The Las Cruces Sun News laid off three journalists this week and the editor resigned. The EL Paso times also laid off four journalists. NMPolitics.net has details: Layoffs hit Las Cruces Sun-News again; top editor resigns
Here’s a statement from SPJ Rio Grande president Laura Paskus, on behalf of the board:
Already in New Mexico, we have too few reporters trying to cover too many issues. And many are doing that on a salary that’s not sustainable, and in a job that’s not guaranteed or secure.
We’ve watched the disappearance of locally-owned newspapers. And we’ve watched corporations from out of state buy out newspapers and newsrooms. Neither of those have been good for the communities those papers serve.
Journalists from as far away as Albuquerque and El Paso attended Saturday’s training in Las Cruces to learn about their rights when encountering federal immigration enforcement agents. In all, 23 people from the region attended the training, which was sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Rio Grande Chapter and ACLU. If you missed it, here are a couple of posts that delve into the nuances of your rights when encountering immigration authorities:
ACLU: Can Border Agents Search Your Electronic Devices? It’s Complicated. ProPublica: Can Customs and Border Officials Search Your Phone?
Can U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents really seize and go through your phones and other devices at an international border crossing? What about at the U.S. Border Patrol inland checkpoints along roads in southern New Mexico and west Texas? Or at other locations within the 100-mile zone along the U.S./Mexico border where you might encounter agents while doing your job? What are your rights to photograph and/or record CBP and Border Patrol operations? Recent changes in Washington mean journalists should learn about these issues and how to protect themselves and their sources.