J-School Claims Seven Journalism Awards

Multimedia story packages and podcasts featured on the CUNY J-School’s NYCity News Service took home seven prizes – and swept the Online News Reporting category – Saturday in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards.

Changing New York: Census 2010,” which features 30-plus multimedia and live-coverage story packages that put faces to the latest numbers, placed first in the Online News Reporting category.

Distant Relatives,” a multimedia project that examines the plight of families separated by immigration issues, received two awards, finishing second for the Online News Reporting and third in the Online In-Depth Reporting category. “Eco: NYC,” a multimedia project that details environmental battles playing out in the city amid an ever-changing ecology, also pulled a double victory, placing third in Online News Reporting and second in the Online In-Depth Reporting category.

Rebecca Lee Douglas’ report on some Occupy Wall Street-inspired puppet makers took second-place honors in the Radio Feature category, while Frans Koster’s story about an Arab-American comedy festival came in third.

The awards were announced at Stony Brook University during the annual spring conference for Region 1, which covers most of the Northeast.

Douglas and Koster represented the J-School at the conference, along with fellow reporter Cesar Bustamante, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism Director of Education Jeremy Caplan and NYCity News Service Director Jere Hester.

Changing New York: Census 2010,” is now eligible for one of SPJ’s national awards, to be given out in September at the organization’s annual national conference, to be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, the 9,000-member SPJ is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. SPJ’s Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best in student journalism.

The NYCity News Service, which debuted in 2007, feeds multimedia content to news organization of various types and sizes, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post and DNAinfo.com. In recent years, the News Service has collected honors from the Online News Association, eduStyle, Editor & Publisher’s EPPY Awards competition and the SPJ, which, in 2010, named the site the best of its kind in the nation.