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    J-School Captures 12 SPJ Excellence Awards

    By Jere Hester | Last updated on Monday, March 10th, 2014 at 2:35 pm


    J-School media outlets – including 219 West, the AudioFiles podcast and the NYCity News Service – were cited for work that included the News Service's coverage of Superstorm Sandy's aftermath.

    J-School media outlets – 219 West, the AudioFiles podcast and the NYCity News Service – were cited for work that included the News Service’s coverage of Superstorm Sandy’s aftermath.

    CUNY Graduate School of Journalism news outlets – including 219 West TV news magazine, the AudioFiles podcast and the NYCity News Service – scored a total 12 awards in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards competition for Region 1, which covers most of the Northeast.

    First-place finishers, which will be announced April 26 at Region 1’s annual Spring Conference, to be held at Boston University, become eligible for national SPJ awards.

    Among the J-School winners in the competition, which honors the best in student journalism:

    •219 West made the Best All-Around Television Newscast category.

    •AudioFiles produced two winning projects: Ann Marie Awad and Topher Forhecz placed in the Radio In-Depth Reporting category for their City in Demand series. Kathleen Culliton’s report, “Gliding Toward Olympic Glory,” made the Radio Sports Reporting category.

    AudioFiles is posted on the NYCity News Service, which won another nine awards – including a finalist slot in the Best Independent Online Student Publication category. NYCity News Service multimedia special reports also took two of the three places in each of four other categories:

    In Sandy’s Wake and Rich Playground/Poor Playground made the Online In-Depth Reporting category.

    #NYC2013: New York’s New Era and Tell Us What #Povertyis, a collaboration with NBC News, made the Best Use of Multimedia category.

    The Bloomberg Legacy and Rich Playground/Poor Playground made the Online News Reporting category.

    Creative Challenges and Sense in the City made the Online Feature Reporting category.

    Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, the 9,000-member SPJ is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.

    The NYCity News Service, which debuted in 2007, feeds multimedia content to news organization of various types and sizes, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post and DNAinfo.com. The News Service has collected numerous honors from the Online News Association, eduStyle, Editor & Publisher’s EPPY Awards competition and the SPJ, which, in 2010, named the site the best of its kind in the nation. Last year, The Doctor Drain, a multimedia report that examined the primary healthcare crisis in New York, earned the national SPJ Mark of Excellence Award for Online In-Depth Reporting.

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