On Friday, I counted down the top-ten posts by traffic to New Mexico Telegram.
Today, I’m looking back at something much more objective — my favorite posts of the year. These aren’t necessarily because I agree with what went on in the story, but are here because of either the work that went into the pieces or just the experience of it all. Some of them are just silly.
They aren’t in any particular order and there is no number — I just enjoy them for what they are.
Look tomorrow for the top-ten stories of the year.
Albuquerque election live blogs
I have been known to say that Twitter has killed the liveblog. But I proved myself wrong this year when I liveblogged the Albuquerque mayoral election night and the city council runoff and abortion ban vote. The latter ended up as the second-most-read piece of the year on New Mexico Telegram. So look for more liveblogs in 2014.
I love the Storify tool. I used it to look at the frantic end of the session, the more calm beginning of the session and reaction to the same-sex marriage ruling where the state Supreme Court said not allowing same-sex couples to marry would violate state law.
My guide to following the legislative session through Twitter is still pretty valid and I will update slightly for 2014.
End of session tax bill slammed through
Speaking of the craziness at the end of the legislative session, I did my best to cobble together what exactly happened. As I wrote:
The House concurred with the 35-page bill even after the clock struck noon on most observers’ watches.
A brief history of recall elections
I went back and looked at as many recent recall elections as possible in the past fifteen years or so. This piece didn’t get much attention at the time, but the timeline was dozens of hours of work and I’m still proud of it.
Same-sex couples marry on Civic Plaza
One of the biggest stories of the legalization of same-sex marriage in New Mexico was when Bernalillo County, the state’s most populous county, started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. A dozen couples married that day at Civic Plaza in Albuquerque in an even that was put together at the last minute. There was also a slideshow.
We haven’t done the Weekly Word in awhile, but two from 2013 that stood out were those with Albuquerque poet laureate Hakim Bellamy and Mixed Martial Artist Andrew Tenneson. Bellamy read some of his poems for us while Tenneson told us about his philosophy on the growing sport that Albuquerque is a huge part of.
SF Reporter editor lands Knight Fellowship
Alexa Schirtzinger received a prestigious John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship. Schirtzinger was always a help to New Mexico Telegram including putting the Morning Word on the Santa Fe Reporter website each weekday morning and it was great to speak to her about the honor.
Recapping the legislative session
In a short series following the legislative session, I recapped the legislative session by speaking to groups about what they saw during the session. I spoke to individuals from Conservation Voters New Mexico, New Mexico Vote Matters, New Mexico Voices for Children and Think New Mexico. I also planned on looking at those who had just experienced their first session, but I just did not have enough time.
Piecing together what the heck happened
I’ll always remember Rep. Christine Trujillo saying, “Mr. Speaker, I pressed the wrong button.” One of the more, “What the hell just happened?” moments I can remember in my years covering the state legislature.
I was also there for a late-night vote where legislators exempted themselves from the Inspection of PUblic Records Act. They have not been challenged on this in court yet. This also led to my Buzzfeedesque post of 12 things you can’t get from legislators’ emails through IPRA.
There is a lot of downtime at the State Legislature. There are legislators waiting on committees to end. There are times when legislators waiting for something to be printed and passed out to the members of the chamber. So they have to entertain themselves. Like when Tim Keller gave his movie reviews.