Donna Francavilla, founder of boutique PR firm, Frankly Speaking Communications LLC, won 5 first place awards in the state-wide yearly competition within  Alabama Media Professionals and the most prestigious award given by the organization.

Francavilla was announced as the 2016 Alabama Media Professionals Communicator of Achievement Award at the Awards Banquet held at The Club in Birmingham. The Communicator of Achievement Award is presented to journalists based on professional achievement, community service, and service to the organization. The winner of this award represents the AMP Chapter at the NFPW.  Francavilla has worn many hats as an entrepreneur with her boutique PR firm, Frankly Speaking Communications, LLC, as a public relations professional, talk show host, blogger, writer, podcaster, and audio/video specialist.

She has filed stories from around the world (Cuba, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, to name a few) for organizations like Agence France Presse, Voice of America, the Oprah Show and CBS News. She showed her dedication to reporting while on vacation when she broke the news of a mudslide after being airlifted by helicopter with her daughter in Peru.  

“Francavilla is the first to win the Communicator of Achievement Award since 2009. Verna Gates was the previous nominee and was runner-up to American icon syndicated lifestyle columnist Heloise and won a lifetime achievement award from NFPW.” Francavilla will be featured in an upcoming article in B-Metro Magazine.  

Her awards at the state level including:

On-the-scene report (news, features, sports) - Radio: 1st for “Alabama BBQ”;

Prepared report (news, features, sports, or opinion) - Radio: 1st- “Brawl at City Hall”;

Special programming - Radio:  1st- “Confederate flag comes down”;

Interview (Radio or television show): 1st-, “Charles Barkley with Donna Francavilla on the Richard Dixon show”;

Talk show (radio or television): 1st- “Radio talk show hosting” :Radio and television advertising - Radio;

3rd- BBQ at the Zoo in the Community, institutional or internal relations category.

Watch for an upcoming story in B-Metro Magazine. 

Good Luck to you Donna as you represent AMP well at the NFPW!


This is the logo you can use if you become an AMP Supporting Business.

We've had requests, and now we've done it. Businesses have asked us how they can be involved with AMP as a business. The answer is our new Supporting Business program.

With some bylaws changes passed in January, we now have the structure for having businesses be involved as sponsors. This includes businesses that support our mission and businesses wanting to offer discounts to our members.

There are many benefits we've provided. Check it out here.

Calling for 2016 AMP Communications Contest Entries

The 2016 AMP Communications Contest is now underway. Watch the video to learn the categories. You do not have to be an AMP member to enter, but the work must have been done and completed between January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.

  • Earlybird deadline: January 18
  • Final deadline: February 1

Entry fees: $25 for the first entry, and $20 for subsequent entries. An additional $25 late-submission fee will be added to the total if your submission is after January 18 and before the final February 1 deadline.

Anyone who wins first place in the AMP Contest is eligible to participate in the National Federation of Press Women's national contest, if appropriate fees for national participation are paid.

The contest instructions are here. And the categories and subcategories with descriptions and criteria are here.

If you have any questions, please review this step-by-step document or contact our contest director, Elaine Miller, by email or call her at 205-410-5020.

AMP Will Host 2017 NFPW Conference in Birmingham

AMP Will Host 2017 NFPW Conference in Birmingham

It’s official. The National Federation of Press Women’s 2017 Communications Conference will be held in Birmingham, Alabama!

“You and your team put a great package together, and the NFPW officers have unanimously voted to hold the 2017 NFPW conference in Alabama,” NFPW president Teri Ehresman wrote in a June 23 email to conference co-director Elaine Miller.

“Congrats to all!!!”

Elaine and co-director Jane Henry will present the dates, venue and theme at the national business meeting during the September . . .

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AMP President Discusses Freedom of the Press on the Radio

AMP President Tina Tidmore and social media expert Wade Kwon discuss Freedom of the Press and how it applies to bloggers.

For the second time in 2015, Alabama Media Professionals participated in a radio discussion about media issues with BizTalk show host Roy Williams. In honor of Independence Day, when it aired on, the recorded program's topic was Freedom of the Press History and How It Applies in Today's Electronic Age.

Wade Kwon, a communications consultant and Y'all Connect director, gave his perspective on whether a blogger could accurately be termed a "reporter" or "journalist" and whether bloggers should have the same access and legal protections that reporters have.

AMP President Tina Tidmore told the history of Freedom of the Press and court cases that defined that freedom in the U.S.

AMP on the Radio

In May 2015, Roy Williams, host of BizTalk, interviewed AMP president, Tina Tidmore, about our organization and the changes in the news media industry. After this interview, Roy Williams said he would host an AMP representative once every two months to discuss the local news media industry. The next one is planned for July.

Changes in the news media industry have presented unprecedented challenges to news media corporations and reporters. The public is also receiving their news in different ways. The question arises as to what business model is needed for people to keep informed and whether good journalism will survive these pressures.

Roy and Tina discuss these issues.

AMP Makes Pitch to Host 2017 NFPW Conference

The NFPW Board met in Birmingham in March, 2014, for its spring meeting. During their visit, past AMP president Elaine Miller, in an effort to make Birmingham the city for the NFPW National Conference in 2017, highlighted the amenities and attractions the city has to offer.

Elaine Miller making the pitch to NFPW board members.

Elaine Miller making the pitch to NFPW board members.

"This was a grand opportunity to network with NFPW members from across the USA," Elaine said. They came in from Nebraska, Idaho, Virginia and the Washington D.C. area, Illinois, South Carolina, Kansas, and other areas. She encouraged incoming AMP officers to meet with the national officers as well as headquarters staff to support the effort. 

Elaine was the visionary and driving force behind the effort to land the conference in Birmingham and she worked long hours planning the agenda for the national board members.

The board members visited Vulcan Park, The Civil Rights Museum, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, the 16th Street Baptist Church and other destinations.

The NFPW should make a decision in coming months on where the conference will be held.