Las Cruces Sun-News Wins 7 Awards in State Journalism Competition – Las Cruces Sun-News | Team Cansler

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Press Association honored the best New Mexico newspaper writers, photographers and advertisers at Saturday’s Better Newspaper Contest banquet.

That Las Cruces Sun News won three first place awards and four second place awards, and took home seven plaques. Additionally, Sun News Reporter Justin Garcia won awards for supporting the Ruidoso News cover the McBride Fire.

The NMPA organization gave awards to newspapers in four categories. That Sun News competes in the major leagues, along with the state’s largest newspapers. Garcia’s Recognition Report for the Ruidoso News came in the small, weekly section.

Sun News Reporter Michael McDevitt received first place in the Best News Writing category for a profile on Desert Hope Apartments, an affordable housing development for previously homeless residents. The story is titled, “Desert Hope promised a model for the homeless transition. Now tenants and employees say it is a neglected property.”

One judge wrote: “Well written, goes well beyond – tracking what could have been and what is.”

McDevitt also won second place in Business Writing for his story of once-vacant lots finding new life as cannabis shops.

Sun News News director Lucas Peerman and reporters Algernon D’Ammassa, Miranda Cyr and Leah Romero have teamed up to win first place in a new category in 2022: COVID-19 in Your Community. In this category, newspapers were asked to submit up to five print editions with coverage of the pandemic.

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