J-School Wins 15 SPJ Awards

April 14, 2013 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

J-School Wins 15 SPJ Awards

Tom DiChristopher, Class of ’12, won two SPJ Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards for his AudioFIles podcast reports. Overall, the J-School took home 15 awards April 13 – including first-place honors in five categories.

Work featured on the CUNY J-School’s NYCity News Service scored 15 awards – including five first-place honors – Saturday at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards.

Among the highlights: The J-School swept the Radio News Reporting and the Online News Reporting categories.

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

The J-School’s first-place winners included:

•”The Doctor Drain,” which examines New York’s looming primary care crisis, won top honors in the Online News Reporting and the Online In-depth Reporting categories.

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

•”The National Guard Comes to Red Hook,” Sean Carlson’s report for AudioFiles, the J-School’s podcast, took first-place honors for Radio News Reporting.

•Tom DiChristoper’s AudioFiles report, “Boxing Takes Teens to Next Round,” headed the Radio Sports Reporting category. DiChristoper’s “A Skate Park Grows in Brooklyn” finished second in the category.

DiChristopher represented the J-School at Region 1 Spring Conference, along with Class of 2012 colleagues Willis Arnold, Mary Shell, Adam Warner and NYCity News Service Director Jere Hester.

Among the other honors for the J-School:

•The NYCity News Service placed second for Best Independent Online Student News Publication.

•”Haven on the Harlem,” a Mott Haven Herald-NYCity News Service project that looks at the South Bronx’ efforts to reclaim its waterfront, won second place for Online In-depth Reporting and third place for Online News Reporting.

•”Scenes of Sandy,” the NYCity News Service’s comprehensive coverage of the storm, finished second for Online News Reporting.

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

•AudioFiles reports by Mary Shell (“Living with Guns”) and Justin Mitchell (“Syrian Protests Reach Brooklyn”) finished second and third, respectively, in the Radio News Reporting category.

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

•Adam Warner’s AudioFiles report, “Growing Apples and History on Long Island,” finished third 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.