The newly-minted Center for Community and Ethnic Media (CCEM) honored the ethnic and community press on March 28 at the 11th annual Ippies Awards, the second ceremony hosted by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
The Ippies Awards are the only journalism awards in the city to honor reporting in not just English, but also in the myriad of other languages found around New York. The judges reviewed 183 entries from a record 56 publications and a handful of freelance journalists. Winners received cash prizes totaling $8,250.
Jacqueline Adams, president of J Adams: Strategic Communications, served as Mistress of Ceremonies. The keynote address was delivered by S. Mitra Kalita, commentary editor of the Atlantic Monthly’s new business website, Quartz, and the author of “Suburban Sahibs: Three immigrant families and their passage from India to America.” She said digital journalism has brought ethnic and mainstream media closer together, but she praised the Ippies’ winners for their groundbreaking coverage of stories that the mainstream media has missed.
Attendees included a large number of journalists from community, ethnic and mainstream media, CUNY J School faculty and staff, non-profit representatives, labor and business leaders, New York City public officials including Comptroller John C. Liu and Commissioner for Immigrant Affairs Fatima Shama, and professionals from different walks of life.
The following winners were selected out of 183 total entries produced in 2012, from 56 different media outlets and freelance journalists.
- Best Multimedia Package: “Ripple Effect: Bethpage’s Toxic Plume Creeps Closer to Contaminating More Public Drinking Water Supplies,” by Long Island Press
- Best Video: “Chinatown After the Storm,” by Fan Bu, Melody Cao, Mumi Zhao and Tian Tian, SinoVision
- Best Photograph: Joseph Tabacca, DNAInfo.com – of the funeral for 13-year old Ronald Wallace, a Brownsville boy who was shot in August 2012
- Best Design of a Multimedia Publication: Long Island Press.com, by Chris Twarowski
- Best Overall Design of a Print Publication: Nueva Luz – a journal of fine art and documentary photography published three times a year, Mirian Romais, Olga Omelchenko, Carla Williams and Quiana Mestrich
- Best Editorial/Commentary: “Inmate to College Student,” by Marlo Scott, Represent Magazine
- Best Article on a Social Issue: “Education in the Bronx,” by Patrick Wall, DNAInfo.com
- Best Story About an Immigrant Community: “Divided by Affirmative Action,” by Rong Xiaoqing, Sing Tao Daily
- Best Investigative or In-Depth Story: “Big Trouble for Chinatown Lawyers,” by Shuman Deng, China Press
The other finalists included:
Best Multimedia Package:
- Second place: “World’s Strongest Girl Lifts Twice Weight,” by Naomi Zeveloff and Nate Lavey, The Forward
- Third place: “Polish Americans in Sandy Aftermath,” Nowy Dziennik/NDTV
- Honorable Mention: “New York Sikhs Organize Help for Sandy Victims,” by Ramaa Reddy Ragavan, PRI’s The World
- Second place: “Bethpage’s Toxic Plume,” by Rashed Mian and Chris Twarowski, Long Island Press
- Third place: “The Week After Hurricane Sandy,” by Anna Tarnawska and Tomasz Tomaszewski, Nowy Dziennik/NDTV (after 18:35 minutes)
- Second place: Chenghui Hsu, World Journal
- Third place: Katarina Hybenova, Bushwick Daily (link to photograph)
Best Design of an Online Publication
- Second Place: Sharon Toomer, BlackandBrownNews.com
- Third place: Nowy Dziennik
Best Print Design
- Second place: Kurt Hoffman, The Forward
- Third place: Marian Fairweather, Irish America
- Second place: Annaliese Griffin, “Brooklyn’s Satmar Separatists,” Brooklyn Based
- Third place: Anthony Turner, “What’s Wrong with Reading,” YC Teen
Best story on a Social Issue
- Second place: “Senior Centers: Which One Should Seniors Choose?” by Liu Shuang, World Journal
- Third place: “Hospitals Face Pressure, Six in Brooklyn Could Close,” by Ruth Ford, City Limits
Best Story on an Immigrant Community
- Second place: “The Happy Land of ‘Sent Back’ Kids,” by Hong Li, China Press
- Third place: “After the Flood, Brighton’s Latinos Struggle in the Shadows,” by Batya Ungar-Sargon, City Limits
Best Investigative/In-depth Story:
- Second place: “Stop and Frisk By the Numbers,” by Murray Weiss and Jill Colvin, DNAInfo.com
- Third place: “Regret and Anguish Over Breaking the Law Weigh Heavily on Chinese Immigrants Imprisoned in the U.S.” by Jie Han, World Journal
According to the New York Press Association (NYPA), the combined circulation of 95 ethnic papers in New York City is 2.94 million, or about 28 percent of the city’s population, and the combined circulation of 80 weekly community newspapers is 1.6 million.
A CCEM census of New York City’s ethnic and community media cites 270 publications that serve the immigrant and minority populations, published in 36 languages. Eighteen of them are daily papers that are published in nine languages.
Judges for the Ippies Awards included Jennifer Gonnerman of New York Magazine, Ilya Maritz and Marty Goldensohn of WNYC, Andy Hawkins of Crain’s New York Business, Martin Gee of Huffington Post, Ivylise Simones of Harris Publications, freelancer Preston Merchant, Aaron Adler of Straus News, Judith Escalona of City College, Angela Harden of WHCR, Shazna Nessa of The Associated Press, Ju-Don Roberts of Everyday Health and CUNY School of Journalism faculty members Tom Robbins, Indrani Sen, Lonnie Isabel, Rebecca Leung, Rob Williams, Jere Hester, Scotti Williston, Emily Laber-Warren, Gred David, Sandeep Junnarkar, John Smock, Jennifer Altman, Linda Prout, Tina Mamintuan, Monica Miller and Adam Glenn.