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Two J-School Special Reports Notch National Awards

  • By jerehester

Two special reports produced by the CUNY J-School’s NYCity News Service took first-place honors in the Associate Collegiate Press’ national awards competition.

The winners were announced Oct. 28 during the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association National College Media Convention in Dallas.

Breakdown, which examines how New York City’s mentally ill are left with little place to turn – sometimes with tragic consequences – won for Multimedia Story of the Year.

Table Scraps, a look at how the rising minimum wage affects working New Yorkers – and the people who employ them – captured the top award for Multimedia Feature of the Year.

Meanwhile, The Price of Policing, which examines how New Orleans lets wealthier neighborhoods boost local tax bills to pay for extra protection as poorer sections absorb the brunt of the crime, earned an honorable mention citation in the Story of the Year category.

The news came three days after the News Service scored two national first-place winners and five finalists in Editor & Publisher’s national EPPY Awards.

The NYCity News Service, launched in 2007, feeds student-generated stories to news outlets of various types and sizes, and produces multimedia special reports, sometimes in collaboration with professional news organizations.

In recent years, the News Service has collected scores of honors from journalism competitions run by the Online News Association, Editor & Publisher, the Society of Professional Journalists and other organizations.