New Mexico Local News Fund

The New Mexico Local News Fund aims to grow the ecosystem of local news across our state to better serve the information needs of all New Mexicans. To accomplish that ambitious goal, we work with both existing newsrooms and trusted community organizations to build programs and networks that will ensure diverse individuals and communities have the information they need to thrive.  

Your support for the New Mexico Local News Fund goes to these programs and supports our operations.

  • We are working to support the mental health of journalists across the state. Our aim is to continue to destigmatize mental health and mental health care, as well as equip journalists with more resources. This Fall we will work with SPJ Rio Grande and NAMI New Mexico to launch peer support groups for journalists in our region.

    If you would like to support our mental health efforts in memory of journalist Hannah Colton you may enter her name at the bottom of this page.

  • The Local News Revenue Initiative: Providing grants to diverse local newsrooms around the state to help with a shortfall of revenues during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. We had 9 grantees last year, and 9 more grantees this year, with a mix of publishers in public media, community radio, large and small newspapers and online nonprofits. Not only do we provide a lifeline with funding, but we also give publishers one-on-one consulting to help them create new sources of revenue for the long term. We also run regular cohort meetings so they can hear from experts and help each other, using the principles of the successful telemedicine program Project ECHO. (Read more about 2020’s grantees and the impact of our program here.)
  • Local News Fellowship Program: We run a fellowship program with the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University to provide career opportunities for diverse New Mexico journalism graduates. The fellowship lets them get a head start on their journalism careers here in New Mexico. Journalism is stronger when the people doing it reflect and are a part of the communities they’re reporting on. 
  • Collaboration Grants: We provide collaboration grants to strengthen the ties among newsrooms and with community organizations. One example is hiring a reporter to cover the State Legislature session in 2021 for Southern New Mexico newsrooms, as many communities in the south of the state feel their needs aren’t addressed in the State Capitol. We also have plans to create a new collaborative covering topics in depth with support from the Solutions Journalism Network.
  • New Media In Underserved Communities: The Local News Fund’s Co-Director Rashad Mahmood is a 2021 JSK Community Impact Fellow. He will tackle traditional news deserts in New Mexico by bringing new forms of media to communities like Albuquerque’s International District. Working with International District Economic Development and other community partners to help launch a new publication for the neighborhood to tell stories of diversity, strength, and resiliency.
 
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