New Mexico Local News Accelerator 2022

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. Our Local News Revenue Initiative has a new name this year, the NM Local News Accelerator, to reflect an expanded program that supports more than just revenue initiatives.

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.)

We changed the program from last year in key ways:

  • Our larger cohort meetings will take place monthly, with special guests (and cohort members) talking in-depth on important topics.
  • Each newsroom will be required to join at least one breakout group each month, focused on one revenue topic such as fundraising, subscriptions, advertising and more. We also plan to run editorial-related groups focused on good government and data journalism.
  • Newsrooms will have the option to join breakouts focused on news technology platforms such as Newspack and Indiegraf that they would implement during the grant program, with support from those platforms.
  • 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. Glaser and the consultants will offer office hours to participants.
  • All grantees will be eligible to join our annual Matching Campaign in December, with the Local News Fund matching up to $3,000 in donations, subscriptions or memberships sold that month.

Newsrooms will receive $5,000 in grants, and can use a portion of the grant money to pay for the implementation of a news technology platform. Each newsroom will also be eligible for an additional $3,000 match with their December fundraising campaign. Funds can be used for any operational needs but newsrooms will be required to: 

  • Work on a revenue plan focused on one area for the grant term, including specific goals and deadlines.
  • Share insights from successful revenue efforts with other newsrooms during regular meetings with newsroom partners across the state. 
  • Participate in monthly cohort meetings on rotating topics; monthly breakout group meetings; and any office hours as needed. Typical time spent would be about 2 to 3 hours per month, and can be split among staffers and freelancers.

This year’s program includes 21 newsrooms including several previous grantees. 

Please fill out this 2-part survey from the Center for Community Media and National Trust for Local News, so they can better understand New Mexico newsrooms. This will help bring more attention and support for our publishers.

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.