Date(s): 19-MAR-2018, 20-MAR-2018, 22-MAR-2018, 23-MAR-2018
Time(s): Check registration tab for times
Location(s): Portales, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Albuquerque
New Mexicans need accurate sources of information they can rely on to make decisions for their families and businesses, engage in work to improve their communities, and take part in the democratic process. Although the need for accurate, trustworthy news is greater than ever, there are now fewer journalists producing high-quality work, particularly in rural areas outside of Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
The Rio Grande Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists, in partnership with New Mexico First, will be holding funded focus groups across the state to discuss a vision, needs and best practices for meeting the news and information needs of New Mexicans. The goal of these meetings is to produce a set of projects and ideas that can be immediately pursued by existing media outlets and news organizations that will strengthen journalism capacity in the state.
Portales and Las Cruces: Reporters, journalists, community leaders and university students majoring in communications who will specifically focus on the challenges of providing quality news in state or national border communities and on how to strengthen journalism in rural areas
Santa Fe: Reporters and journalists from broadcast, radio, print and online with a general focus on how to strengthen their industry and capacity as well as issues unique to the capital press corps.
Albuquerque: Reporters and journalists from broadcast, radio, print and online, as well as university students majoring in communications, with a general focus on how to strengthen the industry.
Portales (Check registration tab for locations and times)
Background White Paper
Focus Group Results Report
Participants will be notified when the final results from the focus group meetings are posted.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following sponsors!
Please register for one of the focus group meetings to develop ideas for strengthening the journalism industry and capacity in New Mexico!
Each focus group is by invitation only. Please do not forward this information. Should you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505.225.2140.Register
Date: March 19
Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (Journalist student meeting will take place earlier at the University)
Location: KENW-TV, 1500 S. Avenue K, Portales, NM 88130
Date: March 20
Time: 9:30 am
Location: NM Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum-Oregon View Room, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces, NM 88011
Date: March 22
Time: 9:30 am
Location: KSFR 101.1 FM, Santa Fe Community College-Room 570, 6401 South Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87508
Date: March 23
Time: 9:30 am
Location: KNME-TV, 1130 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102