Outlet: Broomfield Enterprise
Journalist: Megan Quinn
Tags: community journalism, crime reporting
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Megan Quinn of the Broomfield Enterprise wins the DFMie as Digital First Media’s Journalist of the Year for newsrooms that don’t publish daily in print.
The nomination from Editor Julie Baxter detailed Quinn’s 2012 performance:
Megan is a workhorse. Being the only staff writer for a twice-weekly requires that, but her work shines and serves Broomfield residents well. We are the primary news source in Broomfield and Megan does an excellent job of keeping folks in the know on issues large and small. The community and the Enterprise is lucky to have her.
Links Baxter submitted in support of Quinn’s nomination:
This links shows her ability to cover a breaking news story (fatal shooting at auto repair shop) and flesh out information long before officials were willing to release key details.
This link shows what Megan did on her day off, the day following the shooting, and how she added context about the victim and suspect’s relationship and details about her life. (Note the double byline b/c the name of the suspect was released well into the evening).
This link shows Megan’s ability to write with compassion about a very sensitive subject, again long before officials had released the victim’s name.
This link shows Megan’s follow up on the fatal officer-involved shooting, looking at the issue in a broader context.
These links show Megan’s ability to cover other issues, both “hard” and “soft” that matter to people in Broomfield:
DFMie judges explained why they chose Quinn:
Megan Quinn, notably on her day off, dug up details on a relationship between a murder victim—a woman who worked at a local Saab dealership—and the suspect, something police were reticent to comment on. The shoe-leather quality of her reporting is noteworthy and especially remarkable given the fact that she is the Broomfield Enterprise’s only staff writer. Quinn’s reporting on sensitive issues was sympathetic to both sides and offered context for a delicate news event. She balanced outside experts with family and witness testimony well to create a nuanced look at a tragic event in such a way that could help the community understand both what happened that day, and how it fits into national discussions surrounding gun control and mental health.
Other finalists for Non-Daily Journalist of the Year were Michael Guardabascio, sports editor of the Gazettes in the Los Angeles News Group, and Linda Finarelli, a reporter for Montgomery County Media in Montgomery County, Pa.
Megan Quinn is a community reporter who has spent the past year covering life in Broomfield, Colo., for the Broomfield Enterprise. She also covers religion for the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo.
Quinn, who got her journalism degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has worked for several publications across the Front Range including Colorado Community Media and the the Loveland Reporter-Herald. Quinn is an active runner, swimmer, homebrewer and birdwatcher who can’t pass up a beautiful day outside.