Entries from January 31st, 2013

Graduation Numbers Get Attention, But Don’t Fully Explain What’s Going on in Education

January 31st, 2013 · 2 Comments · Education

By Denise Tessier Once again, Journal education reporter Hayley Heinz has gone beyond the staged announcements she dutifully reports in the Journal to delve further into what’s going on in the state’s schools. This time, she went farther on two fronts, one of which is especially significant. First, to her credit, Heinz followed up a […]

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Compounding the Crime: The Journal’s Minimal Standards for Its Minimum Wage “Expert”

January 24th, 2013 · 1 Comment · economy, journalism, labor, role of government, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert There they go again! Albuquerque Journal editors, I mean. Not satisfied with manipulating a news story to advocate for freezing Santa Fe’s minimum wage, they rushed to compound the felony. I will explain but first let’s recapitulate. Just the other day, Jan. 18, I alerted you to an ersatz news story wherein […]

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Follow-up on Books, New Journalism, Plus Something Related to Guns

January 22nd, 2013 · No Comments · journalism

By Denise Tessier The Sunday Journal Books page hasn’t had its last chapter after all (“The Book Review’s Last Chapter,” Dec. 12).  The Books page continued to run Jan. 13 and Jan. 20, after the departure of long-time editor David Steinberg, and in the spot once reserved for Steinberg’s local books column a similar feature […]

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You Can’t Buy This Kind of Publicity – and Credibility

January 21st, 2013 · 2 Comments · budget policy, economy, Education, energy policy, environment, NM Legislature, regulation, tax policy

By Denise Tessier You can’t pay for advertising this good, and thanks to the Albuquerque Journal, the conservative, roll back-regulation-thumping Rio Grande Foundation doesn’t have to take out ads. On Saturday, RGF hit pay dirt with a full-blown news story on the Business page about its “unique, 21-day report on the state’s regulatory environment and […]

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For “Expert” Analysis on Minimum Wage, Journal Turns to Corporate PR Firm with a History

January 18th, 2013 · 3 Comments · economy, labor

By Arthur Alpert Believe me, I intended to follow up today on my last post, evaluating the Journal’s coverage thus far of the 2013 Legislature. And I was determined to view it through the prism of my thesis – there exist two Journals, the staff operation (professional) and the editors’ publication (politicized). I will do […]

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Blog Goes Beyond Print to Debunk Myths on Education

January 15th, 2013 · 3 Comments · Education, NM Legislature

By Denise Tessier With education reform again on the to-do lists of both the governor and state legislators, it behooves those involved to be alert for outside agendas that might influence the discussion – and any outcomes that might result during this year’s legislative session. On Jan. 9, Journal education reporter Hayley Heinz did readers […]

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Two Journals

January 14th, 2013 · 3 Comments · campaign finance reform, energy policy, environment, journalism, NM Legislature, tax policy

By Arthur Alpert (January 10) Here we are, 10, 11 days into 2013 and I haven’t written a word about the Albuquerque Journals. Yes, Journals. Plural. If all this Journal-watching has clarified anything, it’s that there exist two newspapers in one body, a variation on the old Steve Martin movie. The local staff does professional […]

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Launch Holds Promise for New Mexico Readers

January 7th, 2013 · 2 Comments · journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier As promised, New Mexico in Depth launched its series on Gov. Susana Martinez this past weekend, beginning with an in-depth interview with the governor. The piece, “Combativeness could harm legacy, some say,” is buttressed by comments from both supporters and detractors regarding the governor’s relationship with the State Legislature, little more than […]

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New Year, New Sites in New Mexico Journalism

January 4th, 2013 · 1 Comment · journalism

By Denise Tessier If, like me, you’ve wondered where the news and other parts of the Weekly Alibi went, you will find many of them at New Mexico’s newest online journalism venture, nmcompass.com. The heart and soul of the news side of the Alibi – writers Marisa Demarco, Margaret Wright and Carolyn Carlson — are […]

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