4 Ways to Get Involved with NFPW

I started this blog when I became president of the National Federation of Press Women. It was a means to further connect with members who are located across the country and to share on a variety of topics of interest to members. It was one of the ways I could become more involved.

How can you become involved in NFPW (or any organization for that matter)?

Enter the communications contest. It’s one of the draws for NFPW. This year the contest is online and I suspect, like others, I’ll be a bit challenged by the process. However, I’m starting early so I will have plenty of time to figure it out. I’ve judged online contents previously and it wasn’t too bad. It just took a bit of patience. One of the benefits of the contest is that judges are encouraged to write comments, which is helpful to enhance work going forward. And, of course, if you win, you can feel good about the work you’re producing. Don’t forget to tell your boss! (Editor’s Note: The deadline for state affiliates of NFPW for the online communications contest is Jan. 27.)

Serve on a committee. Not everyone has the time commitment for a board position, but you could volunteer for a committee or a one-time need such as introducing a speaker at a conference. It’s a great way to get to know other members, which can lead to enhanced networking.

Put your skills and talents to work. You could write for the website or newsletter, provide graphic support or serve as webmaster. If event planning is your thing then organize the next outing or conference. Or you could help publicize the event. Putting your skills and talents to work also allows you to build your resume.

NFPW 2014 conference logo

NFPW’s next conference is Sept. 4-6 in Greenville, S.C.

Attend conference. Speaking of conference, mark your calendars for your affiliate meetings and the national conference, which this year will be held in Greenville, S.C., Sept. 4-6. You have nine months to save for your travel expenses, find a roommate and make your arrangements. It’s a great way to learn about the latest in communications, network and see another part of the country. You may even make some lifelong friends. 

Online Contest Helps With Employee Success

Winston Churchill said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

None of us are perfect and that probably has much to do with the fact that most of us don’t like change, even when we adapt to it. In today’s world, change is the norm given how quickly technology advances and changes. Who would have ever thought we would be taking photos with our phones – phones that now fit into our pockets?

Embracing change is one of the must-have qualities of a modern employee, according to an article on Forbes.com.

Good thing then that NFPW is taking its contest online so members can continue to embrace change. Based on two years of research, online demonstrations and comparisons of services and costs, NFPW will host an online contest for NFPW, the high school competition and any affiliates that would like to participate, beginning with the next contest.

NFPW is moving to an online contest to create a streamlined process for entering the contest and because of the ease of use for entrants, judges and contest administrators. An online contest also cuts down on entries lost in the mail and saves on postage costs.

Change is necessary, but it doesn’t mean it’s easy. That is why it is critical to bring individuals along and not simply force the change upon them. During the recent NFPW conference, a session was offered explaining how the contest works and included a demonstration. A test site has been sent to all members so they can begin to familiarize themselves with how it functions. NFPW also will provide a Q&A document to all affiliate contest directors and presidents. The monthly newsletter and website will feature articles to explain the new process and ease anxiety.

As George Bernard Shaw once said, “Progress is impossible without change.” NFPW continues to make progress.

I’m looking forward to entering the online contest.