Empowering the Public
Searchlight New Mexico is a non-partisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to investigative reporting and innovative data journalism. In a landscape of shrinking media resources, our mission is to spur reform by exposing abuses of power by government, business and other institutions through high-impact investigative journalism on topics of local, regional and national interest. We believe great reporting empowers the public to demand honest, effective public policy.
Changing the Landscape
New Mexico has a long history of corruption and poor governance, problems that have dampened economic investment and stunted socioeconomic progress. Poverty rates and childhood hunger are among the highest in the nation, while economic growth and educational achievement are among the lowest. A vigorous press helps expose how political contributions, lobbying and raw power overcome good public policy at the expense of the health, education and economic prosperity of individuals, families and businesses. Yet New Mexico has never had a strong tradition of investigative reporting. Searchlight New Mexico will change that by bringing in seasoned investigative reporters and data journalists and partnering with existing news organizations to produce ground-breaking, multi-media reports easily translatable for print, broadcast and online publication.
Freeing the Data
Wresting data from local, state and federal agencies has become increasingly difficult, and few news organizations today have the resources to mount legal public records battles. A central feature of Searchlight New Mexico will be a web portal modeled after SeeThroughNY.net containing vast amounts of government data and tools to make it easy for anyone to explore how their state and local tax dollars are spent, and to give other news organizations, academics and public interest groups easy access to data for reporting and research.
Searchlight NM is led by Ray Rivera, a former reporter for The New York Times and Washington Post. For more information, contact him at email@example.com or 505-428-9068.