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High School Journalists: You've found us!

NFPW is proud to sponsor a three-tiered high school journalism competition, and we invite you to enter. That would be through your state affiliate or through the at-large contest if your state does not have an affiliate. First-place winners at the state level go on to national competition. All national first-place winners are again judged for the Best of the Best award. And $500.

Bookmark us now and come back after our competition opens in December. Deadline is Feb. 12, 2017.

In the meantime, click here for a description of our 23 competition categories.

And click here to see our 2016 national winners.

Check again in December for details.

How to renew your membership

The holiday season is upon us, which also brings membership renewal time for affiliates and NFPW for 2017. Please visit the Join Us page for renewal information. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

2017 Contest Kickoff
Get your submissions ready

It is that time of year again to kick off the annual NFPW Communications Contest! The launch date and deadlines are still to be determined, but that doesn't mean you can't gather your entries, make sure those entries qualify for the contest, and ensure that your affiliate and NFPW dues are up-to-date.

Just a few reminders:

  1. Your body of work must have been published from Jan. 1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2016.
  2. You will submit your entry or entries into the State Affiliate or At-Large Contest. If your entry receives first place, it will then be advanced to the National Level Contest.
  3. If you chose to have your entry or entries advance to the National Level Contest, please remember that you and all of your co-entrants MUST be NFPW and affiliate members.

Many affiliates allow non-members to enter their contests. However, the national level of the contest requires you to become a member of NFPW and the affiliate.

We are excited for this year's contest and to explore the wonderful bodies of work our members have published in 2016!

Looking back at the Kansas conference

NFPW members gathered and looking at the camera for a group photo.

After the General Membership Meeting at the Kansas Frontier Conference on Thursday, Sept. 8, NFPW members gathered for a group photo. Click on image for larger version.

Loretta Hall of New Mexico Named National Communicator of Achievement

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Loretta Hall of New Mexico, at the moment she learned that she is the 2016 NFPW Communicator of Achievement. Photo by Kay Grant.

Sept. 9, 2016 — Loretta Hall of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has received the 2016 Communicator of Achievement Award from the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW). She received the award during the organization's annual conference, held this year in Wichita, Kansas.

NFPW is a nationwide organization of professional women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum.

The Communicator of Achievement award is the highest honor bestowed by NFPW upon those members who have distinguished themselves within and beyond their field. The recipient, chosen from nominees selected by state affiliates, is recognized for exceptional achievement in the communications field, as well as service to NFPW and to the community.

Hall, president of New Mexico Press Women, is a prolific freelance writer and author of seven nonfiction books. She writes for many technical publications in the engineering and construction fields. A former high school mathematics teacher, she enjoys explaining technical subjects to nontechnical people.

She teaches short courses for writers and speaks to diverse audiences about the topics of her architecture and space history books.

Her 2011 book, "Out of This World: New Mexico's Contribution to Space Travel," won first place (nonfiction book, general) in the New Mexico Press Women's Communications Contest. Her 2014 book, "Space Pioneers in Their Own Words," was named Best Book in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. Her latest book, "The Complete Space Buff's Bucket List," was released in January 2016.

This spring, she was named one of the top 10 speakers in the National Space Society's Space Ambassadors program.

Barbara Awalt of LPD Press/Rio Grande Books says, "Loretta is a great example of women in science and math for the younger generation. It is an example that we need more of in every state."

Hall also is a member of Albuquerque Press Women, SouthWest Writers, and the Historical Society of New Mexico's speakers bureau. Her community service includes speaking about writing as a profession at schools; serving in her church; judging science and engineering fairs; and coaching volleyball and soccer teams.

Strategic areas of focus for NFPW in 2015

Early in 2015, NFPW members were asked to take a survey to give feedback about the organization and why the organization was important to them. Using that feedback, the NFPW elected and appointed officers identified a strategic path for the organization that includes four focus areas: conferences, membership, contest, and advocacy. To learn more about these areas of focus, read the Winter 2016 issue of Agenda.

Meet NFPW's new management team

Admin Concepts, which was selected to provide to NFPW the administrative services formerly provided by American Press Works, has worked diligently to ensure a seamless transition. Meet the new management team in the Winter 2016 issue of Agenda.

New contact information for NFPW HQ

Contact information for NFPW headquarters and administrative services has changed. Please note the following new information:

  • New NFPW Phone: (804)746-1033
  • Membership Dues and other mail: PO Box 3007 Mechanicsville, VA 23116-0026

Additional contact information for NFPW elected and appointed officers can be found on page 9 of the Winter 2016 issue of Agenda.

Giving to NFPW and the NFPW Education Fund

A donation to NFPW and the NFPW Education Fund is a great way to provide educational opportunities to members and students, provide for NFPW's long-term viability, and to ensure NFPW's many programs continue to operate. You can also make a gift to the organization as a lasting tribute to the memory of family members or friends.

Professional Development Webinars from Online Media Campus

NFPW members can now participate in high-quality, low-cost online professional development webinars from Online Media Campus, which is brought to you by the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and Iowa Newspaper Foundation.

A typical webinar is a live one-hour session during the work day, costs $35 per phone line, and is archived afterward for repeat viewing. (If several people want to listen in and participate together in one room, the cost is still $35!)

For a complete list of current webinars, visit the Online Media Campus webinar schedule page.

Affordable Liability Insurance Available to NFPW Members.

Chubb has developed a media liability insurance program exclusively for members of the National Federation of Press Women. The program is affordably priced and is administered by Walterry Insurance Brokers, a brokerage firm that has been providing media liability coverage for over 20 years. Coverage is worldwide and protects you against claims arising from articles you have written which are published or disseminated by others. Information on this program is referenced on our Join page or you can contact the Media Department at Walterry Insurance Brokers at 800-638-8791. Read the full article.

About NFPW

The National Federation of Press Women is a dynamic nationwide organization of professional women-and men-pursuing careers across the communications spectrum.

Membership in NFPW is a solid investment in your career, providing opportunities to develop your professional skills, receive recognition for your work, network with peers, protect the First Amendment, and nurture the next generation of communicators.

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NFPW Agenda

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* Kansas Conference Wrap

* Logo Contest

* Alabama Conference

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Affordable Libel Insurance.
NFPW members — including freelancers and other individual communicators — are eligible for affordable media liability coverage through a program developed exclusively for the National Federation of Press Women.

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