This is great news for those missing the ABQ Tribune. The New Mexico Independent is up and running. Check out the site, which features David Alire Garcia (late of the SF Reporter), and Trip Jennings, formerly with the ABQ Journal. Thanks for the tip from New Mexico FBIHOP, who's a contributor, too.

The site's nicely designed and easy to read. You'll recognize writers like Heath Haussamen, Gwyneth Doland (congrats Gwyn on the EIC bump!), and one of the M's from m-pyre.

The site also features the ability to comment on stories, and a blog. Hmmm....is someone gunning for DCF?

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Comment by statler and waldorf on April 17, 2008 at 2:59pm
Hmm. Looks like a lot of links to existing local media. How is that independent, exactly?
Comment by Tricross on April 17, 2008 at 3:26pm
Yipee! Now I have something to fetch from the driveway.
Comment by bleve on April 17, 2008 at 4:47pm
Site looks great and the names I recognize are great writers. They took their layout theme from the Washington Independent, which I think was a great choice... very clean.

Hooray for serious articles. Good luck New Mexico Independent!
Comment by chantal on April 17, 2008 at 5:22pm
Matt from NMFBIHOP tells me his first story will air tomorrow. Looking forward to it!

Also, the Washington Independent is another project by the same people running the NM Independent, that is, the Center for Independent Media. Welcome to town, and just in time too with the Trib's demise.

I'm with A.G., Albuquerque desperately needs a media outlet whose website doesn't look like this:

Comment by bleve on April 17, 2008 at 6:07pm
Yeah, I guess I didn't make it clear that it was the same venture... although the center for independent media doesn't have the NM link yet... maybe tomorrow.
Comment by Gwyneth on April 17, 2008 at 7:57pm
Hey, thanks, guys! This whole thing came together incredibly quickly (I found out about my fellowship less than a week ago!), so the site is pretty bare bones right now, but don't worry. We're all doing original reporting as well as blogging, so expect so see a lot more meat in the coming weeks. Also, it's focused on politics, not culture, so it's not gunning for DCF at all. In fact, two of my favorite DCF bloggers came to our training last week. Although some of the Independent's fellows are bloggers, you're right, Statler and Waldorf, most of us have worked for local print/TV outlets. Hey, we're journalists—we gotta pay the bills just like you. That being said, most of our links to those outlets have been severed; for example, my last day at the Reporter is next Friday. I hope you'll all bookmark the site and become regular readers, and I hope you'll bear with us as we bring it up to speed! Got questions? E-mail me or post them on the site!
Comment by MayMay on April 17, 2008 at 8:14pm
And, if i'm right, the contributor Joel Gay was one of my editors at the Trib up to its last day. Yeah Joel! The Trib lives on.
Comment by neal copperman on April 17, 2008 at 9:52pm
Gwyneth is associated with it and we can expect a lot more "meat" in the future? Why am I not surprised? :)
Comment by Gwyneth on April 18, 2008 at 7:50am
Not just any meat, but cured, smoked and fried meat! Can I get a hell yeah?!
Comment by chantal on April 18, 2008 at 8:55am
Where's that Joe Sausage guy when you need him?

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