“The Doctor Drain,” a NYCity News Service multimedia special report examining the looming primary care crisis in New York, won the Society of Professional Journalists’ national Mark of Excellence Award for Online In-Depth Reporting, it was announced today.
The news came just over two weeks after work posted on the NYCity News Service took home 15 SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 1, which covers much of the Northeast. “The Doctor Drain” earned two of those awards – among five first-place honors for the CUNY J-School. “The Doctor Drain” previously won honorable mention in Editor & Publisher’s national EPPY Awards in the Best College/University Investigative or Documentary Report category.
The project and other national winners will be acknowledged during the Aug. 24 – 26 Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim, CA, which brings together SPJ, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Nation Association of Hispanic Journalists.
“The Doctor Drain” was produced by Sarah Amandolare, Kemiga Bunyasaranand, Guia Marie Del Prado, Michelle Gross, Jacob Hodes, Zara Katz, Lisa Mahapatra, Daisy Rosario, Joseph Stepansky, Jane Teeling, Taylor Tepper and Dobrina Zhekova.
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. This year, student journalists submitted more than 4,600 entries.
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.