Newsrooms are invited to apply now for the 2021-2022 New Mexico Local News Fellowship, which places recent graduates in news organizations and pays their $24,000 salaries for nine months.

The University of New Mexico Department of Communication and Journalism is building on the success of its pioneering fellowship, sponsored by the New Mexico Local News Fund.

In its first two years the program has placed graduates at the Albuquerque Journal, KOB-TV, Las Cruces Sun-News, New Mexico in Depth, NMPBS, the Silver City Daily Press and the (Edgewood) Independent.

All newsrooms are invited to apply, even if you’ve hosted a fellow before.

In its expanded third year, the program is including recent graduates of UNM, NMSU and ENMU to apply for nine months of professional training as well.

APPLY NOW for the 2021-2022 NM Local News Fellowship



Host newsrooms will be recruited and selected first, at the end of 2020, and the fellows will be recruited and selected afterward, in early 2021, so host newsroom supervisors will have a hand in the selection of the fellows.


The program will also add a spring boot camp providing job-specific training before the fellows join their newsrooms in June, 2021. Newsrooms will have input in the training program.

The mission of the NM Local News Fellowship Program, is to provide career development experiences for recent journalism graduates from New Mexico public colleges or universities and strengthen local newsrooms, with an eye toward greater innovation, collaboration and community engagement.

The program promotes an effective classroom-to-career pathway for diverse students and helps build overall journalism capacity in New Mexico.

Application Deadline: Monday, Dec. 14

If you have questions, please contact program coordinator Gwyneth Doland at or call (505) 453-4353.

Find out more about the NM Local News Fellowship.