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. It is funded by the New Mexico Local News Fund and other donors and supporters.