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Sweepstakes Winners Announced

Congratulations to the individual and affiliate sweepstakes winners in the 2015 NFPW Communications Contest. The contest sweepstakes awards go to the contest entrants accumulating the most points, based on the number of their winning entries and the number of competing entries in those categories.

Individual sweepstakes winners are first place: Lini Kadaba of Pennsylvania Press Club; second/third place tie: Tammy Keith of Arkansas Press Women and Kimberly Ann Loehr of Virginia Professional Communicators.

The affiliate sweepstakes winner is Delaware Press Association.

Congratulations to all!

See news and photos from the 2015 NFPW Communications Conference in Anchorage, Alaska!

Gigone Named National Communicator of Achievement

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In a wide-ranging career spanning more than 40 years, Barbara (Bobbi) Gigone of Louisville, Colo., has compiled an impressive list of firsts, including first regular female news reporter at the Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera, first public information officer for Boulder County, and first director of the county's newly formed Department of Community Those firsts led to her being named the 2015 NFPW Communicator of Achievement. — Read the full story.

NFPW Communicators of Achievement attending the 2015 conference: From left: Betty Packard (2006), Cynthia Price (2012), Barbara "Bobbi" Gigone (2015), and Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas (2013).

American Press Works Honored for Service to NFPW

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NFPW honored APW for their many years of service managing the NFPW national headquarters. From left, Gloria Watkins (APW Membership Services manager and registrar), Carol Pierce (APW vice president and executive director), and Tonda Rush (APW president and Freedom of Information legal advisor).

New National Officers Elected

A new slate of National Federation of Press Women officers were elected to two-year positions (2015-2017) during the NFPW general membership meeting on September 10:

  • President: Marsha Hoffman, Iowa
  • 1st Vice President: Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas, Illinois
  • 2nd Vice President: Ellen Crawford, North Dakota
  • Secretary: Becky Sarwate, Illinois
  • Treasurer: Karen Rowley, Louisiana
  • Immediate Past President/Education Fund Director: Teri Ehresman, Idaho

Learn more about the new national officers in the summer issue of Agenda.

NFPW honors Tonda Rush for First Amendment, press freedom efforts

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Tonda Rush of Virginia, a long-time First Amendment advocate and president of American PressWorks, Inc., was honored with the National Federation of Press Women's President's Award. The award was presented Sept. 12, 2015 at the NFPW communications conference in Anchorage, Alaska.

The award is given from time-to-time by the NFPW president, with the approval of the Executive Committee, in recognition for outstanding dedication to the communications field. — Read the full story.

Giving to NFPW and the NFPW Education Fund

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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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Hot Off The Press


2015 Contest Winners Lists

Importance of History Leads to Book on NFPW Leadership

Leader Blogs

Talking With Teri
Current NFPW President Teri Ehresman highlights some of the Unique and Unbelievable members of the National Federation of Press Women.

Potterspix: Prose from the Prairie
Prose from the prairie about the people (and places) of NFPW by Lori Potter, NFPW Immediate Past President.

Cynthia's Communique
Insights on communication trends and techniques from former NFPW President and 2012 Communicator of Achievement Cynthia Price.


NFPW Agenda

newsletter cover In this edition of the NFPW newsletter:

* 2015 Contest Winners

* Presidential Award

* Alaska Conference Recaps

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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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