Second Cohort of Student Journos

The New Mexico Fund for Public Interest Journalism’s spring interns completed and published a cover story for the June 19 edition of The Santa Fe Reporter.

In "Roadmap to Resilience," local student journalists explored the vision from the Santa Fe Community College to imagine and bring about a future that's less destructive and more sustainable. The project was created in a collaboration with the school's Trades and Advanced Technology Center, and was partially funded through a grant from the City of Santa Fe's Children and Youth Commission's Innovation Fund. 

Over the last eight years, the community college program has established multiple degree and certificate programs in emergent fields such as biofuels, controlled environment agriculture and green building. Approximately 450 students are enrolled in the center's various programs, where instructors emphasize hands-on learning and ingenuity.

Student interns spend six weeks with veteran mentor and educator Julia Goldberg, learning journalism skills on the ground. The six-week training includes two weeks of classroom training consisting of two two-hour classes; two weeks of field work for reporting with the student working independently in the field for at least one week; and two weeks of writing and editing with the student working in consultation with the program’s mentor for planning and editing. 

Our third internship/mentorship project starts in the fall, and applications will open later in the summer.  Support the next group of students with a donation.

Meet Our Spring Interns

With help from our campaign sponsors and a grant from the City of Santa Fe’s Youth Commission Innovation Fund, we are pleased to welcome a new group of interns for Spring, 2019.

This season’s project will focus on environmental and sustainability reporting. The New Mexico Fund for Public Interest Journalism has partnered with Santa Fe Community College’s School of Trades, Technology and Sustainability, and will be working directly with Luke Spangenburg, director of biofuels, Center of Excellence and the Training Center Corporation.

And here are the interns for spring:

Olivia Abeyta

Olivia Abeyta

Olivia Abeyta is a sophomore at Santa Fe High School and is part of the school’s journalism class.  She enjoys writing about issues facing the next generation and how they will change the future. She also loves to draw and write her own stories.  She hopes to inspire others through her art and writing.

Anna Girdner

Anna Girdner

Anna Girdner is 19 and is a freshman at Santa Fe Community College. She has been writing creative pieces for many years, which helped her gain an interest in journalism. After taking several writing courses at SFCC, she finally felt that it was the right time to start pursuing journalism.

Max Looft

Max Looft

Max Looft is a junior at Santa Fe High, who is now in his second year of journalism. His articles are mostly centered around space and technology, and he has established his own column on the Demon Tattler for space news. His priorities lay in fictional writing, but journalism is a solid way to keep him writing and to further broaden his horizons on the topic of science. His lack of outgoingness and quick energy is made up for in his steady and thorough work, which may not help with being a bustling reporter, but instead a solid writer.

James Taylor

James Taylor

James Taylor is a grower, poet, and dog lover who lives in Cochiti Lake. He retired from research and grant writing. Then a couple of weeks later, he woke up one morning wondering how humankind is going to survive ignorance, pestilence, and hunger so he went back to college to find out. Now he is a senior student at SFCC, learning and writing about controlled environment agriculture and how it can help in the effort to feed everyone in Northern New Mexico.

Journo Fund Education Project Receives City Grant

The Journo Fund kicked off the new year with a new round of fundraising for training the next generation of journalists.

We are very pleased to announce that we applied for and were recently awarded $2,500 through the City of Santa Fe’s Children and Youth Commission‘s Innovation Fund.

This grant will be used to pay stipends to the second cohort of interns we bring on this spring for our journalism boot camp.

Last fall, we kicked off this program by working with four local high school and college students in partnership with SITE Santa Fe. The focus of the training was arts reporting and writing; the students ultimately produced a cover story examining SITE’s Casa Tomada biennial exhibition.

Spring interns will focus on environmental reporting in Northern New Mexico. The six-week training includes two weeks of classroom training consisting of two two-hour classes; two weeks of field work for reporting with the student working independently in the field for at least one week; and two weeks of writing and editing with the student working in consultation with the program’s mentor for planning and editing. Upon successful completion, the students will have their work published in the Santa Fe Reporter, receive a $500 stipend and a certificate of completion.

We are continuing to fund raise for the fund in order to lay a foundation for this program, as well as other projects we hope to accomplish in the coming year. As always, we welcome your suggestions and ideas, as well as any financial support you can offer.

Donors who make a contribution between now and Feb. 14 receive a pair of tickets to the CCA as our way of saying thanks.

Students Learn Journalism Skills in First NM Journo Fund Project

This week, the New Mexico Fund for Public Interest Journalism publishes its first project, which showcases arts reporting and writing by local students on SITE Santa Fe’s current biennial exhibit Casa tomada.

The project ran for six weeks and included a field trip and tour of the SITE show, along with weekly meetings and discussions on reporting and journalism. The students interviewed artists, curators and others involved with the show for their final pieces.

The final pieces published Nov. 21 in the Santa Fe Reporter:

Santa Fe Prep senior Ruby Woltring interviewed one of the show’s three curators, Candice Hopkins, for a discussion of how the curators found unifying themes in the show, and the way in which New Mexico’s history of conquest and displacement makes it a particularly appropriate setting for the works included.

University of New Mexico senior Celia Raney’s story investigates the challenges of presenting Indigenous art in museum settings through interviews with SITE’s Indigenous Outreach Coordinator Winoka Begay and Navajo artist Melissa Cody, whose work is part of the exhibit.

New Mexico School for the Arts senior Maya Forte writes about the compelling  photography of renowned Chilean photographer Paz Errázuriz, whose work mines subjects often overlooked in society.

Santa Fe Prep junior Bettina Broyles interviewed artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, whose sculptural installation is informed by Guatemalan history and serves as a meditation on the role of materialism in forging identity.

For this project, the Journo Fund worked with SITE’s robust education department, which already runs several youth programs, such as its Zine, Gallery Guide and Scholars program.

The Journo Fund is now fundraising for its next training program, which will focus on environmental reporting. To help us cultivate the next generation of journalists, please consider making a donation here.

Journo Fund Student Interns Report on SITE Santa Fe

Interns in the Journo Fund’s training program meet weekly to learn and practice journalism.

Interns in the Journo Fund’s training program meet weekly to learn and practice journalism.

Students chosen for the first cohort of the New Mexico Fund for Public Interest Journalism’s training program are winding up their six-week intensive in arts and culture reporting and writing.

The students, who range from high school sophomores to college seniors, were chosen from a group of applicants earlier this fall. The four students have met weekly to learn and practice basic reporting skills—from interviewing to structuring stories, working with Journo Fund board member journalist Julia Goldberg.

Interns toured SITE Santa Fe’s Casa tomada exhibit and will be interviewing artists.

Interns toured SITE Santa Fe’s Casa tomada exhibit and will be interviewing artists.

The group also has been working with SITE Santa Fe Director of Education and Curator of Public Practice Joanne LeFrak, who arranged a guided tour and helped connect the students with artists for interviews in connection with the museum’s biennial exhibit, Casa tomada. Upon completion, the students’ work will be published in the Santa Fe Reporter.

Meet the Journo Fund’s first cohort:

Bettina Broyles is a junior at Santa Fe Prep. She is interested in creative writing and arts, and wanted to explore journalism as another mode of creative expression. Bettina enjoys hiking with her dog, art and skiing.

Maya Forte is a senior in the New Mexico School for the Arts. She has lived in New Mexico for the past 12 years, and has been published in both the Taos News and She is considering pursuing careers in environmental science, international relations or journalism.

Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Celia Raney is a multimedia journalist, avid reader and coffee connoisseur. Rainy days, late night car jams and high-mountain hikes dominate her ever-seldom free time. She is a senior at the University of New Mexico, studying journalism and English. Her cat Opal regularly stars on her social media.

Ruby Woltring is an Alaskan born senior at Santa Fe Prep. She loves writing and reading, and is passionate about prison reform.

Fundraising is underway for the second cohort of interns, this time focusing on the environment.

We’re legit! The journo fund has earned independent nonprofit status.

Summer brought good news for the journo fund, when we learned on June 22 that our application for independent nonprofit status was approved by the IRS. Now NMPIJ is tax-exempt 503c3 organization on its own. We’re grateful to the New Mexico Community Foundation for serving as our fiscal sponsor during our start-up year.

We made a splash at the Santa Fe Reporter’s Best of Santa Fe block party, collecting $300 in donations for the fund with the help of celebrity dunk tank victims. And now it’s even easier to donate, thanks to to the wonders of Paypal.

Up next, we are accepting applications for our fall internship programs, open to high school and colleges students who can apply here before the end of the month.

Thanks for helping to spread the word.

Big thanks to our early donors!

We are very close to fully funding our pilot internship program, and we could not have gotten this far without the help of the following donors. Thanks for supporting the fund’s mission to train journalists, promote transparency in government and tell stories that matter to our community.

Joseph Day

Marilyn Bane

Susan and Bill Banowsky

Egolf + Ferlic + Harwood

Sharon Elias

Karen Heldmeyer

Thomas Hester

Pat Hodapp

Jonathan Frenzen

Catherine Oppenheimer

Janis Rutschman and Vickie Sewing

Kathryn Smith            

Peter St. Cyr

Quezada Family Insurance

Alan Webber

(*and all the participants in the Best of Santa Fe 2017 dunk tank!)

Special thanks also  to the Violet Crown for hosting the Santa Fe Reporter’s Photo Show on April 25 from 6 to 8 pm, with a silent auction of winning images to benefit the fund.

Sponsor a Student Journalism Intern

The New Mexico Fund for Public Interest Journalism is seeking support for its a six-week reporting and writing training workshop with veteran journalist educator and mentor Julia Goldberg, former editor of the Santa Fe Reporter and lead faculty member at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Email to let us know you might be willing to sponsor a student with a donation.

During the program, Goldberg will:

  • provide curriculum and classroom training for students to develop skills in interviewing, research and writing stories for publication

  • develop with each student a reporting plan that explores an artist or artistic endeavor in northern New Mexico with a focus on cultural diversity, identity and social change

  • oversee and edit stories for publication

The program will be six weeks long and consist of:

  • two weeks of classroom training consisting of two two-hour classes

  • two weeks of field work for reporting with the student working independently in the field for at least one week

  • two weeks of writing and editing with the student working in consultation with the program’s mentor for planning and editing.

Work is intended for publication in the Santa Fe Reporter and on

Each six-week training session will be limited to four students who must attend the first two-week classroom training together.

Student interns will be paid $500 for the entire internship and receive a certificate of completion with publication of their pieces. The mentor will be compensated.