April 22, 2016

NM Political Report wins several journalism awards

NM Political Report brought home four awards, including one first-place award, at the annual Top of the Rockies awards.

NMPR logoThe awards ceremony took place Thursday night in Denver. Stories written in 2015 in Region 9 of the Society for Professional Journalists (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming) were eligible for the awards.

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NM Political Report’s first-place prize went to Margaret Wright for her two-part series on life in the oil patch of southeast New Mexico.

“Well written and reported story on the effects that the fracking boom (and surprise bust) is having on New Mexico,” the judge wrote of Margaret’s series. “Neatly delineates the direct and indirect links between the economic bet on fracking and the government services it supports and requires.”

Read Dark Gold: New Mexico’s oil patch grapples with industry impacts and Far from heaven: Fatalities, crime and rents rise alongside oil production.

NM Political Report also brought home three third-place awards.

The first was in the Public Service journalism category, for Andy Lyman’s piece “Doctor fired, clinic out $30k amid power struggle.”

The story examined a shakeup between a clinic in Albuquerque’s South Valley that caters to low-income patients who often do not speak English and a cofounder—including a $30,000 withdrawal by the cofounder ahead of his firing.

In the Breaking News category, NM Political Report finished in third for a story that revealed Albuquerque Public Schools hired a deputy superintendent facing child molestation charges.

The investigation by Joey Peters ended up being a large part of the reason why Luis Valentino resigned from his position as APS superintendent.

The site itself also finished third in the General Website Excellence category, which looks at the design and other aspects of the website.

“The site is easy to navigate and includes sections that engage readers immediately, such as the ‘Odds & Ends’ and ‘Quick Reads’ sections,” the judge wrote.