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May 2014
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High School Journalism Workshop 

This summer's workshop will be June 8-11 at UNM.  We have 22 students attending from all over the state.   If you would like to sponsor a student, please contact NMPA.  Many are requesting  financial support and your sponsorship will help someone in need.    


NMPA Hall of Fame Call for Nominations 

Submit your nominee along with a bio of that person's accomplishments to NMPA for consideration of induction into the Hall of Fame. Deadline for submissions is May 31st. Details here 


2014 Better Newspaper Contest 

It's contest time once again.  This year our entries will be judged by the Texas Press Association.   Last year we had a record number of entries at 1,777 and we hope to beat that this year.  One big change to the contest - The NMPA board of directors approved a shift to four divisions to increase competition across the categories.  There will be two daily and two weekly divisions based on circulation.  Contest period is July '13 - June '14.   Check your email for guidelines and details soon.     Visit NMPA website for updates.     


Santa Fe New Mexican wins awards 

The New Mexican is celebrating recently received awards from Local Media Association's 2013 Editorial Contest. Top honors went to Generation Next, the paper's weekly teen section, winning first place across all newspaper classes for Best Coverage of Life Under 30. Generation Next is produced entirely by local student journalists under the direction of Santa Fe New Mexican reporter, Robert Nott.

The New Mexican also received three second-place wins: Best Editorial Writing (Inez Russell), Best Front Page (Brian Barker and staff), and Best Arts and Entertainment Criticism/Commentary (James Keller, Pasatiempo).

Journal staff win 20-plus awards in Top of Rockies

Albuquerque Journal writers and designers landed numerous awards in the 2014 Top of the Rockies journalism competition sponsored by the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The annual competition is open to journalists and news organizations in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, and included entries produced during 2013.
Journal sports staff took first-place awards in all of the sports writing categories.  Full story 




The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is now accepting nominations for the 2014 William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Award.

Nominations must be received by July 8, 2014. Nomination letters should discuss how the person has advanced the cause of open government or free-speech rights in New Mexico. Awards are given in the areas of education, law, government, business and journalism. Nominations will also be accepted to recognize an organization, a citizen and if appropriate, a lifetime achievement award.

Submit nominations to

VCNB reporter wins statewide award

Earlier this spring, the New Mexico Medical Society announced Valencia County News-Bulletin reporter Julia M. Dendinger was named one of two recipients for its 2013 Guy Rader Award.
The award is given annually for excellent journalistic reporting in the field of health. Dendinger received the award for her 12-part series on addiction and recovery in Valencia County, which ran monthly in 2013.  Full story 




Don't forget to register for ISWNE Convention in Durango

You're invited!  The International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors invites editors and publishers to its 60th annual conference in Durango June 25-29 at Fort Lewis College.  The hosts of the conference are our very own Guy and Marcia Wood.   For more information and registration forms visit  They have put together an outstanding agenda with great opportunities to learn and have fun while doing it.   Visit the website for all the details.   






Industry Headlines


Around the Industry



Every day, city hall reporters at local newspapers distill hours of city council meetings into cogent stories that inform readers about how their elected officials are spending their tax dollars. Sports reporters document the successes of the high school team. Investigative reporters dig through thousands of pages of documents to expose government corruption, waste or ineffectiveness.

This journalism plays a vital role in local communities and in our nation's democracy. But it also costs money: newspapers continue to invest more than $5 billion a year in journalism, far more than any other medium in the United States. Newspapers deliver news and information when and where readers want it, in print, digital and mobile platforms.

To do that, we must have fair copyright laws to enable newspapers to receive fair compensation in support of this journalism. Read on 



Some observers looking to analyze data on engagement have concluded that newspaper digital content is less engaging than content offered up by other news sources.

A closer look at the data, in terms of the average time spent per visit, suggests these observers are wrong.

The digital world, with its distinctive capacity for tracking activity, delivers up a variety of indicators for online publishers to measure progress. Unique visitors, visits, page views, time, reach, composition and clicks are a few of the usual topline metrics. The mobile component adds others, such as taps and swipes. Read on 


Motor Trend Publisher Source Interlink Media Folds 12 Magazines, Lays Off Nearly 100

Source Interlink Media, publisher of Motor Trend and Automobile magazines, has folded 12 titles as part of a broad restructuring that claimed dozens of employees, including half the editorial staff at Automobile, according to Scott Dickey, the company's CEO since February.  Read on  


Who's behind that tweet? Here's how 7 news orgs manage their Twitter and Facebook accounts

Human, bot, or something in between? We asked ABC News, the AP, CNN, NBC News, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal how they power their Twitter and Facebook accounts.  Read on 


May Brings a Loss of Viewership for Cable News Channels

May is typically a slow month for television news channels - not much is happening and there is competition from season-ending series elsewhere.

But all the news channels have seen particularly troubling declines in viewership this month of May: CNN had the least-watched 9 p.m. hour in the channel's history and finished fourth, behind Fox News, MSNBC, and even its sister channel HLN, in attracting the viewers that news advertisers pay for. MSNBC had its lowest performance in prime time since July 2006.

As for Fox News, the dominant leader in cable news ratings, had its worst overall month since before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and its prime-time lineup of hosts all scored their worst numbers in the years since then.  Read on 


The Washington Post partner program signs on nearly 100 newspapers

Digital First Media, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Columbus Dispatch among the latest to join pilot program

Nearly 100 newspapers will participate in The Washington Post partner program first announced earlier this year. Several papers have already begun rolling out the program to their subscribers, and the rest will be rolling out access over the next several weeks.

The program, which was announced earlier this year, allows partner publications to offer The Post's suite of digital products free as an added value for their paid subscribers. In turn, The Post is able to expand access to its digital content across desktop, mobile web sites and phone and tablet apps.  Read on 





Wally Olds, a long-time journalist who was the editor of The Taos News in 1963, died May 12 at age 82 in Red Lodge, Mont.


 Brook Stockberger, who had been with the Las Cruces Sun-News has become the managing editor at The Las Cruces Bulletin.
Ellen Miller-Goins of the Red River area is the new managing editor of the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle. The Chronicle's outgoing Managing Editor Jesse Chaney has accepted a job as city editor of the Independent Record in Helena, Montana. 

Heidi Melendrez, a Las Cruces native, joined the Santa Fe New Mexican as Advertising Director in March of this year. Prior to joining The New Mexican, Heidi served as Regional Advertising Director for the Las Cruces Sun-News. Her extensive marketing and sales background also includes work for Chicago-based Preston Publications, Mountain Dreams publishing of Las Cruces, and the El Paso Times.






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