Monday, March 13, 2017

NMPW Conference Registration

Join the New Mexico Press Women for a one day conference focused on media literacy in today’s society, in context with life on the border. New Mexico Press Women tackle the question of Media Literacy in a Post-Truth Society on Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, 2017 at the annual state conference.

Help us examine the role of media and literature as drivers of post-truth politics, in which talking points often dominate facts and emotional appeals may have more sway than fact-checked information.

Join us in Las Cruces and Mesilla, New Mexico to hear:

● Reporting in a Changing Landscape: Working borderland reporters in television, print and radio discuss the current atmosphere, challenges, media literacy and what it's like to do our jobs in this time and place. Panelists include Lauren Villagran, border correspondent for the Albuquerque Journal; Jamie Warren, reporter for KVIA-TV; Samantha Lewis, reporter for KFOX-TV/KDBC-TV; Patrick Hayes, reporter for KTSM-TV; Simon Thompson, multimedia journalist for KRWG-TV/KRWG-FM.

● La Manda Fronteriza—Standing Firm On The Border—Frontera Truth Telling: Noted author and screenwriter Denise Chávez will moderated, this panel of writers, historians, educators, community activists, and a former librarian, will look at the impact of truth telling on the U.S./México Border and its ramifications for our greater community.

● Environmental reporter Laura Paskus will moderate a panel that includes scientists and writers talking about how to report on science, including climate change, in the "alternative facts" era. Discussions will include building relationships with scientists and trust with the public, how to communicate scientific uncertainty in a way that's both accurate and understandable, knowing how to distinguish peer reviewed science from opinions, and understanding what resources are out there for journalists interested in science reporting.

● Sam Donaldson, renowned reporter and news anchor for ABC News (1967-2013), will be the keynote speaker at the awards banquet Saturday evening. Donaldson was a White House Correspondent for 13 years and a panelist and co-anchor of the network’s Sunday program “This Week.”

A showing of short films at New Mexico State University with Ilana Lapid will be held on Friday evening, April 21 and is included in the conference registration. Also on Saturday, the Zia Award finalists will read from their books at the Zia Award Luncheon, and the conference concludes with the New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest Awards Banquet.

Conference cost for members is $85 ($95 for non-members), with an optional walking tour of Mesilla, New Mexico available for just $12. Also, new this year is a student rate for $25 (but does not include the Zia Award lunch or the Awards Banquet.) A discount for rooms is available at the Ramada of Las Cruces: $75 for a single king bed or split a double queen for $85. To reserve a room, call 575-526-4411 and request a room under “New Mexico Press Women.”

Register for the conference at

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Writing for Stage and Screen with Mark Medoff

The Las Cruces Press Women hosts "Writing for Stage and Screen with Mark Medoff" on Saturday, February 4, at 10 AM. It will be held in the Road Runner Room (second floor) at the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave. The event is free and open to the public but we request an RSVP to to help give Mr. Medoff an idea of how many people are coming. 

More information on Mark Medoff:

Mark Medoff is an American playwright, screenwriter, film and theatre director, actor, and professor. His play Children of a Lesser God received both the Tony Award and the Olivier Award. He was nominated for an Academy Award and a Writers Guild of America Best Adapted Screenplay Award for the film script of Children of a Lesser God and for a Cable ACE Award for his HBO Premiere movie, Apology. He also received an Obie Award for his play When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?

Medoff was co-founder of the American Southwest Theatre Company and head of the Department of Theatre Arts for nine years at New Mexico State University, where he has been a professor for a total of twenty-seven years and currently is teaching Screenwriting and Acting for Film, Short Film Production, and Film Directing and Producing. He is currently the Creative Director of the Creative Media Institute at NMSU, the film dept at the university.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

​Visiting German journalists speak at free panel discussion

Join the Las Cruces Press Women from 11 a.m. to noonThursday Oct. 27 at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave. (Roadrunner Room), as the group hosts two visiting journalists from Germany in a free panel discussion about journalism and how German media differs from American media, followed by a members-only lunch at St. Clair Winery & Bistro. 

Nadine Gries hails from Hamburg, and has a freelancing contract with the German public national television broadcast station "Norddeutscher Rundfunk." She researches political, cultural and social issues from all over the world, as well as local topics for the programs "DAS!" "Mein Nachmittag," and "NDR Aktuell." She has covered hard-hitting stories like the refugee crisis in Europe and the international fight against terror, as well as topics such as the history of American acapella music. She has a master's degree in English, Economics and Communications, and spent six months at an internship at WMUR-TV in New Hampshire. 

Wiebke Keuneke works and lives as a freelance journalist in Berlin. Radio and television are her specialties, and home base is broadcast station Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg. There, she wears two hats: reporter and acting editor in chief. Keuneke focuses on one-hour radio documentaries, and hopes to "revolutionize German radio and bring more storytelling aspects into German journalism," she said. Her documentaries focus on changing societies, such as the struggles of indigenous people living in the jungle of Borneo, escape plans of young Cubans, the democratic process in Myanmar, and more recently, the lives of harbor workers of Reykjavik and the challenges of gentrification in Iceland. She loves to travel, and her photography and bio can be viewed at

After the hour-long panel discussion, all Las Cruces Press Women members are encouraged to join Gries and Keuneke for a lunch from 12:30-1:30 St. Clair Winery & Bistro, 1720 Avenida de Mesilla. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Art of the Interview Panel and Workshop

When: Saturday, August 20 at 10 AM - 12 PM
200 E Picacho Ave, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001

This free panel discussion and workshop on the Art of the Interview will help attendees refine their interviewing skills. Experienced reporters will discuss interviewing techniques, the importance of open-ended questions, interviewing for narrative details that will enrich your writing, and a few simple questions that nearly always result in a better story.

Panelists include:
Jamie Warren, KVIA-TV
Simon Thompson, KRWG-TV / KRWG-FM
Samantha Sonner, KRWG-TV / KRWG-FM
Damien Willis, Las Cruces Sun-News

Monday, April 11, 2016

LCPW Hosts Ana Castillo

Las Cruces Press Women to host Ana Castillo at Good Samaritan Society - Las Cruces Village on May 28, 2016, at 10 a.m. She will discuss her new book "Black Dove: Mama, Mijo & Me" which will be released on May 10. A members-only reception with Castillo will follow the event.