Online Follow The Money Trainings – August 2018

It isn’t just for political geeks. There are potential money stories on almost any newsroom beat, maybe even sports! And there are plenty of stories to do out there. Our members have asked for more trainings to be online and accessible across New Mexico. We hear you!

Statement on AG response to complaint about Spaceport records

The Rio Grande Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists applauds the decision by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office that the New Mexico Spaceport Authority violated the Inspection of Public Records Act. The decision came after a formal complaint from journalist Heath Haussamen of New Mexico taxpayers have invested hundreds of millions of dollars into the spaceport and it’s absolutely necessary to have more transparency about this project, and yet this is the second time the Attorney General’s office has found the Spaceport Authority in violation of the state’s public record law. The SPJ Rio Grande board of directors is disappointed that key questions about government transparency remain unanswered. One is whether the Spaceport Authority can withhold information about lease agreements at the facility.

JOB: Crime reporter, Rio Grande Sun

The Rio Grande SUN, a 9,000 paid circulation weekly in Española, New Mexico, seeks a crime beat reporter who wants to dig into stories. Our cops and courts beat offers an energetic investigator, with strong writing skills, the opportunity to follow exciting crime news in a county rife with politics and law enforcement agencies overworked and underfunded. Court cases alone make this an interesting job and a great learning experience. A great place to write news, if that’s what you want to do. Please no feature writers.

JOB: Paid internship, Albuquerque Business First

Industries: Newspapers / Wires, Digital Media
Specialty: Business/Technology
Job Status: Intern
Salary: Negotiable

Albuquerque Business First is looking for a digitally savvy scoophound for a paid internship this fall. This is an opportunity for a talented student journalist to get a taste of life in our award-winning newsroom and get exposure to a media company with national reach that’s doing exciting things. Our 2015 summer intern is now lead designer at the Orlando Business Journal. The successful intern candidate would have plenty of opportunities to write bylined stories for our website, and potentially for our weekly edition. They’d get to do some copy editing and work on special publications and projects.

Want to learn more about data reporting? Your local SPJ chapter can help

As we work toward improving the skill sets of journalists in New Mexico and West Texas—and toward better serving our members—the Rio Grande Chapter of SPJ is offering scholarships for four journalists to attend the Computer Assisted Reporting bootcamp hosted by Investigative Reporters and Editors in Columbia, Missouri on Aug. 5-9, 2018 or the CAR Boot Camp, Oct. 13-16 at the University of Indianapolis. 

We will reimburse successful applicants for airfare/travel, meals, five nights of lodging, and the CAR bootcamp fee—up to $2,500 total—once the training has been completed. To apply for the scholarship, you must be an SPJ member. If you’re not already, visit to join now.

JOB: Reporters, KUNM

KUNM at the University of New Mexico is hiring Reporters to be local hosts/anchors for NPR magazine programs like All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Come join our award winning news team! We are hiring for one part-time Reporter/News Anchor position and multiple on-call Reporter/News Anchor positions. There are two separate applications for part-time and on call positions, and applicants are welcome to apply for both of them. Applicants must submit their application materials via the UNMJobs website.

JOB: Reporter, KOB

POSTING DATE: June 21, 2018
JOB#: 36-18
JOB TITLE: Reporter
COMPANY: KOB, News/Weather/Sports

As scheduled. STATUS: Full Time, Hourly


Applicant should have two years’ experience as a reporter for a network affiliated television station. The right reporter will enterprise from Day One. They will pitch and turn original stories true to the KOB brand. Immediately, the requirement is 50% enterprise reporting.

JOB: Floor crew, KOB

POSTING DATE: June 15, 2018
JOB#: 35-18
JOB TITLE: PT Floor Crew – Weekday AM, Saturday AM
COMPANY: KOB, Production
Part time Weekday Mornings, Saturday Mornings. STATUS: Part Time, Hourly


Knowledge of TV camera operation, floor directing, and general lighting. Prior television production experience helpful. Must be able to work weekends and evenings. Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.