New Name, New Logo

By David L. Brown, VP-Communications

SPJ logos2RGrevXThe Society of Professional Journalists, New Mexico Chapter, is no more! But, don’t worry — our chapter hasn’t disappeared, but merely taken a new name. You see, National has approved the addition of the El Paso, Texas media market to our chapter territory, so the old name no longer made sense because it left out our new Texas friends. After considerable discussion at last Thursday’s board meeting, it was decided that from now on we will be the Rio Grande Chapter, named for the river that links The Land of Enchantment with the the Lone Star State. The new name is not only evocative of our region, but is the first U.S. SPJ chapter name to be in the Spanish language. Here’s the revised logo featuring the new name. We’ll be updating the masthead with the new logo as soon as our webmaster can get around to it. So, all you West Texan journalists — hola and bienvenidos!

Fresh Faces Wanted for KDMC Institute

Twenty fellows will receive tailored training and intensive coaching at the 2010 Knight-McCormick Leadership Institute at the Knight Digital Media Center. The Center is looking to fill those spots with the best and brightest leaders in the emerging news ecosystem. Want to be one of the 20? Learn how to apply here . The deadline to apply or to nominate a candidate is Wednesday, March 31. The Institute is a new program by KDMC and aims to offer training, coaching and collaboration to assist the new faces and leaders of the industry to be successful.