Category Archives: Access

We want you to see what real news looks like. Join us Oct. 17.

It’s your turn to ask the questions.

In an era of debate over the media’s role, SPJ Rio Grande is gathering several of its members to share information about how they do their jobs with the public. Our discussion will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the Student Union Building at the University of New Mexico, Mirage/Thunderbird Room.

Each member of our panel will share one thing they want the audience to know about how they work, but no presentations; the majority of this event will be questions from the audience. Come with curiosity, and leave knowing more about how journalism in New Mexico gets done.

See our panelist lineup below.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students. Register today.

For additional information, contact SPJ Rio Grande board member Rachel Sams: rachelbsams at gmail dot com.

 

Panelists:

Monica Braine, senior producer, Native America Calling

Gabrielle Burkhart, reporter, KRQE

Megan Kamerick, KUNM Morning Edition host; freelancer in audio, print and TV for outlets including NMPBS

Dan McKay, Capitol Bureau, ABQ Journal

 

Moderator:

Rachel Sams, editor-in-chief, Albuquerque Business First

IPRA Friday in Taos

IPRA Friday is coming to Taos on Friday, September 8. Join other journalists to talk about public records and access.

When: 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Where: The Gorge Bar and Grill

The SPJ Rio Grande chapter is working to ensure you have the tools you need to do great journalism. We also have a fund available to help pay for public records requests. Read more about how to apply here

SPJ Rio Grande Chapter Announces Fund to Help Assist Members With IPRA/FOIA Expenses

Reporting budgets are tight. Newsrooms and freelancers don’t always have money for public records requests.

The Society of Professional Journalists has got your back.

Thanks to a grant from the Thornburg Foundation, the Rio Grande Chapter of SPJ has a fund to help SPJ members in New Mexico and El Paso face down daunting record-request fees. It’s good through the end of 2017. (Rio Grande Chapter board members and their partners or relatives aren’t eligible to apply.)

We know how deadlines work and that you need the money fast. So here’s how this works:

1. The fund is available for SPJ Rio Grande Chapter members only. You can join here!

  1. In fewer than 500 words, tell us who you are, where your story is being published, what the public records are that you need and how much the agency is saying they’re going to cost you. (And don’t worry: We won’t spill your secrets or scoop your story.) Email your letter and request to marisademarco@kunm.org AND mattgrubs@sfreporter.com
  1. Once we’ve approved your request and you’ve received your documents, send us the original invoice and we’ll cut a check directly to the agency.
  1. First come, first serve through the end of 2017. Funds are limited.