I helped start NM Political Report five years ago. My first day was December 1, 2014.
We knew that New Mexico needed an outlet to cover hugely important stories that just weren’t being covered by newspapers or TV stations around the state. In the years since we began, we’ve grown and become an important part of the state’s news landscape and we’re still covering stories no one else will. Five years ago, we decided that we would be a non-profit and not chase ad revenue or fill your browser with pop-ups. In that time, we’ve never placed an ad on our site.
Today is #GivingTuesday. It’s a change in pace from the shopping frenzy and chaos of Black Friday and the less-frenzied Cyber Monday. Instead it’s a day to give back to the non-profits and causes you care about most. NM Political Report is a non-profit news outlet. Even better, we’re a local non-profit news outlet.
This week saw another crushing blow to local journalism in this country. After DNAInfo in New York City and Gothamist voted to unionize, their owner, billionaire Joe Ricketts, responded by shutting down the entire network of local, neighborhood-level journalism in cities across the country. This latest occurrence underscores, yet again, the importance of local journalism. And of supporting local journalism, the type of journalism we do here at NM Political Report. Donate now so we can continue our coverage of New Mexico issues.
Today is Giving Tuesday, a day devoted to donating to worthwhile causes. As we have seen in the past few months, high-quality journalism is definitely a worthwhile cause. Newsrooms around the country are shrinking, with even the biggest newspapers cutting staff. As a non-profit news outlet, we do not accept advertising but instead rely on donors to fund our journalism. We don’t have the patronage of an eccentric billionaire who is a fan of journalism, we don’t have a corporation underwriting our journalism and directing what we can and can’t write.