Congrats to all on our dozen finalists in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards competition for Region 1, which covers most of the Northeast. We’re hoping there will be more good news to report after the April 9 awards ceremony. In the meantime, check out some possible future award-winning stories:
- “Voiceless,” María Sánchez Díez’ special report chronicling how access to interpretation services can mean a matter of life or death for domestic violence victims who don’t speak English, was published in Spanish by Univision and in English by our News Service.
- Tadia Toussaint’s story about noise complaints against a Brooklyn mosque made Gothamist.
- Veronika Bondarenko, working for Bensonhurst Bean, reported on commuter impatience with a subway construction project.
- Joel Wolfram’s story about how Bushwick is feeling the Bern found a home with Brooklyn Based.
- Victoria Edwards wrote about a rodent-eating hawk for the Mott Haven Herald. Hayley Lind reported on plans for Mott Haven’s first gourmet coffee shop. Suzanna Masih wrote about a proposal to overhaul a beleaguered community garden. Karen Savage examined the death of a car wash employee. Michael Wilson reported on the aftermath of the shooting of two police officers in the Melrose Houses.
- Reed Dunlea’s story about the fight to save Manhattan’s Chinatown made Vocativ.
- Roshan Abraham and Camila Cibils teamed on a Voices of NY package spotlighting a Latina activist group in Queens. Marco Poggio covered a race that raised money to help children in Gaza.
- Zach Williams, on assignment for Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, wrote about renewed calls for justice on the fourth anniversary of Ramarley Grahams’ death at the hands of police.
In our Alumni Corner:
- Amy Goldstein of ESPN edited a piece about Cuba and baseball, written by none other than President Obama.
- Oliver Morrison, working for The Wichita Eagle, reported on the aftermath of a shooting spree in Hesston, KS.
- Walter Smith-Randolph worked five straight hours on the air during WMMT-TV’s coverage of a shooting spree in Kalamazoo, MI.
- Ashley Welch, on assignment for CBS News, reported on healthcare access challenges facing transgender men who choose to have children.
Congrats to all – and keep ‘em coming!