An Award, Art Therapy, A Homemade Restaurant

  • By CUNY J-School Staff

It was my pleasure earlier this week to pick up the News Service’s Best Independent Online Student Publication award at SPJ’s National Mark of Excellence Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. I’m glad to report that the word on the street – or, in this case, The Strip – about the J-School is very positive. Here are some more examples of the fine work that’s earning the J-School recognition:

• Members of “The Mott Haven Six” – six Craft students who chose Bronx CD1 and are spending extra time working with Prof. Bernard Stein to report for the Mott Haven Herald – scored their first clips last week. Lisha Arino covered the first Harlem River Festival for the Herald. Dan Rosenblum covered the “I am the Bronx” block party for The Hunts Point Express.

•Amy Yensi’s story about the failure of businesses around Yankee Stadium to cash in on the Jay-Z and Eminem concert made Crain’s New York Business.

•Al Barbarino’s article about an art show featuring work by mentally ill adults was featured in the Brooklyn Eagle, as was Lily Rothman’s piece about a voice from Brooklyn’s past.

•Our News Service has been hopping: David Montalvo and Janet Lawrence combined on a video piece about improvements at a Hell’s Kitchen community center. Jessica Courtemanche and Christopher Schuetze teamed on a video story about changes at McDonald’s. Sherry Mazzocchi’s offered an exclusive on Lena Horne’s FBI file, while Hannah Rappleye scored Art Linkletter’s file.

•Ian Chant’s gallery of photo snapped at the Medieval Festival in Ft. Tryon Park made Gothamist.

•Almudena Toral’s article about the challenges facing women bloggers in Afghanistan was featured in Women’s eNews.

•Azriel James Relph’s story about a call to raise taxes on the wealthy in Washington state found a home in Newsweek.

•The Local logged contributions by, among others, Lea Baron, Krissy Dolor, Liza Eckert, Spencer Freeman, Zachary Kussin, Emily Lavin, Bobby Melok and Mitch Trinka. Check out the latest here.

•Speaking of The Times… Shane Dixon Kavanaugh’s story about what you might call a homemade restaurant was featured on the City Room blog.

•Speaking of Shane… The latest issue of his magazine, Overflow, is now available online, and features contributions from Alex Abad-Santos and alum Valerie Lapinski.

Speaking of our busy alumni…

•Jessica Firger wrote a piece for The Wall Street Journal about dating in the age of bedbugs.

•Xiomara Martinez-White reported from London for The Times’ In Transit blog on a “Mad Men”-like display at the Fashion and Textile Museum.

•Just catching up to a piece Clark Merrefield wrote for The IRE Journal this summer chronicling the story behind the story of the award-winning investigative piece he worked on with Stephen Bronner, Joshua Cinelli, Dan Macht, Rosaleen Ortiz and Matt Townsend. The original story, “Wrongful Conviction, Unequal Compensation,” can be found on the 219 Magazine site. Stop by my office to check out a copy of Clark’s account in The IRE Journal.

Congrats to all – and keep ‘em coming!


Jere Hester