Panel Offers Tips On Covering Legislative Session

Roundhouse floor

Hey Journos and Politicos,

Are you planning on covering the New Mexico Legislature next year? If it’s your first time or even if you just need a refresher, come listen to our terrific panel of experts who will offer tips from their years of experience covering the Roundhouse.

This panel is for anyone interested in how the Legislature works, but it’s also a great resource for reporters who don’t work in the Albuquerque or Santa Fe areas, but may want to cover issues related to their home town.

When: December 16, 2014   from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Communication and Journalism Building Room 256 – on the UNM campus in Albuquerque (NW corner of Yale and Central)

Cost: $10   (Free for students)

Can’t be there in person? You can watch live online through Google +  or on YouTube.

This program is presented by the Rio Grande and University of New Mexico student chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. It will be moderated by Matt Grubs, KRQE special assignment reporter, and include the following panelists:

Dan Boyd – Albuquerque Journal
Gwyneth Doland – New Mexico PBS
Dede Feldman – Former state senator
Matthew Reichbach – Formerly of NM Telegram
Steve Terrell – Santa Fe New Mexican

Taos News Hiring Sports Editor

The sports editor is a one-person department responsible for covering local high school and community sports. This position involves: game and event coverage, including timely posting on our website; taking photos; writing features and news stories; laying out pages; and undertaking multi-media projects including video and audio slideshows for the website. Applicants must have a strong knowledge of sports and outdoor recreation; great reporting, photography and time management skills; and experience with the web. Weekend and night work are expected.

This is a full-time position with full benefits: 401-k plan, medical/dental, vacation/holiday pay, plus spa membership.

Come live, work and play in one of New Mexico’s most beautiful cities with a thriving arts community and unlimited outdoor recreation opportunities. Email a resume, three clippings, and three samples of photos to editor@taosnews.com. No phone calls.

Chase Those Hard News Blues Away At The SPJ Holiday Party

Holiday_Party_Breaking_NewsWeb1Did that PIO put a lump of coal in your open government stocking? Shake it off and join the Rio Grande and UNM Student chapters of SPJ for a holiday party at the Albuquerque Press Club. If you’re interested in having some snacks to go along with your imbibing — or in Midwest parlance, you want to bring a “dish to pass” –  please contact Megan Kamerick at megankamerick@gmail.com. It’s a great way to ensure the clown in this picture will never come to your house. Otherwise, no promises, and he might come with Grumpy Cat.
Bring your friends and let’s rage against the dying of the light with good cheer!

Who: Society of Professional Journalists – Rio Grande Chapter

What: See above

When: Friday, December 5 at 6 p.m.

Where: Albuquerque Press Club, 201 Highland Park Cir SE

Why: You need at least one place to wear that ugly sweater

Apply For An Investigative Reporting Grant

The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is calling for applications for grants to support independent investigative reporting.

The typical grant is $5,000. Qualified grant expenses include out-of-pocket costs such as travel, document production and equipment rental. Small stipends may be considered as a part of the grant.

The next deadline for applications is Thursday, January 15, 2015 – 5pm Washington DC time (EST).

FIJ is currently accepting proposals for domestic and overseas investigations. To get more information and apply check out FIJ’s website.

Nominations For Rio Grande SPJ Board Are Open

Rio Grande Chapter members,

Now that the election buzz is dying down, it’s time to start thinking about your local SPJ board of directors. Comprised of six directors and five officers, the board works to improve the state of journalism in New Mexico through various panels and training programs.

If you’re a current SPJ member and are interested in running, please send your nomination to andrewglyman@gmail.com along with a picture and brief bio. Besides six director positions, all five officer positions are up for election.

Please submit your nominations by November 22, 2014.

Voting will begin on December  1, 2014 and run through December 4, 2014.Voting will be through email.

Still on the fence? Here’s what Laura Paskus, our current president had to say about being on the board.

“Since joining the board in 2011, I’ve learned a great deal, forged important friendships and professional relationships, gotten to know some of the fantastic student journalists in the UNM chapter–and felt like I helped make a difference in New Mexico. (Plus, as former director Staci Matlock said a few years ago: We serve good snacks.)”

Need more? Here are some thoughts from Megan Kamerick, our vice president of communications.

“It’s easy to get discouraged these days as a journalist when you see the news of layoffs and turmoil in our industry. And with the fast pace of change in media these days, it’s easy to feel like your skills are getting out of date fast. That’s why I love being part of SPJ. It keeps me in touch with what’s happening in the wider media world. Being on the board brings camaraderie with fellow journalists that I don’t necessarily get in my work life in a very small newsroom or working from home. It’s very exciting to brainstorm with them about ways to help our fellow journalists do their jobs. We also have a lot of fun.”

Below are the descriptions and duties of officer positions.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or any other board member.

Thanks,

Andy Lyman

President: Presides at meetings of the chapter membership and board of directors. Appoints committee chairs and committee members. Serves as official spokesperson for chapter.

Vice-President—Communications: This Vice-President is the officer in charge of chapter communications, which can include newsletters, website, other electronic communications or any other appropriate tool.  May appoint members to assist with the internal communications work, including a newsletter editor.

Vice-President—Development: This Vice-President is in charge of membership development may appoint other members to assist with contacts of prospective members and membership campaigns.

Either Vice-President may preside at chapter board meetings or membership meetings in place of the President when the President cannot attend or temporarily relinquishes the chair.

Secretary: Writes and maintains official minutes of all regular and special call board meetings. Handles correspondence as directed by the president. Notifies national office annually of names of new officers and date that they will take office.

Treasurer: Collects dues, Pays bills.  Prepares budgets. Maintains financial records of the chapter including an annual financial statement of income and expenses. Files any financial reports required. Submits books to chapter’s Audit Committee for annual audit.

KOB Hiring Producer

KOB in Albuquerque is hiring a producer for news, weather and sports. We’re aggressive about breaking news and ensuring we’re not only first but the best source in our market.  Our producers are crucial to our success.  Your responsibilities will include “producing” not just stacking newscasts, writing updates and teases, writing for the web, coordinating news coverage, and helping with special projects.  We want producers who have passion about the day’s news and what they want to see in their newscasts.  Successful candidates must be able to guide reporters and other staff members in areas such as putting together story elements and the effective usage of graphics and pre-production.  Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications include two years experience and a college degree in journalism or related field plus computer skills.  This position is for a news producer in a top 40 competitive news market. We’re looking for a producer with excellent news writing skills, solid storytelling ability through the effective use of video and graphics, strong news judgment, good people skills and the ability to thrive as a member of a team.  Our producers must thrive on breaking news, juggling numerous tasks and must be able to create high-quality newscasts under strict daily deadlines. Drive and ambition to win in a competitive environment are essential.

You must be able to perform the essential functions of the job. The Company will make reasonable physical accommodations to facilitate the ability to perform essential job functions. The following physical requirements are typical, but not all-inclusive: Mobility to move around newsroom and broadcast facility.  Dexterity to operate equipment.  Seeing and hearing necessary to handle all job functions.

Apply to:

HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
Job# 40-14
4 Broadcast Plaza SW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Fax: (505) 764-2505
Email: apply@kob.com
No Telephone Calls Please
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

KOB Hiring Video Editor

KOB in Albuquerque is hiring video editor for news, weather and sports. Responsibilities will include, but not limited to: Video editing television news stories that meet a journalistic standard of accuracy, balance and ethics. Operating Beta videotape decks/digital NLE editing equipment and Mac/Windows computer software.

Must be proficient with Final Cut Pro (V.7). Take/send feeds from field trucks, NBC, and other news organizations. Archive video daily.  Must be able to manage time effectively to meet strict deadlines.  Help clean and maintain edit booths and equipment including excellent computer file management.  Strong communication skills with reporters/anchors/producers/fellow editors is crucial.   Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications include one year of experience editing videotape for daily newscasts or related field. Must have proficient knowledge of  Beta SX editing equipment. Final Cut Pro (V.7) and some AVID experience is helpful.  Strong understanding of television news and production.  Some prior shooting experience as a photographer helpful. Must be a motivated self-starter that is able to work at a fast pace and meet strict deadlines.  Must be willing to work weekends, nights, extremely early morning hours, holidays and overtime when needed. Must be able to perform duties and maintain professionalism  under extreme deadline pressure. Reasonable typing skills needed.  We love people who love news!

The following physical requirements are typical, but not all-inclusive: Climb stairs.  Full mobility is necessary to move quickly around the newsroom. A large portion of the work is done in a very confined area. Some of the work is sedentary and requires lifting and carrying of record material and tapes to file.  Reaching and bending to file and/or retrieve records.  Much of the work is performed in the newsroom and in a very confined work area.

Apply to:

HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
Job# 42-14
4 Broadcast Plaza SW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Fax: (505) 764-2505
Email: apply@kob.com
No Telephone Calls Please
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

SPJ Rio Grande Statement On Reporter Paid By State Agency

As journalists, maintaining our integrity is instrumental if we are to serve the public by being watchdogs over government agencies. This is especially critical if there is controversy over transparency at a public body, such as there has been around the Interstate Stream Commission as it prepares to announce its decision on whether New Mexico plans to build a diversion on the Gila River in Southwest New Mexico. The ISC is being sued for alleged violations of the Open Meetings Act. So the board of the SPJ Rio Grande chapter is particularly disturbed by revelations that a reporter who covered the Interstate Stream Commission was being paid by the same agency while she was also contributing freelance stories to the Silver City Daily Press on the ISC and the Arizona Water Settlements process. (Please see a clarification on this from Editor Avelino Maestas in the comments section)

The full details of this issue are contained in a column by Phillip Connors, and another by the paper’s publisher, Nick Seibel (see below).

Silver City Press columns

The paper also wrote about this issue and interviewed one of the founding members of our SPJ chapter, Gwyneth Doland. (See below)

SC Daily Press article on Murphy

The actions by this reporter represent a clear violation of the SPJ Code of Ethics, which calls upon journalists to avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived, and to disclose unavoidable conflicts. They should also refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and avoid political and other outside activities that may compromise integrity or impartiality, or may damage credibility.

We are pleased that Mr. Seibel is taking steps to ensure such a situation does not happen again at his paper and will also be reviewing and sharing the publication’s policies. As he so eloquently states “We cannot do our job as the voice and watchdog for this community without preserving the trust that we will do those jobs fairly and without bias – and as transparently as possible.” We call on all media in New Mexico to ensure that similar situations do not happen in their newsrooms lest public trust in our media institutions is further eroded.

 

Apply For Internships With NPR’s Code Switch

NPR’s Code Switch is one of the largest teams in the country reporting on some of the most fascinating topics of our day: race, ethnicity and culture. As the intern for Code Switch, you’ll be working with a diverse, fun team of journalists doing path-breaking coverage of these subjects. And while we can’t promise you’ll emerge Internet-famous, let’s just say there’s a really good chance.

You’ll work with top national correspondents to produce digital packages, lead discussions on social media, contribute story ideas, and report and write stories for the team. As a hybrid broadcast and digital unit, Code Switch works with almost every division at NPR — every show, every desk, multimedia, news apps, marketing and communications, and more — offering a terrific perspective on every aspect of working for NPR News.

We’re looking for a candidate who is fascinated by the different ways that our cultural backgrounds affect our experiences of the world, and who can approach this topic as an explorer rather than an advocate. We seek strong writers with good social media instincts and a passion for community and conversation. A knack with technology and an eye for a good photo certainly won’t hurt your application.

Responsibilities:
  • Produce digital builds for daily radio stories
  • Research, pitch, report, write and produce pieces for publication online
  • Coordinate with editorial units outside of Code Switch, including other desks, shows, reporters, editors, and producers
  • Additional editorial tasks — such as conducting and/or transcribing interviews, procuring images, etc. — as assigned
Qualifications:
  • Interest in and familiarity with issues of race, ethnicity and culture
  • Proven writing and storytelling abilities
  • Ability to do accurate, thorough work on deadline
  • Digital production expertise, including some multimedia experience. (Fluency with software such as WordPress will be helpful.)
  • Fluency with social media
  • Strong research/reporting skills

Find out more and apply online.

Albuquerque Business First Hiring Assistant Editor

Albuquerque Business First, part of American City Business Journals, is hiring an Assistant Editor. This position owns the execution of Albuquerque Business First’s Morning Edition email, an indispensible roundup of the things local businesspeople need to know to start a successful day. The Assistant Editor will craft timely and compelling stories that drive loyal engagement, grow audience and extend the Business Journal brand in the digital space, and help the rest of the ABF newsroom do the same. The job requires solid news judgment, strong headline writing skills and familiarity with SEO and site metrics.

This position will also oversee and generate editorial content for ABF’s main social media accounts. The Assistant Editor will consult with staff, and coach, on personal social media account use and maximization strategies. This position will track social media metrics and measure engagement with an eye toward constant improvement.

The Assistant Editor will also write for our weekly edition, and edit and guide content across all platforms.

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

·      Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

·      2-3 years experience in online news operation

·      Strong headline writing and copy-editing skills

·      Familiarity with AP Style

·      SEO experience

For more information, see the full posting at JournalismJobs.com

KOB-TV Hiring Executive Producer

KOB News 4 is seeking an AM Executive Producer for our Newsroom! This should be a leader who wants to dominate the morning news landscape in a fiercely competitive market. The right candidate will be someone who consumes news 24/7 and wants to be the content leader instead of a follower.  This leader will possess the spirit of invention, shattering the old formula-driven approach to morning news. Must have a minimum of 3 years news producing experience, demonstrating showcasing and creativity.  Must be able to manage people in a manner that is collaborative, inspiring and fun yet focused.

Duties include developing and maintaining a strategic and editorial vision for Eyewitness News.  Seeing  that the vision and mission of Eyewitness News is understood by entire news organization.  This vision should come from working with extensive market research and the tested instincts of the news director.  Responsible for all administrative  duties associated with running the news organization, including personnel and budgeting.  Reports to the News Director.

Apply to:

HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
Job# 34-14
4 Broadcast Plaza SW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Fax: (505) 764-2505
Email: apply@kob.com
No Telephone Calls Please
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

KOB-TV Hiring Producer

KOB in Albuquerque is hiring a news producer in a top 40 competitive market. Requirements include two years experience and a college degree in journalism or related field plus computer skills are required.  Applicants should have excellent news writing skills, solid storytelling ability through the effective use of video and graphics, strong news judgment, good people skills and the ability to thrive as a member of a team.  Our producers must thrive on breaking news, juggling numerous tasks and must be able to create high-quality newscasts under strict daily deadlines. Drive and ambition to win in a competitive environment are essential.

We’re aggressive about breaking news and ensuring we’re not only first but the best source in our market.  Our producers are crucial to our success.  Your responsibilities will include “producing” not just stacking newscasts, writing updates and teases, writing for the web, coordinating news coverage, and helping with special projects.  We want producers who have passion about the day’s news and what they want to see in their newscasts.  Successful candidates must be able to guide reporters and other staff members in areas such as putting together story elements and the effective usage of graphics and pre-production.  Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by supervisor.

Apply to:

HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
Job# 37-14
4 Broadcast Plaza SW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Fax: (505) 764-2505
Email: apply@kob.com
No Telephone Calls Please
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Albuquerque Business First Hiring Reporter

Albuquerque Business First is looking for a high-energy, ambitious and social-media savvy reporter who will thrive in our fast-paced breaking news culture. That person will join an award-winning staff that’s constantly experimenting with new ways to engage readers. He or she will cover central New Mexico’s business community at a time when the region’s need to pull out of a deep economic slump is pushing new ideas to the forefront.

This person must be able to quickly establish themselves as a go-to source for business news on their assigned beats, own those beats and become an expert in them. They must own their audience, by every measure. They’ll marry traditional reporting techniques with digital and social media newsgathering and publishing. They’ll contribute multiple daily stories on their beat and long-form pieces for the weekly edition. They’ll have an unparalleled ability to identify companies and business leaders who are or will become newsmakers.

For more information and to apply, see the full description at JournalismJobs.com

KOB-TV Hiring Assignment Editor

KOB Eyewitness News 4 is seeking a dynamic and versatile Assignment Editor to join our news team.  WE WIN BREAKING NEWS so the starting point for prospective Assignment Editors is alert, organized and vigilant.

This is an editorial and operational position so the successful candidate will be a journalist and have knowledge of broadcast news and ENG.  Can you enterprise a story?  It’s a must in our newsroom. Our Assignment Editors tap into a network of contacts and conduct regular beat checks, book guests for interviews and perform background and database searches. Intense multitasking and organizational skills are a must as are familiarity with content management systems and social media. This is a writing position too. You must be able to think on your feet and stay calm under pressure. Assignment Editors contribute to KOB.com and all KOB digital platforms.  Are you ready and able to do whatever it takes to break news and win continuing coverage in a competitive marketplace?  If so please apply.

DUTIES:

Continuously monitor public safety scanners, fixed cameras, social media and e-mail while answering phones and keeping the newsroom informed of significant events and breaking news.  Spearhead and/or assist in the assignment of reporters and photographers for breaking news and general assignment coverage.  Provide input on story selection and coverage.  Coordinate live and tape feeds from Chopper 4, live trucks and satellite sources.  Gather information for producers.  Monitor external news sources including newspapers, magazines, radio, television and internet.  Maintain story files and update newsroom contact lists.  Write, edit and post content on KOB.com and KOB social media streams.

APPLY TO:

HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
Job# 38-14
4 Broadcast Plaza SW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Fax: (505) 764-2505
Email: apply@kob.com
No Telephone Calls Please
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

KNME Hiring Multimedia Assistant

KNME/New Mexico PBS is hiring a multimedia assistant. The job entails writing, editing and and posting content for New Mexico PBS social media sites and monitoring all mentions of New Mexico PBS online. It also involves overseeing and coordinating the collection, compilation, and analysis of online and social media activity.

Candidates should have a proven ability to write statistical reports for the web and create online discussions in a timely manner, as well as craft responses to blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.

For more information and to apply, to go UNM Jobs and search for posting number 0827093.