Virginia Professional Communicators

Time to Renew

You can renew online or via regular mail.

Membership in NFPW is a solid investment in your career, providing opportunities to develop your professional skills, receive recognition for your work, network with peers, protect the First Amendment, and nurture the next generation of communicators.

Now is the time to renew so you don’t miss out on the benefits.

To renew, visit the NFPW website and note that you are a member of the Virginia affiliate.


Contest Live!

NFPW has published the categories and rules for the 2017 communications contest. Are you ready? The early bird deadline is Jan. 17.

Get all the details on the NFPW website.

Here are a few tips to make entering easier:

Compile your entries into an online folder. Doing so gives you additional time to think about metrics, which are crucial for public relations entries. If you are entering in writing categories, you may remember that you wrote several articles throughout the year on one topic. Now instead of a single entry, you could enter in a theme category.


Women’s March on Washington: An Exercise in First Amendment

By Gail Kent, Past President

Even though I came of age during the Vietnam War, the Women’s March on Washington was my first protest march. There always was a reason standing between me and political protesting. My parents. My first husband’s military career. My current husband’s security clearance.

But with my husband’s retirement and my increasing concern about the direction our country is taking with the new administration, even my husband’s angst about my safety could not keep me home this time. I was elated when my granddaughter Cheyenne, who turned 17 the day before, asked to join my friend Pat Harvey and I on the train from Newport News to D.C.

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The communications contests, professional development opportunities and friendships with other communicators are just a few of the reasons you should take the time now to invest in yourself and your professional career and renew your NFPW membership for 2016.

We have an exciting year ahead. This is the third year of conducting the communications contest online, and we continue to refine the contest to make it even more user-friendly. In 2015, we made a number of changes to and will continue to improve our website in the coming year.

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Listed in approximate reverse order by publication of author’s newest book


treasureTwo of Linda Salisbury’s books in the Bailey Fish Adventure series have won top honors.“Treasure in Sugar’s Book Barn,” won gold for Best Children’s Fiction in the President’s Book Awards sponsored by the Florida Publishers Association. And, her newest book, “Earthquake Surprise,” took a bronze medal in the prestigious Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in the pre-teen fiction category.


KaylaSolsbak (1)Kayla Solsbak, a sophomore at the University of Richmond, is the recipient of the Virginia Press Women Foundation’s 2016 Agnes Cooke Scholarship. She was announced as this year’s scholarship winner at the annual conference of Virginia Professional Communicators, with which the foundation is affiliated, at the George Washington Inn in Winchester on Friday, April 15. The VPW Foundation awards a scholarship every year to a deserving Virginia college student who is interested in pursuing a career in communications. Kayla received a $1,000 scholarship and a year’s membership in VPC. Kayla is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism and is from Lakeside, California. (See full story.)

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