Entries Tagged as 'Denise Tessier'

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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Hacker Incident: What’s the Journal Got To Hide?

December 25th, 2014 · 2 Comments · journalism

By Denise Tessier “Hacker attacks Journal website” was the headline on a brief four inches of copy deep inside the Albuquerque Journal’s print edition Christmas Day. The story said the Journal’s website had to be taken down for “several hours” Wednesday morning “after someone posted an altered version” of a news report of a police […]

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Piecemeal Treatment on a Story of Toxic Proportions

December 11th, 2014 · 1 Comment · energy policy, environment, journalism, role of government

By Denise Tessier Catching up after three weeks away from both a computer and New Mexico news, one story jumped out among the many I’d missed. It wasn’t in the Albuquerque Journal, but the Weekly Alibi. Written by University of New Mexico Professor David Correia, the Nov. 27 Alibi piece was headlined “Welcome to Albuquerque, […]

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More National Attention for New Mexico Police

November 10th, 2014 · 4 Comments · regulation, role of government

By Denise Tessier (November 10, 2014) In newsroom vernacular, the New York Times “scooped” papers in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces with its report on overzealous police departments and civil forfeiture laws, which ran in the Times Sunday (Nov. 9). It would be hoped that the local papers do some follow-up on this one, […]

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