New Mexico Sustainable Journalism

New Mexico Sustainable Journalism

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, held 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 was 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.

Who Attended?

Portales and Las Cruces: Reporters, journalists, community leaders and university students majoring in communications

Santa Fe: Reporters and journalists from broadcast, radio, print and online

Albuquerque: Reporters and journalists from broadcast, radio, print and online, as well as university students majoring in communications


  • Registration/Check-in
  • Meeting Overview Full Group
  • Discussion: Vision Break Full
  • Group Discussion: Barriers & Opportunities
  • Full Group Discussion: Themes
  • Small Group Discussion: Recommendations by Theme
  • Closing


Background White Paper

  • Journalism Focus Groups Background Report Journalism Focus Groups Background Report
    Contract with the Society for Professional Journalists-Rio Grande Chapter, Thornburg Foundation and the Democracy Fund   15-Mar-2018
  • Participants are asked to review this document prior to attending the meeting.

    Focus Group Results Report

    Participants will be notified when the final results from the focus group meetings are posted.


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