New Mexico Local News Accelerator 2023

Program Details

The New Mexico Local News Fund is supporting another round of grants to support diverse local newsrooms in the state and help them reach financial sustainability through the New Mexico Local News Accelerator. In addition to financial support, newsrooms will receive one-one-one coaching, and support from other newsroom leaders across the state through regular cohort meetings. (You can read about last year’s cohort here.)

Newsrooms will receive $6,000 in grants. Unlike in past years, the funds must be used to further a specific business need for the publisher. This will need to be spelled out in the application and finalized at the start of the program. There is flexibility to pivot from that idea twice during the Accelerator.

Here are the participating publishers in this year’s Accelerator program:

Abiquiu News
Ctrl+P Publishing
Gallup Sun
Green Fire Times
KCCC Radio
KSFR Radio
Las Cruces Bulletin
Radio KTAL
NM in Depth
NM Political Report
Questa Del Rio News
Santa Fe New Mexican
Santa Fe Reporter
Searchlight NM
Source NM
Southwest Contemporary
Taos News

This year, the program will have the following features and requirements:

  • The program will run for 6 months, from April through September 2023.
  • It is open to any organization (for-profit or nonprofit) that focuses primarily on news, including previous Accelerator grantees. Newsrooms can be print, radio, TV or digital.
  • Our cohort meetings will take place monthly over Zoom, with special guests (and cohort members) talking in-depth on important topics.
  • The Local News Fund’s Mark Glaser will again be overseeing the program, but we will engage outside consultants to help keep newsrooms on track with their revenue focus.
  • Each newsroom will be required to join the monthly cohort meetings as well as one monthly check-in Zoom meeting, call or email with the program coordinator, Mark Glaser, along with relevant consultants based on topic need.
  • All grantees will be eligible to join our annual Matching Campaign in December, with the Local News Fund matching up to $5,000 in donations, subscriptions or memberships sold that month.
  • At the start of the program, we plan to have a “Demo Day” on Zoom, with 90 minutes of demos of relevant technology for publishers. We expect Accelerator participants to attend or watch the video afterwards.

Unlike our last Accelerator, we won’t be running breakout groups with outside consultants, but will instead use targeted time from consultants during one-on-one meetings. You can read more about this year's cohort here.

Other Resources For Newsrooms

In addition to our own grants, there are many other resources out there for newsrooms and reporters that need assistance. Our Executive Director, Rashad would be happy to work with you on an application, even if you've never written a grant before. Feel free to shoot him an email.