Reporting budgets are tight. Newsrooms and freelancers don’t always have money for public records requests.
The Society of Professional Journalists has got your back.
Thanks to a grant from the Thornburg Foundation, the Rio Grande Chapter of SPJ has a fund to help SPJ members in New Mexico and El Paso face down daunting record-request fees. It’s good through the end of 2017. (Rio Grande Chapter board members and their partners or relatives aren’t eligible to apply.)
We know how deadlines work and that you need the money fast. So here’s how this works:
1. The fund is available for SPJ Rio Grande Chapter members only. You can join here!
- In fewer than 500 words, tell us who you are, where your story is being published, what the public records are that you need and how much the agency is saying they’re going to cost you. (And don’t worry: We won’t spill your secrets or scoop your story.) Email your letter and request to firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com
- Once we’ve approved your request and you’ve received your documents, send us the original invoice and we’ll cut a check directly to the agency.
- First come, first serve through the end of 2017. Funds are limited.