Attend the ‘Journalism Under Fire’ conference in Santa Fe

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The Rio Grande chapter of SPJ is helping local journalists attend the Journalism Under Fire conference from Dec. 5-7 at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

  • SPJ will help reimburse SPJ member travel expenses!
  • SPJ helped negotiate low rates for ALL New Mexico journalists.

Travel Reimbursement: The SPJ Rio Grande treasurer will reimburse up to $150 in costs for chapter members to attend the conference. Costs can include transportation, hotel, meals and registration. This is a first-come, first-serve opportunity (for the first 20 members). When you have made definite plans to attend, email Treasurer Michael Marcotte ( to get on the list!

Low Rates: A single-day coffee-only ticket (where you’re entitled to coffee and snacks during the breaks) is $8 per N.M. journalist. A single-day ticket with breakfast and lunch is $30. All three days, with meals, is $80Here’s the ticketing site. (Scroll down to the option for “NM Journalist”). These rates expire November 18th!

Other Incentives for Journalists

Women Journalists: The first 15 women journalists who apply can receive a scholarship to cover their registration costs, thanks to the International Women’s Media Foundation. See the Conference Scholarship Page. This covers a three-day ticket that includes breakfast and lunch. (To apply for this scholarship, please email and provide details of where you work and interest in attending, etc. For those women journalists who have already bought a ticket, you are eligible for a reimbursement, following the above instructions.)


New Mexico Press Association members: The NMPA is also providing support for its members to attend. See the Conference Scholarship Page. NMPA is offering five full scholarships for journalists at a NMPA member newspaper or Associate Members of the NMPA. This is a three-day ticket including breakfast and lunch. (To apply, please email and provide all relevant details.)

Conference Details

Journalism Under Fire is being organized by The Santa Fe Council on International Relations. The conference will address the following major themes:

Day 1: Freedom of the Press, Fake News, Persecution

Day 2: Journalism in Mexico and at the U.S./Mexico Border

Day 3: Local Journalism: Corporatization, Consolidation, Change

National partners include:

The Committee to Protect Journalists and The International Women’s Media Foundation.

Local partners include: The Santa Fe New Mexican, the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande Chapter and the New Mexico Press Association.

Highlights include

  • 51 journalists coming to the event from countries all around the world. A list of their occupations and countries is here. They’ll be featured in some parallel sessions, and will also be the centerpiece of the Citizen Exchange Circles on Thursday December 6th.
  • The Grand Opening Event is on Tuesday, December 4th. It is free for NM journalists, and features a panel on Justice for Journalists under Fire, featuring Jason Rezaian (WaPo), Courtney Radsch (CPJ), Jenni Monet (indigenous national freelance journalist), and Hannah Allam (BuzzFeed). It starts at 6 and ends at around 8:30 at the Convention Center. Tickets for this are available at
  • The Full Conference Agenda is here, and almost-complete Parallel Sessions are here.
  • There will be visual displays of political cartoons, border photographs, and a virtual reality exhibit (Blindfold – where the viewer becomes an interrogated journalist in an Iranian prison).

Confirmed speakers include

  • Dana Priest, Investigative Journalist, Washington Post
  • Ann Telnaes, Editorial Cartoonist, Washington Post
  • Hannah Allam, Investigative Journalist, BuzzFeed
  • Don Bartletti, Photojournalist, Los Angeles Times
  • Olga Yurkova, Founder of StopFake. org
  • Azam Ahmed, Mexico Bureau Chief, New York Times
  • Kevin Kallaugher, Political Cartoonist,  The Economist
  • Alfredo Corchado, Mexico Bureau Chief, Dallas Morning News

Other highlights include a Student Newsroom.

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For more information on Journalism Under Fire:

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