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2017 COA Nominations Due May 1, 2017

Behind every Communicator of Achievement is a great nomination packet.

To ensure that your packet is complete follow the checklist below:

A few tips in preparing the packet:

  1. If the nomination is not a surprise, spend time with the individual so that you can flesh out the narrative. Spending an hour or two together is a great way to learn more about the candidate's career and contributions. Often the anecdotal stories help make a candidate stand out.
  2. Ask the candidate or seek out endorsements from a half dozen or so individuals that covers the breadth of the COA's career and contributions. Keep a copy of each endorsement to share with the candidate. From the endorsements extract a few sentences to include in the packet.
  3. Samples of the nominee's work are limited to two pages. This is often the most frustrating part for those preparing the packets. You don't have to provide the entire work. You can share the first page of a multi-page magazine article or the leads of several newspaper stories. The work samples are simply that — samples.

The packets are intended to capture the breadth and depth of an individual's career and contributions. Once you have completed it, why not make a copy of it to give to your deserving nominee?

Nominations for COA, the highest honor bestowed by NFPW, are due May 1.

Questions? Contact the NFPW COA Director:

Gwen Woolf
12507 Mortar Lane
Spotsylvania, Va. 22551

Loretta Hall of New Mexico Named National Communicator of Achievement

Loretta hall putting hand to her face in shock as she is announced COA winner.
Loretta Hall of New Mexico, at the moment she learned that she is the 2016 NFPW Communicator of Achievement. Photo by Kay Grant.

Sept. 9, 2016 — Loretta Hall of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has received the 2016 Communicator of Achievement Award from the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW). She received the award during the organization's annual conference, held this year in Wichita, Kansas.

NFPW is a nationwide organization of professional women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum.

The Communicator of Achievement award is the highest honor bestowed by NFPW upon those members who have distinguished themselves within and beyond their field. The recipient, chosen from nominees selected by state affiliates, is recognized for exceptional achievement in the communications field, as well as service to NFPW and to the community.

Hall, president of New Mexico Press Women, is a prolific freelance writer and author of seven nonfiction books. She writes for many technical publications in the engineering and construction fields. A former high school mathematics teacher, she enjoys explaining technical subjects to nontechnical people.

She teaches short courses for writers and speaks to diverse audiences about the topics of her architecture and space history books.

Her 2011 book, "Out of This World: New Mexico's Contribution to Space Travel," won first place (nonfiction book, general) in the New Mexico Press Women's Communications Contest. Her 2014 book, "Space Pioneers in Their Own Words," was named Best Book in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. Her latest book, "The Complete Space Buff's Bucket List," was released in January 2016.

This spring, she was named one of the top 10 speakers in the National Space Society's Space Ambassadors program.

Barbara Awalt of LPD Press/Rio Grande Books says, "Loretta is a great example of women in science and math for the younger generation. It is an example that we need more of in every state."

Hall also is a member of Albuquerque Press Women, SouthWest Writers, and the Historical Society of New Mexico's speakers bureau. Her community service includes speaking about writing as a profession at schools; serving in her church; judging science and engineering fairs; and coaching volleyball and soccer teams.

About the COA Award

The Communicator of Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by National Federation of Press Women upon those members who have distinguished themselves within and beyond their profession.

The recipient, chosen from nominees selected by state affiliates, is recognized for exceptional achievement in the communications field, service to NFPW and to the community.

The COA Award winner and the runner-up are announced at the Communicator of Achievement Award Banquet at NFPW's annual conference. Each nominee is featured in NFPW's AGENDA newsletter prior to the conference and spotlighted at the awards banquet.

head shot of Peggyann Hutchinson2007 COA Peggyann Hutchinson of Oregon

Read about NFPW's Communicators of Achievement:

Past COA winners

Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas Cynthia Price Beth Miller Karen Stensrud
2013 COA Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas. 2012 COA Cynthia Price. 2011 COA Beth Miller. 2010 COA Karen Stensrud.

head and shoulder photo of Becky Funke
2014 COA Becky Funke

"I have always worked at small publications where I was often the only communications professional on the staff. I joined what was then Kansas Press Women and NFPW for the educational opportunities. The state organization conferences always offer top-notch speakers and even after 30 years of attending I always come away with new ideas, new perspective." — Becky Funke, Kansas, 2014 NFPW Communicator of Achievement