College Journalism Workshop

The New Mexico Press Association is adding some hands-on, real-time deadline pressure to its annual convention this year.

A select group of college junior and senior journalism students and 2021 graduates will take part in the NMPA College Journalism Workshop — a real time, in print and online publishing experience. 

Leota Harriman, NMPA board of directors president, said the association is excited to launch its College Journalism Workshop, which will pay aspiring journalists to cover its annual convention, “putting them to work with seasoned newspaper men and women to turn a publication around in real time,” said Harriman. 

“It may be short, but participants will get hands-on experience while they meet those of us who do this day in and day out, week in and week out, year in and year out.”

Participants will work with experienced journalists as mentors to publish a newspaper during the NMPA convention. The workshop will include taking photographs, doing interviews, covering meetings and writing stories on deadline.

The two-day program is aimed at providing college journalism students and recent graduates with hands-on training in news reporting, writing and photography.

The New Mexico Press Association is excited to be able to offer this two-day program aimed to provide participants hands-on training in news reporting, writing and photography, said Clara Garcia, NMPA board of directors past president

“Guided by award-winning working journalists, we’re confident the students will be walking away with confidence in their writing, critical-thinking skills, in addition to a greater appreciation of journalism and news,” Garcia said.

The newspaper will publish on the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 30. Articles and photos in the publication will also be posted on the association’s website,

As time permits, participants will also be able to attend convention workshops. Those selected to be a part of the workshop will need to provide their own equipment, such as laptops and cameras.

The highlight of the workshop will be the NMPA awards banquet, which will include a presentation showcasing this year’s best work from newspapers and newspaper websites from around the state.

Each participant will receive a $200 stipend from the association to produce the newspaper during the convention days of Friday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Oct. 30. Participants must be present for both days to receive the stipend.

The association will also cover the cost of two nights (Friday and Saturday) at the Eldorado Hotel & Spa, plus the convention registration fee, which includes lunch on Saturday, access to all convention workshops and speakers (time permitting), and the NMPA awards banquet, a value of $463.

The deadline to apply for the workshop is Thursday, Sept. 30.

Those selected for the workshop will be notified no later than Friday, Oct. 8.

Once selected, participants will receive a participation form which MUST be completed and returned by Friday, Oct. 15.