Entries Tagged as 'Santa Fe Reporter'

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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Editorial on Griego Resignation Exposes Gap in News Coverage

March 18th, 2015 · No Comments · journalism, NM Legislature, state government, Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert What follows probably constitutes a first. I don’t remember ever digging into a single Albuquerque Journal editorial for a post. But what the editorial board said Tuesday, March 17, under the headline, “Griego resignation fallout sends politics into the mud” deserves attention for its tone, what it gets right and what it […]

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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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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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Governor Has Upper Hand in Media Coverage of HSD Controversy

September 16th, 2013 · 2 Comments · health care reform, open government, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier “Piecemeal” best describes coverage the Albuquerque Journal has given to what is turning out to be the biggest story of the year in New Mexico – the decimation of the state’s medical providers in behavioral health. With every story that runs, questions remain, including the most important: how all this turmoil affects […]

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Controversial Photos, Art and Other Loose Ends

July 25th, 2013 · No Comments · journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier Saying it was responding to reader criticism, the Albuquerque Journal provided a service in running prominently (on A2, July 16) a “recent” photo of Trayvon Martin, which it placed side by side with the “younger” portrayal generally used by news media in depicting the teenager killed in February 2012 by George Zimmerman. […]

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More on Word Power, This Time Related to Perceived Sexism and Voter Fraud

April 16th, 2013 · 2 Comments · journalism, Uncategorized, voting rights

By Denise Tessier As a follow-up to the post on the importance of the Associated Press admonition against use of “illegals” in covering immigration, two further examples of powerful word choice by news organizations, both national and local, merit discussion. The first involves a national obituary and its poor choice in word-phrase placement, which has […]

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Changes to Journal Story, Headline Catch Santa Fe Reporter’s Eye

February 13th, 2013 · 1 Comment · journalism, Uncategorized

By Denise Tessier It’s unusual for one newspaper to comment on another’s editorial decisions, but the Santa Fe Reporter did just that this past week (Feb. 8) in questioning why an Albuquerque Journal headline was changed to take on a “softer tone” toward the governor and why a story was taken off the web and […]

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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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