NYCity News Service Wins Third Consecutive Best-in-Nation Award

  • By Newmark J-School Staff

The Newmark J-School’s NYCity News Service notched its third straight Editor & Publisher EPPY Award for the best site its kind in the nation.

The announcement also marked the fourth time the News Service scored the honor since 2013.

News Service special reports, meanwhile, took home eight finalist citations:

  • Food Plight, a News Service investigation that revealed about half of city school cafeterias were hit with a critical violation in 2017, placed in both the Best Investigative/Enterprise Feature on a Website (under 1 million unique monthly visitor) and Best University Investigative or Documentary Feature categories.
  •  Two other News Service projects placed in the Best University Investigative or Documentary Feature category: Failure to Yield, which examines the city’s struggle to reduce traffic-related deaths; and The Sex Talk, which looks at the challenges of teaching sex education in changing times.
  • Four News Service projects placed in the Best College/University News or Event Feature category:
  • Aging in Place, which examines how New York’s quickly growing senior citizen population struggles amid mounting challenges.
  • Help Wanted, which looks at hidden dangers facing truckers, sex workers, subway conductors and other workers.
  • Rikers and Beyond, which examines the state of – and future of – incarceration in New York.
  • Sex, Apps & Bingo, which chronicles seniors’ adventures – and misadventures – in online dating.

In other award news, Food Plight won Story of the Year in the 2017-18 Associated Collegiate Press’ national journalism competition. Food Plight, Failure to Yield, The Sex Talk, Sex, Apps & Bingo, and last year’s NYC Marathon coverage, also earned honors in various Multimedia Story of the Year categories.

 The NYCity News Service, which debuted in 2007, feeds student stories about New York City neighborhoods to various outlets and produces multimedia special reports, sometimes in collaboration with professional news organizations.

In recent years, the News Service has collected scores of honors in local and national journalism competitions run by, among others, the Online News Association, the Associated Collegiate Press, and the Society of Professional Journalists.