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TRAINING: Back to Basics

We’ve heard it all over the past few years: Journalists need to be Tweeting and Facebooking, writing SEO headlines and pivoting to video. Those are all valuable skills in the 21st century.

But the most important tools for any reporter remain great reporting and strong writing.

Join the Society of Professional Journalists – Rio Grande Chapter and the UNM Student Chapter on the mornings of Nov. 4 and Nov. 11 to get back to basics. Reporting happens out in the real world, not behind computer screens, and writing should make people want to read.

We’ll have sessions on everything from nutgrafs to the art of interviewing, the inverted pyramid to public meetings.

For professionals, the event costs $20 for both days, including lunch. The cost to students is $5. Get more details and sign up here: Back to Basics

CAR Scholarship Winners

The Rio Grande Chapter is excited to announce that our CAR scholarship winners this year are Diana Alba-Soular of the Las Cruces Sun News and Dan McKay of the Albuquerque Journal

In a continued effort to improve the state of journalism in New Mexico and West Texas—and to serve our members—the Rio Grande Chapter of SPJ is sending the two journalists to attend the IRE CAR bootcamp in Columbia, Missouri this summer.

We had great applicants, but McKay and Alba-Soular not only had strong support from their supervisors/colleagues, they provided the application committee with strong ideas about how they’ll improve not only their own work, but that of their colleagues and other fellow journalists in the area.

We’re proud of the great work they do–and look forward to hearing about what they learn this summer.

Please join us in congratulating Dan and Diana on Twitter: @mckaydan and @AlbaSoular 

The scholarship was made possible through funding from the Thornburg Foundation.

SPJ Rio Grande Offers Scholarships To IRE CAR Bootcamp

In a continued effort to improve the state of journalism in New Mexico and West Texas—and to serve our members—the Rio Grande Chapter of SPJ is offering scholarships for two journalists to attend the IRE CAR bootcamp in Columbia, Missouri on August 6-10, 2017.

We will reimburse successful applicants for airfare/travel, meals, five nights of lodging, and the CAR bootcamp fee, up to $2,500, once the training has been completed.  

To apply for the scholarship, you must be an SPJ member. To join online, visit: https://www.spj.org/join.asp

To read more about the bootcamp, visit: http://ire.org/events-and-training/boot-camps/car/

In fewer than 600 words, let us know:

-Who you are and where you work (or where your work is published) and how attending the bootcamp will improve your reporting

-How you’ll give back to your community of journalists and in New Mexico and West Texas and share what you’ve learned

-Your SPJ member number

Please also provide a letter of support from your editor or news director. Or, if you’re a freelancer, a letter of support from an editor who works with you often and knows you well.

Send your letter to laura.paskus@gmail.com, cjproctor74@gmail.com, and heath@haussamen.com by May 20.

We’ll announce the two winners by June 1.

A few notes:

– Your SPJ membership must be current as of May 20, 2017. This scholarship opportunity is for members only. If you need to renew, you can do so online: http://www.spj.org/join.asp

-Rio Grande Chapter board members are not eligible to apply

-This scholarship is made possible through funding from the Thornburg Foundation.\