CUNY J-Schoolers Dominate Family Media Awards

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism alumni have captured two of four 2011 media awards from the Council on Contemporary Families for “outstanding journalism that contributes to the public understanding of contemporary family issues.”

2009 graduate Jacqueline Linge won for her photo and video essay on same-sex bi-national couples who face separation because federal immigration law doesn’t protect them when one partner is being deported. The other award went to adjunct Tim Harper on behalf of his Craft 2 class for a collaborative website that illuminated the plight of homeless school children in New York City. The 11 students in Harper’s class who contributed to the project were Alana Casanova-Burgess, Eleanor Miller, Hannah Rappleye, Matt Robinson, Dan Chung, Colby Hamilton, Dale W. Eisinger, Perry Santanachote, Mariana Vasconcellos, Vineeth Thomas, and Rochana Rapkins. Harper also noted that interactive journalism faculty member Jeremy Caplan and Craft research instructor Charles Wilson provided invaluable guidance.

Linge and 2010 grad Alana Casanova-Burgess will accept the awards on Apr. 8 at the CCF’s annual conference in Chicago.

Here’s an excerpt from the CCF’s Mar. 22 release:

The 2011 Award for Outstanding Broadcast Coverage of Family Issues goes to journalist Jackie Linge’s video documentary, “Law Dividing Love,” about the intersection of marriage, equality and immigration policy. Linge profiles a lesbian couple facing separation because they cannot marry and one partner is being forced to return to her native country. Jurors appreciated Linge’s explanation of the federal and state divide on these issues, and agreed that her portrait of the legal and social dislocation of gay and lesbian couples in an anti-immigrant policy environment has global reach.

CCF is pleased to present a 2011 Special Award for Emerging Journalists to Timothy Harper, Professor and Writing Coach, on behalf of his students at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism for their collaborative website, “Homeless with Homework.” This rich presentation depicts the struggles of homeless children to attend school in New York City, and the efforts of family members, educators, and activists on their behalf. The jury commended the site’s Statistics and Data section and pointed out its relevance for family policy. They praised the diversity and immediacy of the site’s personal stories, as well as its foregrounding of enormous resilience of homeless mothers and children. We look forward to reading these promising young journalists’ bylines in the national press in the years to come.