Las Cruces Sun-News wins 7 awards in state journalism contest

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Press Association recognized the best of New Mexico’s newspaper writing, photography and advertising at the Better Newspaper Contest banquet on Saturday.

The Las Cruces Sun-News Seven plaques were brought home by the seven winners, who won four first-place and three second-place awards. Additional, Sun-News Justin Garcia, reporter won awards for his work in the area of reporting Ruidoso News covers the McBride Fire.

Four divisions were awarded by the NMPA organization. The Sun-News Competes with the biggest newspapers in the state in the top Division. Garcia’s recognition reporting on the Ruidoso News The small weekly division was the winner.

Sun-News First place in Best News Writing was won by Michael McDevitt for his story on Desert Hope apartments. This affordable housing development provides homes for previously homeless residents. “Desert Hope promised to be a model for transitioning the unhoused,” is the title of the story. Tenants and staff claim that it is a neglected property.

The Desert Hope apartment complex on Thursday, June 16, 2022. The complex, owned by Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority, houses 40 people who were previously experiencing homelessness.

A judge wrote: “Well written, goes above and beyond — follows up on what could have been vs, what is.”

McDevitt won second place in Business Writing, for his story on how once empty properties can be transformed into cannabis shops.

Sun-News News Director Lucas Peerman and reporters Algernond’Ammassa Miranda Cyr and Leah Romero collaborated to win first place for a new category, COVID-19 in your Community. This category allowed newspapers to submit five printed editions that included pandemic coverage.

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