Learn how to follow money in politics. Journalistic training in February

Calling all journalists. Are you interested in free training on nifty tech tools to help you to follow the flow of money in politics?

The folks at National Institute on Money in State Politics will conduct training in Las Cruces, Santa Fe and Albuquerque in early February.

Here’s where you can register. Here’s the info:

1) Wednesday, Feb. 1st, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
NMSU Corbett Center, Senate Chambers
Las Cruces, NM
(light dinner provided)

2) Thursday, Feb. 2nd, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Santa Fe Community Foundation
Santa Fe, NM
(Lunch provided)

3) Thursday, Feb. 2nd, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
UNM Zimmerman Library (Rm B30)
Albuquerque, NM
(light dinner provided)

Description: Trainers from the National Institute on Money in State Politics will teach participants how to use the Institute’s pilot ”Anomaly Detection” tool, which uses statistical and artificial intelligence algorithms to spot inconsistencies in campaign finance data that is outside historical norms.

The training will also cover how to use FollowTheMoney’s “My Legislature” tool with New Mexico’s 2017 legislative committees and bill feeds to track specific legislation to see how donors overlap with policy proposals and lawmakers.

The training will emphasize use of these tools for investigative reporting, but the training is open to all who are interested.


Contact Denise Roth Barber: 406-449-2480 or [email protected]

Reporters & Editors: If you live outside of these areas, we may be able to provide you with a travel stipend.  Please email Denise, above, for more information.

Trainings are generously funded by the Thornburg FoundationCo-sponsors include New Mexico In Depth, Society of Professional Journalists – Rio Grande Chapter, New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, UNM Department of Communication & Journalism, UNM College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences.