Enter the “Top of the Rockies” Competition

By David L. Brown, Communications Chair

I hope all New Mexico members will take time to participate in the upcoming “Top of the Rockies” media competition, sponsored by the Colorado Chapter of SPJ and open to all Region 9 members, including New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. You got an email alert about this, and now the complete entry rules and application form are posted on this site (go here). This is a great opportunity to “show your stuff,” and the first entry is FREE for SPJ members so there’s no excuse not to participate.

And the best part is that the competition can generate some revenue for our Chapter, since entry fees net of costs will be divided between the Region 9 Chapters pro-rated on the basis of the number of entries received. Examples of reportage, photography, blogging and opinion must have appeared between September 1, 2008 and August 31, 2009. The deadline for entries is December 4. Be sure to check out the details at the link, and direct any questions to John Ensslin, Region 9 Director, at damon_runyon@hotmail.com.

Good News Keeps On Coming

By Joe Kolb, Interim Chairma

Good news keeps flowing our way.

We learned from Staci Matlock last week that the Santa Fe New Mexican has offered to donate $500 to our burgeoning chapter. Combine this with the $250 from The Gallup Herald and ABQ Sports magazine, it appears our web-based annual sponsorships are beginning to pay off. Not too shabby for a brand new chapter to raise $1,000 before we even have a bank account. Staci and I are working on finding someone to serve as interim, hopefully, permanent treasurer so we can open the bank account. Any takers? All of the money at this point has been pledged. I don’t want to lose the momentum all of our hard work has garnered so far. Please continue to pursue such sponsorships with your publications. Remember, it is only $250 per year to have an ad and link on our chapter’s website.

Just think how cool it would be if we could sponsor the regional and national SPJ meetings in the near future. I know, I said “cool”. I’m very excited, as I know all of you must be at our progress. Additionally, the conference on covering crime in Native America that we will co-sponsor with John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice appears to be a go for Albuquerque in the late spring or early summer. Stay tuned. This will be another opportunity to promote our chapter while aligning us with such an esteemed institution.