New Mexico Press Women Gather for Annual Meeting

Veteran writers and journalists will share their experience and coping strategies during the 2013 New Mexico Press Women conference, “Riding Out the Storm: Communications in a Changing Market.”

The NMPW annual meeting will be April 26 and 27 at the Marriott Courtyard in Albuquerque.

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The event opens Friday evening with a reception and talk by Lois Duncan, one of New Mexico’s most successful writers. The author of more than 50 books will talk about her long journey through the writing world, from the sale of her first novel in the early 1950s to her recent experiences updating early novels for republication as ebooks. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of this seasoned writer on this and other subjects.

Saturday’s events begin with a social media panel with author and UNM Regents Professor Sherri Burr, mystery writer Steve Brewer on e-books, author Loretta Hall on websites for writers, and novelist Paula Paul on blogging.

Megan Kamerick, host and producer of “Public Square” on New Mexico PBS, follows with observations on women and media, which gained her a national spotlight on, a  showcase of ideas.

And Communications and Journalism faculty member Judith Hendry, who was named an Outstanding Professor at UNM in 2012, will discuss environmental communications.

During the Zia Award luncheon, the winner of NMPW’s annual book competition will be announced, and finalists will talk about their work.

Saturday evening is the gala NMPW Awards Banquet. The organization will announce scholarship winners, present the Communicator of Achievement award, and celebrate winning entries of the annual Communications Contest.

Banquet speaker is K.C. Compton, who worked for newspapers in five states before joining Mother Earth News, where she is now senior editor. She will share her experience in the post-print world and describe how Mother Earth News consistently and successfully manages to ride out these changes.

NMPW, the state’s largest inclusive media organization since 1949, is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women. Membership is open to men and women. NMPW has local chapter activities in Albuquerque, Northern New Mexico, and Las Cruces.

Contact: Sherry Robinson, or  Chris Burroughs,