Las Cruces Sun-News wins awards for photography, design and news coverage


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Press Association recognized the Las Cruces Soleil-News with awards for photography, design and media coverage at its annual Best Newspaper Awards Banquet on Saturday.

Sun-News photographer Nathan J. Fish won first place in the Daily Class 1 General News Photo category for an image that captured a Memorial Medical Center nurse looking after her father die from COVID-19.

“A tender, haunting moment,” one judge commented on the photo.

The Sun-News staff got second place in the Daily Class 1 Design & Typography category. Among the first pages the Sun-News submitted in his contest entry was a collage of images captured in the midst of COVID-19 on the first anniversary of the date the World Health Organization officially declared the disease a pandemic. The photo collage was designed by Fish and featured the photo of the nurse and her father.

The Las Cruces Sun-News front page from March 11, 2021 featured a collage of images amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sun-News Staff also received second place in the Daily News (All Classes) category for their coverage of the death of Karen Trujillo.

Trujillo, the superintendent of public schools in Las Cruces, was hit by a vehicle while walking her dogs the evening of Thursday February 25, 2021. After learning of the incident, Sun-News reporters worked until the early hours to confirm and report the death of the beloved superintendent.

News of Trujillo’s death reportedly not featured in the print edition of the Sun-News until the edition of Saturday February 27. At that time, the Sun-News had published 14 articles online, including community reactions, her legacy in education, Following steps for school district, a emotional interview with her husband, her impact on local sports and even how she was a cheerleader for the Hatch School District.

Following:Remembering Karen Trujillo: In Her Own Words

The Sun-News participates in the Daily Class 1 category of the NMPA Better Newspaper Contest, which is reserved for newspapers with the highest circulation in the state.

Entries for this year’s competition – for the period July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 – were judged by members of the Utah Press Association.

Lucas Peerman can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter at @LittleGuyInATie.


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