Mexico News Daily was launched in June 2014 as a digital publication whose goal was and is to offer clear and concise coverage of news and current affairs in Mexico. We do so by curating existing news sources, mostly Spanish-language media outlets that publish content online, and republishing their stories in English.
Our goal from the beginning has been to present news about Mexico for English speakers, expatriates either retired or employed, and investors and businesses with a presence in Mexico or those interested in establishing one.
We go beyond simply translating the material from our sources. We rewrite that material, often by drawing from more than one source, and by researching the subject matter when necessary so we can provide our readers with context and background.
We strive for accuracy, balance and fairness in our coverage but we are only as good as our sources, most of which are Mexico’s leading newspapers and magazines. Sometimes it can be a challenge to determine the news value of a story and ascertain its veracity.
We attempt to overcome the potential pitfalls by cross-checking stories across media outlets and sticking with publications that have a good track record, but in the case of an exclusive we are often faced with going with our gut feeling. However, the strategy has served us well.
The proof is in the broad acceptance of our publication and the loyal readership we have built. More than 18,000 readers subscribe to our Email News Update, a summary of the latest news and stories delivered three times a week. And about the same number are fans of our page on Facebook, on which we post a summary of every story we publish.
It has been through Facebook and word of mouth that we have built a monthly readership of 200,000 unique website visitors, a number that continues to grow.
One of the biggest challenges we have faced since we launched has been striking a balance between good news and bad. In 2014 there was optimism in Mexico and abroad: the outlook for economic growth was good and crime rates were dropping. A year later, our content began to change. Bit by bit the news was getting worse: more crime, more violence, and little indication that sweeping structural reforms were doing much to trigger the hoped-for growth, curb corruption and create a criminal justice system that would actually punish wrongdoing.
Not much has changed since; a lot of the news is still bad, sometimes it’s downright ugly. What has changed is our strategy: we continue to publish the bad stuff but we also look harder for the stories that counter it. But again we are limited by our sources and the breadth of their own coverage because our role is curation.
That will change in future when we begin offering more of our own, original content.
Until then we shall do our best with limited resources to be Mexico’s best English-language news source.
Thanks for reading!
Tony Richards, Editor & Publisher