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NFPW’s 2015 Communications Contest is now live online and accepting entries!

It’s Contest Time!

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The NFPW Communications Contest is now live online and awaiting your entries! Receive professional recognition for your outstanding work in journalism, communications, advertising and public relations – and get feedback from national-caliber judges who critique your work in categories including writing, editing, page design, photography, online and social media, and books. It’s easy to enter online!

Many NFPW and state affiliate members will tell you that the NFPW Communications Contest is one of the great benefits of this organization, offering opportunities for and national awards and recognition, as well as feedback on your best work.

Need some inspiration? Read "Be Proud and Enter" by Lori Potter, a three-time winner of the contest’s individual sweepstakes honor.

Please share our informative communications contest flyer with your fellow members and any communicator you know who might be interested in entering the contest.


  • All 2015 state and national contest entries must have been published, e-published, broadcast or issued from Jan. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2014.
  • All work must be submitted electronically with exceptions for a few categories where electronic entry may not be possible: publications edited by entrant (for example, entire newspapers, large special sections or magazines) and books.
  • To be eligible for the national contest, entries must have received a first-place award at the state affiliate and at-large level, and the entrant or entrants must be NFPW members. There is an at-large contest for those wishing to enter the contest and who live in a state where an affiliate contest is not held.
  • Winners in the NFPW contest will be notified by mid-June so that they may make plans to attend the awards banquet at the annual NFPW Communications Conference, Sept. 10-12 in Anchorage, Alaska
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Je Suis Charlie!

In an effort to show U.S. solidarity for those journalists killed in the deadly terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, media organizations, including NFPW, have joined together, deploring this act and others that target freedom of expression.

As part of the campaign, Reporters Without Borders is circulating a petition calling on "politicians, civil society representatives and religious leaders with a concern for freedom to resist all those who would limit our most fundamental rights." NFPW members are encouraged to follow this link http://fr.rsf.org/petitions/charlie/petition.php?lang=en to sign the petition and to share with others in your communities.

Reporters Without Borders has also issued an international appeal to media editors to begin publishing Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons.

NFPW’s First Amendment Network is fully committed to freedom of expression and information and working to see that neither censorship nor self-censorship be allowed to prevail. The more we take an active role in efforts to oppose and condemn those who would threaten those rights, the louder our voice will be heard.

Je Suis Charlie!

Giving to NFPW and the NFPW Education Fund

A donation is a great way to support NFPW and the NFPW Education Fund, and make a lasting tribute to the memory of family members or friends.

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If your gift is in honor or memory of someone, please provide the person's name and an address to which we can send acknowledgement. You can do that when giving online by clicking the "Add a note for the seller" link on the shopping cart page and typing the information in the text box.

To give online, follow the links above to that fund's page in our online shopping cart, where you can select from several pre-set donation amounts up to $25 dollars. To give more than the pre-set amount, you can increase the number of that item in your shopping cart to multiply the total.

You can also donate by mail. Send your check for your desired donation amount to NFPW - Lock Box Mail, PO Box 34798, Alexandria, Virginia, 22334-0798. Please indicate which fund you are donating to on your check.

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 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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