Transplant Evangelist, Detained Immigrants, Gaga Antics
It was my pleasure to represent the J-School at the EPpy awards this past week. While the News Service didn’t win (Indiana University took top honors), I can report from my conversations with various industry folks that our School’s national reputation is growing – and the word is quite good.
Meanwhile, here are some clips from the end of the semester and the beginning of internship season:
•Hannah Rappleye’s two-part look at life in the Bronx’ River Park Towers development found a home in City Limits.
•Samantha Stark produced a video for WNYC about a great place to catch the World Cup. (The video is at the bottom of the page.)
•Courtney Carter helped put together this spelling bee video for ABC.
•Walter Smith-Randolph’s story about a works program for non-documented Haitian immigrants made the Brooklyn Eagle.
•Shane Dixon Kavanaugh’s profile of a self-proclaimed “transplant evangelist” was featured in The Oregonian.
•This eye-popping video by Mariana Vasconcellos made The Wall Street Journal’s Metropolis page.
•Simone Sebastian’s video about a group of New Yorkers who visit detained immigrants can be found on the News Service.
•Sherry Mazzocchi’s story about artist Tom Otterness getting some major Google juice made the Daily News. Meanwhile, Bobby Melok wrote about ticket-scalping shenanigans at the NBA Finals, and Joe Tacopino chronicled longtime punk act The Melvins’ brief brush with the mainstream.
•Rochana Rapkins’ story about men’s reluctance to visit the doctor made New York Press.
• Juan DeJesus wrote about Lady Gaga’s Mets game misbehavior for NBCNewYork.com. Maria Eugenia Miranda, meanwhile, reported on plans to induct Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin into the Apollo Theater Hall of Fame.
•The Local is thriving, thanks to contributions from Alex Abad-Santos, Thomas Chan, Dan Chung, Liza Eckert, Sam Roudman, and Mitch Trinka. Check out the latest here.
In our (very busy) Alumni Corner:
• Kieran Meadows produced a radio documentary about military recruiting in Brooklyn that aired on WBAI and more than 100 stations across the country.
•Indrani Datta’s News Service story about Jesse Helms’ FBI file got some nice pickup.
•Rima Abdelkader’s feature about a Telemundo soap opera that tackles Islamic-themed cultural clashes found a home in Women’s eNews.
•Lakshmi Gandhi’s post about a racy, 1999 Lotto commercial that’s come back – on YouTube – to haunt a famous Indian actress made Gawker.TV.
Congrats to all – and keep ‘em coming!
Director, NYCity News Service