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Farmington Daily Times Hiring Sports Reporter

The Daily Times, a 19,000 circulation, daily newspaper in Farmington, New Mexico, is looking for a full-time sports reporter.

The sports reporter is part of a two-person department and reports directly to the sports editor.

This person will help with the paper’s coverage of the seven local high schools and write features about local athletes and their endeavors. Coverage in the summer centers on summer league baseball and the annual Connie Mack World Series, a 10-team amateur tournament featuring talented baseball players from North America and Puerto Rico.

Main responsibilities outside of reporting include working with the design team and writing for special sections.

The qualified candidate must be able to report and edit on tight deadlines. Knowledge of outdoors activities, such as fishing and mountain biking is also a plus.


  • Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, journalism or related field.
  • Strong reporting and writing skills.
  • Familiarity with website management and social media.

Email cover letter, resume, clips and other pertinent information to

The Daily Times is a daily newspaper in Farmington, which is located in the Four Corners. The staff covers the Four Corners and San Juan County, including Farmington, Aztec and Bloomfield, and the Northern Agency of the Navajo Nation. The New Mexico Press Association awarded The Daily Times first place for best news coverage in 2013.

The Daily Times is owned by Digital First Media, which offers a competitive salary, a benefits package that includes health/dental/optical plans and an opportunity for outstanding growth potential.

Taos News Hiring Page Designer

The Taos News is looking for a full-time Page Designer/Paginator for a 10,000-circulation, family-owned weekly newspaper located in beautiful Taos, New Mexico. In 2007, 2008,2010, 2011 and 2012, The Taos News was voted the best weekly newspaper in the United States by the National Newspaper Association.

This position requires a multi-tasker who can edit and design pages for a weekly newspaper and entertainment magazine, plus lead the pagination of up 20 special sections a year.  The successful candidate must be attentive to detail, able to work well under deadline pressure, and be proficient in pagination software. Those applying for the position must have a working knowledge of grammar, spelling and Associated Press style.

A qualified candidate must have:
• A minimum of 3 years experience doing multipage publication design and production along with newspaper design.
• Full understanding of prepress workflow management.
• To be proficient with Adobe CS 5 or higher and Macintosh OS. Experience with News Edit Pro 6 a plus.
• The ability to multitask in a fast-paced, multi-deadline environment.
• At least two years experience working with InDesign.
• A working knowledge of grammar, spelling and Associated Press style.
• Must be willing to work night and weekend shifts.
• To work across departments with a variety of personalities.

Benefits: Health, dental, vision and life insurance after three months; paid vacation; 401K; and subsidized spa membership. Other amenities: Great work environment; outdoor recreation; a lively arts and entertainment scene; and a multi-cultural community.

Please submit resume and five examples (PDF) via email to Editor, Joan Livingston at:

No phone calls or mailed submissions please.

Sangre de Cristo Chronicle Hiring Managing Editor

The Sangre de Cristo Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper in the mountain resort town of Angel Fire, New Mexico, has an immediate opening for a Managing Editor. The selected candidate will edit the newspaper, write feature stories and cover the city beat, in addition to being responsible for the pagination of 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.

Apply with cover letter and resume by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014, to:

Lisa Morales

General Manager

Sangre de Cristo Chronicle

3403 Mountain View Blvd.

Angel Fire, NM 87710

or email

Equal Opportunity Employer

KOB Hiring Part-Time Floor Crew

KOB-TV is hiring for a part-time crew position. Knowledge of TV camera operation, floor directing, and general lighting required.  Prior television production experience helpful.  Must be able to work weekends and mornings.

DUTIES:  Responsibilities will include, but not limited to: Operates camera during newscasts and/or live shows.  Maneuvers camera and follows instructions from director.  Prepares studio set to ensure lights and mics are functioning.  Handle teleprompter, audio, floor directing, and set construction.  General maintenance of studio area for newscasts/local programming and taping.

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. Work involves moving the studio camera with wheels.  Pulls and pivots the camera in the direction required.  Stands to operate studio camera.  May lift and carry heavy equipment.  Work also includes walking between news and production.  May assist with VTR operations.  Studio maintenance to replace lamps, move camera props and use of ladder to reach necessary equipment.


Job# 14-14
4 Broadcast Plaza SW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Fax: (505) 764-2522
No Telephone Calls Please

Albuquerque Business First Hiring Creative Services Director

Albuquerque Business First is hiring a creative services director. The position reports to the publisher and ensures the highest possible design and story-telling standards are met by Albuquerque Business First on all platforms — day in and day out online, and week in and week out in print. The ideal candidate should be well-versed in visual storytelling, with a solid background in publication design and photography. This position is responsible for driving new and creative forms of storytelling and is expected to contribute to, and edify, planning discussions at all levels across all departments. This is a management position with direct report(s).

This is an exciting time at ABF as we have been working with renowned design consultant Mario Garcia and our parent company, American City Business Journals, on a content reinvention. We launched our redesign at the beginning of this year.


  • Execute company-wide design format, standards and style guide for printed weekly edition
  • Work with editorial news team to creatively present stories and data
  • Generate graphics, images and layout to drive reader engagement
  • Design special sections and reports
  • Direct Creative Services department and oversee graphic designer
  • Oversee marketing and advertising campaigns, including print ads, digital ads, Power Point presentations, flyers, email newsletters and other collateral materials
  • Oversee creation of print and digital house ads following the ABF’s standards


  • Must be proficient in InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop; HTML/CSS also preferred
  • Strong visual storyteller who can drive non-narrative story forms
  • Has experience editing photos and brainstorming ideas with photographers
  • Strong communicator, able to articulate the design vision to editorial and business staffers alike
  • Works cooperatively and collaboratively with all colleagues and professionally with sources and vendors


  • Minimum of 3 to­ 5 years of publication design experience
  • The ideal candidate will have managerial experience, and a diverse background working with editors, designers, photographers and department heads


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred


Albuquerque Business First and its 39 sister publications are part of American City Business Journals, the No. 1 source for local business news in the nation. We publish daily online, weekly in print and deliver multiple daily email products, as well as host monthly events attended by hundreds of business executives. The Creative Services department is responsible for the design support of all departments in the office, including editorial, advertising and marketing across all platforms.


Email resume, cover letter with salary requirements and a link to design samples to Creative Director Jon Wile at Only applications with design samples will be considered (please do not send work samples as PDFs or attachments). No phone calls please. No relocation available.

Rio Grande Chapter Opposes Subpoena and Decision

Today, the Rio Grande Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) learned that a District Court judge has ordered a New Mexico journalist to turn over unedited video from an interview with a source.

Attorneys for a title loan company subpoenaed KRQE -TV investigative producer Jeff Proctor, asking for a broad range of information. SPJ strongly disagrees with the judge’s decision to allow a reporter’s raw interview footage to be used as an arm for civil discovery.

Forcing journalists to produce their working notes or raw video is a serious infringement of our ability to gather news and information on behalf of the public.

As we noted last October, when the New Mexico Department of Health subpoenaed the Santa Fe Reporter’s Joey Peters: “Journalists’ communications with sources are protected to ensure the free flow of information that allows journalists to perform their essential functions in a democratic society: to give people the information they need to participate in the political process—and to hold those in power accountable for their actions.”

Earlier this year, Proctor and reporter Kim Holland reported on the 2010 shooting of U.S. Army veteran Chris Clay:

According to a lawsuit Clay filed in state District Court, [Clay] was shot by an unlicensed repo man who brought along a convicted felon on May 21, 2010, to haul Clay’s 1999 Dodge pickup away from his remote property off U.S. 64 on the outskirts of town for New Mexico Title Loans.

Attorneys for Community Loans of America, which owns New Mexico Title Loans, asked state District Court Judge Sarah Singleton to compel Proctor to release raw video of the interview, notes taken during the course of reporting, a list of sources, correspondence with those sources and testimony regarding contact with those sources. Singleton denied the release of all source information, except for outtakes of the interview with Clay, the plaintiff in the case.

Moreover, SPJ finds it disturbing that attorneys for the title loan company, Community Loans of America, issued the subpoena prior to the airing of the report by Proctor and Holland.

We oppose this attempt to procure information from a reporter and we most certainly oppose the practice of litigants requesting—and being allowed access to—unaired footage obtained by reporters during the newsgathering process.

 -Laura Paskus, president, on behalf of the Rio Grande Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.  Jeff Proctor is Rio Grande Chapter board member. He was not consulted regarding this statement. For more information, please contact

Facing the threat of a subpoena, reporters should familiarize themselves with what to do, and contact the Rio Grande Chapter of SPJ.

KOB Hiring Editor/Director

KOB-TV Channel 4 is hiring an editor/director for Good Day New Mexico. Applicants must have a minimum of four years experience in non-linear editorial workgroup environment, with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 preferred, as well as experience in cutting reality, corporate image, documentary or commercial production content.

Applicants should have a strong working knowledge of graphics, server file management, audio mixing, on-air mastering, and effects editing is a must. They must be knowledgeable on tapeless production workflows, particularly with P2 and/or XDCAM, AVI, MP4, QuickTime and MXF file formats for both broadcast playout and web streaming.

Applicants must have a general knowledge of post-production operations, including a basic operational knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro, with particular emphasis on  Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.  A basic knowledge of MacCaption software, Adobe Creative Cloud captioning and EditShare Server would be helpful.

Experience directing a multi-camera television show is preferable.

Responsibilities will be to edit two 30-minute talk shows per week, as assigned by the show’s Executive Producer and/or the published production schedule. Digital online finishing of five 30-minute shows per week, including assembly of playout list for air and web streaming. Technical duties will include management of Adobe Premiere Pro workstations. Some knowledge of the Ross Carbonite Switcher would be preferrable.

The successful applicant will b responsible for editing to completion all material necessary to create a daily 30-minute show that is coherent, communicative and suitable for broadcast and internet streaming under the supervision of the Executive Producer. Other duties include technical directing recorded broadcasts and interviews on a daily basis. Responsible for relaying content information and runtimes for all recorded content to the Executive Producer.

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.Good hand/eye coordination, ability to clearly communicate verbally, good hearing is a must.  Ability to work in a closed edit bay environment for long periods of time is necessary. May be required, on occasion, to lift and carry cables and equipment up to 30 lbs, including P2 and/or XDCAM camera packages and support gear.


Job# 13-14
4 Broadcast Plaza SW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Fax: (505) 764-2522
No Telephone Calls Please

Fund For Investigative Journalism Seeks Grant Applications

The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is calling for applications for grants to support independent investigative reporting. Grants cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document production and equipment rental. Small stipends may be considered as a part of the grant. The typical grant is $5,000.

The deadline for applications is Monday, May 5, at 5pm Eastern time.

The Board of Directors looks for stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance, or misuse of power - in the public and private sectors.

Visit the FIJ website for detailed instructions and on-line application form. FIJ welcomes calls and emails with questions about the application process. Email: Phone: 202-662-7564.

FIJ awards grants three to four times a year.

KOB Hiring Producer For Good Day New Mexico

KOB-TV Channel 4 in Albuquerque is hiring an executive producer for Good Day New Mexico. The producer has the responsibility and decision making for developing and executing KOB-TV’s daily 30-minute lifestyle talk show. This is a list of duties:

    • Develops and executes story & show segments: Generates, researches, produces, organizes, writes, and edits compelling and creative content for stories and segments. Work with sales representatives to creatively incorporate paid clients into the show.
    • Manage on-air content.
    • Produce field segments. Works with GDNM team to execute.
    • Directly supervises and leads the GDNM team including on-air talent, editors, photographers and production assistants.
    • Works cooperatively and collaboratively with others. Builds effective working relationships with co-workers in same and different departments, customers, vendors and the general public.
    • Collaborate constructively with many team members to continually make improvements and enhancements to make the show successful.

Qualifications: A 4-year degree or 5 years equivalent work experience required. Minimum of 2 years of producing experience. Previous supervisory or management experience preferred. Superior writing and producing, skills required. General knowledge of television production techniques. Must be highly creative. Thorough understanding of the New Mexico lifestyle and what New Mexicans find important. Proven ability to create and lead a story or segment from start to finish without direct supervision. Ability to work effectively under pressure, prioritize, organize, and meet short deadlines. Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record as determined by the Company (driving record will be checked).

Other 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.

Job# 10-14
4 Broadcast Plaza SW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Fax: (505) 764-2522
No Telephone Calls Please

KOB Hiring Online Producer

KOB-TV Channel 4 in Albuquerque is hiring a part-time online producer. Job duties include, but are not limited to: Writing print stories for website using such sources as broadcast scripts, Associated Press wire stories and raw news facts. Create images to appear with stories using an online tool, edit video clips and post to website. Work with KOB-TV newscast producers and reporters on generating interactive elements and additional content for news stories. Identify and post engaging social media content on station’s various platforms that matches overall goals for news and community outreach. Perform other duties as assigned.

We seek a motivated journalist to create dynamic online stories for thousands of hourly visitors to Our website has become the online leader for breaking news in New Mexico. We seek a news writer who can maintain our level of immediacy and accuracy with attention to detail. The ideal candidate should be able to look outside the box of a typical story and seek interactive ways to help readers understand the subject. Journalism degree preferred. Understanding of basic journalism, story writing and proper attribution required. Must be available to work Saturday/Sunday 3 pm to 11 pm and occasional weekday shift as necessary.

Other Requirements:
Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job. Manual dexterity to operate computers and other equipment. Light lifting and carrying of materials. Sight and hearing to review and edit video clips, handle telephone call and interact with the newsroom. The Company will make reasonable physical accommodations to facilitate the ability to perform essential job functions.

Send Resume to:
Job# 7-14
4 Broadcast Plaza SW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Fax: (505) 764-2522
No Telephone Calls Please

KOB Hiring Sports Photographer

KOB-TV Channel 4 in Albuquerque is hiring a part-time sports photographer. The successful candidate must have at least one year of college or work experience as a television news or sports photographer and reporter or a closely related field.  Must be able to demonstrate the ability to write, produce and present sports stories.  Must be able to operate TV news field cameras and videotape editing systems.  Must be able to demonstrate ability to visually represent news and sport stories.  Must work closely with reporters and producers.  Computer literacy a plus.  Must have a valid driver’s license.  Please include video reel with resume.
Responsibilities will include, but not limited to: Photography and editing TV news stories.  Operating field TV news gathering cameras and videotape editing equipment.  Producing and presenting stories (this is a small but essential part of the position). Hours are weekends and evenings as scheduled. The following physical requirements are typical, but not all-inclusive:  Carry equipment weighing approximately 30 lbs.  Climb stairs.  Drive News vehicles.  Full mobility is necessary to move quickly to videotape news stories and events.  Some of the work is done in a very confined area.

4 Broadcast Plaza SW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Fax: (505) 764-2522
No Telephone Calls Please

Members lead coverage of APD Shootings and Protests

We’re proud of our members covering the APD police shootings and demonstrations.

This 4/2/2014 report on KRQE News 13 was produced by SPJ Rio Grande Chapter Director Jeff Proctor.

Peter St. Cyr, Rio Grande Chapter Director and Treasurer

Peter St. Cyr, Rio Grande Chapter Director and Treasurer


Message from Chapter President #apdprotest

Fellow journalists,

I think it’s safe to assume I wasn’t the only one riveted to Twitter last night, as many of New Mexico’s finest journalists covered the APD protest in Albuquerque last night.

I’m going to avoid calling people out by name — only because I’ll inevitably miss folks — but I felt super proud of New Mexico’s journalists last night. (And that includes the team at the Daily Lobo.) I knew exactly who to be watching for honest, brave, and breaking coverage of what was happening out on the streets.

If you need to catch up with some of our members on Twitter, you can find them on the Twitter feed on our website:

A few resources for those covering the protests, more of which are likely coming:

And most importantly: “Self Care Tips for News Media” from DART:

Keep up the awesome work, everyone. And take care of yourselves and one another.

best wishes,

Laura Paskus
reporter, radio producer, and editor
cell: 505.217.5136
Twitter: @LauraPaskus
President, Rio Grande Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists

ENMU Hiring Communication Instructor

The Department of Communication at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM, invites applications for a full-time, 9-month position to begin in August 2014.

Responsibilities include serving as the news director for KENW (on-campus PBS affiliate) and producing student-staffed, daily newscasts during the academic year. In addition, the instructor will oversee practicum sections in public relations and other media produced by the department, and teach 1 (3-credit) traditional undergraduate course per semester, advise students, and execute other duties as assigned by department chair.

Basic qualifications: Undergraduate degree in communication or related field; Managerial experience in television broadcast news including news gathering and creation of news packages.

Preferred qualifications: Graduate degree in communication; Experience in new media and journalism; Post-secondary teaching experience.

The successful candidate will be expected to build upon the collegial and mutually supportive relationship between the department and KENW, serving as both an educator and as a news professional.

Apply online at the ENMU jobs portal.

Please include: Letter of application, CV, names and contact information (including email addresses) for five references, and unofficial transcripts, as well as examples of professional work (DVDs or URL links). CD/DVD may be sent by mail to: Communication Search, Human Resources, ENMU Station 21, 1500 S. Avenue K, Portales, NM 88130.

For more information, email or call (575) 562-2115.

Open Records Law Shines Light On Prison Abuse

As part of Sunshine Week, the Rio Grande chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is highlighting work by New Mexico journalists this week that made use of Sunshine laws. Independent reporter Peter St. Cyr points out that it’s almost impossible for the public to scrutinize what prison officials do with inmates behind a prison’s locked gates.

After hearing allegations that New Mexico Corrections officials had sexually humiliated inmates at the New Mexico Central Correctional Facility in Los Lunas, and either lost or destroyed video and photographic evidence from the incidents, he started asking tough questions.

Working with Alexa Schirtzinger, former editor of the Santa Fe Reporter (and former Rio Grande Chapter director), St. Cry thought it was important for journalists to scrutinize what was going on behind locked gates.

It wasn’t easy.

“Officials said they weren’t going to try the case in the media, inmates were locked up, and even their attorney couldn’t go on the record,” St. Cyr says. “Using the Inspection of Public Records Act, I got access to multiple depositions. We were able to build a story using the sworn statements and documents we got from Santa Fe, including an evidence checklist summary sheet with two checkmarks indicating that photos and video had originally been collected.

Using the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) St. Cyr and the Reporter obtained sworn depositions and were able to compile an enterprise story that eventually led to a final settlement offer to inmates and a review of the Nuts to Butts seating arrangement by administrators.

Here’s a link to the story that ran:

Nuts to Butts: Controversial prisoner shakedowns could leave taxpayers on the hook for damages

Five months after their report, the Corrections Department settled with the inmates for $750,000.

Corrections Department settles inmate lawsuit

“While the Nuts to Butts controlled seating tactic hasn’t been completely been removed as an option, the current department secretary has said he doesn’t plan to have his staff use it,” says St. Cyr.

These are the records obtained by St. Cyr for the story.