Source NM takes home awards for stories and columns from our first four months as an outlet
The Rio Grande (Photo by Marisa Demarco / Source NM)
There’s not a journalist out there who does it for the awards. That’s maybe hyperbolic, sure. I’m pretty certain though.
Still, I’m glad for a chance to celebrate the hardworking and talented Source New Mexico staff and freelancers who made this outlet from scratch — if they’ll tolerate me bragging on them real quick.
With four staff members, we compete in the small newsroom division. I selected content to enter regional contests from our launch on Aug. 31, 2021 through the last day of the year. And four months of stories and columns managed to win or place in many categories.
That speaks to just how devoted these reporters and columnists are to serving their communities with clear, high-quality, thoughtful reporting that sees stories not only from the vantage point of government halls, but from where policy meets the dirt road out in front of your house.
Some of the articles that won awards explore embedded social and systemic problems, and the resulting hardships. As I read through the stories again, I’m thinking of the people who took time to speak with Source reporters about their experiences and knowledge. Thank you for sharing your expertise.
As always, questions, concerns and complaints can be sent to [email protected]. I’ll take story tips, too, and get them assigned to one of the reporters I’m so lucky to work with.
Top of the Rockies awards from the Society of Professional Journalists
First Place, Agriculture Feature
First Place, Extended Coverage
Shaun Griswold for his reporting on the gravesite under 4-H Park, including this story:
First Place, Legal Feature
Austin Fisher for the series Young and Incarcerated
First Place, Politics News
First Place, Business Feature
First Place, Health News
Lissa Knudsen — Rise in newborn syphilis cases prompts DOH intervention
Second Place, Health Feature
Second Place, Enterprise Reporting
Second Place, Short-Form Feature
Margaret Wright — Another difficult journey
Second Place, Series or Package
Patrick Lohmann and Austin Fisher for the housing series, including this story:
Second Place, Legal News
Second Place, Politics Feature
Patrick Lohmann — Tribal coalition left in the dark as redistricting nears, member says
Second Place, Science and Tech News
Third Place, Science and Tech Feature
Shaun Griswold — New Mexico’s lone shark attack
Third Place, Education News
Shaun Griswold for District policies blocked students from learning remotely
Third Place, Best Solutions Journalism
Arlyssa Becenti — Volunteers deliver firewood before the snow hits
The New Mexico Press Women’s Communications Contest
First Place, News Story, Online Publication
First Place, Feature Story, Online Publication
First Place, Agriculture Writing, Online Publication
First place, In-Depth Reporting, Online Publication
Austin Fisher and Patrick Lohmann for all of their coverage of housing during the pandemic, including this one:
First Place, Editorial / Opinion
Margaret Wright — Decline an invitation to any party eating its own
Second Place, Personal Column
Barbara Jordan — What was it all for?
Second Place, Continuing Coverage / Unfolding News
Shaun Griswold for all of his stories about the Albuquerque Indian School gravesite, including this one:
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