The first-place winner will receive $1,000, while the first-runner-up will receive $500. The 2021–2022 award will also honor the memory of press women friend Roslyn K. “Roz” Pulitzer, who passed away earlier this year.
Recipients must be continuing students in pursuit of a graduate or undergraduate degree or minor in print journalism, broadcast, photojournalism, public relations, communications or advertising at a New Mexico college or university the following fall 2021 semester. Applicants are evaluated based on career potential and academic progress through their submitted work samples, transcripts, a 500-word essay and two letters of recommendation. Scholarship applicants are asked to complete the application form and other items that make up the application packet. Click here to download the application.
NMPW member Tom Johnson discusses “Death (or Life?) of American Journalism” on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 1-3 PM in a Zoom meeting in cooperation with the Santa Fe-based RENESAN Institute for Lifelong Learning.
There were 71,000 journalists in America in 2008. By 2018 that number had dropped to 38,000. There were 50 major media corporations in America in 1983. Today there are five. New research shows that more than 2,000 newspapers have closed since 2004. About 1,300 US communities have lost local news coverage. Levels of trust for American journalism have fallen sharply and been replaced by screeds from the political left and right narrow-casting media. Yet Americans still need the data harvested and reported by trusted, dedicated journalists to make individual and collective decisions pertaining to economics, politics, cultural mores, entertainment, and sports. Can new intellectual, financial, procedural, and legal sources be found to deliver information necessary to maintain a functioning, dynamic democracy? NMPW member Tom Johnson has prepared video material especially and solely for part of this lecture. In addition, ample time will be available for responses to student’s questions.
Tom is Professor of Journalism (Emeritus) at San Francisco State University and the founder and co-director of the Institute for Analytic Journalism in Santa Fe. He is on the board of directors of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government and Santa Fe’s Council on International Relations. Over a 40-year career in journalism, Johnson taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Boston University’s College of Communication and lectured and conducted workshops in England, Poland, South Africa, and Latin America.
Click here to register for the event. Tuition for the course is $15.00.
Dear LCPW members and friends, please join us on Tuesday, November 10 at 6 p.m. for “An LCPW Conversation with J. C. ‘Jen’ Cervantes.” Jen is a New York Times best-selling children’s author of the Storm Runner series, a Mayan mythology trilogy for middle-grade readers.
Cervantes’s career has exploded since publishing her first children’s book, Tortilla Sun, in 2010. It won the New Mexico Press Women 2011 Zia Book Award and a New Mexico Book Award. She was invited to join the Rick Riordan Presents imprint, which is part of Disney-Hyperion Publishing Worldwide.
Jen’s next book was The Storm Runner, which follows Zane Obisbo, a middle schooler with a physical disability who discovers he has a connection to Mayan gods and the dormant volcano near his New Mexico home. The story is filled with magical creatures and characters who are all part of a fast-paced, action-packed adventure to prevent a war between the Mayan gods.
After making the New York Times and other best-seller lists such as Barnes and Noble Best Young Reader Books of 2018, The Storm Runner soon became a trilogy. Cervantes announced this year that The Storm Runner has been optioned as a television series by Apple. Up next, Cervantes has penned a young adult romance called Flirting with Fate.
The LCPW Conversation with Jen Cervantes will explore her journey from writing her first novel to being a full-time author of children’s books in the Latinx genre, the writing life, giving back to the community, and mentoring new authors through Las Musas.
The Zoom Conversation is free but registration is required.
Paul Pedroza was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He received his M.F.A. in Fiction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His story collection, The Dead Will Rise and Save Us, is available from Veliz Books. He has completed his first novel, and he is currently working on a second and on a collection of essays.
His work has appeared in Rattle, MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine, Palabra, BorderSenses, Confluencia, Inquiring Mind Buddhist Magazine, and in the following anthologies: Our Lost Border (Arte Público Press, 2013), New Border Voices (TAMU Press, 2014), and Mezcla 2 (Tumblewords, 2013).
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required to receive a Zoom link. Register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.