About Us

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 focus high-impact investigative journalism on topics of local, regional and national interest in order to allow the public to see into the remote recess of government and institutional intrigue and to expose abuses of power by government, business and other institutions. We believe great reporting empowers people to demand honest, effective public policy and to seek appropriate remedies.

 

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 the exercise of raw power overcome good public policy at the expense of the health, education and economic prosperity of individuals, families and businesses. Yet investigative journalism is under threat. The same economic forces that have cut into newsrooms across the country have made investigative journalism a luxury many news organizations can no longer afford. Searchlight New Mexico is designed to change that by deploying seasoned investigative reporters and data journalists and partnering with existing news organizations to produce ground-breaking, multimedia reports easily translatable for print, broadcast and online publication.

Freeing the Data

Wresting data from local, state and federal agencies has become increasingly difficult. Few news organizations have the resources to mount the battles and lawsuits often needed to get public records that government
agencies, by law, should make readily available. A central part of Searchlight’s mission is to fight for that data and create a permanent archive protected from the whims of political office holders and policymakers. Searchlight’s Your Data portal contains vast amounts of government data and tools to make it easy for anyone to explore how their state and local tax dollars are spent. It gives the public, journalists from other news organizations, academics, public interest groups and even government officials easy access to data for reporting and research.

 
Our partners
Searchlight New Mexico has content-sharing partnerships with media organizations across the state. Those media include:

The Albuquerque Journal The Santa Fe New Mexican
The Taos News The Gallup Independent
The Rio Rancho Observer The News-Bulletin (Valencia County)
The Hobbs News-Sun The Roswell Daily Record
The Rio Grande Sun The De Baca County News
The Las Vegas Optic The Eastern New Mexico News
The Las Cruces Sun-News The Famington Daily Times
The Carlsbad Current-Argus The Alamogordo Daily News
The Silver City Sun-News The Deming Headlight
The Ruidoso News El Defensor Chieftain (Socorro County)
New Mexico Politics.Net New Mexico Political Report
New Mexico In Depth KUNM
KOAT-TV KNME-TV
New Mexico News Port Radio Café
KRWG-TV/FM

 

Learn more

For more information about Searchlight New Mexico, please contact Executive Director Susan Boe, searchlight@searchlightnm.com.