The NYCity News Service at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism was named Best Independent Online Student Publication in the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2018 national Mark of Excellence Awards.
A second national prize for Radio In-Depth Reporting went to Josh Christensen, ’18, for his AudioFiles piece, “Sleep Paralysis,” about a common condition in which someone wakes up from a dream and can’t move.
The News Service special report, “Food Plight,” on health hazards in school cafeterias, was a national finalist for Best Use of Multimedia.
The national awards follow the Newmark J-School’s six wins in the SPJ Region 1 Mark of Excellence competition. Recipients included “Food Plight,” Christensen again for “Sleep Paralysis;” Avichai Scher, 18, who won the Radio Feature prize for his AudioFiles report, “Climate Grief;” the Craft project “Rikers and Beyond” in the Online News Reporting category; “Sex, Apps — and Bingo,” a Craft project about online dating for seniors in the Online Feature Reporting category; and the NYCity News Service for Best Independent Online Student Publication.
Other Newmark J-School finalists in the Region 1 competition were:
- Allie Weintraub’s “Psychic Scammers Target Grieving Victims” in the Radio Feature category.
- Matt Cutler’s “Trade Tensions Threaten N.Y. Town Near Canadian Border” for Radio News Reporting.
- “Food Plight” and the special report “Failure to Yield” on pedestrian safety in New York City for the Online In-Depth Reporting award.
- “NY Votes 2018,” the Instagram report on last fall’s election, for Best Use of Multimedia.
- “Aging in Place,” which examined the obstacles older New Yorkers face, for Online Feature Reporting.
- “Challenging the Status Quo,” by the staff of 219West, for Best All-Around Television Newcast.