Entries Tagged as 'New Mexico Mercury'

‘New’ Media Making Newsworthy In-Roads

May 1st, 2015 · No Comments · environment, journalism

By Denise Tessier For the second time in as many days, this morning’s Albuquerque Journal carried a front-page story that had been covered first by other New Mexico media. In “DA Fears for her safety after charging APD officers,” the Journal directly quoted District Attorney Kari Brandenburg’s comments that had been published in last week’s […]

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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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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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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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Journal Editorials Omit Key Information in Laying Foundation for Positions They Take

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments · Fact Check, journalism, tax policy

By Denise Tessier Two recent Albuquerque Journal editorials – on why Americans should celebrate the Fourth of July (“Try Asking a Guatemalan”) and one on the nation’s debt – were called out for criticism by JournalWatch colleague Arthur Alpert last week, and caught my attention as well because of their distorted “analysis”. But, sadly, the […]

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Washington Post Offer Gives Journal Readers Opportunity for Different World View

June 20th, 2014 · No Comments · energy policy, environment, journalism

By Denise Tessier I’d like to dovetail with the most recent post by my colleague, Arthur Alpert, and concur that I, too, was impressed with the Albuquerque Journal’s announcement that its subscribers would get the added bonus of “free access to the Washington Post online.” First, however, I must sidetrack to note that 10 days […]

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WIPP: Reconsidering the ‘Impossible’

April 1st, 2014 · 1 Comment · environment

By Denise Tessier Before the leak, a radiation incident at WIPP was considered virtually impossible. . . That’s a line from the Journal’s March 27 editorial in which the Albuquerque Journal revealed a collective change of heart about the infallibility of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, the only existing repository for the nation’s […]

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Off Track Coverage and ‘Grandstanding’

February 24th, 2014 · 2 Comments · environment, NM Legislature

By Denise Tessier Gov. Susana Martinez and the state helicopter were in the Albuquerque Journal last week (Feb. 21), but not Amtrak trains. Missing from the state’s leading newspaper was a story about what New Mexico plans to do about a proposed partnership with Colorado, Kansas, Amtrak and track owner Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway […]

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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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Heather Wilson Gets the Last Word

November 18th, 2013 · No Comments · open government, Uncategorized, Washington

By Denise Tessier The Albuquerque Journal was generous in giving one-time New Mexico congresswoman Heather Wilson a forum to explain further her $10,000-a-month contract from Sandia National Laboratories, a lucrative deal in which money started accruing to Wilson the day after she left office. Wilson was given a good part of the Nov. 11 Journal […]

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