J-School Captures Honors at Silurian Awards

The Daily News Greg B. Smith (far left), and J-School reporters Julia Alsop, Allegra Abramo and Ross Keith join the Society of Silurians' Allan Dodds Frank at the organizations annual awards dinner.

The Daily News’ Greg B. Smith (far left), and J-School reporters Julia Alsop, Allegra Abramo and Ross Keith join the Society of Silurians’ Allan Dodds Frank at the organization’s annual awards dinner. (Photo: Sandeep Junnarkar)

CUNY J-School Class of 2015 member Cole Rosengren received the Dennis Duggan Prize Tuesday at the Society of Silurians’ annual awards dinner as “Stop the Mold,” a collaboration of the NYCity News Service and the New York Daily News, notched a first-place honor.

Rosengren, whose work has appeared in such outlets as City Limits, Gotham Gazette and the Mott Haven Herald, was cited for his coverage of urban issues. The award is given in memory of Duggan, a longtime Newsday columnist who specialized in stories about ordinary people – teachers, cops, fire fighters, shopkeepers – that captured their spirit and dignity. He died in 2006, just when the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism was launching, and the Silurians established the annual award in his name for a CUNY J-School student.

“Stop the Mold,” which chronicles the scourge of mold in New York City public housing, won in the Community Service category. Daily News Investigative Reporter Greg B. Smith teamed on the project with J-School students Allegra Abramo, Natalie Abruzzo, Julia Alsop, Frank Green, Gwynne Hogan, Ross Keith, Roxanne Scott, Melisa Stumpf and María Villaseñor.

The honor came a week after “Stop the Mold” was named a finalist in the New York Deadline Club Awards competition.  The project also won two finalist citations last month in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 1, which covers much of the Northeast.

“Stop the Mold” is supported by a Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education grant. The aim of the $1M Challenge Fund – a partnership of the Online News Association, the Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Democracy Fund – is to explore new ways of providing information to local communities.