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.

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2010 Casey Medals Expand to Include
Digital Journalists, Citizen Media

This year’s Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism mark a new era as the
Journalism Center on Children & Families enters the 16th year of the
national awards competition and the Center is inviting all SPJ New Mexico
members to enter.

The Casey Medals honor exemplary reporting on children, youth and families
and are funded by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. In recognition of
significant changes in online news delivery, JCCF revamped several
categories and expanded eligibility.

For the first time, citizen journalists and reporters from online-only news
sites are eligible to apply in all categories. The “Television” and “Radio”
categories are restructured as “Video” and “Audio,” expanded to include both
broadcast media and the advent of Web-only audio and video entries.

“It’s clear that 2009 brought innovative reporting on child and family
issues across the board in all forms of media,” said executive director Gena
Fitzgerald. “We’re thrilled to see this fresh surge in reporting on these
critical issues, so we wanted to create innovative categories and fresh
change for the digital age.”

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Permanent Chapter Board Sworn In

Participants agreed that the chapter’s first public event was a rousing success. On Friday, January 15 the National Board and key staff members of the Society of Professional Journalists came to the Land of Enchantment … and the New Mexico Chapter was there to greet them in style.

A highlight of the informal reception, which drew attendance of about 50, was the swearing in of the new permanent officers and board of the New Mexico Chapter. National President Kevin Smith conducted the ceremony, with all but one board member in attendance.

Members of the New Mexico Chapter are sworn in during the reception held January 15 to greet the national board and staff. From left are Betsy Model, president; Dan Vukelich, director; Dennis Roberts, director; Pilar Armstrong, director; Staci Matlock, director; Julie Ann Grimm, treasurer; Gwenyth Doland, director; Bill Diven, director; and David L. Brown, VP-Communications. (Photos: Mark Bralley)
National SPJ President Kevin Smith swears in the New Mexico Chapter officers and directors.

It was a busy day for National President  Smith. First, he traveled to Santa Fe to pay a call on the Santa Fe New Mexican, invited by Chapter members Staci Matlock and Julie Ann Grimm. After touring the editorial and business facility in downtown Santa Fe, Kevin joined Julie Ann, Chapter President Betsy Model and VP-Communications David L. Brown for lunch at a trendy cafe near the Old Plaza. After lunch he toured the mechanical plant located at the edge of Santa Fe. This modern production facility not only prints the New Mexican but several other papers. Later, he toured the studios of KOAT-TV, the ABC affiliate in Albuquerque. Chapter officers Betsy Model and David L. Brown split the pleasant duty of shepherding Kevin between his appointments.

Then it was on to a gala reception in the grand Atrium of the Marriott Pyramid, Journal Center, Albuquerque, arranged by our Chapter to welcome the visiting National Board. Members of our New Mexico Chapter were on hand to meet and mingle, along with other guests from the journalism community.

The evening continued at the nearby Courtyards of Marriott, headquarters for the National Board meeting. Arranged by our Chapter, the Courtyards staff put on a gala dinner with a New Mexican theme for members of both the National and Chapter boards and National staff in attendance. It was a nice end to a successful day.

To view a photo report on the informal reception, go to this page in the Features section.