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J-School Students Win Local, Regional and Global Honors

  • By Newmark J-School Staff

Multimedia work by Newmark J-School students has been honored once again by judges in contests organized by local, national and international journalism organizations:

Silurians Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism Awards

  • On the Waterfront, a News Service special report produced by the Spring 2021 South Bronx Advanced Reporting class, won a Merit Award for Minority Affairs Reporting, a category that included entries from professional news organizations. The Silurians—one of the oldest press clubs in the country—honors work from across the New York metro area. This first-of-its-kind, multimedia project documenting the widespread residential development transforming Hunts Point and Mott Haven was reported by Patrick Elliott, Jason Gonzalez, Griffin Kelly and Harry Parker. Moses Bustos, Kelly, Natalie Peart and Connor Zaft were the photographers. Peart was the videographer. Kelly was the web producer.

SPJ Regional Mark of Excellence Awards

Individual and team projects took a range of honors in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 1, which covers most of the Northeast:

  • Yessenia Moreno was the winner in Radio In-Depth Reporting for Healthcare Proxies in the Time of COVID, an AudioFiles piece detailing the story of one woman’s fight for the right to exercise her best friend’s healthcare proxy, an issue that is fraught with difficulty for the queer community.
  • Moreno was also a finalist in Radio News Reporting for Court Is Back In (Person) Session, an AudioFiles story about the return of Court Watch NYC observers, who strive to make prosecutors more accountable.
  • Olivia Bensimon took first place in Radio Features for A Kayak Paddle to Save the Ecosystem, for AudioFiles, which chronicles the preservation efforts of the Guardians of Flushing Bay in a rapidly developing area of Queens.
  • Emily Nadal was named a finalist in Radio In-Depth Reporting for When a Woman Goes to Jail, an AudioFiles examination of what needs to be done to improve conditions behind bars in New York State.
  • Aaron Tremper was a finalist in Radio Features for Dolphin Researchers Look to NYC Whale-Watching to Understand Rising Numbers, an AudioFiles piece documenting how bottlenose dolphins are gathering in groups larger than previously thought.

Two NYCity News Service projects were named finalists for Best Use of Multimedia:

  • Seeking Mercy, by the reporters in the Fall 2021 Clemency Reporting Project, was honored for text and video produced by Anna Deen, Sahalie Donaldson, Jessica Lerner, Yessenia Moreno, Emily Nadal, Wyatt Stayner and Jeffrey Winter. Their work was co-published with THE CITY.
  • The Bronx Is Buffering, which originated in the Spring 2021 Advanced Reporting in the South Bronx class, was recognized for its examination of local efforts to bridge the digital divide. Text, video, photos and data were produced by Moses Bustos, Megan Caceres, Radhamely De Leon, Sahalie Donaldson, Denny Jacob, Griffin Kelly, Emily Nadal, Harry Parker, Natalie Peart, Gabriel Poblete, Victor Victorio and Connor Zaft.

The NYCity News Service was named a finalist for Best Independent Online Student Publication, a collective honor for all of its contributors across formats.

Moreno and Bensimon’s first-place awards make them entrants in the national SPJ Mark of Excellence contest later this Spring.

Covering Climate Now Awards

  • Audrey Carleton has been named one of three finalists in the student journalist category of this international competition. (The other finalists are from the UK’s University of Durham and University of Glasgow.) The judges cited Audrey’s multimedia investigative coverage, a portfolio that features pieces stemming from course work and others published in The GuardianVice and Capital and Main. Covering Climate Now is a nonprofit collaboration of more than 500 news outlets around the world. A separate jury will meet in May to select the winner.

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

The student-powered News Service, the school’s 219West TV news magazine and its AudioFiles podcast and radio programs have collected scores of honors in journalism competitions run by Editor & Publisher, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Online News Association, the Associated Collegiate Press, the College Media Association and other noted media groups.