Shop Talk 

June 2010
In This Issue
Important Dates
NMPA Annual Convention
Nov 12-13
Hyatt Tamaya Resort
 Reserve your room today Call:  

$119.00 special convention room rate.

NMPA Board meeting and workshops
July 16 - 17
Las Vegas, NM
Workshops on Saturday July 17
Details coming soon!

BNC Deadline
July 30th
Click here for Details

Quick Links

Kevin Slimp
Publishing Technology -
Adobe hits a home run with InDesign CS5
Link to story

John Foust
AdLibs -
Red rules and blue rules
Link to story

Doug Fisher
Common Sense Journalism -
Peering into the Future
Link to story

In effort to bring back ShopTalk, NMPA will utilize an electronic bulletin to send out monthly updates on industry news from around the state and stories of interest from across the nation.  Each story will have a short intro and, in some cases, a link to a more in-depth story.  If you are interested in the story click on the link to continue reading. 

If you have interesting news items please forward them to director@nmpress.org and we will include them in the next available bulletin.  

Down the left hand side you will also find upcoming dates on conventions, contests and workshops.  Be sure to check these often so as not to miss anything important.  

As the months go on, we will begin to add more content. 

Let us know what you think of the format, it is easily adaptable to fit the needs of the membership.  

Phil Lucey

NMPA Convention returns to Tamaya Resort

On November 12-13 the NMPA membership will convene at the scenic Hyatt Tamaya Resort for their annual convention.  An outstanding agenda is currently under development and will feature industry leading speakers, thought provoking panels and time to network with fellow colleagues from across the state.  It is a can't-miss event.  Save the date and plan on joining us in November.   
Tamaya has secured a special convention rate for us of $119.00 a night.  You can even reserve your room right away.  Call 505-867-1234 today!  

More details to follow soon, watch your inboxes for convention news.  

State Headlines

Request for News Articles  

We pull ShopTalk news from articles received from the clipping service, stories sent out by national trade groups and items we happen to hear on the street.  We need your help in making this a comprehensive bulletin.  If you have articles or learn of stories on any industry-related item, please forward them to director@nmpress.org and we'll get the message out to the masses.

NMPA Foundation High School Journalism Workshop
On Jun 6 - 9, 24 high school students from across the state attended the 30th journalism workshop sponsored by the Foundation. The students covered a wide variety of subjects over the conference all while working on producing a copy of The Future Press, an 8-page publication designed and edited by the students themselves.  A copy is being mailed out to the membership.  Special thanks to speakers Tom McDonald, Sarah Welsh, Monica Pertoski, Karen Moses, Sandra Baltazar Martínez, Dana Bowley and high school teachers April Van Buren, Pat Graff, Connie Blue and Rebeca Zimmermann.  And a special thanks to the Board task force of Karen Moses, Sarah Welsh, Maria Lopez Garcia, Tom McDonald, David Stevens and Bob Trapp for helping promote the workshop to high schools in their communities.  

NMPA office location
We've moved!  Even if only a short distance...as in down the hall.   The new location affords the association a professional environment in which to conduct business; we even have natural sunlight to enjoy (when we are not busy with association work, of course).   If you are downtown stop by and say hello and check out the new space.  We hope you will be impressed.   Our entrance is on the 7th St side of the downtown Journal building on the corner of Silver and 7th.  
Our mailing address and phone numbers have not changed.  

BNC - Better Newspaper Contest
Information and rules for the BNC are being mailed out as we speak.  And you should have received an email with details earlier in the week.  There haven't been any changes made to the categories or divisions from a year ago.   Deadline for entries is July 30th.

For a copy of the rules packet, please click HERE.

1 For All
The following is information on a First Amendment promotion initiative that the Newseum plans to launch July 1st.  The initiative is outlined on a new website the Newseum has created at www.1forall.us.  You'll find on the site a list of organizations that have already enlisted as supporters of the cause.   The Newseum is not seeking funding; they are hoping that state press associations will help distribute the promotion ads to ensure that the campaign gets much needed newspaper exposure, nationwide. 
This is an important and groundbreaking campaign that needs support from everyone who cares about a free press.  Please go to the website, check it out and then you can access the resources page to locate ads that newspapers can run beginning July 1 and thereafter.  The Newseum hopes that all state press association and newspapers nationwide will sign onto this, and they will list their supporters on materials and on their website. 
Anyone who would like to sign on should either send an email to 1forall@newseum.org, or call Ken Paulson or Gene Policinski.  Contact information:
Ken Paulson
Gene Policinski

Valencia County News Bulletin 100th Anniversary
The News-Bulletin is getting ready to celebrate 100 years.  A special section is being sent out at the end of July to announce the milestone.  Care to congratulate them?  Here's how you can do it, click on the link to the Centennial section or contact Dave Puddu.

Journal Sues Gov. in Bid To Obtain Records
The Albuquerque Journal has filed a lawsuit alleging that Gov. Bill Richardson's office violated the state's open records law by failing to produce documents about 59 appointive state workers who he said were let go to save money.
The June 3 lawsuit filed in state District Court in Albuquerque seeks a court order forcing the Governor's Office to provide requested records, including those that identify the workers and relate to how decisions were made about which positions should be eliminated and how much would be saved.
The appointive workers are "exempt" from state hiring requirements and work at the pleasure of the governor.
The lawsuit said only a handful of the workers were identified in materials released by the Governor's Office. Numerous media outlets, including the Journal, made formal requests for the records, but were told by the Governor's Office they didn't exist.
By violating the open records law, the Governor's Office has "successfully thwarted the plaintiffs' efforts to verify the claimed job eliminations or the claimed taxpayer savings," the lawsuit says.

Attorney general uncertain of open meetings violation
CLOVIS Investigators for the attorney general were unable to determine if three Curry County commissioners held an illegal meeting in November.
But according to an opinion issued Friday, investigators admonished commissioners to exercise caution when gathering in a quorum.  Continue reading

Open Meetings Violation Concerns Raised
The Mid-Region Council of Governments executive board is forwarding a recommendation to the full board that Dewey Cave be named the group's permanent executive director.
Cave currently serves as of the Council of Governments.
One member of the group raised concerns about the Thursday executive board vote, calling it an open meetings violation.
Continue reading

SPJ gives grants for programs that bring the press and the public together
INDIANAPOLIS - The Society of Professional Journalists is excited to award nine $2,500 grants for chapters nationwide to hold interactive public forums on journalism ethics.
'The Public & The Press' forums will bring news consumers, journalists and others together for a meaningful discussion of ethical, credible news and why it matters. The grants are funded by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

Included in the chapters receiving grants:
New Mexico Pro Chapter, New Mexico

The grants will enable the chapters to hold programs that will give members of the public tools to discern between talking heads and ethical, credible news. The goal of the programs is to provide a platform for the public and the press to sit down together and have an open exchange of ideas, which we hope will combat the public's eroding trust in journalism.
While the SPJ chapters will spearhead the meetings, civic partners, such as local Rotary, Kiwanis clubs and universities, are invited to be involved and to help conduct and market each program. Chapters will hold their individual sessions between Aug. 2010 and May 2011. More information about when and where the programs will take place will be available soon.
For more information about SPJ, please visit www.spj.org.


Industry News

Around the Industry

Day two of Editor & Publisher's Interactive Media Conference in Las Vegas kicked into gear Thursday with a keynote speech by a man whose company could be considered a boon or the bane of newspapers, depending on your perspective: Josh Cohen, Google's senior business product manager who works on Google News. "I believe that by working together, we - technology companies and media companies - can emerge from this reinvention with a more robust journalism ecosystem," he told those in attendance at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.  Continue reading

The FBI released its file on the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, but they are unlikely to touch off new investigative projects by newspapers. The bureau said none of the files related to investigations of criminality, national security concerns about the  - or the incident at Chappaquiddick.
A Boston Globe report by Bryan Bender quoted the FBI summary of the 2,200 pages of files as saying they were mostly concerned with threats of violence against the senator, whose brothers President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy were both assassinated. Continue reading

Advertising News

The people of New Orleans are still as resilient and funny as ever. And both qualities will be on full display tomorrow when the city Convention and Visitors Bureau kicks off a $5 million PR and ad campaign carrying the tagline: "This isn't the first time New Orleans has survived the British." Continue reading

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- The New York Times is building a public beta testing site where it will experiment with new ideas and applications before deciding whether they deserve to go live on NYTimes.com. The Times expects to introduce the site, to be called Beta620, in July or August. The "620" refers to the paper's street address on Eighth Avenue in New York. Continue reading

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- In a pair of deals intended to fuel its campaign to expand paid digital content, News Corp. has bought the Skiff e-reading platform developed by Hearst and a stake in Journalism Online, a company founded to help publishers charge for content on the web.
News Corp. did not, however, acquire the Skiff Reader, a planned e-reader device. It's not clear whether Hearst will still bring the device to market, seek a separate buyer for it or let the planned device die. Continue reading

Publishers See Signs the iPad Can Restore Ad Money
NEW YORK (AP) -- Good news for the news business: Companies are paying newspapers and magazines up to five times as much to place ads in their iPad applications as what similar advertising costs on regular websites.
This doesn't mean Apple's tablet computer will live up to its hype as a potential lifeline for the media industry. Online ads still generate a small fraction of news companies' advertising revenue, and it's an open question whether print ads will return to what they totaled before the recession.
But early evidence suggests the iPad is at least offering publishers a way to get more money out of advertisers. That bolsters the hope that portable touch-screen computers could start turning the economics of digital advertising in publishers' favor. Continue reading


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