College Student Wins Journalism Award

Angely Mercado receiving the James Aronson Social Justice Award (Photo by Hayden Greene)

Angely Mercado receiving the James Aronson Social Justice Award (Photo by Hayden Greene)

Angely Mercado, a senior at Hunter College, has received the James Aronson Undergraduate Award for Social Justice Journalism for stories “exposing the struggles of residents against landlords, management companies and private equity groups that prioritize profit at the cost of safe and sanitary living conditions in the Hunts Point area of the Bronx.”

Nicknamed “Supermercado,” the student has written for The Hunts Point Express and interned for the Mott Haven Herald.

The judges cited her for a story in The Hunts Point Express about how landlords in the Bronx were trying to force tenants out of apartments rather than address long-standing problems in the properties.

David Carr of the New York Times received the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for career achievement, and Andrea Elliott of the New York Times received the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for her series chronicling a year in the life of a homeless 11-year-old girl in New York.

One Comment

  1. GreggMorr says:

    Congratulations. May your award inspire other student journalists.

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