Entries Tagged as 'Education'

Was the Journal UpFront Column About Student Letters Fair?

March 21st, 2015 · 6 Comments · Education, inequality, journalism, role of government, state government

By Denise Tessier A week ago (March 13), the Albuquerque Journal gave its most important front page slot – the upper right-hand column – to an UpFront opinion piece by D’Val Westphal, one of the Journal’s editorial writers. It was headlined “Students’ letters show the system isn’t working”. In it, Westphal reported that she had […]

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Good News on the Journal Front

February 22nd, 2015 · 1 Comment · Education, environment, journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Those who lamented the departure of Leslie Linthicum as UpFront columnist for the Albuquerque Journal can take heart with the newspaper’s hiring of former Albuquerque Tribune writer Ollie Reed Jr. The development also is heartening when one considers that this month marked the departure of Journal science writer John Fleck, another UpFront […]

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Journal Gives Susana Martinez a Pass After Stealing Tribal Spotlight

February 13th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Education, journalism, NM Legislature, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Sometimes an editorial opinion topic practically writes itself; it’s there for an editorial writer’s taking. Gov. Susana Martinez’s decision to appear as the sole speaker during the New Mexico Legislature’s American Indian Day session last Friday (Feb. 6) was just such a topic. In serving as sole speaker, she took the spotlight […]

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Journal Helps Whip Up ‘Celebrate Sex’ Controversy at UNM

October 11th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Education, journalism

By Denise Tessier The recent brouhaha over four days of “Celebration of Sex” seminars at the University of New Mexico reminded this reader of the CNM administration’s discomfort when a student newspaper dedicated an issue to sex education at that community college last year. Only this time, it could be argued that the Albuquerque Journal […]

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Headline Spin Reveals Undeniable Favoritism

August 16th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Education, Fact Check, journalism, open government, state government, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Here’s what Rasmussen Reports, the national polling firm, said Thursday, July 24: “A new statewide telephone survey of Likely New Mexico Voters finds Martinez and King each with 43% support. Seven percent (7%) like some other candidate, and another seven percent (7%) are undecided.” Big surprise, huh? Many New Mexicans, given Governor […]

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An Unlikely (But Worthy) Journal Editorial Topic: Forgiveness of Student Loan Debt

August 1st, 2014 · No Comments · budget policy, economy, Education, journalism, tax policy

By Denise Tessier To follow up on yesterday’s post, student loan debt is another topic the Albuquerque Journal editorial board has dealt with incompletely. And it has squandered opportunities to advocate for action that might help put the state and nation on firmer economic ground. First, some background: While the Journal seems to have had […]

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Another Year, Another Press Freedom Incident at CNM

February 27th, 2014 · No Comments · Education, journalism, labor

By Denise Tessier It’s been almost a year since the last incident. And now, we have reports of another misstep by Central New Mexico Community College with regard to its school newspaper, the CNM Chronicle, and student freedom of the press. Kudos to the Albuquerque Journal for covering it. Last year, CNM pulled copies of […]

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On the Education Front: Moving Front and Center, But Wounded From the Fight

February 17th, 2014 · No Comments · Education, NM Legislature

By Denise Tessier Education policy got the play it deserved in the Sunday morning Journal, at the top of the front page. “Education policy in focus at Roundhouse” no doubt was pushed over the top in terms of placement by the newsworthy coming together outside the Capitol Roundhouse of several hundred teachers and parents demonstrating […]

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A Question of Institutional Intellect

January 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment · economy, Education, journalism, labor, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert Sometimes I feel like Pavlov’s dog. Because editors at the Albuquerque Journal regularly substitute political for journalistic decisions, they’ve trained me to salivate at the prospect of identifying the paper’s barely disguised editorial agenda in the news columns. And as you know, I find it and bark. However, on looking away from […]

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On the ALEC Front: A Review – With an Eye Toward 2014

January 6th, 2014 · 1 Comment · campaign finance reform, Education, energy policy, environment, NM Legislature, regulation, tax policy, voting rights

By Denise Tessier In 2013, more light than previously before was shined on the secretive yet highly influential 40-year-old corporatist lobbying organization known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). That light came mostly from blogs, alternative media, journalist Bill Moyers and the British-owned Guardian newspaper, rather than by so-called “mainstream” news. The Albuquerque Journal […]

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