Murray Kempton Awards for Undergraduate Journalism

I am urging bunches of my students to apply.

Submissions for the CUNY 2009 Murray Kempton Awards for Undergraduate Journalism are now being accepted.

The annual Kempton Awards recognize outstanding work that undergraduate student journalists did between June 16, 2008, and June 15, 2009. Primary consideration is given to journalism that appeared in campus publications, websites or other campus venues, as well as in journalism classes, although work that appeared in noncampus outlets is also considered. Awards are given both for print or online publications and include recognition for outstanding efforts in photography, video and new media.

The competition will be judged by panel of professional journalists, broadcasters and/or University faculty. Their evaluation criteria include: originality; creativity; clarity in presentation; readability or audio/video storytelling; enterprise in reporting; journalistic significance, and accuracy of spelling and grammar. The journalistic work must be about matters of importance to the college community, interpreted broadly, including coverage of news, sports, student athletics and the arts.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, June 22, 2009. Full details about application procedures and an application form are at, but in brief:

Print entries — e-mail in Word or Word Perfect with entry form to
New media – e-mail a link to a home page, podcast, Web address or the like with entry form to
Video documentary/photo entries – submit one copy with entry form to Mr. Neill Rosenfeld, Office of University Relations, CUNY, 535 East 80th Street, Room 721, New York, NY 10021.

Students may submit a maximum of three entries in all categories combined.

That how-to-apply website has links to the 2008 winning entries, a statement by the 2008 judges of how what they considered in making their decision and a bio of Murray Kempton, one of New York City’s great journalists.

Awards will be presented at CUNY’s Journalism Broadcast and New Media Conference and Career Fair at the Graduate Center on Friday, Oct. 9, 2009.

Good luck.

Michael Arena, CUNY Director of Communications and Marketing


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