May 19, 2022
NYU Journalism announces 2022 Award Winners
The Faculty of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU is proud to announce the 2022 winners of our awards. These honors are a testament to their tremendous talent, hard work and dedication to journalism. Their accomplishments are especially noteworthy considering that they attended classes remotely for almost three semesters during the Covid shutdown. We wish them great success as take their next steps in their lives and careers.
Joyce Kilmer Prize for Academic Excellence in Journalism
Emily worked remotely from her home in Dayton, Ohio for about 18 months during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. She improvised, using her phone camera and a miniature shotgun microphone, reporting on unconventional topics such as the restoration of the Dayton Arcade and beekeeping in Ohio. It was only during her senior year that she came back to Washington Square where her work included her high school’s participation in the Macy’s Parade and a profile on Broadway’s first Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Don R. Mellett Prize for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism
Although Laura started out studying print journalism, she became enamored with visual storytelling. She completed her first broadcast class virtually, relying on her graphic design background to create stories on an online pie business and music education during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Laura’s senior year, finally able to film in-person, she produced several group pieces, including one on a gender-inclusive sports team, and two solo pieces on the controversial reconstruction of an NYC park and the closure of a beloved Brooklyn wellness center.
James Fenimore Cooper Memorial Prize for Excellence in Journalism
Matigan worked on a variety of projects during her undergraduate career, with a special interest in health reporting and personal essays. She has been published by Levels, Inverse, barre3, and The Mighty, and authored the 2020 stakeholder magazine for the national education company Rite of Passage. She wrote her honors thesis on the future of psychedelic-assisted therapy, an important passion of hers.
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Editor and Publisher Prize for Excellence in Journalism Writing
Tatyana Tandanpolie is a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar who majored in Journalism and Africana Studies. During her time at the Institute, she centered her stories on Black people to amplify their voices. She has interned with CityScene Magazine, Dispatch Magazines and The Columbus Dispatch in central Ohio, covering arts, entertainment, business, and features. She has also received state and national awards for her first magazine cover story Open-Hearted: Dionte’ Johnson.
Anna and John Peter Zenger Award
Chandra Xu majored in Piano Performance and Journalism, and enjoys covering stories that intersect between music and culture. Her pieces include COVID Has Upended the Creative Industry and What does a college music education look like during COVID?
Journalism Institute Service Award
Heather’s journalism work was in broadcast and digital, with pieces for numerous platforms, ranging from university-run publications to national networks, such as CNN. She has interviewed several notable individuals, including congressional candidates, Olympians, and celebrities, while tackling many issues, like the controversial mask mandate debate, anti-Asian hate, Asian American athletes, and the United States’ criminal justice system.
Edwin Diamond Award
Presented to outstanding students in journalism—with the energy, enthusiasm, and skill of pioneering journalist and media critic Edwin Diamond.
Adam’s 30-minute documentary video, “Ana was Here, served as his Master’s thesis for the News & Documentary program. Adam’s documentary is about how Serbia, conservative Balkan country with no LGBT rights, is led by an openly gay Prime Minister.
Emily’s deeply reported dispatch from Dayton, Ohio, entitled “A Return to Vibrancy,” captured the city’s flourishing economic and cultural renaissance. She is a spring 2022 undergrad with a double major in journalism and music.
Zenith and Sidney Gross Memorial Prize in Journalism
Presented for the best investigative reporting by undergraduate and graduate students.
Serge’s 33-minute documentary for the News & Documentary graduate program chronicles a fascinating story: After the disputed 2020 Presidential elections in Belarus, a group of new exiles led by the winning candidate used their network to help Ukrainians in their war with Russia.
Pooja published numerous deeply-reported, investigative pieces on New York City education issues, such as “NYC Segregation Battles,” and “More than 10,000 Students are classified as Emotionally Disturbed.” Pooja graduated in Spring 2022 from the Literary Reportage Graduate program.