A scrap over DWI coverage spurs accountability questions

Highway in San Juan County, New Mexico.  Image via Granger Meador/Flickr.

Highway in San Juan County, New Mexico. Image via Granger Meador/Flickr.

From Columbia Journalism Review.

In New Mexico, where cautionary billboards dot the landscape and headlines about drunk driving-related traffic deaths are ubiquitous, it’s always newsworthy when someone powerful gets popped for driving while intoxicated. It’s arguably more newsworthy when they get out of it.

But depending on their news sources, New Mexico residents may have come away from a recent DWI story with significantly different ideas of its importance—and wildly different understandings of the reporting that yielded it.

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