J-School Wins National Journalism Awards for Bilingual News Site and Investigative Podcast

  • By Newmark J-School Staff
Courtesy of Juan Carlos Sandoval

A package of stories about immigrant workers’ fight for rights and an investigative podcast examining homeschooling earned Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY news sites major national awards from the Society for Professional Journalists on Saturday.

Meanwhile, J-School news outlets also took a merit award in the local Society of Silurians competition on Wednesday — and are finalists for nine National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Awards, to be bestowed in August.

La Lucha en Primera Línea de Trabajadores Latinos en Nueva York por los Derechos Laborales (New York City Latino Workers Fight on the Frontlines of Labor Rights), produced by El Deadline, a news outlet powered by the J-School’s Bilingual Journalism Program, won the Spanish-language Print/Online News Reporting award in SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi competition.

The stories, by Ariana Perez-Castells, Natalia Sánchez Loayza and Tasha Sandoval (all Class of 2022), reported variously on a Mexican immigrant leading a fight over wage theft; a construction worker from Ecuador battling for fair pay and safer working conditions; and a guide aimed at helping Spanish-speaking workers hurt on the job.

Other Sigma Delta Chi winners included The New York Times, NPR, ProPublica and many more.

Meanwhile, Home Ed, the NYCity News Service podcast from Mary Steffenhagen ‘22 probing the growing homeschooling movement, notched two honors: It won the Podcast (Narrative) category in SPJ’s national Mark of Excellence Awards for student-produced journalism.

HomeEd also garnered the “MOE-y”— the Best of Show honors for the Mark of Excellence Awards, making it SPJ’s choice for the top piece of student journalism in the nation produced in 2022.

The podcast is part of When Home is School, a NYCity News Service investigative report that’s already garnered honors from the Online News Association, Editor and Publisher, the College Media Association and other organizations.

In another awards news, Hard Lessons, a NYCity News Service look at challenges local schools face in rebounding from the pandemic, won a Society of Silurians merit award on Wednesday, coming in second to a Newsday series on police misconduct.

Hard Lessons won an award from the Society of Siliurians.

Hard Lessons is also among the J-School’s nine finalists in NABJ’s Salute to Excellence Awards:

Winners are slated to be announced Aug. 5, during the 2023 NABJ Convention & Career Fair, in Birmingham, Ala.