The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s NYCity News Service won three first-place awards – including Best Independent Online Student Publication – Saturday in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards competition for Region 1, which covers most of the Northeast.
The trio of first-place honors led 12 awards captured overall by J-School news outlets, including 219 West TV news magazine and the AudioFiles podcast.
The award winners were announced during the annual SPJ Region 1 Spring Conference, held at Boston University. Tina Pamintuan, the J-School’s director of Radio Projects, and recent grad Kathleen Culliton represented CUNY at the ceremony.
The J-School’s first-place winners, which are now eligible for national SPJ honors, also include Sense in the City, a look at how differently abled New Yorker navigate the city. That special report topped the Online Feature Reporting category. The Bloomberg Legacy, which examines the impact of Michael Bloomberg’s 12-year mayoralty, won the Online News Reporting category.
Meanwhile, 219 West, which airs on CUNY TV, was cited as a finalist in the Best All-Around Television Newscast category. AudioFiles produced two finalists: 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.
NYCity News Service special reports also notched a half-dozen finalist awards in the competition, which honors the best in student journalism:
- In Sandy’s Wake and Rich Playground/Poor Playground made the Online In-Depth Reporting category.
- Rich Playground/Poor Playground also made the Online News 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.
- Creative Challenges 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.