The NYCity News Service, the multimedia news outlet run out of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, was named Best Independent Online Student Publication in the country today by the Society of Professional Journalists.
The News Service beat out Northwestern University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, which were national finalists in SPJ’s annual Mark of Excellence Awards. Overall, SPJ received 3,600 entries from student journalists from around the United States.
“This is a great honor,” said Jere Hester, director of the News Service. “It’s a tribute to our staff, faculty, and above all, our students, for doing such a strong job of covering our city, combining the best in traditional reporting with the latest in multimedia storytelling tools.”
The news came less than a month after the New Service took home its third consecutive first-place prize for Best Independent Online Student Publication SPJ’s Region 1, which covers much of the Northeast. Last year, the News Service won a SPJ national award for its localized, multimedia coverage of the 2008 presidential election.
The highlights of the 2009 output by the News Service include, “NYCity Snapshot: 2009 Economic Pulse”, a package of recession-related stories led by an interactive map featuring video interviews of scores of New Yorker; and “Brooklyn Bridges Cultures,” which put faces to changing immigration patterns in the borough via 18 multimedia story packages. Both packages won SPJ Region 1 awards last month.
The News Service, which debuted in 2007, feeds content to news organization of various types and sizes, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and many local newspapers and web sites.
The News Service and other national winners and finalists will be recognized Monday, Oct. 4, at the Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon, which occurs during the 2010 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference at The Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas.