J-School Scores 15 Finalist Slots in SPJ Awards

J-School Scores 15 Finalist Slots in SPJ Awards

Work featured on the NYCity News Service – including comprehensive coverage of Hurricane Sandy – is up for a slew of honors. (Photo: Amanda Woods)

Stories featured on the CUNY J-School’s NYCity News Service notched 15 finalist slots in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards, SPJ officials announced today.

The News Service’s coverage of Hurricane Sandy was among the nominees, along with four major interactive journalism projects, including a collaboration with the Mott Haven Herald. Seven stories from the J-School’s AudioFiles podcast also made the cut. The News Service was nominated in the Best Independent Online Student News Publication category.

The winners will be announced during the April 12-13 SPJ Region 1 Spring Conference at the New Brunswick, N.J. campus of Rutgers University. Region 1 covers most of the Northeast. First-place finishers will be eligible for SPJ’s national awards, to be handed out in August.

Among the CUNY J-School’s finalists in the Region 1 competition:

•”Scenes of Sandy,” the News Service’s comprehensive coverage of the storm; “The Doctor Drain,” which examines New York’s looming primary care crisis; and “Haven on the Harlem,” a collaboration with the Mott Haven Herald that looks at the South Bronx’ efforts to reclaim its waterfront, were finalists in the Online News Reporting category. “The Doctor Drain” and “Haven on the Harlem” also were finalists in the Online In-depth Reporting category.

•”Changing Neighborhoods,” which chronicles signs of change across the city, was cited in the Online Feature Reporting category.

•Alex Robinson’s video about the roller derby resurgence in New York – “Roller Derby ‘Girls’ Slam and Jam” – was named a finalist in the Online Sports Reporting category.

•AudioFiles stories took all three finalist slots in the Radio News Reporting category, with reports by Sean Carlson (“The National Guard Comes to Red Hook”), Justin Mitchell (“Syrian Protests Reach Brooklyn”) and Mary Shell (“Living with Guns”).

•Willis Arnold, Rachel Sapin and Jorteh Senah, who combined on AudioFiles’ “Local Music Worldwide” reports, were cited in the Radio In-Depth Reporting category.

•Two AudioFiles reports filed by Tom DiChristoper –”Boxing Takes Teens to Next Round” and “A Skate Park Grows in Brooklyn” – were cited in the Radio Sports Reporting category.

•Adam Warner’s AudioFiles report, “Growing Apples and History on Long Island,” emerged as a finalist in the Radio Feature category.

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. 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.