J-School Notches 12 SPJ Excellence Awards

  • By Newmark J-School Staff

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

First-place finishers – to be announced April 18 during Region 1’s annual Spring Conference at Hofstra University – become eligible for national SPJ awards.

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

  • Bianca Flowers placed in the TV General News Reporting category for her report, “The Charter School Divide,” which aired on 219 West TV news magazine, a student-produced broadcast that runs on CUNY TV.
  • Julie Strickland made the Non-Fiction Magazine Article category for her 219 Magazine story, “Raw Milk.”
  • AudioFiles produced three winning projects: Kristen Clark placed in the Radio Feature category for “Kinder Egg Surprise.” Two AudioFiles reports made the Radio In-Depth Reporting category: Gwynne Hogan’s “Beleaguered School in Far Rockaway Bounces Back” and Danny Lewis’ “Veins of the City.”

AudioFiles is posted on the NYCity News Service, which won another seven awards – including a finalist slot in the Best Independent Online Student Publication category. NYCity News Service multimedia special reports also placed in three other categories and swept the Online In-Depth Reporting competition:

  • Stop the Mold,” a special report, produced in conjunction with the New York Daily News, that chronicles the scourge of mold in New York City public housing, placed in the Online News Reporting and Online In-Depth Reporting categories.
  • Chasing Fires,” which examines the impact of arson in New York City, made the Online News Reporting and Online In-Depth Reporting categories.
  • “DenseCity,” which looks at how New York will navigate a future with less space and more people, places in the Online In-Depth Reporting category.
  • NYC Street Signs,” which tells the stories behind the names of city streets, made the Online Feature Reporting Category.

In addition, Class of ’14 members Rosa Goldensohn and Rachael Levy were cited for their story for The Nation, The State Where Giving Birth Can Be Criminal,” which was produced as their J-School capstone project.

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 Daily News 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 and 2014, named the site the best of its kind in the nation.