After 17 months of working remotely, El Paso Matters journalists are now in a Downtown newsroom.
El Paso Matters’ office is on the second floor of 500 W. Overland, in the Union Plaza area. The building is home to several prominent El Paso businesses and organizations, including technology company Transtelco, business incubator Pioneers 21, and the El Paso Times newspaper.
Opening a physical newsroom was part of the El Paso Matters plan from the beginning, but COVID-19 obviously altered those plans. Our growing team of journalists, led by editor Julián Aguilar, has been working from their homes and meeting by video or phone. They have made it work.
The pandemic certainly has changed office work forever. Even with a physical newsroom, the El Paso Matters team is adopting a hybrid work model familiar to many other businesses.
While we’ve learned that we can produce high-quality and high-impact journalism in a remote environment, our team feels that sharing a common work space will enhance collaboration and build camaraderie. I certainly agree with that.
Our office space is just over 2,000 square feet, which is plenty of room for an office but small for public events. We look forward to having small groups of visitors come by. Most importantly, our journalists are enthused about working more directly with the community we serve.
Our growth, including our new office space, has been made possible by our generous supporters in El Paso and across the country. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization, we rely on our members and other donors to produce important journalism about our community.
I hope you’ll help us celebrate opening the nation’s newest newsroom by becoming a member of El Paso Matters, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that provides in-depth and investigative reporting for our region. You can become a member by making a donation of any amount that fits your budget. You can make a one-time donation or recurring monthly donations.
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Cover photo: El Paso Matters journalists discuss upcoming stories in their office at 500 W. Overland. (Robert Moore/El Paso Matters)