Category Archives: Member Showcase

Showcase of recent work by NM SPJ members.

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.

Building A Successful Freelance Career Workshop (4/26/2014)


You can be a successful independent storyteller. We’ll show you how. The Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande Chapter and SPJ UNM Student Chapter invite you to their half-day workshop, “Building a Successful Freelance Career.” Learn what editors are looking for right now, and how to sell them your work.  Visit with top editors and independent journalists from around New Mexico, including the Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe Reporter, Albuquerque Business First, Daily Lobo, NM In Depth and others.

Building A Successful Freelance Career Workshop
Saturday, April 26, 2014

10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
UNM Communications and Journalism Building (map)

Program Highlights

Pitch it. Shoot it. Write It. Sell it.
Panelists share their ideas on what it takes to build a successful career as an independent journalist. There will be plenty of time for questions.

Life’s a Trip.
Travel journalists Judith Fein and Paul Ross have been around the world. They’ve sold their stories to the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, National Geographic Traveler, the Jerusalem Post, Hemisphere, Islands, New Mexico Magazine, Travel Age West, Organic Spa, and Spirituality and Health. Hear their ideas on pitching national news organizations.

Speed networking lunch.
Spend one-on-one time with top local editors. We’ll share the pizza, salad and drinks. You share your business cards.

Bold Goals.
Professional organizer Miriam Ortiz y Pino shares her amazing tips on how to eliminate distractions, prioritize routines, and achieve your goals.