2021 NFPW Conference                                                   
Virtual - June 10-12, 2021





Dear Colleagues,

Many of us have spent this past week marking the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve looked back at all the changes of the past year — both people and plans we lost, and pride we can take in learning to move forward and do our work differently.

Your National Federation of Press Women executive board and Arkansas Press Women conference planning team opened 2021 so very hopeful that we would be able to come together in Little Rock for our conference in June. More and more of us have been able to receive COVID vaccines and are looking forward to being together.

In the end, however, we had to conclude that June was just too soon. Despite all the positive news about COVID cases declining, there are still too many questions to resolve to feel comfortable coming together. Your input through our member survey was very helpful — 71% of those who responded said they would not attend an in-person conference. If we were able to offer both in-person and virtual formats together, a full 62% said they would attend only the virtual offering.

We are now working to move the Arkansas conference to a virtual format. 

Arkansas Press Women have put together a wonderful program, which you’ve already been reading about. The conference will feature five general sessions and three sets of two breakout sessions from which to choose.

For those of you who already registered for the 2020 conference and told us to apply your funds to 2021, we will be in touch in April to work through that process. We also will work with Arkansas to refund any fees paid for tours.

As always, I am happy to try to answer your questions. Please email me at [email protected] 

With kind regards,

Gwen Larson
President 2019-21