Herald staff writer wins national award

Durango Herald Staff Writer Jordyn Dahl won first-place honors Tuesday in a national competition dedicated to recognizing outstanding journalism that covers business topics involving minorities.

Dahl was honored for her stories about Navajo Nation’s negotiations to buy the Navajo Mine near Fruitland from BHP Billiton. The main story took an in-depth look into the tribe’s energy business history and the implications the purchase could have on the tribe’s economy, its members and residents throughout the region.

She also wrote a companion piece that examined the health costs of buying the coal mine by featuring tribal members who blame coal for their health problems.

Her stories were among 30 entries nationwide. The competition stemmed from a 12-week program through the International Center for Journalists that explores how journalism can improve the financial literacy of minorities across the United States.

International Center for Journalists is a nonprofit, professional organization based in Washington, D.C., that advances quality journalism worldwide.