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Meet a Member: Sandy Michel Nance

June 23, 2016

Affiliate presidents are valued leaders in our organization. One of our outstanding affiliate presidents is Sandy Michel Nance of Colorado. She is a long-time leader in her affiliate and another outstanding NFPW member. She is a dedicated professional and a fun person to be around. Meet another unique and unbelievable NFPW member.

Name:  Sandy Michel Nance

City and State:  Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Sandy Michel Nance

Sandy Michel Nance

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Colorado Press Women, currently president. Was also president of CPW in 2004. Have also run contest and arranged programs.

Years a member of NFPW:  38 years

Tell us a little about you.

Journalism is where my heart is, but I only used my journalism degree for four wild years in Wyoming — at UPI and the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune — before going to work in the corporate public relations office of Mountain Bell. I spent 25 years with that company (aka, US West when I left), working in employee communications, media relations, community/education relations and marketing before beginning a string of assignments as PR counsel on the staff of several vice presidents and one subsidiary president. I preached ethics and earning the trust of employees and communities. I also was the first elected president of Women in Management, a feminist networking organization recognized as a MB employee resource group that rapidly spread from Colorado to form chapters in all seven states — which some thought was why I didn’t get any more promotions.

After an involuntary early retirement, I earned a master’s degree and began teaching PR classes for adult students at Regis University for 10 years and for a short time at Metro State College. (Adjunct pay sucks!) Thanks to Press Women contacts, I got a part time job at American Water Works Association that eventually became full time as a managing editor-publications to members. I loved learning about the water industry, writing features and regulatory-legislative news.  I retired from there in 2011 to have brain surgery on a small benign tumor. I am pleased to have made a terrific recovery and am delighted to active in Press Women again.

My husband John and I enjoy keeping up with the kids and grandkids and took our first trip overseas last fall.

Any career advice you would give?

Ask for what you want. And don’t jump at the first salary offered. I learned that by accident when I switched to PR from journalism. The initial salary offered was 30% higher than I had been making and I was speechless. The guy took that as hesitancy and immediately hiked the offer another 6%.

Sandy Michel Nance

Sandy Michel Nance

Which talent would you most like to have?

I’d love to be a blues & jazz singer. I mean, I can sing but not scat and am lousy at memorizing lyrics.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I’m a native of this little western suburb of Denver and am quite happy here. However, I wouldn’t mind having a second home in the mountains. Telluride is my favorite.

What book are you reading?

Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works  by Jay Newton-Small  and Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

You can also call me Commissioner because I’m on the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission (along with Gay Porter DeNileon).

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

These are my peeps — my Press Women friends are the women who are most like me, and every new person I meet at an NFPW conference turns out to be the same.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

Facebook — Sandy Michel Nance. I also post occasionally on Colorado Press Women’s Facebook page.  I’m hoping to post more often on Twitter — @smnance  CPW just got a Twitter account:  @COPressWomen

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Meet a Member: Diana Hirsch

June 16, 2016

I met Diana Hirsch at last fall’s NFPW conference in Alaska. She was attending her first NFPW conference after recieving a First-Timer Grant from the Education Fund. She is a great addition to the organization and by the end of the conference she agreed to be the assistant director of the NFPW Education Fund’s High School Communications Contest. She is fun to be around and a great asset to our organization. Meet another unique and unbelievable NFPW member.

Diana (D.W.) Hirsch

Diana (D.W.) Hirsch

Name: Diana (D.W.) Hirsch

City and State: Canton, MI

Affiliate and any leadership positions: At-Large, living in Michigan, NFPW Assistant High School Contest Director

Years a member of NFPW: About 13 years

Tell us a little about you.

I’m an author, blogger and journalist who adores coffee shops, YA and science fiction books, haiku and birds, especially parakeets.

I’m a Pennsylvania girl by birth, proudly graduating Penn State University as a Film/Video Major with a Creative Writing Minor.  I’ve been fortunate enough to use both degrees in my formative post-college years.  I bounced around the East Coast working as a Production Assistant on television commercials and feature films, but New Jersey is where I found my writing groove.

There was an active writing community at the Barnes & Noble on Route 1 run by Rachel Simon, author of Riding the Bus with my Sister.  Through her and other in-store activities, I discovered the voyeuristic joy of memoirs.  I wanted to write my parents’ memoir, but I wasn’t sure their lives were worthy of a book others would want to read.  Rachel said, “Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone is important.”

My skills as writer took off when I was offered the Singles beat of New Jersey’s weekly newspaper, U.S. 1.  That gig morphed into articles for other specialty sections of the paper.  My Arts editor, Barbara Figge Fox, walked me through my first article sentence by sentence, pointing out my strong creative parts along with my deadly passive voice.  That one hour phone call was the best, most practical writing lesson I had in my life.  My five years as a freelance contributor included articles about flying a Cessna plane, collecting smashed pennies, the effects of alcohol and drunk driving and my second favorite article of all time, Marshmallow Peeps.

Diana Hirsch at her first NFPW Conference in Alaska with two of her inspirational office writing Guys.

Diana Hirsch at her first NFPW Conference in Alaska with two of her inspirational office writing Guys.

With a portfolio of confidence, I joined NFPW when my husband and I moved across the river to Delaware.  Through connections in Delaware Press Association, I earned more writing opportunities with local newspapers and magazines.  Winning my first NFPW contests with those articles validated me to myself as A Real Writer.

Moving to Michigan exposed me to new writing opportunities and experiences, including most importantly my treasured, ruthlessly honest Deadwood Writers critique group.  The members’ perspectives and input strengthened my writing to a level where I felt comfortable exploring publishing options.

I finally wrote my parents’ memoirs and self-published those two short story novellas.  They both won NFPW At-Large and National awards.  I continue to embrace independent publishing as I continue writing my full-length memoir My Father, My Friend and my humorous crime drama series starring Jimmy the Burglar.

Any career advice you would give?

I offer four pieces of advice:

1–Trust yourself.  You need to be your own best friend and strongest cheerleader.  It took me years to accept that I was A Writer because people often look at writing as a hobby since they often read books for fun and to relax.  Since reading is casual, the writing process must be, too.  Repeat a mantra of some sort–“I am a (writer/photographer/insert profession)”–until it becomes natural to say.  You need to believe in yourself before other people will.

2–Research.  Be prepared with relevant questions and information, whether you’re gathering company background for a job interview, prepping an interview subject or seeking a website domain hosting service.

3–Business cards: Have them and hand them out.

4–Perhaps the most practical advice given to me: Get a receipt, always, for everything.

Diana Hirsch at the glaciers of Port William Sound during the 2015 NFPW Conference post tour in Alaska.

Diana Hirsch at the glaciers of Port William Sound during the 2015 NFPW Conference post tour in Alaska.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I already have a useful Talent: finding parking spaces.  Whether I’m in a parking garage or seeking a sweet streetside spot, cars pull out ahead of me – open spot

If there’s already an empty space, it is usually close to the front door.  The talent follows me, not any particular car or location.  Sometimes I leave residual behind and a friend or family member gets a primo parking spot without me.  Don’t believe me?  Take me Christmas shopping in December at your local mall.

Of course, being a ninja would be pretty cool.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Pittsburgh, PA. It’s my hometown.  My childhood memories and life-changing events are there.  I never want to give up evergreens for palm trees or mountain breeze for a hot sandy beach.  The change of seasons is too captivating, from the rainbow of flowers blooming in spring to the explosion of autumn trees.  My husband fell in love with the city through me, so there’s no arm-twisting to convince him to move there.

What book are you reading?

Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer.  I’m rereading her vampire YA series, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, because it makes me happy.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I’m a bellydancer.  A woman came up to me after my first and only public performance to date and said, “It was so expressive I had to catch my breath.”

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

As an At-Large member, I miss the interaction, networking and the supportive environment of a local chapter.  NFPW as an organization has given me contacts and friends.  Entering and winning the contest made me feel professional.  That strength is invaluable.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

Website: dwhirsch.com                  http://dwhirsch.com/

Instagram: dwhirsch                        https://www.instagram.com/dwhirsch/

Twitter: @dianahirsch                     https://twitter.com/dianahirsch

Facebook: D.W.Hirsch, Author  @DWHirschAuthor

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Amazon Author Page:         http://www.amazon.com/D.W.-Hirsch/e/B00GWWYETS

OR  http://tinyurl.com/DWAmazonAuthorPg

 

Goodreads:               http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8005909.D_W_Hirsch

Meet a Member: Beth Dugan

June 9, 2016

Beth Dugan is new to the NFPW board, serving as the at-large contest chair for members who live in a state without a communication contest. I got to know Beth in Alaska and was impressed with her great ideas and dedication to her affiliate and NFPW. Meet another unique and unbelievable NFPW member.

Beth Dugan

Beth Dugan

Name: Beth Dugan

City and State: Chicago, IL

Affiliate and any leadership positions: I am the Mate E Palmer Professional Communications Contest Chair for Illinois Woman’s Press Association and the At-Large Contest Chair for NFPW

Years a member of NFPW: 5

Tell us a little about you.

I’m a technical writer for Hyatt Corp and a freelance writer living and working in Chicago. I am very involved in several feminist communities both online and in Chicago. I love to perform at readings and at feminist events and I also love to take classes. My husband and I just took a tamale making class (we are excellent tamale makers, it turns out), a knife throwing class, and I am working on a style blog about the end of the world called http://www.theendisnighish.com (not live yet).

Beth Dugan

Beth Dugan

Any career advice you would give?

My career advice is all for women. Remember that men apply for jobs they feel 60% qualified for and get them. Women apply for jobs they feel 110% qualified for. Once you get that job, negotiate your salary. Women leave $2 million on the table over their career just by accepting the first number that is given to them or not asking for raises. Even if the salary or wage I was offered is adequate, I always make a counter offer. Always. Half the time, I get the money. It shows your employer, by your first action, that you know your worth and the value you are bringing. As for the job you don’t feel qualified for, say yes and figure it out later.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I wish I had that math/music/language thing. Those are all systems and I struggle with all of them.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I really love living in Chicago. We live in the Logan Square neighborhood and I love it. But I would like to live abroad in Europe or in a Scandinavian country for a while, and then retire to warm beachy place.

What books are you reading?

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Shrill by Lindy West and City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I used to drive a city bus.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

I have some great friends in both organizations and it keeps me involved in my community.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

@QueenElizaDEATH

@grlclvr (Instagram)

https://www.linkedin.com/in/bethdugan60622

http://bethdugan.com

Meet a Member: Megan Smith-Harris

June 1, 2016

New members are vital to our organization. One of our newest members is Megan Smith-Harris who earlier this year joined Connecticut Press Club and won honors in the affiliate communications contest. She has commitments, so she can not join us this fall in Kansas, but hopefully she will be able to attend the Alabama conference. Meet one of our outstanding new members.

Megan Smith-Harris, Editor of Wilton Magazine Photo by Karen Morneau

Megan Smith-Harris, Editor of Wilton Magazine Photo by Karen Morneau

Name: Megan Smith-Harris

City and State: Wilton, Connecticut

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Connecticut Press Club

Years a member of NFPW: Newbie! Joined in January 2016.

Tell us a little about you.

For the past couple of years I have been fortunate enough to be the editor of Wilton Magazine, a regional high-end lifestyle magazine that is part of the TownVibe Media Company. I came to my editorial role in a rather circuitous route. Throughout my 20s I made a successful living as a professional actress and writer, working mostly in comedy. I got frustrated with the two-dimensional roles being offered to women so in my early 30s I quit acting and went to film school. Soon after, I got sidelined from my goal of writing and producing feature films when I fell in love with storytelling potential of making documentaries.

After helming a series of documentaries that have aired in Canada, the U.S., and abroad, I heard that Wilton Magazine was looking for a new editor. At the time, I was writing MEGAblog, a popular blog for Hearst CT Media, and thought, “Why not try for the editorial position?” I pitched myself as a passionate storyteller who had worked professionally in multiple media, including television, film, radio, theatre, magazines, and blogs. I was the dark horse in the race because of my lack of a journalism pedigree, but TownVibe publisher and editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Morris liked my ideas, enthusiasm, and writing samples. Amazingly, I got the gig.

I’ve been in the position just over two years and I love the job. Not only do I get to write for every issue of the magazine, but I also have (almost) full autonomy over the editorial content. Content is driven by its relevance to our community,, which allows me to make the magazine truly a reflection of the readers it serves. I am also in the fortunate position of being able to cultivate local writers and develop new writing voices, which is wonderful. My goal is always to make the next issue better than the last.

Though I write for work, I also write for pleasure. Recently, I finished a one-act play that I’m now expanding into a full-length play. I’m also putting the finishing touches on a feature film script Behind the Hedgerows that I’ve been toying with for several years.

I’ve had a non-traditional path to journalism and am so grateful to my boss for taking a leap of faith and hiring me. To win multiple awards from the CT Press Club on my very first year submitting work has made me happy and proud. In this life, we all evolve and grow. Writing has always been a personal passion and remains the one constant that I have been able to rely on both professionally and personally.

Wilton Magazine Editor Megan Smith-Harris with young author Claire Fraise at "The Wilton 25" party

Wilton Magazine Editor Megan Smith-Harris with young author Claire Fraise at “The Wilton 25” party

Any career advice you would give?

Develop social media and marketing skills even if they’re rudimentary. Make sure that you’re on Linkedin and Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram. View yourself as a brand that people need and want. And get out there! Go to film festivals, plays, art openings, seminars, author readings, and parties. Not only will you have fun and gain exposure, but you’ll also make some useful contacts and possibly land a great gig. The old chestnut is still true: Do what you love because if you love what you do, you’ll excel in your field and enjoy life a lot more.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Wow. That’s tough. There are so many things I’d like to be able to do. In descending order: Sing like Nina Simone (never going to happen), speak French like a native, and tap dance like Eleanor Powell who was reputed to be the best female tap dancer of all time. If I could do all three simultaneously…? Well, that would be something, wouldn’t it?

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Again with the challenging questions! It’s a toss-up between Vancouver (a temperate climate year round, no bugs, and jaw-dropping views) and the South of France. I’ve never actually been to the south of France but I can dream, can’t I?

What book are you reading?

I’m always reading three or more books simultaneously. Currently on my night stand: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson (because I loved her previous novel Life After Life); Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening by John Elder Robison, detailing his experience with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) during a medical study at Yale,and Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling which is hilarious and the perfect book to read on days when I’m feeling grumpy.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

That I’m also a documentary filmmaker. My current film, The Buddy System: A Dog Makes a Difference (http://BuddySytemFilm.org) explores the extraordinary impact of specially trained autism assistance dogs on the lives of a children on the spectrum. Our team has been following a group of kids and their service dogs on and off for over three years. We’re in post-production and hope to launch the film during Autism Awareness month next April 2017.  My last film, Trial by Fire: Lives Re-forged (http://TrialByFireDoc.org) will continue to air on PBS across the country for another few years.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

To be honest, I don’t know yet, but I look forward to finding out. I’m fairly new to print journalism, but as in any field, I think it’s important to get to know your colleagues and the issues that affect your industry. I’m also looking forward to getting better acquainted with other writers through reading the newsletter, attending the national conference at some point in the future, and participating in events sponsored by my local chapter, the Connecticut Press Club.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

Personal Website:  http://MeganSmithHarris.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/megan.smithharris.9

Wilton Magazine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WiltonMagazine/?fref=ts

TownVibe Website: http://townvibe.com

The Buddy System Documentary: http://BuddySystemFilm.org

Trial by Fire Documentary: http://TrialByFireDoc.org

Meet a Member: Mary Anne Barothy

May 24, 2016
One of the many advantages of NFPW is getting to know members across the country with similar interests and interesting backgrounds. One member with an interesting career is Mary Anne Barothy of Indiana. She followed her passion to Los Angeles and ended up working for an actress she admired. She wrote a book about her experiences, won an NFPW award for the book and now shares it with others. Meet another outstanding NFPW member, Mary Anne Barothy.
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Mary Anne Barothy

Name: Mary Anne Barothy

City, State: Indianapolis, IN
Affiliate & Leadership role: Woman’s Press Club of Indiana,  Past Vice President
Years a member of NFPW:  9
Tell us a little about you:
I grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from St. Agnes Academy, an all-girls school run by the Sisters of Providence. I went on to Marian College where I majored in English/Journalism. My interest in pursuing a career in writing came from a role Doris Day played in Paramount’s Teacher’s Pet co-starring Clark Cable in which Doris played a dedicated college journalism professor.
I joined the staff of The Indianapolis News as a society reporter for nearly two years before moving to Los Angles in 1968. My journalism background served me well with future employment at the May Company in Los Angeles and later working with Doris Day.
I returned to Indianapolis in 1977, as a free-lance writer and became Director of Publicity for Perennial Pictures Film Corporation. I worked in the Education Division at Lilly Endowment and later earned a paralegal degree from Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis. Since 1999 I have been Development Assistant for the Little Sisters of the Poor in Indianapolis at St. Augustine’s Home helping coordinate fundraising events.
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Mary Anne Barothy with Doris Day.

In 2007 I wrote a book “An Indiana Girl’s Sentimental Journey to Doris Day’s Hollywood and Beyond” about my story story and I continue to give talks around the country sharing the unique story.  Turner Classic Movies has this piece on their website: http://www.tcm.com/this-month/movie-news.html?id=182157

Today I feel very fortunate and blessed to have been able to do as many things as I have including working for my childhood idol, Doris Day.  Talk about a ‘dream-come-true.’
Any career advice you would give?  
Do the very BEST you can do.  Don’t be afraid to ASK for things.  Associate with like-minded and successful people.  Follow your dream (I did) and don’t listen to negative people.  Stay POSITIVE!  I believe in “The BEST is yet to come.”
Which talent would you most like to have?
Better computer/technology skills – trying to keep up is a challenge these days.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
On or near a beach in Ocean City, NJ, or on Sanibel Island, FL where the weather is warmer year round.
What book are you reading?
Adios America   by Ann Coulter
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Mary Anne Barothy promotes her book about Doris Day.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I am writing another book, but due to time constraints, haven’t been able to spend as much time on it as I want to.
Why is your affiliate (Woman’s Press Club of Indiana) and NFPW important to you?
I am happy and proud to belong to both professional organizations, plus it looks good as a reference and gives great credibility.
 Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.
My website is: http://www.dayatatimesentimentaljourney.com  Day At A Time: An Indiana Girl’s Sentimental Journey To Doris Day’s Hollywood and Beyond.
I also host The Brenda Lee Hour monthly on Baltimore Net Radio    ( mybnr.com ).  It airs on the 2nd Thursday of each month @ 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern time, with encores thru Sunday. You can check the schedule at   mybnr.com
I am on Facebook as  Mary Anne Barothy

Meet a Member: Clara Cartrette

May 10, 2016

Clara Cartrette helped organize the North Carolina Press Women affiliate in 1978 and has been active ever since.  At the Idaho conference in 2008 she was honored as NFPW Communicator of Achievement, the highest honor given to a member. She is a hard working, dedicated member who has helped her affiliate and NFPW succeed. I missed seeing her smiling face in Alaska, it was the first conference she has missed since joining, so I can’t wait to see her again this fall in Kansas. Meet another outstanding member I am honored to call a friend.

Name: Clara J. Cartrette

City and State: Tabor City, North Carolina

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Clara Cartrette

Affiliate and any leadership positions: I was the first state affiliate president of North Carolina Press Women for four years, which might have bending the rules somewhat at that time, but I was the only one attending NFPW conferences and members voted me to serve. I have held various other offices on the state and national level, including being a charter member of the NFPW Education Fund. I have served on the NFPW elections board a couple of times, membership director, elected NFPW third vice president in 1985, served as NFPW President Gwen White’s “Fun and Frivolity” chairman and introduced the “First Timers” program, POPPS secretary  and I’ve been “recycled” to serve as state president for quite a few years.

One of the most important things to happen to me was when I was honored to be selected as NFPW’s Communicator of Achievement at the Idaho conference in 2008.

Years a member of NFPW: 38

Tell us a little about you.

I got a job as a reporter through a mistake. I thought I was going to be a secretary until I was told I would be taking over the “women’s department.” It was the best “mistake” I’ve ever made. I started covering news a couple of years later, then took over the police, fire, courthouse beat for 20-plus years. I have covered every “beat” there is but my first love is writing people features. I had a very supportive boss who sponsored my state and national conferences and the best thing he did for me was turn me loose to decide what I would cover and choose feature stories I wanted to write. I started winning state awards a year after I began work and continued to win…. until NFPW stopped accepting paper entries. I have covered every news beat and have dabbled in advertising, starting an annual Bridal Edition and County Fair tabloid section. I chose the couples for the Bridal Edition, sold the ads, wrote the ad copy and features on the couple, and even laid it out until we went to computer layout. I have done the County Fair tabloid for 36 years, writing all of the copy and using photos I made at the fair in previous years for each 40-page issue.

Any career advice you would give?

If you like to write, don’t mind working 50-60 hours a week for a salary that isn’t fantastic and love talking to people and telling their stories, becoming a reporter might be a great career for you. If this doesn’t measure up to your standards, look for another career.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I always wanted to tap dance and play a guitar (but not at the same time)!

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Where I am right now — next door to my youngest daughter, son-in-law and two wonderful grandsons, 10 miles from my oldest daughter and son-in-law and five miles from my son.

What book are you reading?

Just finished Bob Sloan’s “Home Call,” which I bought at an NFPW conference some years ago. It had gotten covered up in a stack of books and I found it recently. Reading Bob’s book is like talking to and listening to a good friend. It’s the story of Appalachia that most of us don’t know. Great read!!! One that I didn’t want to put down to sleep and one I didn’t want to end. Reading is my passion. My next read will be “We Had A Job To Do,” a basic history of World War II through the eyes of those who served. Theresa Anzaldua selected several veterans to tell their personal stories, based on official U.S. government documents and her interviews with veterans.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I always wanted to tap dance, and signed up for an adult class at age 38. I didn’t learn a lot, but I satisfied that desire to tap. A couple of years later, a Middle Eastern belly dancer came to town to teach classes and a friend and I signed up for classes. It was a barrel of fun, especially our in-house “recital.” (I haven’t been bombarded with requests to perform…yet!)

Clara and NFPW CoA.Winners

Clara Cartrette, right, poses with other former NFPW Communicators of Achievement. They are from left, Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas, Cynthia Price, Karen Stensrud, Betty Packard, Donna Hunt and Cartrette.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

I was so excited when I learned that NFPW President Charlotte Schexnayder and Mary Lou Webb were coming to North Carolina to affiliate N.C. Press Women, organized in 1942 when newsmen went to war and their wives took over newsrooms. But when Charlotte and Mary Lou got here, the NCPW board had changed its mind and didn’t want to affiliate because they wanted to remain a “pure” organization of only newspaper journalists … no advertising, magazine, radio, TV, public relations personnel, etc.

I was very excited about NFPW and had joined as a member at-large two months earlier. I was disappointed and embarrassed that Charlotte and Mary Lou had come so far to get the door closed in their faces. They invited me to join them in their hotel room and during a long discussion, “Peacemaker Charlotte” said if there was any dissention it would be better not to affiliate, but if as many as 10 were interested we could affiliate. I ran into the hall and gathered 13 members who wanted to join NFPW.

Charlotte and Mary Lou came back two months later to charter us. We chartered in June 1978 and I went to my first NFPW conference 10 days later. I got a royal introduction to NFPW, as Charlotte asked me to “bunk in” with her and husband Melvin because she had a presidential suite and didn’t need the extra bedroom. For years Melvin and I got odd looks when we yelled across the room, “Hey, Roommate!”

I had never missed a conference until 2015. I couldn’t justify the time, expense and wear and tear on my body to fly to Alaska for a three-day conference and I couldn’t take off any more time for the tours for the same reasons. Hope to see all of you in Kansas in September!

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

claracartrette@whiteville.com

 

Meet a Member: Mark Fowser

April 19, 2016

One of our valued members is Delaware Press Association Mark Fowser. Fowser and his team are leading one of the most active NFPW affiliates. They have outstanding programs and last year won the affiliate sweepstakes award in the NFPW communications contest . He is another example of an outstanding NFPW member. I am honored to call him a friend.

Mark Fowser

Mark Fowser

Name: Mark Fowser

 

City and State: New Castle, Delaware

Affiliate and any leadership positions:

Delaware Press Association President; past Treasurer; 2016 Communicator of Achievement

Years a member of NFPW: 15

Tell us a little about you.

I have been involved in journalism (broadcast and print) for more than 30 years, and it is something I’ve wanted to do since I was young. The first job I had was as an overnight announcer and disc jockey at a nostalgia station near the New Jersey shore, playing Big Band, Sinatra and Easy Listening tunes and reading news from the wire each hour. Then, I became that station’s News Director, overseeing a staff of one (myself).

After a few years I headed to northern New Jersey for a job in which I anchored radio news for half the day and worked on the nightly news show for a local cable TV channel the other half of the day. Here, I was really able to broaden my horizons and cover a number of important and interesting stories – a hot-air balloon ride, a rafting trip down the Delaware River, a visit below ground to an abandoned zinc mine, and a mountaintop wedding at a ski resort. The first time I ever donated blood, the cameras were rolling.

The opportunity to return to my native Delaware was too good to pass up, however. I have enjoyed various opportunities for more than two decades in news and talk radio, public radio and television, and online journalism. I have been with Delaware1059 radio since its beginning in September, 2012. 

Any career advice you would give?

Learn; ask; intern; explore; join. Find your passion, but realize that it may take several attempts to do that – and, that’s OK.

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Mark Fowser

 

 

Which talent would you most like to have?

I would like to sing better, and perhaps learn a musical instrument to accompany or drown out my singing.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I have been very happy living in the Mid-Atlantic region (Delaware or New Jersey). The 2009 NFPW conference got me very intrigued about San Antonio. If I were to pick another country, it would probably be Spain. 

What book are you reading?

“Driving Home” by Jonathan Raban

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I never traveled far until about 13 years ago; now, I try to get far away once a year.

I am a little introverted considering the profession I have chosen.

And, I follow Philadelphia Flyers hockey with the passion normally seen in English soccer (minus the hooliganism).

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

I am grateful to DPA and NFPW for the opportunity to network, to take part in contests and learn valuable feedback from peers, to have attended three national conferences, to have a role in high school contests that will hopefully encourage the next generation, and most of all for long-lasting friendships and relationships that have developed.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

https://twitter.com/markfowser

https://www.facebook.com/mark.fowser

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Meet a Member: Judi Buehrer

April 11, 2016

I was fortunate to have dinner this past weekend with Judi Buehrer and other Colorado Press Women. The dinner was planned as part of the NFPW spring board meeting in Denver. Judi is working on a memoir about her experiences living in Moscow after the fall of the Soviet Union. Two of my friends have read the nearly competed book and tell me it will be a great book. I can’t wait to read it when it is published. Judi is a talented writer and a great asset to both Colorado and NFPW. Meet my friend, Judi Buehrer.

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Judi Buehrer

 

 

Name: Judi Buehrer

City and State: Littleton, CO

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Currently Colorado Press Women Co-VP/Membership and Program Committee member; Colorado COA and NFPW Runner-up COA in 2008. Unfortunately, I was recovering from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and wasn’t able to receive the award in person. I’ve also served CPW as president, vice president, secretary, newsletter editor, and helped with high school contest and served on nominating committee and program committee.

Years a member of NFPW: 35

Tell us a little about you.

I am currently semi-retired and finishing Moscow Stories, a memoir about my experiences about living in and reporting about Moscow after the fall of the Soviet Union. I fell in love with journalism in high school and graduated from the University of Nebraska J-School with a major in journalism and minors in English and political science. I began my career as a reporter at the Lincoln Journal and then the Northern Virginia Sun. After our first child was born, I wanted to be a stay-at-home-mom and switched to freelancing and reporting for weekly papers. Several years later, I worked as a managing editor at the American Water Works Association in Denver before and after my husband and I went abroad for nine years. During that time, I worked at The Moscow Times and returned to freelancing and stringing for area magazines during our postings in Thailand and Saudi Arabia. Over the years my freelance articles appeared in The Denver Post, Albuquerque Journal, Chicago Tribune, Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal, Travel Holiday Magazine and several magazines in Denver and New Mexico.

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Judi Bueher attaching photos to a display.

Any career advice you would give?

Look for the story behind the obvious one. Things are seldom what they seem.

Which talent would you most like to have?

That’s easy. Figure skating!

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

On one of the idyllic beaches in Southern Thailand.

What book are you reading?

Wonder by Raquel Jaramillo, under the pen name of R. J. Palacio. It’s a wonderful, humbling, evocative story recommended by my 10-year-old daughter.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

When we were in Moscow, President George W. H. Bush stopped by the embassy during a 1991 Summit with Soviet President Gorbachev. After he and Barbara Bush spoke briefly, they shook hands with embassy staff and spouses standing in a long reception line. When he came to me, I told him that my son had served during the Gulf War and thanked him for getting our troops out of danger during the short ground war. He smiled, grabbed my camera, and said, “Well, that calls for a picture.” He held up the camera, clicked the shutter and took a selfie–a word that hadn’t been invented yet– of half of my face and the lower half of his. It’s one of my favorite photos of my time in Moscow.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

Early in my career, I got two of my jobs through contacts at CPW and learned a lot from the professional programs and my colleagues. Most of us are retired now and have developed close, nurturing friendships. That explains our affiliate’s primary benefits — mentorships and networking.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

I have a FB page, but no website or twitter presence yet.

Meet a Member: Tara Puckey

April 5, 2016

Affiliates are a key part of NFPW and strong leadership at the state level can help an affiliate thrive. Tara Puckey is the president of Woman’s Press Club of Indiana and is doing an outstanding job. She is a proven leader and helps keep membership strong. She is constantly on the go as she continues to grow her skills. Meet this outstanding NFPW member I am pleased to call a friend.

Name: Tara Puckey

City and State: McCordsville, Ind. (just outside Indianapolis)

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Woman’s Press Club of Indiana; Vice President, President (currently serving second term)

Years a member of NFPW: Joined in 2008

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Tara Puckey

Tell us a little about you.

After finding the degree program with the least amount of math (math is hard), I picked journalism and graduated with an amazing group of classmates from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis in 2011. While in school, I began freelancing for New York’s Broadway Magazine and Ameriforce, a collective of different magazines all focused on the military, and later added social media management, small business consulting and brand management to the mix . In 2012, I picked up a full time gig with the Society of Professional Journalists after serving two years on their national board as a student representative. As Membership Strategist, I focus on member retention and recruitment, the stability of our more than 150 active chapters and other duties as assigned (nonprofit = multitasking staff).

I multitask the rest of my life, too, I suppose. Currently, I’m wrapping up my MBA in June of this year and will being pursuing my CAE designation shortly after. When I’m not working or studying, you’ll find me teaching dance at a local studio or tromping through tiny Indiana towns in search of the perfect antique find. I’m also pretty easy to track down with a glass of wine and a good book, but my absolute favorite thing is spending time with my husband, Bryan, and two daughters, Alexa and Brooklyn.

Any career advice you would give?

Interview them more than they interview you. Don’t take a job just because the pay is right or it’s where you’ve always wanted to work. Ask questions about the culture, about the atmosphere, about how well everyone plays together in the office. Otherwise, you’ll walk into something you weren’t expecting that makes you uncomfortable or miserable and the money or the position will be the least of your concerns.

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Tara Puckey at a Woman’s Press Club of Indiana event.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Maybe it isn’t a talent, but I’d like there to be more hours in the day. I have a million things I still want to do and learn and experience and there’s never enough time. That’s totally crazy, so if you’re looking for the real answer, I’d love to be able to play the guitar and cook super amazing chef-quality meals. Dang, that was too many.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Manhattan. New York is one of my favorite places because I love feeling like I’m just a little speck in something larger. Small towns don’t quite allow that anonymity that you can get somewhere like New York. But, the hubby won’t go for it, so I guess if I have to take him with me, we might go to Savannah. Or, Memphis.

What book are you reading?

Sitting on my coffee table right at this moment is “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I love the dark. Think low lamps everywhere, mood lighting. My entire family hates it, but it takes me to my happy place.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

WPCI was one of the first journalism organizations I joined when I decided to pursue my career. After that first event, I knew I had found a home. The women (and men) I’ve met through WPCI have not only been mentors, but true friends that celebrate every achievement and mourn every loss. I couldn’t be more thankful for this amazing group of people who consistently remind me why I love this industry so much. I’m honored and proud to be among them and wouldn’t be where I am today without their love and support.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.:

You can check out my website at tarapuckey.com, follow me on Twitter at @tpuckey and connect on LinkedIn. I’m on just about everything else, too: Instagram, Snapchat, Zoom, etc. and my username is almost always tpuckey. Hope to connect soon!

Meet a Member: Jane Primerano

March 24, 2016

 

One of the wonderful things about belonging to the National Federation of Press Women is the opportunity it gives members to network and have friends all over the United States. My friend Jane Primerano is an accomplished member of NFPW and also other professional organizations. She is a consummate professional who is willing to adapt to meet the needs of our changing profession. Meet another outstanding member of our organization. 

Name: Jane Primerano

City and State: Hope, NJ

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Jane Primerano with her ever present Nikon. (Photo by Anthony Buccino).

 

 

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Pennsylvania Press Club. I was a member of the late, lamented, New Jersey Press Women. I was president from 2001 through 2003 and was Communicator of Achievement in 2003. I joined PPC because I wanted to be part of an affiliate and I live 10 minutes from Pennsylvania.

Years a member of NFPW: 33

Tell us a little about you.

Right now, I’m a freelancer specializing in agriculture and agri-business. I am also moving into writing about wineries, craft breweries and craft distilleries, which happened sort of by accident. I have been a reporter, photographer and editor for weekly, daily and online publications. I also spent some time on the “dark side” doing hospital communications and working for public relations firms.

I have three grown children, a son-in-law and two “grandcats.” One of my favorite things is “borrowing” a cousin’s grandchildren and taking them to county fairs and other cool places. Sort of practice, I suppose. I’m active in my church and in Warren County Community Singers.

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Jane Primerano with Diesel, a friend’s daughter’s horse in Ohio. Jane loves horses as well as dogs and cats and pretty much any animal. (Photo by Jessica Vezza)

 

 

 

 

Any career advice you would give?

Develop a specialty early on. The only way I can survive as a freelancer is because I have expertise in farming. You never know, especially today, when you may have to become an independent journalist.

Which talent would you most like to have?

A real knack for languages.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Tuscany. But I’d miss my kids.

What book are you reading?

Just finished The Lowlands by Jhumpa Lahiri and started Informing the News by Thomas E. Patterson.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I once played a sheriff at a wild west theme park.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

I believe professional organizations are vital for networking and for banding together for our common interests such as freedom of information and journalism ethics.

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

I’m on Facebook as Jane Primerano and on Twitter as @ReporterJane2.