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2012 NFPW Communications Conference:

Making History in Arizona

September 20-22, 2012, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Celebrating 75 years of excellence in communications.

NFPW celebrated its 75th anniversary at its 2012 Communication Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hosted by Arizona Press Women, the conference was a fabulous success and a good time was had by all. A big thank you goes out to the members of Arizona Press Women who planned and participated in the conference, pre-tour, and post-tour.

Arizona Press Women's October newsletter includes a great conference recap!

Read more conference recap highlights in the latest edition of Agenda!

Past President Price is 2012 NFPW Communicator of Achievement

2012 COA winner Cynthia prices poses in between two former winners.

NFPW's 2012 Communicator of Achievement Cynthia Price of Virginia, center, is congratulated by two past COAs, Charlotte Schexnayder of Arkansas and Clara Cartrette of North Carolina. (Photo by Catherine Petrini)

NFPW Past President Cynthia Price was named the 2012 NFPW Communicator of Achievement, the organization's highest honor, at the annual conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., during the "Diamonds in the Desert" banquet celebrating the affiliate-nominated COAs and NFPW's 75th anniversary.

The nine of 10 nominees attending the banquet were introduced by COA Director Wilma Moore-Black of Kansas with a PowerPoint presentation prepared by Nagamani Chittem of Wichita State University.

Price, of Glen Allen, Va., is director of communications for ChildFund International, a global child development organization. She is known for pursuing new challenges, professionally, personally, and for her Virginia affiliate and NFPW.

Read more about Price in this in-depth Q&A.

2012 COA Nominees
  • Colorado — Gay Porter DeNileon
  • Illinois — Angie Leszczak
  • Indiana — Marion Garmel
  • Kansas — Linn Ann Huntington
  • Nebraska — Stephanie Geery-Zink
  • New Mexico — Cheryl Fallstead
  • North Dakota — Ellen Crawford
  • Pennsylvania - Walter M. Brasch
  • Texas — Kay Casey
  • Virginia — Cynthia Price

Congratulations to the 2012 Communications Contest Winners!

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Congratulations to all of our 2012 Communication Contest winners! We know that all the winners want to show off their success and now they can with this logo, which is available in the Members Only section for downloading.

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President's Roundtable: "A New Era for Newspapers"

This interview with Terry Kroeger, President & CEO of the Omaha World-Herald Company and Publisher of The World-Herald, was presented at the 2012 NFPW Communications Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, on September 22. NFPW welcomed the Omaha World-Herald Company and World Media Enterprises Inc. as sponsors of our President's Roundtable breakfast session. Our topic, "A New Era for Newspapers," featured representatives of the Omaha World-Herald Co. and World Media Enterprises; Republic Media (Gannett); and Western News & Info, Inc., which operates news print products and websites in Arizona and California.

Conference Program

Professional development was a conference priority. Read more about them in Arizona Press Women's October newsletter and in the fall issue of Agenda.

group of friends sitting at a table in a restaurant posing for the camera. Two NFPW members dancing.

Communication Conference Recap

NFPW celebrated its 75th anniversary at its 2012 Communication Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hosted by Arizona Press Women, the conference was a fabulous success and a good time was had by all. A big thank you goes out to the members of Arizona Press Women who planned and participated in the conference, pre-tour, and post-tour.

See more post-conference coverage in the Fall 2012 issue of Agenda, on the 2012 conference recap page, and in the Arizona Press Women's October newsletter.


Commending Arizona Press Women
For the National Federation of Press Women Conference
In Scottsdale, Arizona
Sept. 20-22, 2012

Whereas, Arizona Press Women bused 32 water-toting NFPW members past saguaro cacti, dry creeks and barren lands north to stand on the corner of Winslow, Arizona, meet some old Harvey Girls at La Posada Hotel, enjoy mutton stew and fry bread with some Happy Hopis and live on the edge of the Mogollon Rim and Grand Canyon;

Whereas, NFPW members converged on the lovely ‘50s Valley Ho Hotel, hot, sweaty and stressed, and learned to laugh, repeat “This kid is good,” and break out in spontaneous dance moves; as the t-shirts said, “Don't worry—be Hopi;”

Whereas, members power networked with other writers, editors, PR people, freelancers, academics and unemployed, still skirting traditions, thrilled with celebrating their 75th Anniversary with purple cupcakes, purple quills, but no purple prose, knowing that the real diamonds in the desert are members whose professionalism, experience and warmth shine on;

Whereas, Arizona Press Women offered workshops on such topics as punchy headlines, converging media, and writing, marketing and reviewing books. Some of us hoped that the spirit of Walter Cronkite would rub off on us at the excellent Arizona State Cronkite School of Journalism's multimedia session this afternoon;

Now therefore be it resolved, that NFPW, a professional organization with heart, is very grateful to Arizona Press Women for an outstanding conference, leaving us with memories of cactus, canyons and camaraderie. Long live journalism, newspapers and excellent writing, whatever the platforms.

Ann J. Lockhart
Former NFPW Parliamentarian

Pre-Tour and Post-Tour Highlights

view of the Grand Canyon Mission San Xavier Cathedral Rock, one of Arizona's most photographed sites. Saguaro cactuses in the desert.

NFPW members are always on the go, and our visit to Arizona was no exception!

On the Pre-Conference tour, members visited northern Arizona sites, the land of the Hopi and Navajo, Zane Grey country, Route 66, the Grand Canyon and Sedona.

On the Post-Conference tour, members headed south for stops at the Mission San Xavier and the Tubac artists' community.

In between, members enjoyed a one-day tour of the Desert Botanical Garden, Pueblo Grande Museum, and Heard Museum. Some also enjoyed a mini-tour of the Arizona Historical Society Museum and the Talking Stick Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian casino.

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A Trip Back in Time:

NFPW's 2012 Communications Conference was held at the legendary Hotel Valley Ho, which originally was a Hollywood hideaway. The hotel, which opened in 1956, was the site of the wedding reception of actors Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood, and it recently underwent an $80 million renovation that retained its classic mid-century design. It's a designated Historic Hotel of America, while also being considered as one of Scottsdale's hippest luxury hotels and spas.

Future Conferences:

  • 2013-Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2014-South Carolina
  • 2015-Alaska

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