Affiliated with the National Federation of Press Women, Arizona Press Women is a nonprofit organization of women and men who work as professional communicators, journalists, writers, editors, journalism teachers, photographers, film producers, freelancers and public relations specialists. Through APW, members sharpen career skills, network with top professionals and enjoy the camaraderie of peers.

Activities often feature speakers who are published writers or experts in other areas of professional communications. APW also offers an annual contest, mentor program, grant and scholarship opportunities.

Arizona Press Women was founded in Flagstaff back in the dark days of 1953 when female journalists were not deemed worthy to join the Arizona Press Club. APW received its official charter in 1954.

Today, our members are women and men from many facets of communications. We are editors, newspaper reporters, television anchors, radio announcers, free-lance writers, public relations executives, scriptwriters, video producers, photographers, educators, students, and managers of communications-related businesses.

Our annual Communications Contest, which takes place in January, provides members with the opportunity to compete statewide and nationally in a variety of fields. APW participates in the “at-large” contest, whose winners go on to compete at NFPW. Winners are announced at the annual national conference.

The annual APW Conference features seminars and workshops open to the general public and well as the members-only (and their guests) banquet where the Communications Contest winners are announced and celebrated. The High School Contest luncheon honors the individual students and top winning school that took awards in the student journalism contest.

APW is currently organized by three Chapters: Southern Chapter in Tucson, Central Chapter in the Phoenix area and Rim Country Chapter in the Payson area.

Go to Join Us for more information on membership.

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