I wasn’t sure on Jan. 1, 2017 that NMPolitics.net would last the year. This news website is my livelihood. Keeping the lights on is a struggle every month. I knew individual donations to NMPolitics.net would have to increase dramatically in 2017. So we made a plan. We asked you to give.
And you did!
NMPolitics.net scraped by financially in 2017 thanks to an outpouring of support from hundreds of people across New Mexico and beyond. There’s still work to do, but we’re headed into 2018 on more solid financial footing.
Your support enabled us to focus on important journalism in 2017. I’m proud of the work we did, which included in-depth projects on Spaceport America, the economy in Truth Or Consequences, and southern New Mexico’s struggling behavioral health system, in addition to the regular news and commentary you expect. One of our most-read posts of the year was a breaking news article about a controversial social media post by the chair of the Doña Ana County Republican Party. That article generated lots of discussion and ultimately led to his resignation.
Our efforts to advance the conversation about the future of journalism received national attention in 2017. Columbia Journalism review featured a training I helped organize with the Society of Professional Journalists and the ACLU to equip journalists for encounters with border agents. Poynter spotlighted our collaborations with other news organizations and my thoughts about where journalism should be headed.
More important than that recognition is the community you’re helping build. NMPolitics.net is about bringing you quality news and analysis and providing respectful, bridge-building forums that spark discussion and help you plug into a larger conversation about the future of our society. I ask for respect in our forums, and you all really stepped up in 2017. I’m proud that NMPolitics.net sparks a level of civil discourse that’s rare these days.
I’m passionate about our state. I believe in our collective ability to solve problems when we work together. I believe journalism is key to bettering our society. I’m grateful for your support for and participation in what NMPolitics.net is trying to accomplish.
Thanks so much! On to 2018!