SPJ National Lauds SPJ Rio Grande For Work On FOI Issues

Our Rio Grande Chapter has been singled out for a Small Circle of Excellence Award from SPJ Headquarters for our efforts around Freedom of Information Act and First Amendment issues. Woot!

The awards recognize outstanding work in First Amendment/Freedom of Information, professional development, chapter communications, diversity and campus relations.

The awards will be given at the national conference in New Orleans. Find out more here.

New Mexico Magazine Seeks Senior Editor

Are you a strong editor and writer who knows and loves New Mexico? Join the team at New Mexico Magazine as senior editor and combine your skills with your love of adventure. Apply at nmmag.us/SrEditor — note the need to have a copy of your college transcripts in order to apply.
Feel free, in addition, to send a resume to Managing Editor Kate Nelson atkate.nelson@state.nm.us.
Our 94-year-old, award-winning magazine is digging deeper into stories, excelling at social media, and always on the lookout for the next great article. This is a state job with benefits, based in Santa Fe. Our team is small, smart, and collegial. Act quickly.

Albuquerque Business First Hiring Assistant Managing Editor

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 Assistant Managing Editor. 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.

You’ll get up early. It’ll be worth it.

The Assistant Managing Editor owns the execution of Albuquerque Business First’s Morning Edition email, an indispensable roundup of the things local businesspeople need to know to start a successful day. This person will craft timely, compelling stories for Morning Edition that grab the reader’s attention and don’t let go, driving engagement, growing audience and building the Business Journal brand online. The AME 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.

The AME owns the execution of special features and projects that drive traffic and audience growth and help ABF meet its goals in those areas.

The AME owns the execution of our social media efforts, overseeing and producing exciting and engaging posts on ABF’s main social media accounts. The Assistant Managing Editor will also consult with staff, and coach, on social media account use and how to make the most of it. This editor will track metrics and measure engagement to help us constantly improve on social media.

In addition to editing staff- and user-generated content, the Assistant Managing Editor will curate, report and write posts and produce interactive features, galleries and other multimedia. The end result should be a rich and vibrant digital experience that engages and excites the Business Journal audience and inspires robust community interaction.


• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

• 2-3 years editing experience in online news operation

• Strong headline writing and copy-editing skills

• Familiarity with AP Style

• SEO experience

• Video production experience a plus

• Html skills

• Excel and/or spreadsheet tools and management


• Produce newsy, engaging daily online content.

• Generate and execute digital content ideas 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.

• Edit staff and user-generated content.

• 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.


Reports to editor-in-chief and managing editor. General office environment. Extensive computer use required. Some travel required.  Ability to work flexible work schedules, including early mornings, nights, weekends and holidays, as needed.

To apply, email resume, cover letter and three to five published clips to Editor-in-Chief Rachel Sams at rsams@bizjournals.com“>rsams@bizjournals.com. No phone calls please.

The Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, physical or mental impairment, or any other category protected under federal, state or local law.   

KRQE Seeks News Photographer

KRQE News 13, an aggressive and growing news organization in
Albuquerque, NM seeks a news photographer who is passionate about visual storytelling. Shooting, editing and setting up live shots are all part  of the job. We value talented photographers!

JOB SUMMARY: The Photographer combines artistic
talent, technical expertise, and composition skills to produce images that will provide a visual story on a given topic as assigned.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Shoots and edits news video stories, including daily news, special news, features, sports and live events.
    • Takes direction from, and interact with, the assignment desk,
      producers, reporters, anchors and production control room personnel.
    • Maintains and operates camera equipment as well as company vehicle safely and efficiently.

Specialized Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

      • Maintains positive work environment through active team participation and cooperation with co-workers in all departments.
      • Responds positively to feedback.
      • Ability to edit raw video to newscast form in a manner to complete the story for the viewer.
      • Proficient in social networking sites. Ex: Twitter, Facebook.
      • Must be detail-oriented.
      • Must present professional image as a representation of the station at all times.


School Diploma or GED is required. A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in broadcasting, journalism, or related field preferred. Minimum of 2 years video photography in a medium or major market TV News station preferred.

For more information or to apply online go to KRQE’s job listings.

Albuquerque Business First Hiring Managing Editor

Ready to lead a forward-thinking newsroom with a killer view of mountains and mesas? Albuquerque Business First, the award-winning business news leader in Central New Mexico, is looking for a Managing Editor.

The Managing Editor (M.E.) is the newsroom’s chief operating officer, overseeing and ensuring the smooth and orderly flow of content from conception to publishing on all platforms. As the newsroom’s most hands-on manager and coach of reporters, the M.E. is charged with bringing ideas, inspiration and constant guidance to the content team. Reporting directly to the Editor-In-Chief (EIC), the Managing Editor actively oversees and directs the deployment of resources across the many publishing platforms – online, mobile, email, print, social, etc. – hour by hour, minute by minute.

The M.E. is charged with guiding the constant programming efforts of the content team, and as such, must possess a solid news sense, an ability to make snap judgments about the proper treatment of stories, and a high level of confidence in orchestrating the many simultaneous actions of the editorial team members.

Duties include:
• Run the operational side of the newsroom, ensuring content assignments are made, story and production deadlines adhered to and editorial standards met.
• Develop, oversee and edit stories.
• Work directly with reporters and photographer and manage them throughout the day on stories of all types; steer reporters toward beat-driven hard news breaks and scoops.
• Meet or exceed goals relating to audience-engagement such as page views, unique users, repeat visits, direct traffic, social media followings and growth, email newsletter circulation growth, paid print subscribership and other such measures.
• Orchestrate staff-produced content – images, charts, infographics — for multiple products across multiple platforms. Specifically, this requires conceptualizing storytelling strategies with reporters and making snap decisions on where best to route content.
• Regularly participate in and attend Business First sponsored events.
• Take on any other assignment made by manager(s).

Find out more at JournalismJobs.com.

Thank you for coming to the SPJ Region 9 conference

From left, Gwyneth Doland, Matthew D. Laplante, Matt Grubs, Roberto E. Rosales and Laura Paskus discuss backpack journalism. Photo by Aaron Anglin (thecomickidphotography.com)

From left, Gwyneth Doland, Matthew D. Laplante, Matt Grubs, Roberto E. Rosales and Laura Paskus discuss backpack journalism. Photo by Aaron Anglin (thecomickidphotography.com)

Thanks for coming to the SPJ Region 9 conference in Albuquerque April 15-16. We had a great time. Here are resources and slides from the presentations:


We awarded 25 scholarships this year to students interested in attending this year’s conference. At left, Ludella Awad (right), a junior at the Albuquerque School of Excellence, with Elaine Baumgartel (left) of KUNM and Sarah Gustavus of New Mexico PBS.

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See You At Our Regional Conference

It’s here! Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, at the University of New Mexico (map).

Find the full SPJ Region 9 Conference session descriptions, along with more detail on all of these events.


2:30 p.m. Check-in

3 p.m. Digital Security

4 p.m. New Tools for Covering Elections

5 p.m. Happy Hour at Apothecary Lounge (map)


8 a.m. Check-in / breakfast / silent auction begins

8:50 a.m. Standing Up for Standards

10 a.m. Telling the Untold Stories: Bringing Diverse Voices To Your Coverage

10 a.m. Backpack and Crossover Journalism

11 a.m. KEYNOTE: Robert Hernandez 

12 p.m. Lunch

1 p.m. Covering Poverty

2:15 p.m. Covering the Environment For Native Communities

2:15 p.m. Challenges for College Journalists

3:15 p.m. Law Enforcement

4:15 p.m. How To Report On Solutions

5:30 p.m. Happy Hour at Lobo Beast 101 (map)


Albuquerque Business First Hiring Reporter

Albuquerque Business First is looking for an ambitious and social media savvy reporter 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. He or she will cover our Bizventures beat, encompassing startups, innovation, economic development and more. This is an opportunity to cover the local effort to grow and retain companies, create new industries in central New Mexico and make Albuquerque a center of entrepreneurship.

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

Experience: Minimum two years journalism experience with proven ability to write and report.

Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

Working conditions and physical requirements: Reports to editor-in-chief and managing editor. General office environment. Extensive computer use required. Some travel required. Ability to work flexible work schedules, including nights, weekends and holidays. Attendance at both ABF and industry-related events required.

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.

To apply, email resume, cover letter and three to five published clips to Editor-in-Chief Rachel Sams at rsams@bizjournals.com. No phone calls please.

See the full job description at JournalismJobs.com.