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.

For more information on qualifications and how to apply go to the listing at

Register Now For Region 9 Conference In Albuquerque


The SPJ Region 9 Conference will take place April 15-17 in Albuquerque. There will be an excellent slate of panels on issues such as covering elections, multimedia journalism, diversifying your sources, reporting on poverty, covering cops and criminal justice and challenges facing college journalists.

Keynote speaker is Robert Hernandez, a professor at the University of Southern California and a pioneer in web journalism. We will also have Dave  Maass of the Electronic Frontier Foundation who will discuss digital security for journalists and their sources.

Find out more and register now at this link.


IPRA Friday 5—Jan. 29

This month, we’ll strategize about checking  compliance with IPRA, and we’ll divvy up the work. Pitch in and help us hold government agencies accountable.

We’ll also review our discussion around last year’s changes to IPRA law.

As always, this monthly event is free and open to journalists who are not members of SPJ.

IPRA Friday —Jan. 29, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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

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Save The Date For SPJ Regional Conference In Albuquerque

Mark your calendars now! On April 15-16, the Rio Grande and University of New Mexico Student chapters of SPJ will be hosting the Region 9 conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The conference will include speakers such as Robert Hernandez and Fred Brown and feature a variety of panels and workshops including: digital security, covering elections, crunching numbers, “backpack journalism” and multimedia, covering the environment and Indian Country, diversity — and much more!

The conference will be held at the University of New Mexico–and our event hotel is Hotel Parq Central (which includes free shuttle service and free breakfast). When making your hotel reservations, be sure to mention SPJ to get the group rate.

Registration will be available soon. If you have any questions, contact:


Enter Your Work In Top Of The Rockies Contest

Top of the Rockies 2016 Excellence in Journalism Deadline

Jan. 22 is the deadline to submit entries in the Society of Professional Journalists 2016 Region 9 Top of the Rockies Excellence in Journalism contest. The annual contest attracts entries from print, broadcast and digital journalists in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Go to the website and click the Top of the Rockies link in the menu bar for information about the categories, entry requirements and access to the contest website to enter your award-winning work.

The contest fee is $15 per entry. Payment must be made when entries are submitted and the contest website features a revenue manager module to make payment easier.

Questions? Email contest coordinator Deb Hurley Brobst at

Last year, 784 entries were submitted in the various categories and a similar number of entries is expected in 2016. Another SPJ pro chapter will judge the entries.

The TOR awards program will be in mid-April at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place. Winners will be notified in March. More than 100 people, from all of the Region 9 states, attended last year’s awards program at the Press Club.

Pink Sherbet Photography via CC

On The Governor’s Call To Santa Fe Police

Dear Gov. Martinez,

It is public record. Give it to me.” 

We agree.


IPRA Friday crew

p.s. The name of whoever called the police on you is not, in and of itself, a public record subject to disclosure. But we’re happy to hash out what is. Come hang out with us once a month as we explore the law and the level of compliance at various agencies around New Mexico. Pizza’s on us.

The next IPRA Friday will be Jan. 29, 2016, at the Albuquerque Press Club.

Santa Fe Reporter Seeks Culture Editor

The Santa Fe Reporter alt-weekly seeks an energetic leader able to organize freelance writers to produce weekly print news, features and reviews on all things art, food, entertainment and culture in New Mexico’s capital city. The perfect candidate is an effective, experienced journalism communicator who wants to work with a robust community of artists and foodies while contributing to our daily web presence, overseeing production of weekly events calendar, two email newsletters and special projects. Laughter and irreverence, photography, familiarity with InDesign and web CMS, AP style and active social media required. Bilingual Spanish skills a bonus.

Find out more and apply here.

Farmington Daily Times Hiring Photographer

The Farmington Daily Times is looking for a full-time staff photographer.

We are looking for a shooter who can make photographs that grab the eye. We need someone who can find angles and use light in ways that reveal truths about the people and events we cover.

Our website depends on engaging photos, which are necessary for nearly every story we publish. Our photographers generally have busy schedules that require good organizational skills and an efficient use of time for shooting, editing and filing.

Candidates should have a solid knowledge of how to work everything from a police line to high school sports games under the lights. Hours will vary, including occasional calls during off hours for breaking news events.

Our shooters often illustrate continuing news coverage on a single topic and must be able to find fresh ways to approach their subjects.

During slower times, we want our shooters to be working on projects. We will dedicate editorial space for a good photo essay. We also require our photographers to consistently create online photo galleries.

Candidates should also be able to write clear cutlines that adhere to AP style.

Find out more and apply here.