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J-School News Outlets Score 11 Finalists in SPJ Excellence Awards

  • By John Mancini

Newmark J-School news outlets collected 11 finalist spots in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 1, which covers most of the Northeast U.S.

The winners—to be announced March 22—become eligible for national Mark of Excellence honors.

Five NYCity News Service special projects were named finalists:

  • How We Heal, which examined New York’s ever-expanding alternative health world, placed in the Best Use of Multimedia category.
  • Climate Countdown, which documented the vulnerability of New York’s infrastructure, was cited in Online In-Depth Reporting.
  • Ladies Luck, a look at how women casino workers have carved out ways to survive and thrive in places rife with harassment, was named in Online Feature Reporting.
  • More Than a Marathon, a site spotlighting the runners who brave daunting challenges and the New Yorkers who go the distance to support them, placed in Online Sports Reporting.
  • Funded But Forgotten, which described the struggles of young people who age out of the foster- care system, was cited in Online News Reporting.

Newmark J-School student TV and radio work was named in four broadcast categories:

  • The staff of 219West, which airs on CUNY-TV, is a finalist for Best All-Around TV News Magazine division.
  • Active Aging, by Niamh McDonnell and Giulia Hjort, which showed how Brooklynites train for the annual Senior Games, placed for TV Feature Reporting.
  • Pay-Per-Play, by Shahar Golan and Karina Meier, a look at young immigrant men who can make a living by playing in semi-pro soccer leagues, was cited for TV Sports Reporting.
  • Winter Waves, by Danielle Hyams and Frida Sterenberg, a story about the Rockaways’ cold-weather surfers, was named for Broadcast Feature Videography.
  • Fear and Loathing in a New York Nursing Home, by Shira Feder, an investigation about how one woman’s worst fears about her grandmother’s treatment came true, placed for Radio In-Depth Reporting.

In addition, the NYCity News Service is a finalist for Best Independent Online Student Publication.

News of the awards came less than five months after the NYCity News Service was named the best site of its kind in the nation in Editor & Publisher’s EPPY Awards competition. It marked the fourth consecutive year the News Service won the Best College/University Newspaper Website award, and the fifth time since 2013.

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

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.