J-School News Outlets Win National SPJ Awards

Levi Sharpe (right) took first-place honors in the Society of Professional Journalists’ national Mark of Excellence Awards for his AudioFiles report, “UnCharted Territory for a Brooklyn School.”

Levi Sharpe (right) took first-place honors in the Society of Professional Journalists’ national Mark of Excellence Awards for his AudioFiles report, “UnCharted Territory for a Brooklyn School.”

The CUNY J-School’s AudioFiles podcast and NYCity News Service notched victories in the Society of Professional Journalists’ national Mark of Excellence Awards, it was announced Tuesday.

UnCharted Territory for a Brooklyn School,” Levi Sharpe’s AudioFiles report about the challenges facing a charter school, was named a national winner in the Radio In-Depth Reporting category.

Meanwhile,  “The Missing,” a NYCity News service report that tells the stories of missing New Yorkers, placed as a national finalist in the Online News Reporting category. The package previously notched a first-place trophy in the Online News Association’s national Online Journalism Awards.

The two entries also were among the J-School’s four first-place winners in SPJ’s Mark of Excellence Awards competition for Region 1, which covers most of the Northeast. In addition, CUNY J-School news outlets received eight local finalist honors.

The Mark of Excellence Awards, which draw more than 4,000 entries from around the U.S., celebrate the best in student journalism. First-place national winners will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism 2016 conference, to be held in New Orleans in September.

Last year, the NYCity News Service took home three national SPJ honors – including the first-ever MOEy award, a best-in-show trophy – while AudioFiles also won a national award.