Yes! You have reached Diane Joy Schmidt. Please scroll through this visual index to see my latest articles. 2017 1st Place, Excellence in Personal Essays, American Jewish Press Association Rockower Awards, for What Chanting a Prayer Might Do for You, for New Mexico Jewish Link; 2017 1st Place, Society Professional Journalists Top of the Rockies, for Evelyn Rosenberg and her Explosive Art, A&E Single Profile, and 2nd Place, Personal Columns, for 3 columns: The First Shall Be Last, There Once Was A Woman Who Was Apologetic, and Beneath the Surface. 1st Place, 2016 Society of Professional Journalists, Personal Columns, Top of the Rockies 2016, for 3 columns: Serendipity and the Power of Daydreams , Who by Fire and The Merkabah and the Exegesis of a License Plate. Fellow, New America Media Journalist-in-Aging 2015- 2017.
Waters of Babylon “. . . the coming of the Jewish Messiah, the coming of the Moslem Mahdi, the return of the Christian Christ – like a bad Western, all three gangs are converging on the same town at high noon, gunning for Armageddon.” Posted, revised, Times of Israel, July, 2016. Published Gallup Independent 2013.
Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities, ground-breaking and controversial exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum. The Inquisition followed Jews to the New World. Some fled to what is today Northern New Mexico, and became insular secret communities hidden within the Catholic society, and descendants today are identifying with the customs they retained for over half a millennia.
Hadassah Magazine Apr/May 2016 Fractured Faiths exhibit opening in Santa Fe – Evidence of the Inquisition in the New World. Brief Review, page 52, featured.
After 523 years, Spain offers citizenship to descendants of those who fled inquisition
and reaches out to the Sephardic/Anusim/Crypto-Jewish community of New Mexico, 524 years after the Inquisition, to offer the right of return and opportunity to apply for Spanish citizenship.
Experience of a Lifetime: Attending the General Assembly and AJPA Conference
White House private briefing with Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro following Netanyahu’s meeting with Obama, for members of the Jewish press There were body scanners and guards with bored looking guard dogs and plain clothed men on stairwells sporting plastic earbuds with muscles tight under their suits . .
Albuquerque – Is it a place where Jews can retire? Albuquerque’s Shalom House is among the dwindling number of affordable senior-housing developments in the U.S. There is a vacuum in the Albuquerque Jewish community for affordable housing here. Journalist-in-Aging Fellowship.
The Merkabah and the Exegesis of a License Plate
A friend has become a zealot, Israelis are being stabbed, then, a license plate reveals an answer. “It was an older model unwashed car, with bird crud on the window . . .” Personal Columns, first-place, SPJ 2016
“PJ Library Pajama Party a buoyant success” Oct. 12, 2015 “This is one of the main ways I can get him around other Jewish kids…I just can’t afford to belong to a synagogue…when I got the invitation from PJ Library…” Photo story/report
“Who by Fire: Reflections on Tashlich and Unetanneh Tokef” Sept. 19, 2015 Listening to Leonard Cohen and casting away guilt allows a dream to surface that relates a trauma that is revealed to be the basis of his song and this prayer told at the New Year. Personal Columns, first-place, SPJ 2016
1st Place Personal Columns, Society of Professional Journalists 2016. Read here: Serendipity and the Power of Daydreams The 3 personal columns for the award included this one and Who by Fire and The Merkabah and the Exegesis of a License Plate
“Healing the Wounds of History, The Long Walk and the Holocaust”
Society of Professional Journalists award, Top of the Rockies, first-place in Reporting: General Education, for Gallup Independent daily newspaper, 2015. <29,999 circ. Navajos and Jews discuss healing from genocide. Report, published 2014.
“The Anti-Israel Boycott,Divestment and Sanctions Movement Arrives at UNM” First-place for Photography, all circulation newspapers and magazines, American Jewish Press Association Rockower Award, 2015, for the New Mexico Jewish Link. Also two first-place, New Mexico Press Association Communication Awards, Photography/Writing category and Specialty articles: Religion. Report and photos, published 2014.
“UNM’s Graduate Student Association Votes to Rescind Anti-Israel Resolution” Against odds, the BDS resolution is rescinded. First-place for Reporting, 2015, circ. >15,000, American Jewish Press Association, Rockower Award, for the New Mexico Jewish Link. Report.
“An Answer So Simple, I Couldn’t See It”
Stumbling upon a children’s art show in a grocery store rekindles a sense of meaning and purpose. 2015 Society of Professional Journalists award, Top of the Rockies, second-place for Personal Columns, <29,999 circ., as published in Gallup Independent daily newspaper, Sunday Religion page, Spiritual Perspectives column, contributor since 2009. Column.
Up close and personal, a little, with new Federation Director Zach Benjamin. Oct. 27, 2015 New Mexico welcomes new Federation director. Profile.
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Earlier Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine cover stories and Chicago Tribune articles, and articles published in the Navajo Times, Gallup Independent and New Mexico Jewish Link, from 2010 to 2015, to be added.
The Chicago Exhibition photos of Michele Fitzsimmons by Diane Schmidt – Will be showcased in “100 Classic Chicago Photos” book by Richard Cahan, City Files Press/Chicago 2017