Wins NM Press As­so­ci­a­tion Gen­eral Ex­cel­lence award

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On Satur­day (Oct. 27), The

won the Gen­eral Ex­cel­lence Award from the New Mex­ico Press As­so­ci­a­tion in the weekly di­vi­sion for news­pa­pers with over 5,000 cir­cu­la­tion.

“We were hon­ored to be rec­og­nized by our news­pa­per col­leagues for ex­cel­lence in a broad range of cat­e­gories, and of course for be­ing named the best weekly in the state for the 17th time in the last 18 years,” Pub­lisher Chris Baker said. “This list of awards is yet an­other demon­stra­tion of the hard work the staff at the Taos puts in on a weekly ba­sis.

Other awards were earned across many de­part­ments, from ad­ver­tis­ing de­sign to clas­si­fieds to re­port­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy.

In re­port­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy, a num­ber of awards were won in dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories.

Edi­tor Staci Mat­lock earned first place for her obit­u­ary of Dr. Ron Lu­jan, first Taos Pue­blo sur­geon.

Un­der Mat­lock’s lead­er­ship, the ed­i­to­rial team won sec­ond place in pub­lic ser­vice for the pa­per’s com­pre­hen­sive cov­er­age of the June 5 pri­mary elec­tions. The cat­e­gory is open, with

com­pet­ing against the state’s dailies and week­lies in the cat­e­gory.

As­sis­tant edi­tor Cody Hooks won first place for en­vi­ron­men­tal writ­ing for his cov­er­age of con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cials us­ing hunters to limit the pop­u­la­tion of bighorn sheep in the Río Grande Gorge.

Re­porter John Miller won first place for sports writ­ing in cover­ing a Taos me­chanic who races in the Baja 1000. Miller also earned first place awards in in­ves­tiga­tive re­port­ing for his in-depth re­port­ing on opi­oid ad­dic­tion and for busi­ness writ­ing for his story on re­build­ing main street in Farm­ing­ton, New Mex­ico.

Re­porter Jesse Moya won first place in ed­u­ca­tion re­port­ing for his break­ing story on a stu­dent who brought an air­soft pis­tol to a sports prac­tice. Moya also earned sec­ond place in gen­eral news pho­tog­ra­phy for his work on the Dixon triple homi­cides.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Mor­gan Timms earned first place for her sports photo of a pre­car­i­ously perched bull rider in the Rodeo de Taos. For fea­ture pho­tos, Timms won first and sec­ond place for her shots of the Mother’s Day Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and Michael Franti con­cert in Kit Car­son Park, re­spec­tively.

edi­tor Rick Ro­mancito won first place for his photo se­ries of the Taos Pue­blo Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial ded­i­ca­tion. As a whole,

staff won sec­ond place for best sports cov­er­age among week­lies in its di­vi­sion.

The en­tire clas­si­fieds ad sec­tion—Mary Chavez, Agnes Her­nan­dez and Shirley Mon­dragon—won with a judge’s com­ment of: “Great house ad for sell­ing cars, full-color dis­play ads for re­cruit­ment look amaz­ing. Easy-to-read and nav­i­gate sec­tion to sec­tion.”

In graphic de­sign, Creative Direc­tor Karin Eber­hardt and Pro­duc­tion Man­ager Wil­lard Avery II won nu­mer­ous first place awards in­clud­ing best rate card, re­tail ad, auto ad, real es­tate ad and web ad. Ad­di­tional awards were won in Com­mu­nity/News­pa­per Event An­nounce­ment, Shared/Sig­na­ture Page, and spe­cial sec­tions for the yearly mag­a­zine “Taos Woman.”

New this year, the New Mex­ico Press As­so­ci­a­tion added the cat­e­gory of best break­ing news on the web. The Taos News won first place for the Ute Park Fire Day 1 cov­er­age. Sep­a­rately yet re­lated, The Taos News won best web­site with a judge’s com­ment of: “Taos­ is easy to nav­i­gate and con­tains a wealth of in­for­ma­tion and re­sources. Ex­cel­lent use of pho­tog­ra­phy.”

The awards ban­quet held at the Al­bu­querque Mar­riott capped off a cel­e­bra­tory day for The Taos News, in which the news­pa­per’s pub­lisher Chris Baker was in­ducted into the New Mex­ico Press As­so­ci­a­tion Pub­lish­ers Hall of Fame. A past hon­oree in the Hall of Fame is Robin Mar­tin, the owner of The Taos News and Santa Fe New Mex­i­can.

The Santa Fe New Mex­i­can won 16 first-place honors and took the top prize Satur­day night in the New Mex­ico Press As­so­ci­a­tion’s Bet­ter News­pa­per Con­test.

The news­pa­per cap­tured the Gen­eral Ex­cel­lence Award for daily news­pa­pers with a cir­cu­la­tion above 11,000, the largest cat­e­gory in the state.

The con­test honors work in news, sports and fea­ture writ­ing and re­port­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, de­sign, spe­cial sec­tions, ad­ver­tis­ing and on­line cov­er­age.

In ad­di­tion, staffers were awarded more than a dozen sec­ond-place fin­ishes.

“It takes a com­mit­ted, tal­ented group to put out an ex­cel­lent news­pa­per, and we are in­cred­i­bly proud of this team,” said Tom Cross, pub­lisher of

“We’re grat­i­fied to win the Gen­eral Ex­cel­lence Award be­cause it’s a sign of how hard our folks work across all our plat­forms.”

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