Over the weekend, Source New Mexico staff and contributors brought home 23 awards from the 2023 Top of the Rockies Excellence in Journalism Contest.
The contest judged more than 1,750 entries from more than 100 news outlets and freelancers in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.
Source NM won first place in 10 different categories for reporting on election denialism, medical debt and issues in state prison. The publication’s expansive coverage of the Hermit’s Peak-Calf Canyon Fire won multiple awards and placed in several categories with work from multiple reporters. Source NM also won for best news photo, and in a stunner, best sports photo.
Five freelance contributors were honored for their work last year, too. Judges looked at work published in 2022, which is the second year of operation for Source NM.
First place, health: news, for ‘We need someone to stand up for us’: NM fails patients hounded by medical debt collectors
First place, legal: news, for Turmoil at the state’s biggest jail: Staff members flee as crises unfold
First place, mental health: news, for New prison mail policy costly to families – emotionally and financially
First place, news photography, for Families searching for loved ones bring criticism of law enforcement to first Missing in NM Day
First place, sports photography, for State championship tourney at The Pit draws cautious Indigenous players and fans
First place, best solutions journalism: news, for In a tiny NM courtroom, evictions begin again
First place, extended coverage: news, for A prescription for disaster
First place, enterprise reporting: news, for The biggest fire in New Mexico history
Second place, best solutions journalism, for In a tiny NM courtroom, evictions begin again
Third place, enterprise reporting: news, for The biggest fire in New Mexico history
First place, beat reporting: news, for The Election Denial Movement in New Mexico
First place, feature: short form, for Grasses sprout in fresh burn scars as residents get their bearings
Second place, news reporting – single story for, Inside the evacuation zone, people protect animals, homes and each other
Second place, sports: news, for State championship tourney at The Pit draws cautious Indigenous players and fans
Second place, arts and entertainment: news or feature, for Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Raven Chacon on the sounds of home in the Southwest
Third place, business: enterprise reporting, for Picuris Pueblo works to preserve its independence through N.M. recreational cannabis industry
Second place, feature: long form, for ‘It’ll never be the same.’ Northern NM residents fly over burn scar to map damage themselves
Third place, ag and environment: news, for State inspections lag for New Mexico’s primary drinking water source
Third place, business: feature, for NM suffers service industry worker shortage, but positions lack pay, protection and benefits
Second place, science and technology: feature, for New Mexico Downwinders demand recognition, justice
Third place, spot photography, for Officers detain demonstrators during protest on UNM campus against conspiracy theorist Charlie Kirk
Second place, social justice photography, for Friends, family grieve for ‘mighty’ and ‘fearless’ Brett Rosenau
Third place, news column, for Secrecy is a pathogen, too / On the word ‘lie’ and passive voice in covering the SWAT raid / Ronchetti camp can’t stop a scrappy, independent press