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.
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.