NMSPJ Condemns Barring Of Reporter From Press Conference

On January 20, Mayor Richard Berry called a news conference to discuss the selection of an independent monitor to oversee reform at the Albuquerque Police Department. City staff sent an announcement to various news outlets, including New Mexico Political Report. That news organization sent Margaret Wright, an established local journalist, to cover the news conference. Wright was barred from the news conference by an APD officer. She offered to show identification as well as proof that she’d been invited. The officer refused to look at any of it and barred Wright from attending.

Wright asked the Rio Grande Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for a comment on the matter. The board of directors issued the following statement:

A free, diverse press is an essential component in an informed democracy. If Mayor Richard Berry’s administration is going to send out news releases inviting news organizations to news conferences, the mayor and his subordinates must allow those news organizations’ journalists to attend when they show up.
That’s not what happened on January 20.
The Rio Grande chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) strongly condemns the mayor’s arbitrary barring of journalists from important news events that impact the community.
The practice runs a grave risk of giving the public the perception that it is used to keep out members of the press that the city doesn’t like. Powerful government officials should not be allowed to pick and choose which reporters cover them.

Note: NMSPJ President Andy Lyman also works with New Mexico Political Report. He was not involved in the drafting of this statement.


Rio Grande Sun Hiring Reporter

The Rio Grande Sun, an 11,000 paid circulation weekly newspaper in Northern New Mexico, seeks an energetic city reporter who shudders at meetings but will look behind the curtain.

In March 2014 one city council race was decided by a coin toss. One of the contestants was charged with child abuse one week earlier. In December another city councilor resigned because he was facing assault and battery charges after pistol whipping a man, then shooting at his departing vehicle.

We’re looking for someone to bring strong reporting and writing skills, work ethic and flawless AP Style. We are known statewide as strong advocates of open records and in-depth, broad, accurate investigative work. You will routinely ask for (and sometimes fight for) documents related to great stories found anywhere in city hall and its many departments. This is a political hot bed of fascinating stories. Several large pay raises would come quickly in the first year to a performing person who wants to write news the way it was taught 20 years ago. Good compensation package including health, vacation, sick and profit-sharing plan.

Please submit resume to Robert Trapp at mnged@riograndesun.com

KOB Hiring Video Editor

KOB TV in Albuquerque is hiring a video editor. Qualifications include one year of experience editing videotape for daily newscasts or related field. Must have proficient knowledge of  Beta SX editing equipment. Final Cut Pro (V.7) and some AVIDexperience is helpful.  Strong understanding of television news and production.  Some prior shooting experience as a photographer helpful. Must be a motivated self-starter that is able to work at a fast pace and meet strict deadlines.  Must be willing to work weekends, nights, extremely early morning hours, holidays and overtime when needed. Must be able to perform duties and maintain professionalism  under extreme deadline pressure. Reasonable typing skills needed.  We love people who love news!

Responsibilities will include, but not limited to: Video Editing Television news stories that meet a journalistic standard of accuracy, balance and ethics. Operating Beta videotape decks/digital NLE editing equipment and Mac/Windows computer software. Must be proficient with Final Cut Pro (V.7). Take/send feeds from field trucks, NBC, and other news organizations. Archive video daily. Must be able to manage time effectively to meet strict deadlines. Help clean and maintain edit booths and equipment including excellent computer file management. Strong communication skills with reporters/anchors/producers/fellow editors is crucial. Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by supervisor.

The following physical requirements are typical, but not all-inclusive: Climb stairs.  Full mobility is necessary to move quickly around the newsroom. A large portion of the work is done in a very confined area. Some of the work is sedentary and requires lifting and carrying of record material and tapes to file.  Reaching and bending to file and/or retrieve records. Much of the work is performed in the newsroom and in a very confined work area.


Job# 2-15
4 Broadcast Plaza SW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Fax: (505) 764-2505
Email: apply@kob.com
No Telephone Calls Please

KOB Hiring Master Control Operator

KOB TV in Albuquerque is hiring a master control operator. Qualifications include at least one year of experience in broadcast Master Control or strong proficiency with technical systems. Working knowledge of a wide variety of audio and video equipment.  Knowledge of FCC requirements in a broadcast facility. Ability to handle on-air switching of program materials utilizing manual and computerized systems. Good concentration to maintain flow and accurate timing of on-air programming.  Ability to work efficiently under pressure and handle technical difficulties in a calm manner.  Reliability, quick thinking, strong technical skills, and common sense are critical to success in this position

Responsibilities will include, but not limited to: Coordinates and monitors the video and audio portions of on-air programming.  Maintains station log to ensure the station’s output meets FCC technical requirements.  Sets up and cues videotapes and programs on video servers for smooth transitions from program to commercial to station break. Controls program flow and timing.  Adjusts video and audio levels.  Operate video servers and computerized control systems as required. This is a fill-in position. Hours and shifts will vary (including holidays, weekends, and overnight).

Physical requirements: 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.

The following physical requirements are typical, but not all-inclusive.  Work requires manual dexterity to manipulate button controls for on-air programming.  Hand and eye coordination control flow of on-air programming.  Must be particularly calm under pressure, alert and capable of making quick decisions.  Observes normal safety precautions while working in the master control room.


Job# 1-15
4 Broadcast Plaza SW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Fax: (505) 764-2505
Email: apply@kob.com
No Telephone Calls Please

Sangre de Cristo Chronicle Seeks Managing Editor

The Sangre de Cristo Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper in the mountain resort town of Angel Fire, N.M., has an immediate opening for a Managing Editor. The selected candidate will plan and edit the newspaper, write news and feature stories, take photographs and paginate the newspaper, among other duties.

Qualifications: Must have a combination of experience and education that is equivalent of: Bachelor’s degree, two years of experience as an editor, reporter or photographer in a news organization, and two years of management experience. Must be deadline-oriented, able to upload the newspaper to the web, and have strong organization, leadership and communication skills. Must be able to bend, lift and carry up to 15 pounds occasionally; have hearing and vision within normal ranges and good eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to operate a computer keyboard effectively; and be able to sit for long periods.

Apply with cover letter and resume by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 16, 2015, to:

Ellen Goins
General Manager
Sangre de Cristo Chronicle
3403 Mountain View Blvd.
Angel Fire, NM 87710

or email egoins@sangrechronicle.com

Panel Offers Tips On Covering Legislative Session

Roundhouse floor

Hey Journos and Politicos,

Are you planning on covering the New Mexico Legislature next year? If it’s your first time or even if you just need a refresher, come listen to our terrific panel of experts who will offer tips from their years of experience covering the Roundhouse.

This panel is for anyone interested in how the Legislature works, but it’s also a great resource for reporters who don’t work in the Albuquerque or Santa Fe areas, but may want to cover issues related to their home town.

When: December 16, 2014   from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Communication and Journalism Building Room 256 – on the UNM campus in Albuquerque (NW corner of Yale and Central)

Cost: $10   (Free for students)

Can’t be there in person? You can watch live online through Google +  or on YouTube.

This program is presented by the Rio Grande and University of New Mexico student chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. It will be moderated by Matt Grubs, KRQE special assignment reporter, and include the following panelists:

Dan Boyd – Albuquerque Journal
Gwyneth Doland – New Mexico PBS
Dede Feldman – Former state senator
Matthew Reichbach – Formerly of NM Telegram
Steve Terrell – Santa Fe New Mexican

Taos News Hiring Sports Editor

The sports editor is a one-person department responsible for covering local high school and community sports. This position involves: game and event coverage, including timely posting on our website; taking photos; writing features and news stories; laying out pages; and undertaking multi-media projects including video and audio slideshows for the website. Applicants must have a strong knowledge of sports and outdoor recreation; great reporting, photography and time management skills; and experience with the web. Weekend and night work are expected.

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, three clippings, and three samples of photos to editor@taosnews.com. No phone calls.

Chase Those Hard News Blues Away At The SPJ Holiday Party

Holiday_Party_Breaking_NewsWeb1Did that PIO put a lump of coal in your open government stocking? Shake it off and join the Rio Grande and UNM Student chapters of SPJ for a holiday party at the Albuquerque Press Club. If you’re interested in having some snacks to go along with your imbibing — or in Midwest parlance, you want to bring a “dish to pass” –  please contact Megan Kamerick at megankamerick@gmail.com. It’s a great way to ensure the clown in this picture will never come to your house. Otherwise, no promises, and he might come with Grumpy Cat.
Bring your friends and let’s rage against the dying of the light with good cheer!

Who: Society of Professional Journalists – Rio Grande Chapter

What: See above

When: Friday, December 5 at 6 p.m.

Where: Albuquerque Press Club, 201 Highland Park Cir SE

Why: You need at least one place to wear that ugly sweater

Apply For An Investigative Reporting Grant

The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is calling for applications for grants to support independent investigative reporting.

The typical grant is $5,000. Qualified grant expenses include out-of-pocket costs such as travel, document production and equipment rental. Small stipends may be considered as a part of the grant.

The next deadline for applications is Thursday, January 15, 2015 – 5pm Washington DC time (EST).

FIJ is currently accepting proposals for domestic and overseas investigations. To get more information and apply check out FIJ’s website.

Nominations For Rio Grande SPJ Board Are Open

Rio Grande Chapter members,

Now that the election buzz is dying down, it’s time to start thinking about your local SPJ board of directors. Comprised of six directors and five officers, the board works to improve the state of journalism in New Mexico through various panels and training programs.

If you’re a current SPJ member and are interested in running, please send your nomination to andrewglyman@gmail.com along with a picture and brief bio. Besides six director positions, all five officer positions are up for election.

Please submit your nominations by November 22, 2014.

Voting will begin on December  1, 2014 and run through December 4, 2014.Voting will be through email.

Still on the fence? Here’s what Laura Paskus, our current president had to say about being on the board.

“Since joining the board in 2011, I’ve learned a great deal, forged important friendships and professional relationships, gotten to know some of the fantastic student journalists in the UNM chapter–and felt like I helped make a difference in New Mexico. (Plus, as former director Staci Matlock said a few years ago: We serve good snacks.)”

Need more? Here are some thoughts from Megan Kamerick, our vice president of communications.

“It’s easy to get discouraged these days as a journalist when you see the news of layoffs and turmoil in our industry. And with the fast pace of change in media these days, it’s easy to feel like your skills are getting out of date fast. That’s why I love being part of SPJ. It keeps me in touch with what’s happening in the wider media world. Being on the board brings camaraderie with fellow journalists that I don’t necessarily get in my work life in a very small newsroom or working from home. It’s very exciting to brainstorm with them about ways to help our fellow journalists do their jobs. We also have a lot of fun.”

Below are the descriptions and duties of officer positions.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or any other board member.


Andy Lyman

President: Presides at meetings of the chapter membership and board of directors. Appoints committee chairs and committee members. Serves as official spokesperson for chapter.

Vice-President—Communications: This Vice-President is the officer in charge of chapter communications, which can include newsletters, website, other electronic communications or any other appropriate tool.  May appoint members to assist with the internal communications work, including a newsletter editor.

Vice-President—Development: This Vice-President is in charge of membership development may appoint other members to assist with contacts of prospective members and membership campaigns.

Either Vice-President may preside at chapter board meetings or membership meetings in place of the President when the President cannot attend or temporarily relinquishes the chair.

Secretary: Writes and maintains official minutes of all regular and special call board meetings. Handles correspondence as directed by the president. Notifies national office annually of names of new officers and date that they will take office.

Treasurer: Collects dues, Pays bills.  Prepares budgets. Maintains financial records of the chapter including an annual financial statement of income and expenses. Files any financial reports required. Submits books to chapter’s Audit Committee for annual audit.