New Mexico Press Women Look at Media Literacy for 2017 Conference

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Join New Mexico Press Women for a two-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 April 22 at the annual state conference in Las Cruces.

An added note: We need your donations for the silent auction taking place at the conference on April 22. All proceeds from the silent auction go to our scholarship fund for students attending colleges in New Mexico. Gently used or new items, interesting New Mexico or journalism-related memorabilia, jewelry, books, artwork, donations from local stores and restaurants, gift certificates, etc., all make great auction items. Contact scholarship chair Desiree Cooper at to let her know what you’re bringing. Thank you!

Quality panel discussions will provide a space to discuss the future of the press and storytelling in an uncertain environment. Join us on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Las Cruces and Mesilla, New Mexico to hear:

  • 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.”
  •  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 moderate this panel of writers, historians, educators, community activists, and a former librarian, who will look at the impact of truth telling on the U.S./México Border and its ramifications for our greater community. Panelists include: Dr. Yolanda Chávez-Leyva, associate professor and director of the Institute of Oral History & The Borderlands Public History Lab at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP); David Dorado Romo,  author of Ringside Seat to A Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juárez: 1893-1923, currently a Mellon Research fellow at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM. and Miguel Juárez, historian, librarian, and Doctoral Student at UTEP.
  •  Environmental reporter Laura Paskus will moderate a panel that includes scientists — including NM climatologist Dr. David W. DuBois — 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.
  • 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.
  • A showing of short films at New Mexico State University with Ilana Lapid is included in the conference registration and is on Friday night at New Mexico State University Creative Media Institute. Other panelists included are Jazmin Harvey, Dr. Laura Anh Williams, and Dr. M. Catherine Jonet.
NMPW Member: $85
Nonmember: $95
Zia Award Lunch only: $25
Awards Banquet only: $55
Student fee: $25*
Optional Walking Tour of Mesilla: $12
*Student free does not include Zia Award Lunch or Awards Banquet
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Ramada Inn of Las Cruces, 201 E. University, under the code: New Mexico Press Women. $75 for Single King or $85 for a Double Queen plus a tax of 13.3125% and city and energy fees.

Our gratitude to the public interest sponsors of the 2017 conference. These sponsors help make the conference possible. Ultrahealth is a platinum sponsor.

The Institute for Analytic Journalism is a bronze sponsor.






Agenda for 2017 New Mexico Press Women Conference

TIME                      EVENT                                                       LOCATION

Friday, April 21, 2017

6:30-7:30 pm      Dessert Reception                                     Milton Hall, NMSU

7:30-9:30 pm      Border Films: Panel and Film Screening   CMI Theatre, Milton Hall, NMSU

Saturday, April 22, 2017

8:30-9 am           Introductions, announcements                   Mesilla Community Center

9-10:15               Literature panel (Denise Chavez)               Mesilla Community Center

10:15-:10:30       Break

10:30-11:45        Journalism Panel                                         Mesilla Community Center
……………………(Local reporters & broadcasters)

11:45-Noon          Break/transition

Noon-1:30 pm      Zia Award luncheon                                    La Posta

1:30-1:45             Break/transition

1:45-3:00             Member meeting                                         Mesilla Community Center

3:00-3:15             Break

3:15-4:30             Journalism panel                                         Mesilla Community Center
…………………….(Laura Paskus and Dr. DuBois)

4:30-4:45             Break/transition

4:45-5:45             Optional walking tour*/Break                       Mesilla Plaza

5:45-6:00             Break/transition

6:00-9:00             Awards Banquet                                          La Posta

*The optional 1-hour walking tour of Mesilla will be $12.




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