Newspaper also wins first-place awards for series, digital breaking news and education...
BERNALILLO — The Daily Times was recognized for having the best news and sports coverage in the state among large-circulation, daily newspapers at the New Mexico Press Association's annual convention.
The Daily Times staff was awarded first place for "News Coverage" and for "Sports Coverage" during the 2015 Better Newspaper Contest awards banquet Saturday evening at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa.
Reporter Dan Schwartz and Editor Chris Roberts won first place in "Series or Continuing Coverage" for stories about significant levels of human waste bacteria found in San Juan County rivers.
Reporter Hannah Grover, Photographer Alexa Rogals and City Editor Magdalena Wegrzyn also won first place for "Breaking News — Digital" for coverage of an officer-involved shooting in November that killed Myles Roughsurface.
And Reporter Joshua Kellogg won a first-place "Education Writing" award for a story about a family withdrawing their daughter from Farmington High School because of administrators' response to her suicide attempt on campus.
Schwartz and Roberts also won second place in "Investigative Reporting" for a series of stories examining flaws in New Mexico's enforcement of campaign finance reporting laws. Roberts also won second place for "Editorials" for an editorial that called Secretary of State Dianna Duran's lax enforcement of campaign finance reporting laws a dereliction of her duties.
Business Editor James Fenton won a second-place award in "Business Writing" for a story on unpaid workers who helped build the Microtel Inn & Suites in Aztec.
The Daily Times competes in the "Daily Newspapers, Class 1" division, which includes the largest newspapers in New Mexico. The contest period includes work published from July 1, 2014 to June 30. More than 1,530 entries were submitted this year.