The El Paso Times localized the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq war in a powerful way, winning the March DFMie for the Texas/New Mexico cluster of Digital First Media.
Editor Bob Moore explained in his nomination:
March marked the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, and it also marked the 10th anniversary of the worst fiasco of the war’s early days, the ambush of the 507th Maintenance Company from Fort Bliss. Nine soldiers from the post were killed, and six others held captive (this is the Jessica Lynch unit.) The El Paso Times pulled together a compelling multimedia package that included former POWs and the families of soldiers who died.
Judges praised the package:
I thought the anniversary package richly wove together the “then” and the “now” through words and photos and video. After the national media have long moved on from what had been a major story, it was reassuring to see the journalists of the hometown newspaper update their community about the soldiers who returned home safely and those who did not.
The package of stories entitled “507th Remembered” assembled by The El Paso Times were an important, if not mandatory look back at the local and worldwide look of the impact of the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War. The presentation and online layout was an important draw to readers interested in what the narratives brought.
This is part of the announcement of the March DFMie for the Texas/New Mexico cluster of Digital First Media.