Albuquerque Business First Seeks Managing Editor

Are you ready to lead a forward-thinking newsroom with a killer view of the Sandia Mountains? 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.

Organization must be a strength, as the M.E. is responsible for the efficiency of the news gathering and news production operation. As with all newsrooms, resources come at a premium, and well-oiled processes are required for maximizing output. The M.E. must always be asking how the operation can run more smoothly and productively. The M.E. also is expected to serve as a change agent in the newsroom, advocating for the improvements and resources that take Business First’s content to the next level.

The successful candidate will take a leading role in a newsroom that’s just been recognized by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) as a finalist in the explanatory journalism category for weeklies.

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


•        Bachelor’s degree

•        Three to five years of management preferred

•          Hands-on experience in guiding and contributing to large-scale editorial projects

Skills the ideal candidate will possess:

•       Strong news judgment

•       Strong organizational and copy editing skills

•       Comfortable operating in rapidly changing media environment

•       Vision for success in a digital world and for journalism with impact

•       Beat reporter experience

•       Strong wordsmith who has demonstrated a talent for reporter and story development

•       Exposure to online environment and social media; online reporting a plus.

About the company: Albuquerque Business First is owned by American City Business Journals, a unit of Advance Publications Inc., which operates Conde Nast Magazines, Parade magazine, Fairchild Publications, the Golf Digest companies, Newhouse Newspapers and cable television interests.

Business leaders look to Business First for local news and connections. We are growing in subscribers, readers, digital audience, e-news products and event attendees. If you thrive in a dynamic environment where you can innovate and lead, we invite you to apply.

Please send your resume, salary requirements, cover letter and clips to Rachel Sams, Editor-in-Chief, No phone calls please.

American City Business Journals, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The Company considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable city, state or federal law.

Get Ready For The Region 9 Conference

“Scaling New(s) Heights” is the theme of the 2015 Society of Professional Journalists Region 9 Conference April 24-25 on the Auraria campus in downtown Denver.

The conference, designed for college journalism students and faculty and professional journalists, is co-hosted by the SPJ Colorado Pro Chapter and the Auraria Campus Chapter. The last time Denver was the conference site, in 2012, 140 students, faculty and professionals from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming attended.

Conference highlights include panel discussions on freedom of information, ethics, diversity, multimedia journalism, non-profit news, investigative journalism, the future of the news industry, challenges for collegiate journalism, and how to get an internship and a job.

The Mark of Excellence Awards luncheon on April 25 will recognize outstanding work by student journalists in the four-state region. Following the luncheon, students will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with professional journalists to discuss job interview tips and resume reviews.

People may register at SPJ Region 9 Conference website. Early bird registration fees are in effect until March 27 for SPJ member students, non-member students, SPJ member professionals and non-member professionals. Registration fees increase in all categories after March 27. Payment may be made by credit card oE the Eventbrite site.

Attendees will be on their own Friday for lunch and dinner, and there are dozens of restaurants – in Larimer Square and on the 16th Street Mall – near the campus. For out-of-town visitors, there are many downtown hotels near Auraria. The SpringHill Suites are on campus.

Parking both days will be available on campus in surface lots and parking garages.

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 24

8:30 a.m. -Registration Desk Opens St. Cajetan’s Church, 1190 9th St., Auraria Campus

Morning Sessions

9 a.m. – Opening Remarks – Bill McCloskey, SPJ National Director At-large

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. – Session 1 FOI. Panel: Tom Johnson, SPJ Region 9 director; Jeff Roberts, Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition executive director; Peg Perl, Colorado Ethics Watch staff counsel.

10:45-Noon – Session 2 Ethics. Panel: Fred Brown, former SPJ national president and ethics chair; John Ensslin, The (Bergen, NJ) Record reporter; Deb Hurley Brobst, contributing editor, Evergreen Newspapers.

10:45-Noon – Session 3 Diversity. Panel: Tak Landrock, Fox31 reporter; Gil Asakawa, CU-Boulder student media manager.

Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own

Afternoon Sessions

2-3:15 p.m. – Session 4 Multimedia Journalism. Panel: Phil Tenser, 7News digital executive producer; Nicki Jhabvala, Denver Post sports digital editor; Sandra Fish, independent journalist.

2-3:15 p.m. – Session 5 Non-profit News. Panel: Brian Calvert, High Country News associate editor; Neil Best, KUNC president and CEO; Cara DeGette, Greater Park Hill News editor.

3:30-4:45 p.m. – Session 6 Investigative Journalism. Panel: Natasha Gardner, 5280 Magazine senior editor; Bob Burdick, retired editor and publisher.

3:30-4:45 p.m. – Session 7 Future of the News Industry. Panel: Laruen Gustus, Fort Collins Coloradoan executive editor; Neil Best, KUNC president and CEO; Jim Anderson, Associated Press Denver bureau news editor.

Dinner on Your Own

Saturday, April 25

8:30 a.m. Registration Desk Opens. St. Cajetan’s Church, 1190 9th St., Auraria Campus

Morning Sessions

9-10:15 a.m. – Session 8 Challenges for Collegiate Journalism. College editors and advisers panel: Metropolitian State University-Denver, Colorado State University-Fort Collins, University of Colorado-Boulder, and Community College of Denver.

10:30-11:45 a.m. a.m. – Session 9 How to Get an Internship and a Job. Panel: Doug Bell, Evergreen Newspapers editor; Noelle Leavitt Riley, editor, Craig Daily Press; Kara Mason, Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Noon- 2 p.m. – Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon. Region 9 director Tom Johnson announces winners. St. Cajetan’s Church.

2:30-4:30 p.m. – One-on-one mentoring and resume review. Students will have the opportunity to discuss job interview techniques and have their resumes reviewed by professional journalists.

Rio Grande SPJ Opposes Changes To Whistleblower Legislation

The Rio Grande Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, made up of working reporters across New Mexico, responds with concern to the introduction of HB 532 in the New Mexico state legislature.

As reporters, many of us rely on citizens to raise concerns about what they feel are misdeeds in the public sector. We feel that our sources should be able to talk to us without fear of retaliation or retribution.

This is exactly what the New Mexico Whistleblower Protection Act is intended to do. But this is under threat as part of proposed legislation by state Rep. Larry Larrañaga, R-Bernalillo.

Larrañaga’s bill, Whistleblower Protection Posting Requirements, would weaken whistleblower protections in several ways. The legislation includes narrowing the state’s definition of “retaliatory action,” eliminating the use of “good faith” as a legally protected basis for whistleblowing and removing a public employer’s duty to post Whistleblower Protection Act rights on their work premises, among other changes.

This bill also modifies part of the definition of whistleblowing from communicating information to “a third party” to communicating information to “the media.” Larrañaga offers no definition of “the media” in his bill , and we at SPJ believe that allowing state government to define what is and isn’t legally considered “media” is problematic at best and discriminatory at worst.

As journalists, we feel this bill would discourage sources with vital public information from coming forward over fear of retaliation—the very scenario the Whistleblower Protection Act is meant to prevent. SPJ opposes this legislation and urges others who support open government to do so as well.

Board Meeting Minutes – March 1, 2015

Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande Chapter

March 1, 2015

Board members present:Joey Peters, Marisa Demarco, Jeff Proctor, Mike Marcotte, Megan Kamerick, Rachel Sams, Andy Lyman, Matt Grubs


Treasurer’s report from Mike – The budget is the same. There hasn’t been any money coming in or going out.

He will contact Peter to find out about the status of closing the old bank account in Santa Fe and what needs to be done to file taxes this year.

Our bank that hold the new account changed names – nothing else has changed.

Old name was New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, new name is Nusenda.

Mike and Andy will work together to complete the annual report required from SPJ- Mike on financials, Andy on the rest.

Membership report from Rachel – Four people have joined or renewed and two people have left or let their memberships lapse.

Rachel urged the other board members to personally encourage others to join.

Joey, Marisa, Jeff and Andy all have at least one person to work on.


Website update from Marisa and Megan – Marisa has been helping Megan with some website updates.

Megan said she is trying to figure out ways to get more people to participate on the chapter email listserv.

Rachel said she heard some frustrations from members regarding excessive back and forth conversations.

Megan is also looking into an apparent problem with the Top of the Rockies entry website.


Update on Regional -

Andy gave an update on Regional via Colorado president’s email.

  • more information on the regional conference from the Colorado chapter should be out later in the week
  • The Top of the Rockies deadline was extended to March 4.
    • They said they need more entries from TV and radio.
    • We’ll send out more information – registration fees, website registration, etc. – this week.


Sunshine week – Rachel volunteered to draft some content to use for Twitter during Sunshine Week. She will be out of town at that time, so cannot personally post the tweets.

Marisa said she would volunteer to help with scheduling the tweets.

Andy asked what the chapter did last year regarding Op-Eds. Rachel said last year Laura wrote an article and the Santa Fe New Mexican published it.

Andy suggested Gwyneth Doland as this year’s author.

Jeff agreed since Gwyneth is a former NMFOG director and is also on the FOIA Committee. Jeff said he would reach out to Gwyneth and ask if she would write an op-ed article this year. He offered to work with her on the content


Possible Programs - Andy spoke with Julie Ann Grimm from the Santa Fe Reporter and Nigel Jaquiss might be willing to come to NM to talk to journalists. It would be an opportunity to raise money and provide a program to members.

Andy said Tom Johnson was willing to contribute $250 from the regional office.

Matt said it sounded like a good idea and it could be encouraging to other journalists and educationally valuable.

Jeff said a couple hundred dollars sounds like a fair contribution from the chapter.

The board agreed on $250 to match the money from regional.

There was some talk about possible venues.

Andy will get in touch with Julie Ann to get more details and let her know the board approved the money.

The Thornburg foundation contacted Andy about a proposed project related to money in politics.

The board is receptive to working with Thornburg, but would like more information.

Andy said he would get more information from the board.

Marisa has been working on putting together one day of the month when journalists meet to draft public records requests. She looked into having it at the Press Club, but they require a member present for all functions.

Megan said she would look into getting a membership for herself.

Marisa said she would also look into other possible locations.

Joey said Gwyneth Doland is using records request logs, gathered from various agencies by the FOIA committee, for a special project

Andy said he would get in touch with Ilia from UNM to double check on the day and time of the upcoming IRE workshop.



Santa Fe Reporter Seeks Copy Editor

Can you make it sing? Do it from the heart of Santa Fe. This alt-weekly is seeking an experienced person to work under deadline pressure for fact-checking and copy editing in the fun and fast-paced Santa Fe Reporter newsroom. Must know AP style. Familiarity with InDesign, Santa Fe culture and history and/or Spanish language a plus.

Part time, 20 hours per week. Send resume and cover letter to Julie Ann Grimm,

Sun-News Hiring Digital Journalist

The Sun-News, a 22,000-circulation daily newspaper in Las Cruces, NM, is seeking a skilled new media journalist to strengthen our evening digital operation. Top responsibilities would include posting breaking and spot news during the afternoon and evening cycles, rewriting reports from the field from other reporters, curating content apart from the daily print publication designed to be heavily shared on social networks such as listicles, user-generated content or database reporting, as well as being the liaison to the production desk four evenings a week.

This position will include reporting on Saturdays and occasional evenings. Must have strong understanding of social media platforms and reader engagement. Some of the platforms we use are Facebook, Twitter, Tout, Storify, ScribbleLive and other storytelling apps. A strong candidate will know how to craft a headline that’s appropriate for the platform and understand how to use social media for promotion and conversation. He or she will be a student of new ideas in digital journalism, evangelizing the latest best practices in the newsroom. This position requires evening hours and weekend work.

Send resumes to Sylvia Ulloa, and Lucas Peerman,

Taos News Hiring Director Of Digital Delivery And Social Media

The Taos News has an immediate opening for a Digital Delivery and Social Media Director. Required skills include a working knowledge of print production, Postscript and PDF workflows and a detailed background in the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Acrobat) in a full production environment. Candidates must also have a detailed knowledge of Macintosh operating systems. Also an understanding of what is needed for the web workflow.

Social Media:

Engagement, campaign development, content generation and strategy expertise; SME knowledge of popular Social Media platforms and audience engagement tools and techniques; proficiency with Emerging Media, Responsive Web and Mobile Design. Project coordination and vendor/partner relationship management; Comfortable working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment that’s deadline driven; self-manager with experience delegating tasks, planning projects and tracking through completion.


This part of the position is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the website and it’s need to be current and meet standards. This includes design, usability, marketing, content, and new technologies as they arise. Must have skills in web design (HTML5, CSS etc.) search engine optimization as well as marketing.

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, and three references to

More information, including salary, is at

SPJ Open Letter To NMSU President

President Garrey Carruthers  (see his response below)

The Society of Professional Journalists Río Grande Chapter is alarmed and disappointed by the efforts of New Mexico State University administrators to weaken the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA).

Draft changes circulated by university leaders would significantly limit the public’s access to information about institutions they fund with their own tax dollars. Such changes would leave New Mexicans less informed about their government and remove vital safeguards against abuses of power.

For example, draft amendments we have reviewed would give law enforcement broad discretion in determining whether certain public records should be kept secret.

While couched in concerns about privacy and due process, we believe this would give law enforcement too much leeway in deciding what the public has a right to know. That, in turn, would give law enforcement too much room to skirt oversight.

We are similarly alarmed by a proposal that would allow public institutions to withhold records pertaining to complaints alleging civil rights violations by those same institutions. This proposal is also couched in concerns about due process.

We believe secrecy should be the exception rather than the rule.

IPRA is strong because it is simple.

Journalists and the general public rely on this accessible law each day to better understand the institutions that serve them.

We urge New Mexico State University to abandon these proposals before they go any further and instead join us in calling on lawmakers to bolster the public’s right to know by holding accountable those institutions that flout this vital law.


The Board of Directors of the Society of Professional Journalists Río Grande Chapter

Response from President Carruthers

Thank you for your comments. I will take them under advisement as we work with the legislature. Our biggest issue may be the inordinate amount of staff time we have to use to ferret out, in some cases, thousands of pages of documents. I am sure, at a minimum, you would support legislative changes that would allow us full cost recovery to provide all of these documents. It seems your biggest concern is restricting information from police files. I get it!

Garrey Carruthers, Ph.D.
Office of the President
New Mexico State University
P. O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Phone 575-646-2035
Fax 575-646-6334