El Paso Matters won three first-place awards and several other honors this weekend at the Texas Managing Editors Conference in Irving.
Two of the first-place awards were for journalism produced with La Verdad of Ciudad Juárez as part of the Puente News Collaborative, a unique binational reporting project.
A three-part series on abortion on the border won first place in the Star Online Package of the Year category. The series was reported by Verónica Martinez of La Verdad and Victoria Rossi of El Paso Matters, with videos and photography by Corrie Boudreaux of El Paso Matters.
The Indigenous diaspora series, which looked at the challenges faced by Indigenous migrants from Central America as they made their way through Mexico with hopes of entering the United States, won first place in the team effort category. The series was reported by René Kladzyk and María Ramos Pacheco of El Paso Matters and Martinez of La Verdad. Boudreaux of El Paso Matters provided the photography.
Robert Moore of El Paso Matters received first-place honors in the freedom of information category for his three-year battle to obtain records about border enforcement efforts from the federal government. Moore’s lawsuit led to the release of documents that shed new light on the Trump administration’s border enforcement efforts.
The abortion series also received an honorable mention award in the team effort category.
Kladzyk received third place in specialty reporting for her border and immigration coverage, and an honorable mention for feature writing. Moore received an honorable mention in feature writing for his reporting on the Border Patrol.
El Paso Matters competed in Class 3A, for news organizations in mid-size Texas cities. The El Paso Times, which competed in the same division, also won several awards, including first-place honors for video, specialty reporting and photojournalism.