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NYCity News Service Named Best in Nation for Second Straight Year

  • By John Mancini

For the second consecutive year, the Newmark J-School’s NYCity News Service was named the Best Online Independent Student Publication in the Society of Professional Journalists’ national Mark of Excellence contest.

In addition, How We Heal, a News Service project looking at New York City’s ever-expanding alternative health world, won the national award for Best Use of Multimedia.

Three other News Service projects were named national finalists:

  • Funded But Forgotten, a project describing the struggles of young people who age out of the foster- care system, was honored in the Online News Reporting category.
  • Ladies Luck, which documented how women casino workers have carved out ways to survive and thrive in places rife with harassment, was cited for Online Feature Reporting.
  • 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, was named in Radio In-Depth Reporting.

Newmark J-School student work had been honored with seven awards in the regional round of the annual Mark of Excellence contest, which covers most of the Northeast U.S.

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.

In October,  the News Service won its fourth straight Editor & Publisher EPPY Award for Best College/University Newspaper Website in the nation.