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Analyzing New Mexico’s Journalism Ecosystem Pt. 2

This week on New Mexico in Focus, we finish our deep dive into the state’s evolving journalism ecosystem. Executive Producer Jeff Proctor opens the show with the second piece of a conversation you’ll only see on NMPBS — a one-on-one interview with the new executive editor at the Albuquerque Journal, Patrick Ethridge. Jeff asks about the many challenges facing the state’s largest newspaper as Ethridge settles into the job.   

Gene Grant sits down with three non-journalists to get their perspective on the news media in our state. Gene asks the group about what the industry is doing right and where it’s falling short, plus all three panelists share insight on the changing ways people consume news in 2023.  

In his second one-on-one interview, Jeff Proctor talks with Albuquerque City Council President Pat Davis, who also now owns four newspapers in the state: The Paper., the Edgewood Independent, the Sandoval Signpost and the Corrales Comment. In the second part of his interview, Jeff asks Mr. Davis about why readers should trust a publication owned by a sitting city councilor.   

Gene Grant catches up with two prominent Black journalists in New Mexico to learn more about their contributions to the state’s news environment. Adolphe Pierre-Louis explains his role as a photojournalist and talks about the responsibilities news organizations have to cover stories in New Mexico’s Black communities. Ron Wallace gives some background on Perspective Magazine, a publication covering Black issues since 1984, and lays out why he thinks it’s been vital in telling positive stories impacting Black people in Albuquerque and the entire state.  

Host: Gene Grant 


One-on-One with the Albuquerque Journal’s New Executive Editor Pt. 2 
Correspondent: Jeff Proctor 
Guest: Patrick Ethridge, vice president, executive editor, The Albuquerque Journal 

News Consumers Assess Journalism in NM 
Correspondent: Gene Grant 
Guests: Catherine McGill, founder & director, New Mexico Black Leadership Council 
Almarina Sosa, UNM student 
Maureen Sanders, attorney 

Pat Davis: Politician and Newspaper Magnate Pt. 2 
Correspondent: Jeff Proctor 
Guest: Pat Davis, Albuquerque City Council President, Newspaper Owner 

Black Journalists in New Mexico 
Correspondent: Gene Grant 
Guests: Ron Wallace, publisher, Perspective Magazine 
Adolphe Pierre-Louis, photojournalist