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Students Invited to Aronson Awards Oct. 29

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Hunter journalism students and others are encouraged to come celebrate the winners of the 2019 James Aronson Awards for Social Justice Journalism at a free ceremony and reception on Tuesday, Oct. 29. 

Food and drink will be served at the event, held from 6:30-8:30p at Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work at 2180 Third Ave. at 119th St. Check for additional details and RSVP at aronsonrsvp@gmail.com

Hunter College earlier this month announced the awards, which recognize excellence in written reporting that exposes widespread injustices, underlying causes and possible reforms.

At the October 29 award ceremony, Hunter undergraduate journalism winner Maria Luisa Imbachi will be honored. 

A special award for media in the public interest will also be presented to Puerto Rico’s Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (Center for Investigative Journalism) in recognition of its outstanding and groundbreaking reporting, providing in-depth information and analysis vital to the people of Puerto Rico and other parts of the U.S.

‘The reports sparked a widespread outcry that resonated across the globe and provoked swift change.’

— CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez

“Puerto Rico’s Centro de Periodismo Investigativo is a worthy recipient of a James Aronson Award, having obtained, exposed, and explained a trove of hurtful comments made by officials at the highest echelons of power on the island,” said CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “The reports sparked a widespread outcry that resonated across the globe and provoked swift change. I am pleased to acknowledge the critical contributions of the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo to my homeland at a key point in its history.”

Other winners are:

  • Blowout: Inside America’s Energy Gamble, a series on the export of fossil fuels and the implications for climate change, by reporters at the Center for Public Integrity, The Texas Tribune, the Associated Press and Newsy. 
  • Manhattan Gulag, an expose of extreme conditions at Lower Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, by Aviva Stahl of Gothamist.
  • Shocked and Humiliated, an investigation into invasive searches by federal agents at U.S. airports, border crossings, and immigration detention centers, by Susan Ferriss or the Center for Public Integrity in collaboration with The Washington Post
  • Toxic City, Sick Schools, a report on environmental problems in Philadelphia’s public schools, by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

A Grambs Aronson Cartooning with a Conscience Award also goes to Rob Rogers for the range of his work, unique artistry, and poignant social justice commentary.

In addition, honorable mentions will be awarded for reports on poverty from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and on father-son cellmates by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Get additional details and remember to RSVP

Our Journalism Concentration & Minor

The Hunter College journalism program is offered as a concentration or a minor within the Department of Film & Media Studies. Its curriculum is built around production courses in journalism and analytical courses in media studies. Learn more about our course requirements.

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