2013 Ippies Honor Best of Community, Ethnic Media

Aleksandra Slabisz and Tomasz Deptula hold up the Ippies awards won by Nowy Dziennik, a Polish daily news outlet. The Ippies recognizes excellence in New York’s community and ethnic press. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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.

Six different cuisines were offered at the 2013 Ippies awards reception. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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A performer plays music native to the home countries of the ethnic cultures in New York. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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Eugenio Villasante (L) of SEIU Local 32BJ with a guest at the 2013 Ippies dinner reception. (Photo by Skyler Reid)


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New York City Comptroller John C. Liu mingles with members of community and ethnic media at the 2013 Ippies Awards. This year’s Ippies event was attended, among others, by Fatima Shama, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

Manhattan Times Co-Publisher David Kisman (R) speaking to a guest at the 2013 Ippies dinner. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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Journalists from Chinese daily World Journal pose for a group photo. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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CCEM Executive Director Garry Pierre-Pierre with his wife Donna Pierre-Pierre. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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CUNY J School’s founding Dean Stephen B. Shepard invites CCEM Executive Director Garry Pierre-Pierre to speak at the 2013 Ippies awards distribution ceremony. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

CCEM Executive Director Garry Pierre-Pierre addressing the 2013 Ippies awards distribution ceremony. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

S. Mitra Kalita, commentary editor of the Atlantic Monthly’s new business website, Quartz, delivering keynote speech at the 2013 Ippies. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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Turnout was impressive at the 2013 Ippies. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

Aleksandra Slabisz of Nowy Dziennik receives certificate for third position in Best Design of an Online Publication categoy. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

Sharon Toomer of Blackandbrownews.com receives certificate for second position in the Best Overall Design of an Online Publication category. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

Sid Baumgarten of Nueva Luz receives first prize in the Best Overall Design of a Print Publication. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

Marlo Scott from the Represent Magazine receives the first prize in the Best Editorial/Commentary category from Jehangir Khattak. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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Sarah Bartlett (L), Senior Advisor CCEM Board and Director Urban Reporting Program at the CUNY J School speaking to Tomasz Deptula (R), Editor, Nowy Dziennik at the 2013 Ippies reception. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

Marlo Scott of Represent Magazine poses with his Ippies award. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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Winners from Chinese daily World Journal pose for the camera. WJ won in three different categories. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

Freelance journalist Ramaa Raghavan poses with her Honorable Mention Award in Best Audio category. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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Terry Paladini-Baumgarten and Sid Baumgarten from Nueva Luz pose with their awards in the Best Overall Design of a Print Publication category. (Skyler Reid)

(From L to R) Terry Paladini-Baumgarten, emcee for the evening Jacqueline Adams and Sid Baumgarten in a group photo. (Skyler Reid)

Thomas Mark Anthony  and Nekoro Gomes from City Limits pose for photo with Jacqueline Adams. City Limits won third place in Best Story on Social Issues and Best Story on Immigrant Issues categories. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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Katarina Hybenova of Bushwick Daily, whose entry was adjudged 3rd in the Best Photograph category, poses with Jacqueline Adams. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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Annaliese Griffin of Brooklyn Based with her second place award, won  in Best Editorial/Commentary. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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DNAInfo.com’s Patrick Wall, winner in Best Article on Social Issues category with  Jacqueline Adams. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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DNAInfo.com’s Jill Colvin, winner of second place award in Best Investigative/in-depth Story category, with Jacqueline Adams. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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Award winners pose for photos at the 11th annual Ippies Awards. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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Winners in the Best Video category Sinovision’s Mumi Zhao and Tian Tian. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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Winners in the Best Video category Sinovision’s Mumi poses for the camera. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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Winners in the Best Video category Sinovision’s Fan Bu poses for the camera. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

Sharon Toomer from Blackandbrownews.com, winner of second place in the Best Overall Design of an Online Publication category, with Jacqueline Adams. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

Blackandbrownnews.com’s Sharon Brown with her award. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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Sinovison’s Fan Bu with Jacqueline Adams. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

Aleksandra Slabisz, Tomasz Deptula from Nowy Dziennik pose in a photo with Jacqueline Adams. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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Sinovision’s Fan Bu, winner in the Best Video category, poses for a photo with Jacqueline Adams. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

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Chris Twarowski and Rashed Mian from Long Island Press, winners in Best Multimedia category, pose for the camera. (Photo by Skyler Reid)

The following winners were selected out of 183 total entries produced in 2012, from 56 different media outlets and freelance journalists.

  • 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

The other finalists included:

Best Multimedia Package:

Best Audio

Best Video

Best Photograph

  • Second place: Chenghui Hsu, World Journal

Best Design of an Online Publication

Best Print Design

  • Second place: Kurt Hoffman, The Forward
  • Third place: Marian Fairweather, Irish America

Best Editorial/Commentary

Best story on a Social Issue

  • Second place: “Senior Centers: Which One Should Seniors Choose?” by Liu Shuang, World Journal

Best Story on an Immigrant Community

  • Second place: “The Happy Land of ‘Sent Back’ Kids,” by Hong Li, China Press

Best Investigative/In-depth Story:

  • 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.

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