J-School News Outlets Score 13 Finalists in SPJ Excellence Awards

  • By Ellen Lai

Work produced by Newmark J-School news outlets earned 13 finalist spots in the Society for Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence awards for Region 1, which covers the Northeast.

The winners, to be announced April 5 at the region’s spring conference in Boston, become eligible for national Mark of Excellence honors.

The finalists:

  • The News Service special report, “Food Plight,” on health hazards in school cafeterias, was nominated for the Online In-Depth Reporting award, as was the special report “Failure to Yield” on pedestrian safety in New York City.
  • Food Plight” was also nominated for Best Use of Multimedia, along with “NY Votes 2018,” the Instagram report on last fall’s election.
  • Rikers and Beyond,” a special report on the future of incarceration given city proposals to shut the jail on Rikers Island, was a finalist for Online News Reporting.
  • In the Online Feature Reporting category, both “Sex, Apps — and Bingo,” on online dating among seniors, and “Aging in Place,” which examined the obstacles older New Yorkers face, were nominated.
  • Finally, the NYCity News Service site scored a finalist slot in the Best Independent Online Student Publication category.