NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2021 — Editor & Publisher announced on Nov. 1 that THE CITY, an independent, digital news outlet dedicated to hard-hitting reporting that serves the people of New York, was the recipient of three EPPY awards. The nonprofit newsroom was recognized for best use of social media/crowdsourcing, best collaborative investigative/enterprise reporting and best use of data/infographics.
THE CITY’s MISSING THEM Memorial Events won best use of social media/crowdsourcing.
The events connected a wide array of New Yorkers dealing with the collective loss of losing loved ones to COVID-19.
The efforts also drew more attention to MISSING THEM, a collaborative journalism project between Columbia Journalism School and the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY
that used crowdsourcing to gather stories about New Yorkers lost to COVID-19. To date, nearly 600 obituaries have been produced.
NYC Nursing Home Gave Dozens of Veterans Experimental COVID-19 Treatment, which stemmed from MISSING THEM and was produced with Type Investigations and Columbia Journalism Investigations, won best collaborative investigative/enterprise reporting. The story uncovered that a New York State-run veterans nursing home in St. Albans, Queens, administered a cocktail of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin to residents, despite safety warnings and doubts about its efficacy in treating COVID-19.
THE CITY’s Meet Your Mayor tool won best use of data/infographics. The interactive quiz matched New York voters with the candidates who saw issues the same way they did.
THE CITY was also named a finalist for best investigative/enterprise feature for a series of stories How New York Bungled Pandemic Medical Supply Purchase; best business reporting for its series, New York in Job Hunt as City Seeks Economic Comeback from COVID; best innovation project on a website for Meet Your Mayor; best news or event feature for its coverage of food delivery workers during the pandemic; and for best online-only news.
“These awards recognize the mix of accountability reporting, community engagement, and partnership that is the hallmark of THE CITY’s journalism,” said Nic Dawes, executive director of THE CITY. “We couldn’t be more proud of our team, our partners, and of the trust that New Yorkers put in us when they share their stories.”
To date, THE CITY has won more than 50 awards and recognitions, including honors from the Radio Television Digital News Association, New York Press Club, and the Online News Association.
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 won more than 30 awards, including honors from Editor & Publisher, New York Press Club, and the Silurians Press Club.
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