Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska + Polish Daily News = SPJ’s New America Media Award

The award by the Society of Professional Journalists honors public service journalism collaborations that include ethnic media in order to explore and expose an issue of importance to immigrant or ethnic communities in the United States. Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska, who was mentioned or featured in articles written by WORD writers who toured her newspaper, Nowy Dziennik, located in mid town Manhattan, produced a two-part series about New York’s Polish immigrant community for WNYC, New York Public Radio: “Feet in Two Words: Greenpoint Brooklyn.

The second part in the series, “Asbestos Workers Who Toiled Near Ground Zero Sick 6 Years Later,” focused on Polish immigrants living and working in New York. For the report, Kern-Jedrychowska teamed up with WNYC reporter Fred Mogul, who reports on health issues. They told the story of unionized Polish asbestos workers who were assigned to clean-up duties near Ground Zero.

Kern-Jedrychowska also was one of the reporters from New York City’s ethnic/immigrant newspapers who reported on the New Hampshire primaries in January along with Kisha Allison and Jonathan Mena of the WORD. New York Community Media Alliance – known then as the Independent Press Association of New York – organized the press trip and the student journalists were also able to go because of funding from a FORD Foundation grant.

The award will be presented at the society’s annual Sigma Delta Chi Awards banquet July 11 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

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