New Mexico is a state heavily populated with Hispanic people. Similarly, this state has more Hispanics in news than many others, but not nearly as many as it could. As it stands, 48 percent of New Mexico’s population is made up of Hispanics or Latinos, according to the most recent U.S. Census counts. The state’s newsrooms do not reflect that.

This is a very spread-out state, with only two cities hosting a population of more than 100,000 people. In more rural areas, it can be incredibly challenging for a reporter to find the resources, support, and sometimes jobs themselves, needed to do their best work. Local news is of the utmost importance, therefore it is imperative for those whose work it is to produce that news to have an arsenal of assistance. A localized chapter puts important people, knowledge and much-needed comradery close to home for many.

Our chapters will help ensure there are enough Hispanics filling newsrooms to provide their own lenses to the news in a way that better serves audiences and produces more of the content that our Hispanic communities need. Plus, in the present political climate, it is important now more than ever to stick together and have diversity in our newsrooms to cover the stories that matter to our neighbors.