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September 2013
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NMPA convention 

The 105th NMPA convention concluded on Saturday evening September 28th.  Once again there was record attendance at the workshops, luncheon and banquet.   The planning  for the 106th convention begins right away.  Mark your calendars for Sept 26-27, 2014 back at the Tamaya Resort and Spa.   


Thank you to all who joined us and participated in this year's convention. 


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Ginny Sohn
NMPA Past President 
Santa Fe New Mexican


Richard Coltharp

NMPA President 

Las Cruces Bulletin 


NMPA Board of Directors nominated, approved 

 The 2013-2014 NMPA board of directors was installed during the 105th annual  convention: 

Richard Coltharp, President.  Las Cruces Bulletin 

Rory McClannahan, 1st Vice President.  Mountain View Telegraph 

John Elchert, 2nd Vice President.  Farmington Daily Times  

Martin Salazar, Secretary/Treasurer.  Las Vegas Optic 

Ginny Sohn, Past President.  


Frank Leto. Las Cruces Sun-News 

Karen Moses. Albuquerque Journal 

Chris Wood. Taos News 

Leota Harriman. Independent 

Keven Todd. Los Alamos Monitor 

Christina Ely. Silver City Daily Press  


Better Newspaper Contest winners 
The 2012-13 NMPA APME Better Newspaper Contest awards were handed out during the 105th annual NMPA convention held at the HYATT Tamaya Resort and Spa during the awards banquet on Saturday, September 28, 2013. This year the contest received 1,777 entries. This marks the highest turnout in contest history. Judging was completed by the Wyoming Press Association.   For a full list of winners and entries, click here 

National Newspaper Week 
October 6-12 is National Newspaper Week. Since 1940, Newspaper Association Managers have sponsored and supported the Week. 
We have posted the National Newspaper Week materials at   We have also created ads specific to New Mexico that you can run during the week.  For more details, click here 

Sangre de Cristo Chronicle named best small weekly in the U.S.

The National Newspaper Association on Saturday (Sept. 14) named the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle as the best weekly newspaper of its size in the United States.  Read on   Taos News second in its class. 


Raton Comet joins award-winning papers

Lisa Morales 

On Sept. 5, 2013, we published the first edition of the new Raton Comet. I am very pleased to bring local news, entertainment, features and sports coverage to the area after the closure of The Raton Range.

Adding a new publication to our newspaper group adds great value to the surrounding markets we already cover with shared pages in both the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle and Raton Comet.  Keep Reading


Open government group sues for HSD audit release

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government asked a District Court judge today to force the state Human Services Department and Attorney General's Office to release the controversial audit report used to justify a pay freeze for several behavior health care providers accused of fraud.

'Reporter' sues governor for open records laws violations
The weekly Santa Fe Reporter on Tuesday sued Gov. Susana Martinez, claiming violations of the state's open records laws.

The suit, filed in state district court in Santa Fe, also accused the governor -who campaigned for office promising transparency - of withholding public information as a means retaliation for negative stories.

Editor Julie Ann Grimm said in a news release, "We've filed this case because the Office of the Governor has repeatedly failed to comply with the state law. We can't just sit back and wait to see what happens next."

The suit cites seven instances, dating back to late 2011, in which Martinez's office failed to produce various documents sought by the paper.


Jay Miller quits NM politics column after 26 years
Ned Cantwell

Jay Miller is a quitter. After just 26 years and 7,200 columns, he's tacked a "Gone Fishing" sign on his Inside the Capitol column. Jock dads put a little football in their son's crib. Jay's daddy must have left a tiny typewriter.

The column has been a New Mexico institution since the 1940s and, as reported by Jay in his farewell, it was written in turn by Charlie Cullen, Fred Buckles, Bob Huber, Carroll Cagle and Fred McCaffrey. Taking over in 1987, Jay had the longest run of all.  Keep reading




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Around the Industry


Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Shield Bill

Caroline H. Little, president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, issued the following statement in response to the passage of the Free Flow of Information Act today by the Senate Judiciary Committee:

"The Newspaper Association of America applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing this shield law, which is a critical first step toward protecting the public's right to know. As recent events have clearly demonstrated, it is essential to protect both the freedom of the press and our national security through a balanced law that applies across all federal circuits. This bill will preserve the integrity of the news gathering process while still ensuring effective law enforcement. We believe this legislation deserves the continued bipartisan support of Congress, as it received in previous years."


The Dallas Morning News is dropping its paywall

The Dallas Morning News will drop its paywall beginning today (Oct. 1), making stories on the paper's site accessible to everyone for free, the newspaper said Monday. In its place, the Morning News will offer a premium digital experience for subscribers that will include enhanced design and navigation, limited advertising and access to unique subscriber benefits.

Print and digital subscribers will have access to with their current subscription. For those without a subscription, the premium digital experience subscription costs $2.99 per week. Keep reading 









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