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104 Students Take National Honors In NFPW's 2014 High School Communications Contest

The NFPW Education Fund Board is pleased to announce 104 students received national honors in the 2014 National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contest. Download the winners list and press release

The annual contest, endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and covered by the Dow Jones News Fund Adviser Update, is the only nationwide competition of its kind. This year, 188 of the 890 entries competed at the national level, and 85 entries created by 104 students received national honors.

Winners receive certificates and recognition at state and national awards ceremonies. The national recognition will be Sept. 5 during the 2014 NFPW Communications Conference in Greenville, S.C. Each first-place winner at the national level will receive a $100 cash prize.

NFPW — a nationwide organization of women and men with diverse roles in communications — sponsors the two-tier contest each year, believing it is vital to encourage the next generation to pursue excellence and perhaps a career in the rapidly changing field of journalism and the broader fields of professional communications.

Black Has Never Looked So Beautiful!

The love shown by NFPW members has been overwhelming. When the board challenged NFPW members to “show the love” by helping the organization end the year (June 30, 2014) in the black, our members showed they love NFPW. The challenge started when American PressWorks (APW) offered to match the first $2,000 in donations from members to help us end the year closer in the black instead of in the red. A huge thank you goes to Tonda Rush and Carol Pierce for showing their love for the organization and encouraging the effort.

NFPW members sent checks of all sizes to the NFPW headquarters office. Others helped out by registering early for the NFPW conference this September in South Carolina. I am pleased — make that overjoyed — to report you exceeded the goals and expectations. NFPW members are the best. NFPW ended the year $6,665 in the black. On behalf of the entire board I offer a sincere Thank You. This is another example of why NFPW is such a special organization.

A huge thank you to the following people who joined me in sharing the love and donating to NFPW: Anonymous, Joan Bey, Linda Powers Bilanchone, Audrey Blackwell, Pansy Bray, Susanne Burks, Julie Campbell, Ellen Crawford, Janice Denham, Gay Porter DeNileon, Lolita Ditzler, Teri Ehresman, Susan Froetschel, Marion Garmel, Cecelia Green, Alice Handelman, Suzanne Haney, Michelle Harmon, Connie Huff, Meg Hunt, Katherine Keniston, Cathy Koon, Gwen Larson, Aldona B. Lipskis, Kathleen Magers, Glennys McPhilmy, Deborah Miller, Elaine Miller, Patricia Moore, Barbara Nilson, Donna Penticuff, Cathy Petrini, Carol Pierce, Helen Sheffield Plotkin, Cynthia Price, Linn Rounds, Tonda Rush, Pat Ryder, Marsha Shuler, Sherrie Simmonds, Mary Jane Skala, Angela Smith, Pam Stallsmith, Allison Stein, Karen Stensrud, Kay Stephens, Sherry Thompson, Diane Walters, Katherine Ward, Mary Lou Webb (Franklin Advocate), Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas and Gwen Woolf.

NFPW Joins Journalism Groups Urging President To Stop Excessive Controls On Public Information

The NFPW board voted to join other journalism groups in urging President Obama to stop practices in federal agencies that prevent important information from getting to the public.

July 8, 2014 – INDIANAPOLIS — Thirty-eight journalism and open government groups today called on President Obama to stop practices in federal agencies that prevent important information from getting to the public.

The national organizations sent a letter to Obama today urging changes to policies that constrict information flow to the public, including prohibiting journalists from communicating with staff without going through public information offices, requiring government PIOs to vet interview questions and monitoring interviews between journalists and sources.

"The practices have become more and more pervasive throughout America, preventing information from getting to the public in an accurate and timely matter," said David Cuillier, president of the Society of Professional Journalists. "The president pledged to be the most transparent in history. He can start by ending these practices now."

The letter outlines other specific examples of the excessive information control, considered by some as a form of censorship:

  • Officials blocking reporters’ requests to talk to specific staff people;
  • Excessive delays in answering interview requests that stretch past reporters’ deadlines;
  • Officials conveying information "on background," refusing to give reporters what should be public information unless they agree not to say who is speaking.
  • Federal agencies blackballing reporters who write critically of them.

Never before has such a broad-based coalition of journalism and good-governance organizations spoken out on this issue. The growing number of examples of "mediated access" have not just frustrated journalists but have led to specific cases of important information not reaching the public.

"Our members find that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency press staff routinely block them from getting needed information — even in a public health crisis, even when the agency is rolling out new regulations and it's important to localize the story," said Beth Parke, executive director of the Society of Environmental Journalists." Anytime officials suppress information or downplay scientific findings, they are interfering with the public’s right to know. When reporters are ignored, and access is denied, news stories suffer and the public is cheated."

In addition to the letter, the organizations provided the White House with resources on the issue and a list of obstruction examples. They asked the administration to set up an avenue through which such incidents can be reported.

SPJ and SEJ urge journalists to join them in fighting these trends in public and private entities at the national, state and local levels. News outlets can resist these trends by publishing editorials, explaining the tactics in news stories and openly resisting them whenever they occur. Journalists are invited to sign up for further information by emailing kfoxhall@verizon.net. To see the letter that was sent in full to President Obama click here.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information about SPJ, please visit http://www.spj.org/.

The 38 groups who signed the letter are:, American Agricultural Editors’ Association, American Agricultural Editors’ Association Professional Improvement Foundation, American Society of Journalists and Authors, American Society of Business Publication Editors, American Society of News Editors, Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association, Asian American Journalists Association, Associated Collegiate Press, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Association of Opinion Journalists, Center for Media and Democracy, College Media Association, Colorado Press Women, Defending Dissent Foundation, Journalism Education Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors, iSolon.org, North American Agricultural Journalists, National Federation of Press Women, National Newspaper Association, National Press Foundation, National Press Photographers Association, National Scholastic Press Association, Native American Journalists Association, Online News Association, OpenTheGovernment.org, The Poynter Institute, Project on Government Oversight, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, Radio Television Digital News Association, Regional Reporters Association, Reporters without Boarders, Society of Environmental Journalists, Society of Professional Journalists, Student Press Law Center, Tully Center for Free Speech at Syracuse University, and UNITY Journalists for Diversity.

COA Nominees Exemplify Service, Leadership

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

Newspaper reporters, a blogger, a lawyer, a civil rights activist and a person who was paid to see the world are among the elite group of 13 individuals who are nominated for the award. Read more about these fascinating communicators in the Summer 2014 issue of Agenda.

Discover Your Carolina Spirit at the 2014 NFPW Communications Conference

Media Women of South Carolina members are excited to host this year's conference and look forward to helping you discover your Carolina Spirit during our unique blend of professional development, creativity and fun when you join us September 4-6!

The checklist of "to-do's" is simple . . .

  1. Register for the conference. The early bird registration deadline is Friday, August 8.
  2. Make your hotel reservations.
  3. Book your flight. . . The destination airport is Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP) . . . or map your drive to Greenville Marriott, 1 Parkway East, Greenville, SC 29615.
  4. Sign up for the pre-tours and post-tour.
  5. Pack your bags!

Media Women of South Carolina, has planned an outstanding collection of professional development workshops, seminars and training forums led by top professionals and experts in their fields to help you

  • Develop Your Digital Impact
  • Create Innovative Communications
  • Modernize Your Professional Profile.

One featured workshop is a live webinar presented by The Poynter Institute, "Live from St. Petersburg, FL!" Another, the unique Media Marketplace session, will bring participants face-to-face with 30 South Carolina experts from destinations like Greenville and Charleston (and everywhere in between) plus attractions, hotels, golf courses and restaurants to learn more about story opportunities that exist in the state. Also, a limited-seating special workshop entitled "The Business of Writing" is offered for freelance writers and emerging authors who wish to bring a business mindset to their craft.

And of course, with MWSC as our hosts, you can expect Carolina hospitality, good food, good friendship, and an array of sightseeing opportunities. The Greenville Marriott is our conference hotel, packed with amenities. With the many pre-conference tours of the Carolina Upcountry and the post-conference tour of the Carolina Lowcountry, you will truly have the opportunity to savor the South Carolina experience from the mountains to the sea.

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.

AFFILIATE NEWS: New Florida Affiliate Forming

Suki Eleuterio, a Delaware Press Woman member who recently moved to Florida, has started the Florida Press Women group in South Florida. Interested? Join the LinkedIn Group or contact Suki for more information.

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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* NFPW Fundraiser

* Conference planning Update

* COA Nominees

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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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