J-School News Outlets Win Two National 2018 SPJ Excellence Awards

  • By Ellen Lai

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:

  • “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.