Newmark J-School News Outlets Earn 16 Awards in Society of Professional Journalists’ ‘Excellence’ Competition

  • By Newmark J-School Staff

News outlets powered by Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY students earned 16 Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 1, which covers most of the Northeast.

Three of the J-School’s winners notched first-place prizes at the April 22 awards ceremony in Bristol, RI, making them eligible for national SPJ awards to be announced in the fall:

Steffenhagen’s podcast and the larger homeschooling project have already garnered multiple honors — and both are finalists in the Deadline Club’s annual competition, going up against the likes of NPR, The Daily Beast, ProPublica and THE CITY. The winners are set to be announced May 18 in a ceremony at the Harvard Club.

J-School pieces that took home finalist certificates from the SPJ Mark of Excellence student awards luncheon, held at Roger Williams University in Bristol, include:

J-School news outlets — which include the NYCity News Service, 219West TV news magazine, AudioFiles podcast and radio programs, the Mott Haven Herald and the Hunts Point Express —  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 since 2007.

SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.