Online Follow The Money Trainings – August 2018

It isn’t just for political geeks. There are potential money stories on almost any newsroom beat, maybe even sports! And there are plenty of stories to do out there. Our members have asked for more trainings to be online and accessible across New Mexico. We hear you!

Statement on AG response to complaint about Spaceport records

The Rio Grande Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists applauds the decision by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office that the New Mexico Spaceport Authority violated the Inspection of Public Records Act. The decision came after a formal complaint from journalist Heath Haussamen of NMPolitics.net. New Mexico taxpayers have invested hundreds of millions of dollars into the spaceport and it’s absolutely necessary to have more transparency about this project, and yet this is the second time the Attorney General’s office has found the Spaceport Authority in violation of the state’s public record law. The SPJ Rio Grande board of directors is disappointed that key questions about government transparency remain unanswered. One is whether the Spaceport Authority can withhold information about lease agreements at the facility.

Want to learn more about data reporting? Your local SPJ chapter can help

As we work toward improving the skill sets of journalists in New Mexico and West Texas—and toward better serving our members—the Rio Grande Chapter of SPJ is offering scholarships for four journalists to attend the Computer Assisted Reporting bootcamp hosted by Investigative Reporters and Editors in Columbia, Missouri on Aug. 5-9, 2018 or the CAR Boot Camp, Oct. 13-16 at the University of Indianapolis. 

We will reimburse successful applicants for airfare/travel, meals, five nights of lodging, and the CAR bootcamp fee—up to $2,500 total—once the training has been completed. To apply for the scholarship, you must be an SPJ member. If you’re not already, visit https://www.spj.org/join.asp to join now.