I am leaving New Mexico Telegram to help run a new news website that will be devoted to New Mexico politics. We will focus on everything from the legislative session to state policy to local politics.
I will keep New Mexico Telegram up as an archive, but the plan is that there will not be any new content produced for the New Mexico Telegram after December 1.
We are still working on details, big and small, but the the general framework is there for a small team (yes, not just me — there will be a team) to cover the legislative session and beyond. In addition to general political coverage, we will be covering news in areas that we feel are underreported, including women’s issues and environmental issues.
ProgressNow New Mexico obtained the money for a grant to help run the website, but I only signed on with the condition that I have full editorial control over the news content. Yes, it is in writing.
The goal is to have the best political coverage in New Mexico as quickly as possible from our launch. The ultimate goal is to recreate, as much as we can, what the New Mexico Independent created and bring an new internet-native voice to New Mexico politics. We will be using a mix of quick hits and in depth coverage in both print and some video.
More details, including the name and the rest of the team, will be released in the coming weeks. I hope that you continue to read my work, especially when it comes to the legislative session.
The Morning Word will not be going away. The Santa Fe Reporter will be taking over the full production of the Morning Word as of December 1. They already have a reporter lined up to take over the daily curating and writing.
I cannot say thank you enough to everyone of you who donated over the years. It has rarely been easy to run the New Mexico Telegram, from working a full time job while running the site through 2012 to scraping by after trying to make the site my full-time job since then. Your donations helped me make it by the skin of my teeth. I can truly say, without any exaggeration, New Mexico Telegram would not still be running without your support.
Since March of 2012 and the launch of the site, I have written about every part of New Mexico politics. I’ve interviewed U.S. Senators, city councilors, I’ve covered legislative sessions and campaign events. I will continue to do this and more in the coming months and years.
I’m not done with New Mexico politics, but it will be a change. I definitely don’t regret starting this site and I hope you stay reading my things as I go forward at the new site — whatever it is called.