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Showcase of recent work by NM SPJ members.

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.



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



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

New Member Welcome – Tom O’Connell

Tom O’Connell worked in publishing in New York City for 10 years, mostly as a copy editor and writer for national consumer magazines, including Entertainment Weekly, Spin, Self, Stuff, Celebrity Living Weekly, Penthouse, Vanity Fair, InStyle, WWE and Details. In 2006, he moved to Albuquerque, N.M., where he worked as a staff reporter for New Mexico Business Weekly before leaving to launch the editorial consulting company Executive Ink, whose clients have included The New York Times Co., the London Times, Fast Company, Stratus Energy Group,, the U.S. Dept. of Energy and the University of Southern California. He continues to provide a number of editorial services to a wide-ranging clientele, and enjoys calling his own shots outside Cubicle Land.