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May 2013
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High School Journalism workshop
June 9-12 UNM

NMPA board meeting
July 19 Las Cruces

NMPA Convention
Sept 26-28
Hyatt Tamaya




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State Headlines



The 2013 New Mexico High School Journalism Workshop is June 9 - 12 at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

We're set to kick off another high school workshop and we are expecting record turnouts.   We have 47 students from around the state planning on joining us at UNM on June 9th.   They will be working hard on another edition of The Future Press.  It's great to see so many students with an interest in journalism and we look forward to hosting them.     


Thanks to Ned Cantwell for his thoughts on the workshop

 Journalism workshop a good opportunity for students

Ned Cantwell

Decades back, in some hotel conference room in some city, a guy who owned the Burlington (Vermont) Free Press lectured to our newspaper management seminar about the Ten Rules of Success.

The rules made so much sense I appropriated them as my very own over a period of more than 20 years straight when I taught at the annual New Mexico Press Association summer journalism workshop for high school students. My favorite of the 10, one that occasions the dreaded eye roll among my grandchildren, is Bloom Where You Are Planted. Read more 


Save The Date!  NMPA convention is fast approaching. 
Sept 26-28 back at the Tamaya. The board of directors and convention committee is putting the finals details together for what is already looking to be the best convention in NMPA history.  Last year had record numbers at the workshops and banquet.  This year is going to top that and more!
Informative sessions, raffles, registration prizes, and a few hundred of your closest newspapers friends.  Who could ask for more than that?
We also have 10 vendors signed up to take part in our trade show.  If you have suppliers or vendors that would like to be a part of our convention have them contact NMPA right away.   

BNC is new and improved and will highlight the work we all do in print and online.   Be on the look out for details and dates in your inboxes.  
What did we add?  Here's just a sample:
Best News Coverage
Environmental and Agriculture writing
Education writing
Sports Coverage
For the ad folks:
Best Rate Card
Best Revenue Idea
Best Auto, Real Estate and Retail ad
Community/newspaper event ad
For the online folks:
Best Breaking news - web
Best mobile app
Divisions will remain the same with a few categories to be judged in open divisions.   Entry and judging will be done online again through our online BNC system. 
On-line entry will be available in early June.    

The Daily Times newspaper gets a fresh look
Chris Roberts

Readers will notice that Monday's Farmington Daily Times newspaper has a fresh, new look.

This new design provides readers with a convenient product that has everything they need to explore what is happening in the Four Corners region, New Mexico, the nation and the world.  Read more 

New Mexico publications now sharing content

11 community papers participating in news exchange service

LAS VEGAS, N.M. - Eleven New Mexico newspapers are now sharing content as part of a newly created service named Community News Exchange, or CNEx.

The Exchange, which launched May 6, focuses on small-town community news in New Mexico, seeking to report on issues of interest to readers in the more rural areas of the state. Its intent is to supplement community newspapers with content that no other service provides.  Read more


Optic printing moves north

Saying goodbye to friends is never easy. Over the last two weeks the Optic has had to say goodbye to seven part-time employees.

They are people you likely don't know - people who, up until last month, worked behind the scenes making sure that all of your inserts, Homes & Property, American Profile and circulars, made it into your newspaper.

A breakdown of our press in late November forced us to start printing the Optic at our sister newspaper in Los Alamos.  Read more 


News-Sun's editor promoted to publisher
HOBBS, N.M.-Daniel Russell, editor of the Hobbs Sun-News, has been promoted to be the newspaper's publisher.

The Shearman Corp. announced this week that Russell was being promoted to take the place of Judy Hanna, who is stepping down to move to Texas.

The Albuquerque-raised Russell has been with the News-Sun since 1995 and has served in a variety of different positions with the newspaper. In addition to serving as editor, Russell was the News-Sun's managing editor, advertising manager and business reporter.


'New Mexican' editor Rob Dean plans to retire

Rob Dean, editor of The New Mexican, announced Tuesday that he plans to retire from the newspaper after 21 1/2 years guiding the Santa Fe daily's news operations.

He told the newsroom staff that his last day on the job will be July 3.

Dean, 59, said he intends to stay in Santa Fe but has no immediate career plans.

The Montana native came to Santa Fe in January 1992 from the News-Tribune in Tacoma, Wash., where he had served as metro editor.

Sierra County Sentinel goes full color

As of their Friday, May 3 edition, the Sierra County Sentinel will be running full color on every page of their weekly publication in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

The Sentinel was the first publication in Sierra County to print full color photos back in January of 2001 and has never turned back. "We're very excited about the growth of our publication. We've been the largest newspaper in both size and circulation for quite some time now and with the addition of color on every page, every week, simply makes us a leader in the industry and all the while as a small town weekly," said co-owner Frances Luna.


Industry Headlines


Around the Industry


Newspaper Association of America welcomes reintroduction of Free Flow of Information Act

Arlington, Va. - Caroline H. Little, president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, issued the following statement concerning the Free Flow of Information Act:

"The Newspaper Association of America looks forward to the reintroduction by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., of the Free Flow of Information Act, which was passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2009. As events that have come to light this week have demonstrated, the public's right to the free flow of information - including on all matters of government conduct - is essential in preserving our unique American democracy.

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Limit government overreach through Free Flow of Information Act

The nation learned in May that the Justice Department secretly obtained the phone records of more than 100 Associated Press reporters and monitored Fox News reporter James Rosen's personal email and cell phone records, branding him a "possible co-conspirator" in a classified leak case for asking questions to a government source.

These revelations sent shockwaves throughout newsrooms nationwide. Reporters can no longer assure their sources that interviews will remain confidential because there is no way to tell whether the government is listening. This attack on journalism reaches far beyond hardworking journalists and their sources. Make no mistake: The ultimate victims are the millions of Americans who rely on investigative journalism to inform them about their communities. When the government creates a chilling effect in newsrooms, it keeps important news away from the American public.

Read more 

Media organizations call on Justice Department to mitigate damage from broad subpoena of journalists' phone records
Press Release | May 14, 2013

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and major news organizations are calling on the U.S. Justice Department to return secretly subpoenaed phone records of more than 100 Associated Press journalists, to explain how such an egregious overreach could happen and outline what will be done to mitigate the damage.

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Billionaire investor Warren Buffett believes in the future of newspapers

BH Media Group was impressed with the Roanoke community's solid economy and strong sense of itself, CEO Terry Kroeger said.

The $162 billion-a-year financial powerhouse that is buying The Roanoke Times is the brainchild of an investor who got his start delivering newspapers in his Nebraska hometown.


Warren Buffett, the 82-year-old whose mantra has been to search for value in unexpected places, has changed his mind in recent years about the news business.

"I have long told you ... that the circulation, advertising and profits of the newspaper industry overall are certain to decline," Buffett told Berkshire Hathaway Inc. stockholders in his latest annual letter to them.

But, he continued, "I believe that papers delivering comprehensive and reliable information to tightly-bound communities ... will remain viable for a long time."  Read more 



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