THE CITY Named Finalists in Deadline Club’s Annual Journalism Competition

The nonprofit newsroom placed in categories for Best Feature Photo, Best Digital Innovation and the Les Payne Award for Coverage on Communities of Color

NEW YORK, NY (April 8, 2022) THE CITY, an independent, digital news outlet dedicated to hard-hitting reporting that serves the people of New York, was named a  finalist in three categories for the Deadline Club’s annual journalism competition.

THE CITY’s coverage of food delivery workers during the pandemic placed the nonprofit newsroom as a finalist for the Les Payne Award for Coverage on Communities of Color.

Reporters Claudia Irizarry Aponte and Josefa Velasquez followed the plight of indigenous Guatemalan and Mexican food delivery workers in New York City during the pandemic, bringing to light the hardships they faced on the frontlines of the pandemic as essential workers. Ultimately, their reporting led to the New York City Council passing a set of bills that ensured bathroom access, minimum pay, and more for the app-based delivery workers who kept New Yorkers fed during the pandemic.

Survivors,” a photo essay by THE CITY’s visual producer Ben Fractenberg, is named a finalist for Best Feature Photo. In March 2021, Fractenberg traveled to the Wien House in Inwood to capture images highlighting the efforts of health care workers and staff there vaccinating residents there for the first time. His photos captured the human bonds forged while helping some of the city’s most vulnerable residents during a tough time.

Holocaust survivor Klara Budnyatsky receives her second coronavirus vaccine at her Wien House residency in upper Manhattan, March 3, 2021.

Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY

During the 2021 citywide primary, New Yorkers saw a record number of candidates running for office. To help voters sift through a wide array of candidates and policy positions, THE CITY created Meet Your Mayor, an interactive tool that matched readers with candidates who aligned with their views the most.  

Readers were presented with a few short multiple-choice questions on some of the most pressing matters facing the city. Users instantly saw how the candidates stacked up, issue by issue, along with excerpts from their public comments. 

Meet Your Mayor

The innovative tool to help voters make informed decisions at the polls placed THE CITY as a finalist for Best Digital Innovation

This year’s Deadline Club Awards received 623 entries across 36 categories covering all media types.  Award winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony on May 12.

ABOUT THE CITY: THE CITY is an independent, nonprofit news outlet dedicated to hard-hitting reporting that serves the people of New York. Our reporters pound the pavement in all five boroughs, working with New Yorkers to tell their stories and make their lives better. We’re here to listen to New Yorkers, dig into their concerns and deliver stories that drive the public conversation and set the agenda on key issues. At a time when the media has been upended by technological, economic and political shifts, we want to reconnect people back to local news – and reconnect local news to getting action. THE CITY has more than 50 awards and recognitions, including honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, the New York Press Club, and the Silurians Press Club.