J-School Wins Four First-Place Awards

  • By CUNY J-School Staff

CUNY J-School news outlets garnered four first-place prizes in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 1, which covers the most of the Northeast. The top winners become eligible for national awards.

The J-School’s 219 West TV news magazine, AudioFiles podcast and NYCity News Service also took home a combined 10 finalist certificates during the April 8 awards ceremony, held at John Jay College as part of Region 1’s annual conference.

The first place winners include two AudioFiles reports: Nomin Ujiyediin’s “What’s Next for Sex Ed?,” which won in the Radio News Reporting category, and Michael O’Brien’s “Bleeding All the Time,” a profile of an MMA fighter that triumphed in the Sports Feature category.

The NYCity News Service won for Best Digital-Only Student Publication.

A News Service special report – Unsettling, an examination of the challenges facing Syrian refugees in the U.S. – took first place in the Online In-Depth Reporting category. “Living Like a Refugee,” a personalized interactive at the center of “Unsettling,” placed in the Best Use of Multimedia category. The honors came just days after “Unsettling” was named a finalist in the Investigative Reporters & Editors Awards competition.

J-School SPJ finalists include:

  • The June 2016 installment of 219 TV News Magazine, which was cited in the Best All-Around Television Newscast category.
  • Stephanie Daniel’s “One Man’s Voice,” about a dying man who finds solace in singing, and Devin Holt’s “The Great Clown Scare of 2016,” about rumored spottings of frightening bozos, earned finalist certificates in the Radio Feature category.
  • The NYCity News Service’s “Hate Index,” a searchable database of post-election incidents of intolerance, placed in the Best Use of Multimedia category.
  • Forty Dollars and a Bus Ticket,” a look the parole system in New York, placed in the Online News Reporting category.
  • Online In-Depth Reporting finalists included two J-School efforts: “The Holy Land at an Impasse,” an on-the-ground look at grassroots peace efforts; and Predator’s Web, Lena Masri’s investigation of the online pedophilia trade.