I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
The Independent’s Jennings wins two journalism prizes
The New Mexico Independent’s Trip Jennings (above, center) won two second place awards in the annual statehouse reporting contest sponsored by the Association Capitol Reporters and Editors.
Jennings’ award-winning stories told of an Albuquerque city contractor who alleged corruption in then-Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez’s CityHall and of Gov. Bill Richardson and staff leaving the scene of a boat crash during the 2009 Labor Day weekend at Elephant Butte State Park.
In addition to this year’s awards, Jennings won a 1st place award in 2009 from the Association Capitol Reporters and Editors for his report on the explosion of contracts during Richardson’s tenure that went to a firm managed by one of his friends.
Earlier this year Jennings also shared in the First Amendment Award given collectively to The Independent by the American Civil Liberties Union New Mexico chapter.