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.
- Avi Scher’s “Climate Grief” and Allie Weintraub’s “Psychic Scammers Target Grieving Victims” were nominated in the Radio Feature category for their AudioFiles reports, which appear on the NYCity News Service.
- Josh Christensen’s “Sleep Paralysis” was a finalist in the Radio In-Depth Reporting category, while Matt Cutler’s “Trade Tensions Threaten N.Y. Town Near Canadian Border” was nominated for Radio News Reporting.
- 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.
- “Challenging the Status Quo,” by the staff of 219West, was nominated as Best All-Around Television Newcast.
- Finally, the NYCity News Service site scored a finalist slot in the Best Independent Online Student Publication category.