NM Press Women State Conference Focuses on “Riding Out the Storm”

Mariott_CourtyardIt’s time to reserve you seat for the 2013 New Mexico Press Women Conference.  The Theme of this year’s conference is “Riding Out the Storm:  Communications in a Changing Market.  The conference will be held April 26 – 27 at the Courtyard by Marriott in the Journal Center in Albuquerque.

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2013 NMPW Conference Schedule and Speakers

Friday, April 26

3-5 p.m., NMPW board meeting

6-8 p.m., Reception
“What goes around, comes around.” Lois Duncan, author of more than 50 books, will describe how the writing world has changed since she broke into it, from the sale of her first novel in the early 1950s to her recent experiences updating early novels for republication. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions of this experienced writer and author on this and other subjects. The reception includes a variety of hors d’oeuvres and offers a no-host bar.

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Saturday, April 27

8 – 9 a.m. Breakfast
Registration desk opens

8:30 9:30 a.m. NMPW membership meeting.
There will be a discussion of present and future NMPW activities.

9:45 – 11 a.m.
Social media panel, chaired by Sherri Burr: Steve Brewer, author of 25 books, including the Bubba Mabry series, will discuss e-books; award-winning writer Loretta Hall on websites for writers, and Paula Paul on blogging.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Award-winning journalist Megan Kamerick gained a national spotlight on TED.com, which showcases New Mexico’s biggest ideas, for her talk on women and media. She is host and producer of “Public Square” on New Mexico PBS.

12:30 – 2 p.m. Zia Awards Luncheon.
NMPW honors the three finalists in its annual book competition.

2:15 – 3 p.m.
Judith Hendry, who was named Outstanding Professor at UNM in 2012, will give a workshop on environmental communications.

6:30 p.m. Awards banquet and silent auction
KC Compton, our banquet speaker, worked for newspapers in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wyoming before joining Mother Earth News, where she is now senior editor. She will talk about her experience in developing and creating a career, as well as what to make of the changes occurring in publishing and how Mother Earth News consistently manages to ride out these changes successfully.