J-School Wins Seven Regional SPJ Awards

  • By John Mancini

Student work presented by Newmark J-School outlets has been honored with seven regional awards in the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Mark of Excellence contest.

These winning entries for Region 1, which covers most of the Northeast U.S., are now eligible for national SPJ Mark of Excellence honors:

  • Ladies Luck, which documented how women casino workers have carved out ways to survive and thrive in places rife with harassment, was named the Online Feature Reporting winner.
  • How We Heal, a look at New York City’s ever-expanding alternative health world, won for Best Use of Multimedia.
  • Funded But Forgotten, a project describing the struggles of young people who age out of the foster- care system, won the Online News Reporting award.
  • 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, took the Radio In-Depth Reporting prize.
  • Active Aging, by Niamh McDonnell and Giulia Hjort, which showed how Brooklynites train for the annual Senior Games, was named the winner in TV Feature Reporting.
  • Winter Waves, by Danielle Hyams and Frida Sterenberg, a story about the Rockaways’ cold-weather surfers, won the Broadcast Feature Videography award.
  • The NYCity News Service was named Best Online Independent Student Publication.

The 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, Editor & Publisher,  the Associated Collegiate Press, and SPJ.