Communicator of Achievement 2018 Rules and Nominating Criteria

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

To assist affiliate COA directors, the rules and nominating criteria for 2018 are now available. Affiliates must submit entries by May 1, 2018.

NFPW Sponsors Affordable, State-of-the-Art Media Liability Insurance

Although the First Amendment grants us freedom of the press, we all know that this right can’t always protect us. Freelancers and other independent communicators, especially, can find themselves vulnerable if legal claims arise.  

Fortunately, the National Federation of Press Women sponsors liability insurance coverage for members of the news media. The affordable, state-of-the-art plan covers legal defense costs, damages and protection from lawsuits.

This insurance is available to NFPW members who pay dues for a premium professional membership ($139).

Developed exclusively for NFPW by Chubb Specialty Insurance, the coverage is administered by Walterry Insurance Brokers. Both these firms are experts in media liability coverage.

Coverage you’ll get through this insurance program

For only $485 per year (including tax), NFPW premium professional members can obtain media liability coverage with the following features:

  • Comprehensive coverage for all claims arising out of the gathering and communicating of information, including (but not limited to) libel, slander, invasion of privacy, and copyright infringement.
  • A dedicated policy limit of $300,000 per claim and $500,000 aggregate; this includes coverage for defense costs as well as settlements and judgments.
  • Coverage for the legal costs of challenging subpoenas that seek confidential news-gathering information.
  • Punitive damages coverage to the extent permitted by law.
  • Full protection of the identity of confidential sources.
  • Worldwide coverage, encompassing press activities engaged in by you, and claims asserted against you, anywhere in the world.

How to sign up for coverage

If you meet the following criteria, you’re automatically eligible to participate in this program:

  • You are a premium professional member of NFPW in good standing and have paid current NFPW dues.
  • Your revenues from professional press activities last year did not exceed $200,000 (before taxes).
  • You haven’t been named as a defendant in a lawsuit arising out of your professional press activities within the preceding three years.
  • You have been a professional working in the press or a related industry for at least three years.

(Publishers of books, magazines, newspapers or websites are not eligible.)

If you meet the eligibility criteria, all you need to do to obtain coverage is:

  • Complete the attached eligibility statement for the NFPW media insurance program.
  • Send the eligibility statement, along with a premium payment of $485 ($242.50 if between Dec. 12 and June 11), to Walterry Insurance Brokers.

You’ll receive confirmation from Walterry that these materials have been received and that you are covered under this program.

If you don’t meet the eligibility criteria, you may still apply for coverage in this program, but your application will be individually underwritten, and a different premium may apply. A program administrator will contact you upon receipt and review of your eligibility statement.

For more details

Please visit walterry.com/national or call the media department at Walterry Insurance Brokers, 800-638-8791.

Press Release Template for NFPW Communications Contest Winners

Award recipients in the 2016 NFPW Communications Contest can use this press release template to announce their award to their local media.

A total of 349 entrants from across the country will receive awards for excellence in communications. A distinguished group of professional journalists, communications specialists and educators judged 540 entries in a wide variety of categories. Only first-place winning entries at the state affiliate level are eligible to enter the national contest. All entries were published or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015.

High School Communications Contest Winners Announced

NFPW is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 High School Communications Contest, sponsored by the NFPW Education Fund. The winners were be honored at a luncheon on September 10 at NFPW’s 2016 Communications Conference in Wichita, Kansas.

Winning entries can be viewed via the following link: http://nfpw.org/2016FirstPlaceEntries.php

Loretta Hall of New Mexico Named National Communicator of Achievement

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.

Loretta Hall (New Mexico) named NFPW 2016 National Communicator of Achievement.
Loretta Hall (New Mexico) named NFPW 2016 National Communicator of Achievement.

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.

Bonnie Atwood of Virginia named National Communicator of Achievement runnerup

Sept. 9, 2016—Bonnie Atwood of Richmond, Virginia, was named runner-up for the 2016 Communicator of Achievement Award given by the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW).  She was recognized during the organization’s annual conference, held this year in Wichita, Kansas.

Bonnie Atwood (Virginia) named NFPW 2016 National Communicator of Achievement runnerup.
Bonnie Atwood (Virginia) named NFPW 2016 National Communicator of Achievement runner-up.

NFPW is a nationwide organization of professional women and men pursuing career 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.

Atwood, who owns Tall Poppies Freelance Writing LLC,   writes about family, health and human rights. She is an experienced professional lobbyist for professional associations and nonprofits, and is a founding member of the Virginia Association of Professional Lobbyists.  She also is a  longtime supporter of the cause of children with disabilities.

In 2007, her proposal for a historical marker to recognize Black Hawk, leader of the Sauk Nation, was accepted, and the marker was erected at the former site of the Eagle Hotel in Richmond.

The immediate past president and a  longtime board member of Virginia Professional Communicators (VPC), Atwood fought—and conquered leukemia while holding the presidency from 2012-14, leading the organization during one of its most productive terms. She  received the Communicator of Achievement Award at the state level from VPC this spring, making her eligible for the national competition.

The winner of the 2016 national Communicator of Achievement Award was Loretta Hall of Albuquerque, New Mexico, a freelance writer and author of seven nonfiction books.