Welcome to New Member Peter St. Cyr

By Betsy Model, President

St.CyrSPJ New Mexico is pleased to welcome as a new member Albuquerque-based Peter St. Cyr, a veteran of both print and radio broadcast journalism.

Currently the chief political reporter for Citadel Broadcasting (KOB) and a frequent contributor to ABC and FOX radio, Peter is also a contributing correspondent on KNME TV’s New Mexico In Focus, a contributing writer at Albuquerque the Magazine, NMPolitics.net, and the New Mexico Independent.

Separate from his journalistic endeavors, Peter also manages a small public relations company and works with clients on reputation management, crisis communications and national publicity campaigns.

Peter’s been honored for his radio work by both the Associated Press and the New Mexico Broadcasters Association for outstanding news and interviews and he’s a welcome addition to the state chapter.

Our Web Site Has a More ‘Personal’ Look

By David L. Brown, VP-Communications

This website was launched in WordPress last year using an available template created by a programmer in Germany. It was a quick and efficient way to get the site started. The template served its purpose, but I was never really happy with the appearance, and in particular the bright red headlines.

Now, as you can see, I’ve created a special masthead that features our Chapter logo, plus the National SPJ logo. And, the screaming red headlines are gone, too. The basic layout and functions of the site have not changed, and at least for the time being I kept the buttons across the top that link to archived page categories.

There is a comments function for this and all other posts. To add your 2ยข, just click at the upper right where it says “No Comments” (or if there already are comments, it will say how many). Hope to hear from you.

Now if I can figure out how to make the posting dates appear in U.S. rather than European format (day/month/year)…. Hmmm, it’s hard-coded in there somewhere. Anybody got a suggestion?

Gwyneth Doland Steps Up as Program Chair

Our thanks to board member Gwyneth Doland who has agreed to take on the all-important role of Program Chair for our chapter. Gwyneth is the editor of the New Mexico Independent, an online-only news and politics site based in Albuquerque. The Independent is a project of the non-profit Center for Independent Media.

With the Independent she has pioneered new media tools such as webcasting and live blogging, focusing on the state legislature and legislative meetings. One of her goals is to open the political process to readers and engage them in the discussion.

She previously worked as a restaurant critic and food writer and was an editor at the Santa Fe Reporter and Weekly Alibi, where she began her newspaper career in 1999.