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JOB: Technical journalist, KUNM

KUNM at the University of New Mexico is hiring one full-time Technical Journalist to report for the Public Health New Mexico project.

Applicants must submit their application materials via the UNMJobs website. Applications to other third party job sites will not be considered.

The Technical Journalist will initiate independent research, investigation, and story development in consultation with the News Director. They will write and prepare stories for broadcast and publication online. They will work as a member of the team to establish the nature and focus of stories and participate in determination of the general direction of the project.


1. Working with the grant-funded public health team, plans story concepts and performs independent research and investigation in the development of reporting work.

2. Analyzes researched information for quality of reporting, newsworthiness, and relevance to subject matter; interprets and synthesizes information into articles as appropriate.

3. Creates, writes, edits, and prepares broadcast and online content on a range of subject matters relevant to the general direction of the project.

4. Participates in decision-making regarding the general direction, focus, scope, and format of project work.

5. Collaborates with content partners (other radio stations, online and print journalists, data specialists) on joint projects and efforts to broadly disseminate KUNM work.

6. Keeps abreast of issues and trends within public health, poverty and related fields.

7. May host long-form live or pre-recorded broadcasts related to public health and poverty topics.

8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preference for in-depth knowledge and experience reporting on Hispanic/Latino and/or Native American cultures, communities and constituencies
  • Preference for high degree of fluency in conversational Spanish
  • Preference for experience with investigative and enterprise journalism
  • Valid driver’s license

Benefits: This is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.

ERB Statement: Temporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage. News is hiring a full-time Technical Journalist for our Public Health New Mexico reporting project.

IPRA Wednesday in Santa Fe

Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. 

Second Street Brewery (1814 2nd St, Santa Fe, 87505)

In 2013, the Santa Fe Reporter filed a lawsuit alleging that Gov. Susana Martinez retaliated against the newspaper because the administration disliked the tone of its content. The governor refused to respond to press inquiries and violated the Inspection of Public Records Act, according to the lawsuit, which argues this is a kind of censorship.

Read all about the lawsuit.

The case is scheduled to go to court in the next couple of months. At this Santa Fe edition of SPJ-Rio Grande’s IPRA hangout we’ll talk about what the case will and won’t mean for other reporters in N.M. with SFR‘s editor and attorneys.

It’s informal and free, and you don’t have to be a member to attend. (But you should join our chapter anyway and help fight for press access around the state. )

*Image by Anson Stevens-Bollen used with the permission of the Santa Fe Reporter.

SPJ National Lauds SPJ Rio Grande For Work On FOI Issues

Our Rio Grande Chapter has been singled out for a Small Circle of Excellence Award from SPJ Headquarters for our efforts around Freedom of Information Act and First Amendment issues. Woot!

The awards recognize outstanding work in First Amendment/Freedom of Information, professional development, chapter communications, diversity and campus relations.

The awards will be given at the national conference in New Orleans. Find out more here.