Four years ago today, we formally welcomed readers to the site—and a lot has changed since then. When we began, Republicans held a majority of the state House and Gov. Susana Martinez had just easily won reelection. The state Senate was led by Michael Sanchez. Barack Obama was still president.
And things have changed over the years at NM Political Report as well. We’ve had reporters change their area of focus or move on to other jobs. And we’ve seen some new additions. Our Facebook page went from zero to over 17,000 likes. (Have you liked our page yet?)
We’ve also been shifting more things over the past few months, as you may have noticed.
We’ve always taken a wide view of what “politics” coverage entails—not only on elections and what laws pass, but also by focusing on things like the environment, reproductive rights and criminal justice.
One reason we look at these topics is because they aren’t typically covered by other outlets in the state or region. Online and print outlets throughout the state and region have run many of our stories. That means we’re not only doing original reporting, but spreading it to more people who otherwise wouldn’t see such coverage.
That has increasingly become our focus: reporting on important, but under-covered stories. Look for more of this here in 2019, as we start another year of our important work.
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