Shop Talk 

August 2014
In This Issue

Quick Links
Upcoming Events

NMPA Annual Convention
Sept 25-26-27
Hyatt Tamaya Resort & Spa

NNA Convention 
Oct. 2-5, 2014 in San Antonio, TX




Here is a current list of upcoming Inland Webinars. Please note: Through co-sponsorship NMPA members are eligible for the member rates

Visit Inland Press Association for upcoming webinars.  

Visit Inland Press for additional webinars.  

Featured Article

John Foust
 Advertising's dirty little secret 


Technology with Kevin Slimp
The latest news in publishing technology


Our Sponsors

Visit Our Sponsor
Our Sponsors


Please enjoy the latest edition of ShopTalk.  

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

For any membership questions or inquiries please call the NMPA office. 

Phil Lucey


State Headlines

NMPA Convention 

It's convention time.  It's the best time of the year. 


We hope you plan on joining us Sept 25-26-27 at the Hyatt Tamaya.  We have a great line up of sessions and lots of vendors and one the best venues the state has to offer.   Rooms are going quick.   We have limited amounts of rooms left for Friday and Saturday night.  Hurry up and reserve your room.   Just click HERE and get it done.  


Registrations are due Friday the 5th.  Help Holly out and get them in early.   You don't have to wait until Friday afternoon...Tuesday or Wednesday is just fine with us.    


A few notes on the convention


This year we are sponsored by:  SmallTownPapers, The Horans, Ultimate Print Source, Publication Printers, BAR-Z, Town News, Athlon Media Group, ConocoPhillips, NewsCycle Solutions and Las Cruces Convention & Visitors Bureau.    

Most of these sponsors will have booths set up near the registration desk.  Please stop by and check out their products and join us in saying thank you for the support.   


A change to the agenda

Saturday afternoon NMPA will now host a debate between candidates for the office of Attorney General.   Susan Riedel and Hector Balderas will be on stage to discuss their views and answer our questions.  A gubernatorial debate had been planned, but Governor Susana Martinez declined our offer.   Current Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Gary King will also take part in a Q&A session before the debate.   This will start at 2:00.  There is an afternoon ticket which includes the luncheon, keynote speaker Tony Marsella and the AG debate.  The debate is a ticketed event.   Come early and have lunch with us.   


Our key note speaker, Tony Marsella is well-known as one of the most dynamic motivational speakers in the country.  He has delivered exceptional, attention grabbing keynote addresses for over 25 years to audiences throughout North America, Australia, Great Britain and Central America. Before devoting full time to his speaking and business consulting career, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Ranger Data Technologies, Inc., was the Corporate Vice President of Classified Advertising for Morris Communications Company LLC, and also was Vice President for Marketing Services at the Newspaper Association of America.


It is a can't miss event.   You will not be disappointed and neither will all of the staff members you bring with you to this exciting luncheon. 


During our Saturday evening banquet we are every honored to induct Santa Fe New Mexican owner, Robin Martin to the NMPA Hall of Fame.   Join us in congratulating Robin for her contributions to the industry and association and  we look forward to kicking off the awards banquet with a HOF video and plaque presentation to Robin.   


Send your advertising, marketing, sales, circulation and anyone responsible for revenue to the Friday afternoon sessions.  We will host an open session on best ideas and customer service.   You will leave with pages of notes on new revenue ideas.   


The entire agenda has something for all most everyone.  We commend it to you and hope you plan on joining us.   Check out the agenda and look for email updates over the next several weeks.   


Follow @newmexicopress for updates and live tweet to your heart's content with #NMPAConvention   


There's some fun, too.  Come out to Twin Warriors on Thursday and help support the Foundation.   Tee times start at 1:00.   Use your registration form to sign up for the event.   Fore!    


That's all for the convention for now.  Check your email next week for updates, reserve your hotel room and send in your registrations. 


News from around the state...


I'm still here.
M.E. Sprengelmeyer
I'm still here.
That simple little phrase means a lot to me, and also a whole lot of former colleagues from the dearly departed Rocky Mountain News.
In the early part of 2009, there were rampant rumors that Denver's venerable, Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper was about to be shut down by its parent company, Scripps. Some folks said that Scripps had looked at the media landscape, was overjoyed with its cable television properties and was losing interest in the newspaper division that had originally built E.W. Scripps and his descendants a nice little media empire.  Full story

C&J platform buoyed by grant

UNM's Communication and Journalism department, in partnership with local media outlets, is using a $35,000 grant to create a platform where students can get their schoolwork published and read by thousands across the state.

The department has established an online news portal called New Mexico News Port with the help of the grant. Michael Marcotte, visiting associate professor of practice at the department of Communication and Journalism, is heading the project.  Keep reading 

New Mexico Daily Lobo journalism bootcamp

As part of the New Mexico Daily Lobo's annual journalism bootcamp in February, we'd like to know what training might help your staff.   View Survey 


FOG seeks Brooks investigation
Open government group files public records request
Susan Boe

(ALBUQUERQUE)-The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, FOG, today filed an Inspection of Public Records Act request asking for the investigation report prepared for the Albuquerque Public School Board about former Superintendent Winston Brooks. Last Friday, Brooks and APS entered into a settlement agreement in which Brooks resigned in return for a $350,000 payment by APS. Full story 


National mock election accepting enrollees for 2014 midterms

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Schools and teachers nationwide are encouraged to enroll now for the National Student/Parent Mock Election (NSPME), which has helped introduce more than 50 million children, teens and adults to democracy since 1980.

Coordinators who can help recruit and guide participating schools in their designated state or region are also needed, according to NSPME organizers. Full story 

Industry Headlines  


Around the Industry


Newspapers are still here and still making money
Caroline Little, NAA president & CEO

The sky is always falling and newspapers are always dying.

For more than a decade, that has been a common and constant refrain. While working at, the Guardian US, and now, the Newspaper Association of America, I have been asked frequently about the state of the industry as people search for the worst.

Though newspaper media is enjoying the largest audiences ever as well as continuing to play a unique and critical role in our communities, there is one fact that always tends to be obscured or outright ignored - newspapers are still making money and newspapers remain a good investment.  Full story 



Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference: Innovation and Transformation in Community Newspapers

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute is inviting industry professionals to the second Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference this fall and the price of admission is two successful ideas - proven winners that generated revenue, boosted readership or improved your operation. The Potter Conference will bring together community news executives and leaders at the Missouri School of Journalism for an exchange and dialogue of best practices that will help sustain local journalism, especially in small and rural markets.  More info  Apply


Saturday delivery to continue through 2015

WASHINGTON-Saturday mail service is likely to continue through 2014-15 as congressional leadership continues to debate terms for a sweeping postal reform bill.

At the end of June, the House of Representatives resoundingly approved by voice vote an appropriations bill covering the U.S. Postal Service for the coming fiscal year that included the mandate for Saturday delivery. The Postal Service, which announced in 2009 it would end Saturday delivery, continues to oppose Congress' annual mandates for the service. Full story 






Barbara Funkhouser, a journalism pioneer who was the first woman to become editor of the El Paso Times, died at her home in Fairacres, N.M. She was 84.

The Silver City Sun-News has found a general manager for both it and fellow Digital First Media affiliate the Deming Headlight.
Longtime Silver City resident Jared Hamilton has returned to helm the two offices.

Roswell Daily Record adds several to editorial staffTimothy P. Howsare, Dylanne Petros, Randal Seyler, Jeff Tucker.

Leslie Linthicum ending 26 year career at Albuquerque Journal.







Send updates of new hires, promotions, retirements, memorials, etc to  We will print the news in this section each month.  

Looking for extra revenue?

Newspapers that participate in the Classified and 2x2 networks run ads on a weekly basis and have the opportunity to receive revenues in two easy ways: receive payments on a bi-annual basis from a pool of revenue from the 2x2 network and receiving commissions on any ads sold into either network. NMPS actively sells clients into these networks on a weekly basis, but you can too!

Click Here for more information  NMPS Networks

Have something to sell?  Looking to buy?  Need to hire or need a job?  Send details to  We will print the news in this section each month.  

 Job Openings

There are several new job openings posted on the NMPA website. If you have positions open or are looking for a new career please send us an email with the details.    

Visit NMPA website for current openings.