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, 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.

Who Should Attend

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)
Las Cruces
Santa Fe


  • 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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    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 or call 505.225.2140.


    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

    Las Cruces
    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

    Santa Fe
    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

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