Local News Revenue Initiative 2021

Program Details

After the successful launch of the Local News Revenue Initiative last year, 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.

The financial support is intended to reduce the current strain on newsrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recession. Beyond the pandemic, NMLNF sees a strategic opportunity to begin to identify new sources of revenue to encourage a more sustainable ecosystem for local news in New Mexico. (Read more about last year’s cohort here.)

Here’s a rundown of the 10 newsrooms participating in the Revenue Initiative in 2021, and some plans they have for producing new or improved lines of revenue:

Camino Real Media (Spanish-language newspaper in Southern New Mexico):

  • Create distribution partnerships with other community newspapers.

Columbus NM News (online news startup)

  • Begin selling advertisements to local businesses

Downtown Albuquerque News (subscription email newsletter):

  • Increase subscriptions with social media marketing campaigns.

Hidalgo County Herald (weekly newspaper in Lordsburg):

  • Launch a new website to help boost subscriptions.

KTAL Radio (community radio in Las Cruces):

  • Start a video live-stream of popular radio shows.

Questa Del Rio News (monthly newspaper in Questa):

  • Create merchandise to sell at the Farmers Market along with subscriptions.

Santa Fe New Mexican (daily newspaper):

  • Start a new Studio to create branded content and special issues.

Searchlight New Mexico (online nonprofit):

  • Join the News Revenue Hub for support in creating a membership program.

Sierra County Sun (online nonprofit in Truth or Consequences):

  • Community outreach effort through surveys and potential in-person gatherings.

The Independent (weekly newspaper in Edgewood):

  • Start a new membership program.

The 2021 grant cycle is closed. Sign up for our newsletter for updates on our programs.

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 Co-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.