Welcome Back SPJ Loyalist Jim Otto

By Betsy Model, interim membership chair

There are few associations that inspire loyal members quite like SPJ and Jim Otto, a retired journalist and member since 1968, is a great example of that.  Jim graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication and began his career in journalism at the same community weekly paper he’d interned at while in school.  Jim’s career ultimately spanned into publications, advertising, marketing/sales, printing and culminated in his founding a New Mexico computer forms and supplies business.  Now retired, Albuquerque-based and traveling extensively, Jim is still a believer in journalism and in SPJ and continues to renew his SPJ membership year after year.  We’re looking forward to hearing some of Jim’s stories at the next social mixer.

SPJ NM Members Invited to Apply for Fellowships

By Betsy Model

The Medill National Security Journalism Initiative at Northwestern University is inviting New Mexico SPJ members to apply for three research fellowships. The goal of the six-month fellowships is to produce actionable research on topics of national security, defense and civil liberties that will inform journalistic practice and help increase public engagement in these important topics.  The fellowships and the Initiative are aimed at raising the level of knowledge and expanding resources available to journalists, policy makers and the public concerning issues of national security.

A brief interview with Timothy McNulty, the co-director of the program at the Medhill School of Journalism at Northwestern University can be found in our Features section here.

Further information about the fellowships and how to apply for them can be found here.