Entries Tagged as 'ABQJournalWatch.com'

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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Journal Silent on Udall’s Chemical Industry Regulation Bill

March 20th, 2015 · No Comments · Congress, environment, journalism, regulation, Washington

By Denise Tessier Both the Santa Fe New Mexican and the New York Times this past week have weighed in with editorials about New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall’s bill that would update federal law regulating chemicals. As of this writing, the Albuquerque Journal has not. The Journal’s Washington, D.C. correspondent, Michael Coleman, has done an […]

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New Mexican Directly Addresses Readers After Editor’s DWI Arrest

March 20th, 2015 · No Comments · journalism

By Denise Tessier The Santa Fe New Mexican deserves credit for publishing a story last Thursday (March 12) about the arrest of its own editor on suspicion of drunken driving earlier that same day. That it would follow the story with an opinion piece from the newspaper’s owner a week later (March 19) is even […]

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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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Where No Newspaper(s) Had Gone Before

February 12th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Congress, Mexico, role of government

By Denise Tessier Few in New Mexico likely noticed the obituary that ran in the Los Angeles Times this week (Feb. 9), but the tribute to former Times reporter Laurie Becklund is worth noting, both for her extraordinary contributions to international and domestic journalism but also for an unusual and pioneering connection to the Albuquerque […]

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Former Journal Staffer Weighs In on What He Sees as a Diversion From Gila Dam Issue

January 19th, 2015 · 1 Comment · environment, journalism, open government, state government

By Denise Tessier Today’s Albuquerque Journal Op Ed Page contained an opinion piece that could have fit in nicely here at ABQJournalWatch as a post. So, I bring attention to it, noting that its author, Bill Hume, is uniquely qualified to write this piece about the Journal’s coverage of the Gila River “diversion” project. “Central […]

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New Mexico Legislature Coverage Holds Promise To Be Really Good This Year

January 11th, 2015 · 1 Comment · journalism, NM Legislature

By Denise Tessier Washington Post political blogger Chris Cillizza more than once has written that a serious casualty of the shrinking of mainstream news organizations this past decade is “the disappearance of really good state capitol coverage.” With that in mind, he praised as “very smart” the Associated Press’ announcement last month that it would […]

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Shining a Light on the Attacks on Solar Energy

January 9th, 2015 · 2 Comments · energy policy, environment, journalism, regulation

By Denise Tessier A year ago this month, I posted some of the 2014 new year’s goals for the powerful “bill mill” known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), one of which was to protect polluters and attack clean energy sources by metering and charging those who produce their own solar energy. A few […]

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Not Much Fanfare Now That Solyndra Loan Program Promise Is Fulfilled

January 3rd, 2015 · No Comments · energy policy, environment, journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier During years of constant claims by conservatives – parroted by media like the Albuquerque Journal – the name “Solyndra” became shorthand for a fool’s errand, both in terms of the promise of green alternative energy and the Obama administration’s encouragement of it. So, now that the federal loan program behind Solyndra has […]

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