IPRA Friday—Aug. 28

We’ll be talking with reporter Joey Peters, who broke the story that former APS Deputy Superintendent Jason Martinez is facing charges of sexual assault on children.

Arrest warrant out for former APS deputy chief

Suit: Gov, PED secretary influenced APS deputy superintendent hire

Former APS deputy superintendent also faces domestic abuse charges

APS deputy superintendent who resigned is facing trial for sexual assault of a child

We’ll also talk about IPRA experiences, records-based story ideas and holding agencies accountable for providing information required under the law.

The second meeting of our free, monthly hangout happens on Friday, Aug. 28, and it’s open to all of New Mexico’s journalists (not just SPJ members).

IPRA Friday 2—Aug. 28, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Albuquerque Press Club (201 Highland Park Cir SE, 87102)

Las Cruces Bulletin Seeks Freelance Writers and Photographers

The Las Cruces Bulletin is seeking creative, hardworking journalists to write articles and take photographs on a freelance basis, possibly developing into part- or full-time employment, as there are a couple of positions available.

Please send resume and cover letter to Richard Coltharp, publisher, richard@lascrucesbulletin.com. Or hand-deliver to the Las Cruces Bulletin, 840 N. Telshor Blvd., Suite E. The Las Cruces Bulletin is an equal opportunity employer.

KOAT Hiring General Assignment Reporter

KOAT, New Mexico’s News Leader, is looking for a general assignment reporter.  Successful candidate should have proven breaking news experience and be a strong story-teller as a reporter. Successful candidate will have a minimum of 2 years reporting experience.

Job Responsibilities   

  • Enterprise and produce general assignment and investigative stories.
  • Produce content for the digital platforms
  • Develop sources and contacts in the community.

Required Skills

  • Excellent writing and communication skills required
  • Must be a self-starter and willing to work long hours and flexible schedule including varied shifts – holidays and weekends included.
  • Drive station vehicles (Motor Vehicle Record Check required).
  • Work long hours and overtime, particularly during breaking news.
  • Deal with the stresses and pressures of time-sensitive newscast production.

Find out more and apply at JournalismJobs.com.

Artesia Daily Press Hiring Reporter/Photographer

The Artesia Daily Press, a five-day daily in southeast New Mexico, has an opening for a full-time reporter/photographer. We are seeking a talented writer who will be covering local crime/court and city government. And produce news stories that are informative and relevant to our readers. Strong writing and language skills are desired, along with good knowledge of AP style.

Experience in page layout with Quark Xpress is preferred but not required.

A journalism degree and one year of reporting experience is preferred, but new graduates are encouraged to apply. Please include salary requirements.

For more information, check out JournalismJobs.com.

Email your resume to the following addresses – danny@artesianews.com – or mail to publisher Danny Scott, PO Box 190, Artesia, NM, 88211-0190.

Rio Grande SUN Seeks Education Reporter

The Rio Grande SUN, a 10,000 paid circulation weekly in Northern New Mexico, seeks a strong news writer with investigative tenacity to fill an education reporter position, according to JournalismJobs.com.

The successful candidate must share our news philosophy of going after news stories relentlessly and telling the whole story. The right person will cover the Española school district, a small college and, to a lesser degree, two charter schools. We need someone who understands open records pursuits, can network inside government offices and organize coverage.

The right candidate must have top-notch organizational skills, be able to cover the basic beat but also understand and report on how politics affect handling of an education institution’s business. Supportive management if you like the style of newspapering we do.

Competetive salary, vacation, sick, health, profit sharing. Send resume to News Editor Jennifer Garcia at rgsun@cybermesa.com

Los Alamos Monitor Hiring Editor

The Los Alamos Monitor, a Landmark Community Newspapers, LLC property, is seeking qualified and professionally successful candidates for the position of editor. The Los Alamos Monitor is a 3x/week community newspaper located in Los Alamos, New Mexico, approximately 30 miles northwest of Santa Fe. It also publishes monthly special sections and other ancillary publications serving various verticals on a variety of frequencies. There is also a growing emphasis on breaking news and cross-promoting the multimedia aspects on its web site, www.lamonitor.com.

The editor is responsible for leading all aspects of the newsroom with an operating philosophy that values coaching, mentoring and team management. Achieving strategic and operational goals and objectives related to news and information content within the print and online components of the company is paramount.

This position reports directly to the publisher and is a member of the newspaper’s senior leadership team. More information, including qualifications, is online here.

Hobbs News-Sun Hiring Reporter

The Hobbs News-Sun is looking for a general assignment reporter who will be assigned beats such as courts, government and education.

From JournalismJobs.com: We want someone who can cover it all and appreciates community journalism. We want to hire someone who can walk into a meeting and walk out with a story — and an idea for two or three more. All of our journalists are beat reporters who branch out to cover many other areas as well. Enterprise and feature stories are encouraged. Our reporters gain experience and the knowledge to cover just about everything. Our newspaper covers five towns.

The News-Sun is an award-winning newspaper and is not afraid to cover what needs to be reported. Hobbs is a community of about 43,000 in the oil capital of sunny southeastern New Mexico. Hobbs is a dynamic community with an expanding population, new growth in housing and businesses. The News-Sun’s circulation is 10,500, six days a week. Rookie reporters are welcome to apply and pay is based on experience.

This position is currently open. Mail your resume and your clips to editor Todd Bailey, P.O. Box 850, Hobbs, N.M., 88241 or email them to jobs@hobbsnews.com.

Board Meeting Minutes – May 21, 2015

SPJ Rio Grande Chapter Board Meeting

May 21 2015

On the call: Andy Lyman (chair), Megan Kamerick, Michael Marcotte, Jeff Proctor, Marisa Demarco, Elva Osterreich, Matt Grubbs, Tom Johnson,  Andrew Oxford, Rachel Sams

Minutes from the previous meeting had already been approved and published

Membership report from Rachel Sams

● Rachel was not on the call but submitted this report via email ahead of Thursday’s meeting: Since our last meeting, we netted one new member, as five joined and four dropped off the roster. We’ve added a net total of five members year to date. Our goal for the year is 15; if we add three more by the end of June, we’ll be halfway there. Keep up your outreach efforts! One member dropped off the roster that I wanted to ask about David

Steinberg. I don’t know him, but I remember a couple of you did. Would someone who knows him be willing to reach out to him about reupping?  Another member who dropped off the roster is Katherine Mozzone from KRQE, who I know and will reach out to about reupping.

One more note: I’ve been talking with Rory McClannahan of the Mountain View Telegraph about joining. He is president of the NMPA and wants to talk with us about SPJ having a mixer at the annual NMPA conference in the fall (it’s typically held at Tamaya out on Santa Ana Pueblo in late October.) I asked him for more specifics and when I get them, I’ll bring them to all of you for discussion.

Financial report from Mike Marcotte

● Andy is still consolidating bank accounts. The chapter’s finances are split with $110 in Guadalupe Federal Credit Union and $5375 in Nusenda Credit Union.

● The only expenditure since our last meeting has been $375 contribution to send Robert Salas (student chapter president) to represent us at the regional conference in Denver.

● Andy says he will follow up with the SPJ in Denver on our check for Top of the Rockies.

Communications report from Megan Kamerick

● Our website now features a “member showcase.”


● Marisa previously proposed FOIA Friday type events that would serve as skill shares for journalists and provide an opportunity to discuss story ideas as well as issues regarding access to public records. Megan said she now has a membership to the Albuquerque Press Club, which could serve as a venue for such events. Marisa said she will organize the first such event in June. Tom says

Susan Boe of NM FOG has expressed interest in participating. Jeff suggests a panel discussing this year’s changes to IPRA’s damages provisions (discussing, for example, “shaming in the post damages era of IPRA.”)

● Andy said Tristan Ahtone is receptive to participating in a panel on covering Native American communities and issues. Tom mentions freedom of information in tribes would be a particularly interesting and useful. It is suggested that we reach out to journalists who might have expertise in tribal records laws.

● Megan says she is also interested in developing a program jointly with JAWS.

● Tom suggests developing programs tailored to the needs of freelancers, such as connecting with industry conventions and diversifying multimedia skill sets.

● The Damon Runyon Award dinner in Denver could also serve as a model for our chapter, Tom said. Such an event could raise funds and draw prospective members while building name recognition.

● Andy suggests it could be particularly useful to have a workshop on shoestring budget multimedia production. NM SPJ has hosted a similar event in the past. Andy said he can help organize another such event.

Regional conference update from Tom Johnson

● Given how the regional conference has rotated from New Mexico to Utah and Colorado in recent years, it could be our turn to host again in April 2016, Tom said.

● Hosting the conference could require as much as $5,000, Tom noted. Denver reduced its costs this year by securing meeting space at area universities.

● Tom said the same could be done at UNM in Albuquerque. Accommodations would be a challenge, however, as there are not many quality hotels near campus. Santa Fe has several affordable hotels in walking distance, which could make it a better venue.

● There is support for New Mexico hosting the 2016 conference.

● Andy said he will solicit price estimates from a few hotels in the Albuquerque area. Tom said he will inquire about prospective venues in Santa Fe.

● Tom said attendance would be a maximum of 140 people. Dates in April 2016 can be flexible.

● Pricing information will be shared via email in approximately 10 days. The board will then decide whether to move forward with organizing the 2016 conference.

● Tom said the Utah chapter is interested in hosting if we are not but would like a response within the next two weeks.

Other Business

● Message from Rachel: I’d like to discuss ideas for what SPJ can do on the issue of talented journalists leaving the profession and/or the state. This is a huge issue and one where we could potentially have a big impact. That could mean working with newsrooms on ways to retain and promote talented journalists; it could mean training opportunities, which could help people feel like they have a future here; it could mean an event bringing journalism leaders together to discuss ideas for how to address this; it could mean all of those things; or something else entirely. Not every talented journalist will stay in NM forever, or in the field forever. But I think NM can do better in terms of offering those people options if they do want to stick with it, and I’d like to start a discussion on how we can help.

● Megan followed up with IRE on workshop. She has not received a response.

Tom says he will follow up with IRE

● Mike notes the chapter is required this month to file materials for its annual audit with the national chapter. Mike said he has compiled the financial materials. Andy confirms all materials have been submitted.

Our First IPRA Friday

Join us for the first of a monthly hangout where New Mexico journalists compare notes on Inspection of Public Records Act requests, offer tips, generate story ideas, talk to experts and hold local government accountable. (Here’s the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government’s FAQ on the state’s IPRA, if you’re looking for some background.)

We’ll be chatting via Google Hangout with Kelly Hinchcliffe, an investigative reporter at WRAL.com in Raleigh, N.C., about employment contracts. Find her on Twitter: @RecordsGeek

Check out her article for Poynter: Why employment contracts are so much fun for a public records geek.

“Several years ago, I collected contracts for all 115 public school superintendents in North Carolina and found that some received thousands of dollars in bonuses, cars, security details and money to pay for their mortgages.

One of the most memorable contracts came from a small coastal community whose new superintendent got school board members to give her a house. But that wasn’t all. She also convinced them to install a nearly $4,300 fence for her dogs, all paid for with taxpayer money.”

IPRA Friday

July 24, 2015

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Albuquerque Press Club

201 Highland Park Circle SE, 87102

ASRT Seeks Managing Editor

Are you a strong editor who enjoys collaborating with authors and graphic designers in a technical environment to create a compelling news magazine? Join the premier nonprofit membership organization for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals.

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists values integrity creativity, professionalism and commitment to excellence. We are seeking a full-time newsmagazine managing editor for our Communications Department.

The position will manage the creation and coordination of the editorial content of the ASRT Scanner, which is a lively and engaging 68-page, bi-monthly member news magazine with a circulation of 153,000. In addition, the newsmagazine editor will be responsible for planning and managing editions, assigning writers, budget control, working with graphic designers and supervising printing elements

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in English, professional writing, technical writing, journalism, communications or a related field, with three to five years of strong writing and editing experience in a similar position or industry.

Solid familiarity with Associated Press editorial style.

Intermediate MS Office skills; familiarity with Adobe InCopy, electronic submission systems, social media and online publication-hosting platforms is a plus.

Ability to work independently and remain composed under pressure in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a high level of attention to detail on multiple projects.

Expertise with publication production schedules is ideal.

Strong organizational, prioritization, project management and analytical skills.

Ability to collaborate with multiple departments and diverse personalities.

Excellent problem solving and decision making skills.

Ability to tactfully interact with, guide and mentor authors and colleagues.

Ideal candidates will have previously served as a news, feature, health care, nonprofit or publications editor, preferably in the journalism field, have a professional and approachable demeanor and a positive attitude, be self-starting and inquisitive, and flexible regarding work assignments. Candidates should be eager to learn and ask questions to better understand the ever-evolving and often technical nature of our audience’s profession.

To apply, interested applicants should visit www.asrt.org/asrtjobs.

ASRT is an equal opportunity employer.