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NMPW award to Signpost

Barb and Ty Belknap (right) accept Signpost award at the New Mexico Press Women’s 2012 banquet.

Signpost wins NMPW award in editing category

—Signpost Staff

The annual New Mexico Press Women (NMPW)’s annual Communications Contest recognizes excellence in print, broadcast, electronic or Internet media, photography, marketing, public relations, graphic arts and journalism in New Mexico for both men and women. Contest entries are due in January and winners are announced each Spring with awards presented at New Mexico Press Women’s annual banquet. First place winners advance to the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) Communications Contest.

This year, Barb and Ty Belknap won first place in the category of editing a non-daily newspaper for the November 2011 and December 2011 issues of the Sandoval Signpost newspaper which they entered in the contest in January, 2012. Judging was done by an out-of-state entity in the field of communication who was not a member of the NMPW or NFPW. The Belknaps’ win has been sent to compete at the National Federation of Press Women level. Contest results will be announced in July, 2012.

Other publications who won awards in other categories include Gallup Independent, Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque The Magazine, Santa Fe New Mexican, Portales News-Tribune, PETgroglyphs magazine, New Mexico Business Daily, Santa Fe Reporter, Tumbleweeds Newspaper for Families, and Southwest Senior. New Mexico radio and television stations, graphic designers, photographers, and authors were also recognized with awards in their own categories.

At the 2012 banquet, NMPW also presented three scholarships to students to fund their continuing education:

  • Junfu Han was awarded the Cary Herz Scholarship of $2,000. He is an art studio and photojournalism major student from China studying at UNM.
  • Rachel Whitt, a junior at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, received the Doris Gregory Scholarship for $750. She already has several years of experience as a journalist in her resume.
  • Paula Joy Bauman also received a Doris Gregory scholarship for $750. She is majoring in English at Central New Mexico Community College, but points out she is majoring in English because journalism is not offered at CNM.

The purpose of the NMPW contest is to improve professional skills by recognizing excellence in communication. They advocate that the message is what is important. The message—how well it communicates, how it is directed to its target audience, how well it achieves its objectives—is the judging standard.

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