The Communications Contest page has been updated with instructions for uploading your submissions. This year entries from APW members will be electronically submitted. Arizona will participate in the At Large group for one more year. For more information see Communications Contest.
Arizona Press Women invites you to attend a presentation by writer Harriet Williams, shown here, about researching historical topics on the Internet at the monthly meeting of Arizona Press Women at11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. The meeting is open to the public at Bluewater Grill, 1720 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 85016. Fee is $15 for APW members, $20 for non-members, which includes lunch. RSVP by Nov. 18 to Barbara Lacy, 480-620-1358, or to email@example.com.
Williams has written the colorful history of a little-known street in lower Manhattan, called Extra Place. She researched its 300-year story completely on the Internet, using techniques that she will share in her talk. Williams, retired and a Scottsdale resident, moved from central Ohio to New York City after attending college in Middlebury, VT. She was a computer programmer and also did research for the sales staff AT&T in New York, Los Angeles and Phoenix.
The time to take advantage of discounted registration fees for the writers’ retreat up in the cool pines of Payson will end on June 26. Join us on July 27 and 28 in a lovely setting. Kick start your creativity, write, paint, hike or relax. The $95 fee is a real steal; it includes a room plus four meals, water and snacks. The retreat is sponsored by the Rim Country District. Read the recent blog entry for more information.
APW winners in the 2013 NFPW at-large communications contest were recognized at the May 4 conference. Photos are of those in attendance being presented their certificates by Brenda Warneka, President. The at-large contest takes the place of our state contest. The winners are as follows:
- 1st Place, 57B Nonfiction Book, history, for Visitors to the Past: A Cultural Historian Unlocks the Mysteries Behind Five Sacred Shrines
- 1st Place, 11C Columns, informational, for Workamper Viewpoint column for Workamper News
- 1st Place, 57E Nonfiction Book, General, for Retire to an RV: The Roadmap to Affordable Retirement by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak and Alice Zyetz (deceased)
- 1st Place, 16B Page Design, magazine, newsletter, etc., for Arizona Press Women Typerider
- 2nd Place, 15B Pubs Regularly Edited by Entrant, magazine, etc., for Arizona Press Women Typerider
- HM, 63 Essay, Chapter, or Section In a Book, for Skirting Traditions, Chapter 28: Pam Knight Stevenson
- 3rd Place, 63 Essay, Chapter or Section in a Book, for Skirting Traditions, Chapter 17: Esther Clark
- 1st Place, 19 Photographer/Writer for Riding High on a Bubble Bath
- 1st Place, 41 PR Reports for the Tucson Medical Center 2011 Report to Our Community
- 1st Place, 10C Specialty Articles, arts & entertainment, online or print for two articles: Paris Jazz Diary 2011; All That Jazz Month @ MIM
- 1st Place, 51 Speeches for Jazz Goes to the Movies (Paris Soirees, July 2012); Myers’ second consecutive year to win first-place in at-large speech category
- 2nd Place, 11D Columns, personal opinion, for Riffs
- 3rd Place, 8C Feature Story, online for Paris Jazz Diary 2012
- 3rd Place, 10O Specialty Articles, online or print for two reviews: Newport Beach Jazz Party; Lewis Nash-Wynton Marsalis Concert @ MIM
- 1st Place, 63 Essay, Chapter, or Section in a Book, for Skirting Traditions, Chapter 4: Mary Kidder Rak
- 2nd Place, 63 Essay, Chapter, or Section in a Book, for Skirting Traditions, Chapter 15: Meredith Howard Harless
Carol Hughes, Lois McFarland, June P. Payne (deceased), Sheila Roe, Pam Knight Stevenson, and Brenda Kimsey Warneka (JOINT ENTRY)
- 1st Place, 64 Book Edited by Entrants for Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists: 1912-2012
The first-place winners will compete with first-place winners from other states in their category in the national NFPW contest. National winners will be honored at the 2013 NFPW annual communications contest in Salt Lake City in August.
“Don’t post anything online that you wouldn’t put on the front page of the newspaper,” was a key point Ruth Carter, Phoenix attorney, made in her talk, “Social Media Law.” Carter, who spoke about copyright issues and social media, was one of five speakers at the Arizona Press Women’s State Conference held on May 4 in Scottsdale. The theme for the day’s sessions was “Social Media for Writers and Journalists: What Works and Why.”
After giving us many points of advice on what was protected online and what we could or should use, she left us with this thought: “Assume every post will be seen by your best friend, your worst enemy, your boss, and your mother.” Things you write online will be there for years to come.
After a welcome by President, Brenda Warneka, our first speaker of the morning was New York City journalist-marketing expert, Pamela Bayless. Her topic was “Fast-Forward Your Career with 21st Century Tools.” Bayless described how her career has changed over the years. Proficiency in writing for the web and use of social media is a necessity. She favors LinkedIn as a social media tool for writers who want to develop their business. (Above photo: Ruth Carter (L), Pamela Bayless (R).)
Ruth Carter followed her and then, while we ate lunch, best-selling urban fantasy author Kevin Hearne (son of APW member Gail Hearne) spoke on “Social Media for Authors.” Kevin has been able to quit his day job as a high school teacher to focus on his writing. With his sixth book due out in June, Kevin shared how he has used social media to boost sales and expand his reader base.
Always willing to share his expertise with APW, Dave Barnhart of Business Blogging Pros, spoke on “Random Acts of Social Media.” Social media is a two-way conversation with the goal of building relationships, Barnhart stressed. He talked about strategy for using blogs, websites and social media as a cost-effective way to gain a digital presence that boosts credibility and revenue and offered tips for using Twitter Facebook, LinkedIn and other networking groups more efficiently.
Our final speaker, John Southard, an Arizona historian, spoke on “The Dollars and Sense of Facebook: Social Media as a Personal Branding Tools.” He uses social media to help nonprofits establish a social media presence.
Right after lunch, APW winners in the 2013 NFPW at-large communications contest were recognized. See separate page with photos. The annual APW high school journalism scholarships were awarded also. Kelcie Anne Johson was the winner of the Betty Latty Hurlburt Scholarship and Rebecca Brisley won the June Payne Scholarship.
After the workshop was finished, a short business meeting was conducted followed by the installation of officers. Patricia Myers conducted the traditional installation ceremony. Pictured, Pam Stevenson, president; Katherine Atwell Herbert, secretary; Beverly Raphael Konic, Treasurer; Barbara Lacy, Central District director; Carol Osman Brown, Rim Country District director. Not present were: Jane Eppinga, Southern District director; and Joan Westlake, second vice president/communications and scholarship chair.