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NM journalists, news orgs take home “Top of the Rockies” awards

SPJ Rio GrandeThis weekend, the Society of Professional Journalists Region 9 Top of the Rockies awards took place in Denver. The event judged journalism from around the region, which includes Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming in a variety of different categories.

New Mexico acquitted itself well, taking home numerous awards in many categories — from the biggest newspapers to the smallest newspapers. Public radio and public TV as well as online-only publications.

New Mexico has an abundance of great journalists and having a good showing in the competition shows how.

NM Telegram went through the list of winners and picked out all of those in New Mexico-based news organization. Below is the list that has the place, category, type of news organization, the news organization and the piece that won. When possible, NM Telegram included links to the stories, although some did not have headlines that matched up with what was on the website and still some others are not online.

Here are your New Mexico winners:

First Place: Environment: Enterprise Reporting, Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000. The Santa Fe Reporter, The Canary in the Copper Mine (is dead): How New Mexico’s copper industry wrote its own rules by Laura Paskus.

First Place: Environment: Enterprise Reporting, Online: All online publications. New Mexico Mercury, A Systems Approach to Understanding Water in New Mexico by V.B. Price.

First Place: Enterprise Reporting, Radio: All radio stations. KUNM, Secrecy Surrounds Fraud Allegations In New Mexico Mental Health Audit by Tristan Ahtone.
Second Place: Enterprise Reporting, Radio: All radio stations. KUNM, New Mexico Farmworkers May Be Victims Of Illegal Pay Practices and New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Laws May Exploit Dairy Workers by Tristan Ahtone.
Third Place: Enterprise Reporting, Radio: All radio stations. KUNM, Managed Care Organizations Look To Cash In On Native American Patients by Tristan Ahtone.

Second Place: News Feature, Print: Circulation less than 10,000. Desert Exposure, Holiday Wrapping by David A. Fryxell.

Third Place: Education: General Reporting, Print: Circulation less than 10,000. Albuquerque Business First, Online high school classes push education into new territory by Gary Gerew.

Second Place: News Reporting, Radio: All radio stations. KUNM, Rural New Mexico Faces Water Supply Crisis, by Rita Daniels.

First Place: Mobile Application, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, ABQ Fiesta.

First Place: Public Service, Online: All online publications. Are New Mexico’s tribes being flooded — then left high and dry? by Laura Paskus.

Second Place: Business, General Reporting, Print: circulation less than 10,000. Albuquerque Business First. This is garnet – $1 billion of it, by Damon Scott.

First Place: Feature Reporting, Radio: All radio stations. KUNM, Laid To Rest: A Proper Burial For The Poor by Carrie Jung.
Second Place: Feature Reporting, Radio: All radio stations. KUNM, Navajo Nation Seeks To Balance Resources With Feral Horse Roundups, by Rita Daniels.

First Place: Radio: General Broadcast Excellence, Radio: All radio stations. KUNM, HIGHLIGHTS: Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Grilled By NM Supreme Court and LISTEN: NM Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Same-Sex Marriage, by Kaveh Mowahed.

Second Place: Headline Writing, Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000. Santa Fe Reporter, Enrique Limón.

First Place: Spot News Photography, Print: Circulation less than 10,000. The Guadalupe County Communicator, What the hail? Various photos by M.E. Sprengelmeyer.

Third Place: Column Personal/Humor, Print: Circulation less than 10,000. Desert Exposure, Continental Divide by David Fryxell.*

Second Place: Politics, Enterprise Reporting, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, Congress to Contract by James Monteleone.

Second Place: Info Graphic, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, Breaking Bad shooting locations around Albuquerque by Cathryn Cunningham.

First Place: TV: General Broadcast Excellence, Television: All TV stations. KNME, Public Square: Impact of Domestic Violence on Children by Megan Kamerick, Michael Kamins, Jessica Habjan, Randy Lantz, Kevin McDonald, Kathy Wimmer and Antony Lostetter.
Second Place: TV: General Broadcast Excellence, Television: All TV stations. KNME, Public Square: LGBTQ Youth in New Mexico by Megan Kamerick, Michael Kamins, Jessica Habjan, Randy Lantz, Kevin McDonald and Antony Lostetter.

First Place: General Website Excellence, Print: Circulation less than 10,000. Albuquerque Business First, Albuquerque Business First website by staff.

First Place: News Photography, Print: Circulation less than 10,000. Albuquerque Business First, Throckmorton on the rocks by Randy Siner.

First Place: Mobile Applications, Print: Circulation less than 10,000. Albuquerque Business First, Albuquerque Business First mobile app by staff.

Third Place: Investigative/Enterprise Reporting, Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000. Santa Fe Reporter, The Unkindest Cut by Peter St. Cyr.

Third Place: Column Personal/Humor, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, UpFront: Leslie Linthicum.

First Place: Breaking News Story, Print: Circulation less than 10,000. The Guadalupe County Communicator, What the hail? Damages pile up after freak summer storm by M.E. Sprenglemeyer.
Second Place: Breaking News Story, Print: Circulation less than 10,000. Albuquerque Business First, New Mexico Gas Co. officials intend to sell company by Dan Mayfield.

Third Place: Feature Page Design, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, Mark the Road: Coastal driving routes.

Third Place: Blog, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico Science by John Fleck.

First Place: A&E Criticism, Online: All Publications. adobeairstream, War Satire Kicks Off Tricklock Revolutions Festival Teatret OM Production Creates Primal Story of Exploration; Play Questions Idea of Trying to Find ‘the Truth’ of History by Megan Kamerick.

Third Place: General Business Reporting, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, N.M. Drone Central by Kevin Robinson-Avila.

First Place: News Column, Online: All online publications. New Mexico In Depth, An open letter to Gov. Martinez by Trip Jennings.
Second Place: News Column, Online: All online publications. New Mexico In Depth, Tax bill shows need for legislative reform by Heath Haussamen.

Second Place: Public Service, Print: Circulation less than 10,000. The Guadalupe County Communicator, The end of the world can mean a new start: COLUMN WITH COMPLETE NEWS COVERAGE by M.E. Sprengelmeyer, Michael AJ Gallegos.

Second Place: Editorials, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, Trust this: U.S. society is not yet a lost cause, Putting grandma in the `hole’ doesn’t fit `crime’, White Sands Missile Range takes priority.
Third Place: Editorials, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, Teacher eval criticism doesn’t add up for N.M..

Second Place: Headline Writing, Print: Circulation less than 10,000. Albuquerque Business First, Leave it to Beaver and more by Gary Gerew.

First Place: Front Page Design, Print: Circulation less than 10,000. The Guadalupe County Communicator, What the Hail? The Guadalupe County Communicator, July 11, 2013 by Michael AJ Gallegos.
Second Place: Front Page Design, Print: Circulation less than 10,000. Albuquerque Business First, Greetings from New Mexico by Chan Avery.

Third Place: Special Section, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, Breaking Bad: Leaving its mark on Albuquerque by Adrian Gomez, Rachel Conger, Joe Kirby, Cathryn Cunningham, Rene Kimball and Leah Derrington.

Second Place: Investigative/Enterprise Reporting, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, Claims of shackles, beatings by Mike Gallagher.

First Place: Sports: General Reporting, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, Honorary Isotope 6-year-old Isaac Lill gives the baseball team a reason to smile by Ken Sickenger.

First Place: Sports: Columns, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, Rick Wright: General sports columnist.

Second Place: Politics: Enterprise Reporting, Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000. Santa Fe Reporter, Real, Clear Politics: A new 501(c)4: ‘social welfare’ group or political machine? by Justin Horwath.

First Place: Investigative/Enterprise Reporting, Online: All online publications. New Mexico In Depth, D.C. stalemate leaves too few visas for crime victims by Lindsey Anderson.

First Place: News Feature, Online: All online publications. New Mexico In Depth, Immigrants’ stories are key to reform effort by Heath Haussamen.

First Place: Education: Enterprise Reporting, Online: All online publications. New Mexico Mercury, The Invasion of Corporate Education Reform by Benito Aragon.

Third Place: Education: Enterprise Reporting, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, Plugging the Education Gap by Olivier Uyttebrouck.

First Place: Sports: Enterprise Reporting, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, Lobo coaches by Mark Smith, Geoff Grammer, Ed Johnson, Rick Wright.

First Place: Feature Reporting, Online: All online publications. New Mexico In Depth, Deportation and Children (Part 1 and Part 2) by Sarah Gustavus.

Second Place: Education: Enterprise Reporting, Print: Circulation of less than 10,000. Building a new way to learn by Dennis Domrzalski.

First Place: Politics: Enterprise Reporting, Online: All online publications. New Mexico In Depth, Examining Gov. Martinez’s Tenure by Heath Haussamen, Trip Jennings, Deborah Busemeyer, Diana Alba Soular, Robert Nott.

Third Place: Education: Enterprise Reporting, Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000. Santa Fe Reporter, Business School by Justin Horwath.

Third Place: A&E Enterprise Reporting, Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000. Santa Fe Reporter, ‘Game of Thrones’ mastermind George RR Martin’s cinematic journey by Enrique Limón.

Second Place: Environment: General Reporting, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, Storm Eased Drought But Left Big Mess by John Fleck and Olivier Uyttebrouck.

First Place: Health: Enterprise Reporting, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, Late-Term Abortion Debate Turns to ABQ by Colleen Heild.

Third Place: A&E Enterprise Reporting, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, Breaking Bad: Leaving its mark on Albuquerque by Adrian Gomez, Randy Harrison, Joline Gutierrez Kruger, Rene Kimball and Rick Wright.

Third Place: A&E Criticism, Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000. Santa Fe Reporter, Santa Fe’s ever changing cultural scene by Enrique Limón.

First Place: News Reporting- Single Story, Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000. Santa Fe Reporter, Leave before he kills you by Colleen Keane.

First Place: General Reporting- Series or Package, Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000. Santa Fe Reporter, Marriage Equality Triumphs in New Mexico by Enrique Limón.

First Place: Editorials, Print: Circulation less than 10,000. Desert Exposure, Editor’s Notebook by David Fryxell.

First Place: Health: Enterprise Reporting, Print: Circulation less than 10,000. Albuquerque Business First, Health care technology: A costly addiction by Dennis Domrzalski.

First Place: Education: Enterprise Reporting, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, Breaking the Cycle by Colleen Heild.

First Place: News Column, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, UpFront: Leslie Linthicum.
Second Place: News Column, Print: Circulation of more than 75,000. Albuquerque Journal, UpFront: Joline Gutierrez Krueger.

First Place: Health: Enterprise Reporting, Online: All online publications. New Mexico In Depth, The Medicaid Freeze by Heath Haussamen, Bryant Furlow, James Staley and Trip Jennings.

First Place: News Feature, Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000. Santa Fe Reporter, Walmartians: Sleeping Overnight on a Sea of Pavement by Justin Horwath.
Second Place: News Feature, Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000. Santa Fe Reporter, Fowl Play by Joey Peters.
Third Place: News Feature, Print: Circulation of 30,000 to 75,000. Santa Fe Reporter, No Easy Ride by Peter St. Cyr.

First Place: Agriculture: Enterprise, Print: Circulation less than 10,000. Desert Exposure, The Coming Water Wars by Tom Barry.

First Place: Business: Enterprise Reporting, Print: Circulation less than 10,000. Albuquerque Business First, Time to Wake Up by Dennis Domrzalski.

* The note on this one from the judge was great. “You have to hand it to someone who writes a scathing column against Breaking Bad. He’s totally wrong, of course, but he makes his points well. Same with his other columns, which may be less controversial but no less colorfully written.”

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Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.

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2 Responses to "NM journalists, news orgs take home “Top of the Rockies” awards"

  1. David Correia says:

    Thanks for listing this. Well deserved all around. But what explains how Kay Matthews and La Jicarita were ignored on the “Education: Enterprise Reporting” award given to Benito Aragon? Benito deserved the award, no doubt, but the award ignores the fact that this was a two-part report in collaboration between the New Mexico Mercury and La Jicarita.

    1. David, I went by the listing provided by the Top of the Rockies organizers — I know some collaborations between NM In Depth and other organizations were listed under NM In Depth.