Some great news: We scored seven finalist slots in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 1, which covers most of the Northeast. We’ll find out the results March 24 – first-place finishers become eligible for national awards. Finalists include segments from our AudioFiles podcast, and team projects from last year’s Interactive II, Craft II and Craft for Broadcast sections. You’ll find more details here.
In the meantime, check out more of the kind of work that’s getting us recognition from all over:
•The latest from the Mott Haven Herald includes Anika Anand’s article about the proposal to raise the minimum wage to $8.50, Claudia Bracholdt’s story about high teenage pregnancy rates in the neighborhood, Amora McDaniel’s profile of an artist who paints Bronx scenes and Patrica Rey Mallen’s report on concerns about the DOE’s interpretation services for parents.
•Eliza Ronalds–Hannon examined the city’s restaurant grading system for City & State.
•Hannah Miet’s story about City Council Speaker Chris Quinn embracing Kickstarter made The New York Times.
•Peter Moskowitz found a local angle in National Heart Month for the Norwood News.
•Tristan Hallman’s article about the impact of economic turmoil in Italy on the Bronx’ Little Italy found a home in the Daily News. Justin Mitchell reported on complaints about lines inside and outside a food stamps and jobs center in Brooklyn.
•Elbert Chu wrote about race car driver Ken Block’s latest victory in this post for ESPN.com.
A sampling from our bustling Alumni Corner:
•Alva French produced this Associated Press video about the opening of the city’s first LGBT senior citizens center.
•Shane Dixon Kavanaugh profiled an outspoken preservationist for Crain’s New York Business.
•Amy Kraft contributed to this OnEarth info graphic about protecting birds and bats from wind turbines.
•Carla Murphy examined the chilling effect wrought by the arrests of independent journalists covering the Occupy Wall Street movement. You can find her piece in the Columbia Journalism Review.
•WNYC’s Dan Tucker reported that FreshDirect’s big plans for the Bronx don’t include expanding delivery service in the borough.
•The New York Times’ Tanzina Vega’s story about targeted political web ads made Page 1.
Congrats to all — and keep ‘em coming!