Here is a selection of articles and editorials about Searchlight New Mexico's work, as well as links to appearances by our journalists in other media.

Building partnerships

Searchlight New Mexico's Susan Boe is quoted in a Columbia Journalism Review article by David Westphal about how digital-native nonprofit newsrooms are increasingly entering into financial and editorial partnerships with legacy, for-profit media companies.

“If we can help the sustainability of local newspapers, well, that’s our hope,” [Boe said].  The idea of supporting the local newspaper was a core principle when Searchlight New Mexico was co-founded by Ray Rivera, then editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican.

You can read the full article here.

A focus on childhood trauma

Radio Cafe on the Santa Fe New Mexican's Mary-Charlotte Domandi  hosted Susan Boe, Sara Solovitch and Amy Linn of Searchlight New Mexico for an in-depth conversation about the effects of childhood trauma on our state's children. Listen to the program here.

Newspapers partner on Raising New Mexico launch

More than a dozen newspapers and independent websites ran some or all of the first release in Raising New Mexico, our yearlong series examining the well-being of our state's children. They included the Albuquerque Journal, the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Las Cruces Sun-News, the Farmington Daily Times and the Deming Headlight.

Tools to empower the public

The Santa Fe New Mexican praised Searchlight New Mexico's Your Data portal in a Nov. 20 lead editorial, noting our efforts to "make public information better available to the public — for free."

Today, many news organizations lack the resources to sue over access to public records; with the work of Searchlight, those records will be gathered and made available through a permanent digital record. This is important. No matter who is governor or mayor, these archives will be available to the people who want or need the information.

You can read the full editorial here.

Nonprofit investigative news

The Columbia Journalism Review, in a Dec. 8 feature article, singled out Searchlight New Mexico as one of a new group of financially strong local- and state-level independent investigative reporting sites.

Several aspects of investigative nonprofits’ early success are hopeful indicators about this sector’s future. One is that they’ve been able to thrive in small states like Iowa, New Hampshire, and Maine, as well as in large states. Three of the 10 largest investigative operations are in Oklahoma and New Mexico.

You can read the full article here.

Our staff and the media

Reporter Lauren Villagran discussed Searchlight New Mexico's upcoming series on the well-being of New Mexico's children during an interview on KRWG-TV’s In Focus. Watch the video here.

 

Data editor John R. Roby spoke about Searchlight New Mexico's Your Data portal with the Rio Grande Foundation's Paul Gessing on the foundation's Dec. 2 Tipping Point radio program. You can listen to the full interview here.