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July 2013
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NMPA board meeting
Sept 27 
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NMPA Convention
Sept 26-28
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State Headlines




Save The Date!  NMPA convention is fast approaching. 

The NMPA convention opens Thursday September 26th and concludes on Saturday evening September 28th.  All sessions will be held at the Tamaya Resort and Spa

Room reservation:

You can now make room reservations at the Tamaya at the NMPA room rate of 129.00 per night.   Room reservations will need to be made by Monday 8/26.  

Please click here to make your hotel reservations, or if you need additional assistance, please call 1-888-421-1442

Agenda Highlights:
Thursday 9/26
1:00 NMPA Foundation Golf tournament at Twin Warriors. Come out and support the Foundation while playing one of the top rated courses in the state. 
Friday 9/27
Advertising sessions from 1:00 - 4:30
Ad design with Bill Ostendorf...Panel of NMPA members discussing Monetizing Digital...Ad Sales Techniques...Q&A Roundtable and Best Ideas
Saturday 9/28
AM Sessions
Beat Reporting...Print Design with Bill Ostendorf...Open Government Panel...Human Resources: Generational Gaps with Tom Riebock, Wick Communications
Luncheon Keynote
Sam Donaldson
Afternoon session
Circulation panel...Human Resources: new healthcare laws with Tom Riebock...The Sun Never Sets: a documentary on investigative reporting from the Rio Grande Sun...NMPA Business meeting  

Saturday night:
BNC Awards Banquet.   Reception starts at 6 and the awards banquet kicks off at 7:00.  Last year saw record numbers with over 230 attendees and we hope to beat that this year.  


Two convention promotions to keep in mind: 

1. For every three people your newspaper registers for the workshops, the fourth is free. (does not apply toward banquet and/or luncheon)
2. Register more employees to the workshops than you did in 2012 and be entered to win a free iPad.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Tamaya.

Ginny Sohn
NMPA President 
Santa Fe New Mexican


Richard Coltharp

NMPA 1st VP Convention Chair

Las Cruces Bulletin 

BNC - Call for Entries.   DEADLINE is 8/2/13.  
Contest time is here.   The website is open and ready for all of your winning entries.  Deadline for all entries is Friday August 2.  Do not delay.   

NM court declines to resolve open meeting issue

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- The state's highest court has ruled that Rio Rancho's former city manager can't sue the community for back pay, but the justices declined to decide an open government question in the case.

The Supreme Court said Thursday that James Palenick waived the right to bring a breach of contract claim because he accepted a severance package after his 2006 firing. Read more 


Santa Fe Reporter's cover draws fire

SANTA FE (AP) - An alternative newsweekly is Santa Fe is drawing fire over its cover with an image of a woman in a bikini who strongly resembles Our Lady of Guadalupe.

On the cover is a bikini-clad woman sipping a drink around an Our Lady of Guadalupe-type background while a shirt-less cowboy in a pink hat looks on.


New looks comes to Las Cruces Sun-News print edition
Las Cruces Sun-News

A fresh, new look has come to the Sun-News.

Wednesday, we debut a complete redesign of our pages that will provide you with a convenient platform with everything you¹ll want on what¹s happening in our community, New Mexico, the nation and the world.

You see a cleaner, more modern typography throughout. The design was created to allow us to fill the pages with more news, photos and other informational elements.  Read more 


Open meeting question prompts revote by NM panel

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-An accusation that it violated New Mexico's open meeting law is prompting the state Game Commission to vote over on whether to oppose proposed federal legislation.

The New Mexico Wildlife Federation says the commission violated the meeting law during a May 23 meeting in Roswell because the issue was not included on the agenda. Read more 


County Agrees to Pay for Newspaper's Lawsuit
Jeff Tucker SUN Staff Writer

Rio Arriba County and the Rio Grande SUN have reached an agreement for the County to pay all of the newspaper's legal bills in connection to the SUN's recent lawsuit seeking information about the leadership of the Abiquiú Volunteer Fire Department.

The County agreed to pay the SUN's legal fees of $8,137 in an agreement signed June 23 by SUN publisher Robert B. Trapp and two days earlier by County manager Tomas Campos and County attorney Adán Trujillo.

The newspaper agreed to dismiss its lawsuit against the County, which had challenged the County's legal ability to suppress the March 26 termination letter of former Abiquiú fire chief Paulette Jordan. Read more


Range sees temporary closure

By Paula Murphy, Publisher, The Raton Range 

Please click to read an open letter from the publisher 

Industry Headlines


Around the Industry


NNA 2013 newspaper contest winners announced

COLUMBIA, MO - Judging results have been processed and winners of the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest and Better Newspaper Advertising Contest have been posted online at

Winners will be recognized at the award reception held Saturday, Sept. 14, during NNA's 127th Annual Convention & Trade Show at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, AZ, Sept. 12-15, 2013. 

There were 1,777 entries in the Better Newspaper Contest and 375 entries in the Better Newspaper Advertising Contest for a total of 2,152 entries. A total of 544 awards were won by 140 member newspapers in 41 states.

Several New Mexico newspapers won awards. Click HERE to see a list of winners.

NNA Welcomes Next Step in Postal Reform: Intro of HB 2748 by Chairman Darrell Issa

The National Newspaper Association today greeted a comprehensive bill to reform the US Postal Service as a welcome step toward new legislation. 

The bill would prompt numerous changes in the way USPS operates, including:

Gradually end "to the door" mail delivery and replace it with cluster or curbside boxes;
End Saturday delivery of newspapers, First-Class mail and advertising but continue package delivery and would require opening rural mailboxes for publishers' use on Saturdays;
Prohibit no-layoff clauses in new workforce agreements and reform workers compensation rules;
Ban Negotiated Service Agreements that would cause "unreasonable disruption of the marketplace; and
Mandate 2% annual increases above inflation for mail currently not covering at least 90 percent of costs, such as Periodicals, but only after adjustments have been made for costs created solely by excess postal capacity.
NNA Postal Committee Chairman Max Heath said the Issa bill is a welcome catalyst toward postal reform.

Read the full story on NNA's website


NAA supports revisions to Justice Department regulations; continues call for federal shield law


Arlington, Va. -  Caroline H. Little, president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, issued the following statement in response to Attorney General Eric Holder's suggested revisions to Department of Justice regulations governing subpoenas to the news media and their service providers:

"In the wake of revelations that the Justice Department secretly subpoenaed Associated Press phone records and obtained e-mail content of a Fox News reporter, NAA applauds the attorney general's recommendations. However, a federal shield law is still needed to protect journalists' confidential sources and the public's right to know.

"The attorney general's suggested revisions are a significant step in the right direction. But these changes alone will not prevent government overreach. A federal shield law would mandate review by independent federal judges of all requests for confidential source information. By passing a shield law, Congress would follow the wisdom of the 48 states and the District of Columbia in providing some protection for journalists and their confidential sources. Clear standards etched into law will preserve the role of the press in ensuring government accountability and the free flow of information to the public." NAA





People in the News     




An editor to celebrate
Ginny Sohn/Publisher

Today we celebrate Rob Dean, honoring the man who has led our newsroom for the past 21 years. Rob became my colleague at The New Mexican in 1992, when the newspaper's owner Robert McKinney, and Billie Blair, then the associate publisher, hired him as the managing editor. Before coming to Santa Fe he worked for newspapers in Montana and Washington state. He studied journalism and politics at the University of Montana. More recently, he completed his master's degree in military history through the online program offered by Norwich University in Vermont. Read more


Terry Schleder to serve as NMFOG Executive Director
The NM Foundation for Open Government Board of Directors has hired Terry Schleder as the organization's new Executive Director.
Santa Fe Reporter Names New Publisher: Jeff Norris
SFR welcomes Jeff Norris, the digital development director for New Mexico Magazine, as our incoming publisher.

Norris, 53, has a long and varied journalistic career.

Nick Pappas named Journal's new assistant business editor
Veteran journalist Nick Pappas has joined the Albuquerque Journal staff as the newspaper's new assistant business editor.

He succeeds Mike Hartranft, who has moved across the river to become managing editor of the Rio Rancho Observer, one of the Journal's sister newspapers.

Ray Rivera named 'New Mexican' editor
Ray Rivera, a former general assignment reporter and sports editor for The New Mexican and most recently an investigative reporter on The New York Times' metro desk, will be the Santa Fe daily's new editor, New Mexican publisher Ginny Sohn announced Monday.

Rivera, 47, succeeds Rob Dean, who retired earlier this month after 21 years.




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