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.

IPRA Friday in Taos

IPRA Friday is coming to Taos on Friday, September 8. Join other journalists to talk about public records and access. When: 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Where: The Gorge Bar and Grill

The SPJ Rio Grande chapter is working to ensure you have the tools you need to do great journalism. We also have a fund available to help pay for public records requests. Read more about how to apply here

SPJ Rio Grande Chapter Announces Fund to Help Assist Members With IPRA/FOIA Expenses

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.