KUNM Hiring Public Health Reporter

The KUNM News Department is hiring a reporter for our award-winning Public Health New Mexico project. The position is full-time, based in Albuquerque, and is benefits eligible through the University of New Mexico.

In consultation with the News Director the reporter initiates independent research, investigation, and story development and writes and prepares stories for air and online as part of KUNM’s Public Health New Mexico project. Work as part of a team to establish the nature and focus of stories, and participate in determination of the general direction of the project.

Find out more here.

Rio Grande Sun Seeks Sports Reporter

Start your year covering the sports beat at a weekly newspaper that covers high school sports for seven school districts. It’s not daunting, it’s fun! The Rio Grande Sun is a 10,000 circulation weekly in Española, N.M.

Our home-grown politicians have no shame and provide continuous entertainment for hungry readers. The basketball coach, who won two state championships in five years, was fired, rehired and put on admin duty all in the past six months. Not to worry, his brother is coaching the team in closed practices. We have several high schools that have boys and girls reach the state level in many sports. Our local college also has basketball, cross country and golf teams. Our current sports writer won two state press association awards for writing and sports coverage this year. You could be next. The position offers autonomy. You will write, photograph and paginate sports. Sports writer also supports seasonal newsroom projects. Before applying, please read “about us” on our web site and Google Rio Arriba County. Send resume to Robert Trapp at rgsunedit at cyberbesa dot com.

Albuquerque Business First Hiring Paid Intern

Write about money, make money! ABQ Business First is offering a paid internship for 20 hrs/wk for 10 weeks starting Feb. 2. Cover breaking business news and be part of our award-winning newsroom’s reporting on our community online and in print. Albuquerque Business First and its 39 sister media companies are part of American City Business Journals, the No. 1 source for local business news in the nation. We publish daily online and weekly in print, deliver multiple daily email products and host monthly events attended by hundreds of business executives. We think covering business is just about the most fun thing you could possibly do, and we have a great time doing it. Awesome newshound candidates: email resume, three to five published clips and references to rsams at bizjournals dot com by 12/16.

Albuquerque Business First Hiring Real Estate Reporter

Albuquerque Business First is looking for an ambitious and social-media-savvy scoophound who will thrive in our breaking news culture. That person will join an award-winning staff that’s constantly experimenting with new ways to engage readers. This person will cover real estate and retail. These are two of our most highly-read beats, and our audience expects to read must-know real estate and retail news from us first.

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.

Find out more at JournalismJobs.com.

Join The SPJ-Rio Grande Board

Journalism is a competitive field. But sometimes journalists have to come together for the bigger fight to preserve the First Amendment, and keep our work meaningful and relevant.

Our chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists connects the region’s journalists, works for access to records and government officials, creates forums for debate and conversation, and provides professional development opportunities.

We need your perspective, expertise and energy. Take a turn on the board and help us ask the right questions. Our chapter covers all of New Mexico and the El Paso region of West Texas, so we welcome candidates from anywhere in that area.

Here’s what it takes:

If you’re not already a member, join the national Society of Professional Journalists. It costs $75 a year, and you can pay monthly. (Our local Rio Grande chapter charges $0 on top of that.)

Declare your candidacy by emailing our chapter’s secretary Andrew Oxford: andrewoxford [at] gmail [dot] com. Include a one-paragraph bio, and a photo (for our website if you’re elected). Deadline: Friday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m.

There are 11 board slots. We meet every other month, and it is possible to attend meetings by phone.

The election will be held Dec. 10 through Dec. 17, 2016.

Join us Feb. 11 for “Reporting on Child Abuse and Family Violence”

As New Mexicans struggle with the rape and murder of 10-year-old Victoria Martens, journalists covering the story face a variety of challenges. Unfortunately, Victoria’s story is just one of many situations of child abuse and family violence in our state.

New Mexico has some of the nation’s highest rates of poverty, drug abuse and domestic violence. Studies have found that a high percentage of children in New Mexico are exposed to multiple incidents of trauma by an early age. Reporting ethically and insightfully on issues of violence and abuse of children is the responsibility of journalists and news organizations.

For this reason, the Society of Professional Journalists, Rio Grande Chapter, in partnership with the UNM Department of Communication and Journalism, is collaborating with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma to offer a training on February 11, 2017 to improve reporting on child abuse and family violence.

The Dart Center, a project of the Columbia Journalism School, is dedicated to informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy, and has trained journalists around the work on covering violence and its aftermath.

This half-day workshop will guide journalists on how to cover violence and trauma in our community, with a particular emphasis on the abuse and neglect of children as well as how to take care of oneself when covering difficult stories.

The training will be led by Donna DeCesare, an award-winning photojournalist who has told stories about children and violence for nearly 30 years. Her work has focused primarily on Central and South America (including El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia), as well as Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico border. She is tenured professor of visual journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

Tickets are $10 for SPJ members and $20 for non-members. Register here.

To join or renew your membership, visit http://www.spj.org/join.asp

For additional information, contact SPJ Rio Grande board member Rachel Sams: rachelbsams@gmail.com

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ABQ Business First Seeks Technology, Healthcare Reporter

Albuquerque Business First is looking for an ambitious and social-media-savvy scoophound who will thrive in our breaking news culture. That person will join an award-winning staff that’s constantly experimenting with new ways to engage readers. This person will cover technology, health care and professional services. It’s an intriguing time on the beat, as Albuquerque’s gunning to establish itself as a hub of startup culture.

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.

Required skills:? Exceptional source development and news judgment

Polished business writing

Demonstrated experience breaking news online

Ability to work independently and remotely

Strong analytical and investigative abilities

Demonstrated success using social media as a newsgathering tool

Ability to shoot photos and video

Find out more at JournalismJobs.com.

ABQ Business First Seeks Digital Producer

Do you love being the first to know what’s happening in business — and to share the news with others?

Then you might be Albuquerque Business First’s next digital producer. If you are, you’ll join a feisty, award-winning staff that’s breaking news, experimenting with new media and going all out to cover Albuquerque’s struggle to reinvent its economy.

This person will craft timely, compelling stories that grab the reader’s attention and don’t let go, driving engagement, growing audience and building the Business Journal brand online. The digital producer will help the rest of our news staff do the same. The job requires rock-solid news judgment, killer headline writing skills and being on intimate terms with SEO and site metrics. This person must balance the highest standards for content with ambitious traffic and engagement objectives.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Produce newsy, engaging daily online content.

• Generate and execute multiple digital stories daily.

• Track metrics and measure engagement with an eye toward constant improvement.

• Devise creative approach for social media strategies.

• Work with staff to plan new content and features.

• Help staff identify and deploy projects and tactics to meet traffic and engagement goals.

• Work collaboratively with peers in design, research and technology.

• Regularly participate in and attend Business Journal sponsored events.

• Take on any other assignment made by manager(s).

• Work cooperatively and collaboratively with all colleagues and professionally with sources.

Find out more at JournalismJobs.com.

Questions For Candidates From Our IPRA Friday Crew

The Rio Grande Chapter of SPJ hosts a hangout for journalists to compare notes on access to officials, agencies and public records. At our last gathering in Santa Fe, we drafted a list of questions for political candidates during this and every election cycle.

It was a long list, and members of the SPJ board narrowed it down to these 10. But we encourage reporters, editors, news directors and editorial boards to use this as a jumping off point and tailor the conversation about real open government to their needs.

1. Will you comply with the Inspection of Public Records Act?

2. Will you be available for interviews and questions even when the subject may be controversial?  

3. Will you communicate with news agencies and reporters who’ve published coverage that’s critical of your work or your administration?

4. Without using the word “transparency,” explain your philosophy about ensuring the public can scrutinize your performance.

5. Should 15 days be the standard or the maximum amount of time for complying with an Inspection of Public Records request?      

6. Are you willing to forego your right to a closed meeting in the interest of having the public observe the decision-making process?

7. How important is executive privilege to you?

8. Should government agencies face a financial penalty for failing to comply with the Inspection of Public Records Act? What should it be?

9. Is there a record that your agency or governmental body could keep better track of?

10. How can you make data and information more accessible so people don’t even have to ask for it?