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Students, Alumni Rack Up 2014 Honors

  • By Newmark J-School Staff

Alumni and students of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism have claimed a number of awards and fellowships in recent journalism competitions.

Here’s a list of winners:

* Crain’s New York Business won a Jesse Neal award for best of use of video, based in large part on the work of Ken Christensen, ’12, and Irina Ivanova, ’13, both graduates of the Business & Economics Reporting program. The three videos cited covered income disparity, businesses still struggling a year after Superstorm Sandy, and tiny food stores that operate in as little as 85 square feet.

* Mariana Marcaletti, ’14, won a $5,000 scholarship from The Foreign Press Association of New York and will be honored at the group’s annual dinner in May. The FPA’s yearly scholarships are given to promising international graduate students of journalism.

* Jordan Davidson, ’13, won a fellowship from the Association of Health Care Journalists to attend the AHCJ’s annual conference from Mar. 27-30 in Denver.

* Narratively, an indepth storytelling platform founded by 2012 Entrepreneurial Journalism Fellow Noah Rosenberg, won best website at Pictures of the Year international, beating National Geographic Magazine.

* This video by ’10 alum Almudena Toral, who teaches Video Storytelling for the Web, was named the top News Multimedia story in the 2014 Pictures of the Year International competition.

* Nathan Fitch, who came from Hunter College to take Bob Sacha’s Video Storytelling class last year, won 2d place in the POY News Multimedia category for a powerful story on Hurricane Sandy, which he created as a class assignment and later sold to

* The Delegation of the European Union to the United States has selected Brock Stoneham, a December 2013 graduate with a concentration in International Reporting, and Class of 2014 International Reporting student Alexis Barnes for an all-expenses-paid press visit to Brussels for U.S. graduate journalism students. During the five-day study trip (March 23-28), Brock and Alexis will learn about the main EU institutions, issues, decision-making procedures, and media resources. They will also have an opportunity to meet European and U.S. correspondents based in Brussels to establish valuable contacts for their future careers.