About the Program

Mission

The New Mexico Local News Fellowships and Internships provide career development experiences for journalism students and graduates from New Mexico public universities. Operated by the UNM Communication & Journalism Department, the program recruits, selects and matches emerging journalists to mentors in local newsrooms. We give newsrooms enough money to pay a competitive salary to our fellow or intern. The program creates a powerful classroom-to-career pathway for diverse students, increases the capacity of local news organizations, encourages innovation and strengthens democracy. Support for the program comes from the New Mexico Local News Fund, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions and other donors and supporters. 


🎉 NEW FOR 2024: 12-month fellowships 🎉

When we began this program in 2019, stakeholder feedback helped us settle on a nine-month term for the fellowships. But over the past five years we've heard from fellows and newsrooms that a year would give fellows more time to gain experience and make it easier for them to arrange housing. So for the 2024–2025 cycle we're experimenting with a longer term. See the FAQ page for more information.