JOB: Reporter (Albuquerque Business First)

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. This person will cover money, job creation and energy — all issues at the center of Albuquerque’s effort to redefine its economy and grow new industries. Top stories on this beat in 2017 have included the construction and expansion of a Facebook data center in Los Lunas, New Mexico’s pitches for Amazon’s second headquarters, and much more.

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.

Read more and see how to apply here.

Holiday Party

Join us for the annual SPJ Rio Grande Holiday Party on Saturday, December 16 at the Albuquerque Press Club. Bring your favorite journalism stories from the past year and a holiday dish or treat for the potluck.

The Press Club is a members-only bar. There is no outside alcohol allowed.

Time: 5-8 pm 

Address: 201 Highland Park Circle SE
Albuquerque, NM  87102

Questions? Email Sarah Gustavus (

Statement On Aslyum For Emilio Gutiérrez Soto

Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto was denied asylum in the United States last week after nearly a decade of living in New Mexico. Gutiérrez Soto wrote for El Diario del Noroeste and fled his country, with his son, in 2008 after receiving a tip that his life was in danger due to his reporting.

The El Paso Times reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials plan to deport Gutiérrez Soto and his son.

The National Press Club and other journalism organizations issued a statement

Here is the statement of the SPJ Rio Grande board:

Journalists — a group of people whose rights are constitutionally protected in the United States — face an increasingly dangerous and too often fatal task in Mexico, and their killers usually go unpunished. It’s exactly under such circumstances that our nation’s asylum system should act. We’re dismayed that Emilio Gutiérrez Soto’s asylum petition has languished for years and that our federal government now intends to send him back to Mexico — a move that could be a death sentence. We plead for an immediate reversal of that decision.