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

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 (

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

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 No phone calls please.

See the full job description at


Region 9 Conference Coming Back To New Mexico

Remember how much fun we all had in 2013, when the Rio Grande Chapter hosted the Region 9 Conference in Santa Fe?

Well, we’re doing it again this year.

It’ll be in Albuquerque this time, and we’re co-sponsoring the conference with the UNM Student Chapter.

We have a great lineup of workshops, panels, and social events. There will be plenty of local faces on our panels, as well as some out-of-town guests, like USC Annenberg’s Robert Hernandez, Nancy Watzman of The Internet Archive, Dave Maass of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, former SPJ President Fred Brown, and Leah Todd of the Solutions Journalism Network.

Plus, there will be a great Happy Hour on Friday night at the Apothecary Lounge!

You can see the agenda and register online.

Please note that registration ends on April 8, and if you’re staying at our preferred hotel (details at the link above), to get the special SPJ rate, you’ll need to make your reservation by March 31.

We also have scholarships available for students who’d like to help out at the conference and attend for free. Find out more and apply.

For more information, contact:


Apply For Student Scholarships For SPJ 2016 Regional Conference

Journalism students from New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are invited to apply now for a scholarship to cover registration costs of the Region 9 Society of Professional Journalists conference April 15-16 at UNM in Albuquerque.

Apply here for scholarships before the midnight deadline April 1.
There will be 10 winners from New Mexico and 7 winners from outside New Mexico. Winners will be informed by April 4th.
The conference features a great line up for professionals and students. Guest speakers include new media wizard Robert Hernandez of USC, ethics expert Fred Brown of SPJ, digital security guru Dave Maass of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Nancy Watzman of the Internet Archives. We’ll be putting a spotlight on challenges for student journalists, covering the income gap, solutions journalism, managing backpack coverage, cops and justice, and much, much more. The conference includes the Mark of Excellence Awards ceremony, a student job fair, a silent auction, plus a rooftop reception hosted by Albuquerque Free Press.
Hope to see you there!
P.S.  Don’t forget the student scholarship apps need to be in by midnight April 1st.  And ALL registrations for the conference should be in by April 8!

KSFR is hiring a news associate

KSFR 101.1FM, Northern New Mexico’s public radio station, is hiring a News Associate to join its award-winning news team. Must be a team player with great communication skills and news sense. Looking for a self-starter, collaborative and flexible, and able to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced office setting. The News Associate would aid the News Director in daily production of hard-hitting news from around Northern New Mexico during our hourly newscasts and At Noon news hour. He or she would assist the News Director with management of all aspects of the News Department, including feature assigning, editing, production and promotion, as well as daily podcasting and social media updates.  BA in journalism and proficiency with audio editing software a plus. 30 hours a week. Send resume and cover letter to

Conference registration ends April 8

Anyone still needing tickets to the SPJ Region 9 Conference in Albuquerque should head today to the registration site:

Due to venue and planning issues, we won’t be able to accommodate folks after the 8th of April.  We don’t want  you to miss out on what’s going to be a great two days!

Check out the agenda and buy your ticket today:

KOB Hiring Assistant News Director

KOB-TV in Albuquerque is hiring an assistant news director.

Minimum of five years of success in key leadership role(s) within a television newsroom.  Demonstrable knowledge of all phases of a television news operation, including, but not limited to: news reporting and writing, newscast formats, news producing, newsroom organization, and news gathering technology.  The right candidate will be a person who has a passion for news — living and breathing the big and breaking stories with a ferocious, competitive instinct.  You must lead by example and action. You must have a valid driver’s license.  Driving record will be checked.
Developing and maintaining a strategic and editorial vision for Eyewitness News 4.  Seeing that the vision and mission of Eyewitness News 4 is understood by entire news organization.  You must be an excellent manager of both people and content.  Teaching and coaching is a huge part of this job.  You must be fearless to make decisions.  You must have the ability to manage people for improvement, have the difficult conversations and hold people accountable.  All of this must be done out of an obvious desire to help each member of the team achieve their full potential while winning the news wars. Responsible for all administrative duties associated with helping to run the news organization.

This mid-size market plays hard with an endless supply of mind-blowing, unforgettable news stories, all while surrounded in culture and beauty.  If you love chasing down the big story and leading your team into battle, this is the newsroom for you!  Reports to the News Director.
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.
Job# 1-16
Albuquerque, NM
No Telephone Calls Please