Communications Awards

2017 Winners (for work done in 2016)

Mary Heaton Vorse Award

Homeless, by Gregory Heires, Public Employee Press, DC 37 AFSCME

Matt Doherty/Gwen Wells — Excellence in Broadcast Media

Fight for $15 – Cheryl, North Country, Producer/Editor: Leslie Duncan Fottrell Videographer: Andrew Watson, New York State United Teachers

General Excellence — Print

Class A 1st Place: Allegro, American Federation of Musicians Local 802
2nd Place: Communique, Communications Workers of America Local 1180
3rd Place: CSA News, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators Local 1
Class B 1st Place: Our Life and Times, 1199SEIU
2nd Place: NYSUT United, New York State United Teachers
3rd Place: Public Employee Press, DC 37 AFSCME
Honorable Mention: Clarion, Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, AFT Local 2334

Feature

Class A 1st Place: Local 212 is Open for Business, Liz McKenna and Morgan Clark, The Carpenter, New York City District Council of Carpenters
2nd Place: The Stories Behind the Numbers, Chuck Wilbanks, CSA News, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators Local 1
3rd Place (tie): Teamsters Local 237 Oral History Project, Nancy B. True and Phyllis Shafran, Retirees News and Views, Teamsters Local 237
3rd Place (tie): African American History Helped Shape Our Fighting Postal Union, Flo Summergrad, The Union Mail, New York Metro Area Postal Union, APWU
Honorable Mention: Building the Region’s Bridges, Liz McKenna and Morgan Clarke, The Carpenter, New York City District Council of Carpenters
 Class B 1st Place: Muslims Want Answers on Surveillance, Shomial Ahmad, Clarion, Professional Staff Congress/CUNY AFT Local 2334
2nd Place (tie): A CUNY History Project Makes History, Shomial Ahmad, Clarion, Professional Staff Congress/CUNY AFT Local 2334
2nd Place (tie): There for Trishana, Cara Metz, New York Teacher, United Federation of Teachers Local 2
3rd Place: Dinosaurs Among Us, Diane Williams, Public Employee Press, DC 37 AFSCME
Honorable Mention: Restoring the house that Kate–and labor–Built, Liza Frenette, NYSUT United, New York State United Teachers

News Writing

Class A 1st Place: Changing Faces of the U.S. Supreme Court, Daniel Cunningham, Communique, Communications Workers of America Local 1180
2nd Place: NY Metro Backs Verizon Strikers, Flo Summergrad, The Union Mail, New York Metro Area Postal Union, APWU
3rd Place: 15 Years Later: 2001 Anthrax Victims Remembered, Flo Summergrad, The Union Mail, New York Metro Area Postal Union, APWU
Class B 1st Place (tie): New York’s Paid Family Leave: the Quiet Victory That Will Change Lives, Sarah Wilson, Our Life and Times, 1199SEIU
1st Place (tie): Rats Invade York College, Shomial Ahmad, Clarion, Professional Staff Congress/CUNY AFT Local 2334
2nd Place (tie): Scalia’s Death Scrambles Friedrichs and Other Anti-Union Court Cases, Labor’s Message: Keep On, Mike Lee, Public Employee Press, DC 37 AFSCME
2nd Place (tie): Delegates Show Resolve as They Share Election-Loss Fears, Joe LoVerde, New York Teacher, United Federation of Teachers Local 2
3rd Place (tie): Education vs Experience at Issue in Appeal to Civil Service Change, Sherry Halbrook, The Communicator, NYS Public Employee Federation
3rd Place (tie): CSEA Efforts Lead to Bill Setting Child Protective Services Caseload Limits, Wendi Bowie and Jessica Ladlee, The Workforce, CSEA Local 1000
Honorable Mention: Seven Minutes, A Life Saved, Liza Frenette, NYSUT United, New York State United Teachers

Op/Ed Column

Class A 1st Place: Taking Back Our Well-Being, Hemant Sindhu, MD, CIR Vitales, Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU
2nd Place: Attacks on Our Unionism Will Make Us Stronger, Mark Cannizzaro, CSA News, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators Local 1
3rd Place: Why We Must Stand with Standing Rock, Nora Taggart, The Union Mail, New York Metro Area Postal Union, APWU
Honorable Mention: Honor MLK by Fighting Domestic Terror!, Flo Summergrad, The Union Mail, New York Metro Area Postal Union, APWU
Class B 1st Place: Show CUNY You’re Not Buying It, Barbara Bowen, Clarion, Professional Staff Congress/CUNY AFT Local 2334
2nd Place: Learning from Current Events, Janella Hinds and Bernadette Weeks, New York Teacher, United Federation of Teachers Local 2
3rd Place: Your Union Dues–Lies and Truth, Greg Heires, Public Employee Press, DC 37 AFSCME

Unique Performance

Class B 1st Place: 2016 NYSUT Voter Guide, Ned Hoskin and Dana Fournier, New York State United Teachers
2nd Place: NYSUT Be the Union Why in 5, Dana Fournier, New York State United Teachers
3rd Place: CUNY Writers Against Austerity, poster, Professional Staff Congress/CUNY AFT Local 2334

Best Writing by a Millennial-Aged Communicator

1st Place: ‘Hamilton’ Star says Brooklyn Teacher ‘Saved My Life’, Rachel Nobel, New York Teacher, United Federation of Teachers Local 2
2nd Place: After Long Road to Classroom, Teacher Fears Deportation, Rachel Nobel, New York Teacher, United Federation of Teachers Local 2
3rd Place: Lifeguards Save Elderly Man, Joseph Lopez, Public Employee Press, DC 37 AFSCME

Headline

1st Place: Dual Roles of a Pistol-Carrying Actress, The Communicator, NYS Public Employee Federation
2nd Place: Claus for Celebration, New York Teacher, United Federation of Teachers Local 2
3rd Place: Hot Talks at the Table, Negotiations are Sizzling, The Communicator, NYS Public Employee Federation

Photograph

Class A 1st Place: Metal Rope Sky Trail, Frank Pensabene, Metallic Lathers & Reinforcing Ironworkers, Local 46
2nd Place: Dockbuilder Apprentice, Morgan Clarke, The Carpenter, NYC District Council of Carpenters
 3rd Place: Carpenter at Rally, Liz McKenna, The Carpenter, New York City District Council of Carpenters
Class B 1st Place: Next Generation of Dreamers Fighting For $15, Belinda Gallegos, Our Life and Times, 1199SEIU
2nd Place: Louis Armstrong Museum Cornet, Jack Miller, New York Teacher, United Federation of Teachers Local 2
3rd Place: Professor with CUNY Student, Dave Sanders, Clarion, Professional Staff Congress/CUNY AFT Local 2334

Graphic Design

Class A 1st Place: Drywall Machine of the Future, NYCDCC Communications Department, The Carpenter, New York City District Council of Carpenters
2nd Place: America has Always been a Melting Pot, Marci Rosenbaum, Communique, Communications Workers of America Local 1180
3rd Place: Building the Region’s Bridges, NYCDCC Communications Department, The Carpenter, New York City District Council of Carpenters
Class B 1st Place: September 2016 cover, Margarita Aguilar, Clarion, Professional Staff Congress/CUNY American Federation of Teachers Local 2334
2nd Place: Have a HeART, Miguel Romero, New York Teacher, United Federation of Teachers Local 2

Art Work

Class B 1st Place: Pride In Our Victories, Luba Lukova, Our Life and Times, 1199SEIU
2nd Place: Rats Invade York College, Jud Guitteau, Clarion, Professional Staff Congress/CUNY American Federation of Teachers Local 2334
3rd Place:  CUNY Writers Against Austerity poster, Thencasti Paulino, Clarion, Professional Staff Congress/CUNY AFT Local 2334

Work by a Member

1st Place: New Teacher Diary: In the Big Picture, Learning Comes in Many Shades, MKF, New York Teacher, United Federation of Teachers Local 2
2nd Place: Honey, I Started a Union, Mark Brodsky (interviewed by Chuck Wilbanks), CSA News, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators Local 1

Video

Class A 1st Place: Pick Quick Key Food Members, We’re with You, Nicholas Allen, United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1500
2nd Place: What is CIR?, Time of Day Media and CIR Communications, Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU
3rd Place: UFCW Local 1500 New Member Video, Nicholas Allen, United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1500
Class B 1st Place: AFRAM Kids, Ivettza Sanchez, 1199SEIU
2nd Place: What The Anti-Union Friedrichs Case is Really About, Brian Gibbons, United Federation of Teachers Local 2
3rd Place: The Newtown Creek, Clarence Elie-Rivera and Joseph Lopez, DC 37 AFSCME

General Excellence — Web

Class A 1st Place: cirseiu.org, CIRSEIU
2nd Place: nycdistrictcouncil.com, NYC District Council of Carpenters
Class B 1st Place: dc37.net, DC 37 AFSCME
2nd Place: psc-cuny.org, Professional Staff Congress/CUNY AFT Local 2334
3rd Place: cseany.org, CSEA Local 1000
Honorable Mention: nysut.org, Bryan Thomas, NYSUT

Best Writing Online

Class A 1st Place: A Diary of Protest for the Days to Come, Michael Hirsch, newpol.com, New Politics
Class B 1st Place: Mothers Share Worries and Anger Over Poison Water, Liza Frenette, nysut.org, New York State United Teachers
2nd Place: Three Things We Can Do Right Now, Barbara Bowen, psc-cuny.org, Professional Staff Congress/CUNY AFT Local 2334
3rd Place: Stacy Herron: On a Roll for Missing and Exploited Children, Liza Frenette, nysut.org, New York State United Teachers

Design Online

 Class B 1st Place: Union Loud and Proud, Deidre McFadden, United Federation of Teachers Local 2

Social Media

Class A 1st Place: CIR Instagram, Traci Joy, CIRSEIU@cirseiu, Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU
Class B 1st Place: Facebook Contract Ratification Campaign, Mayra L. Ithier, NYS Public Employee Federation
2nd Place: Instagram: UFTNY, Ernst Raymond, UFTNY, United Federation of Teachers Local 2
3rd Place: IG Post: Albany Fight For $15, 1199seiu, 1199SEIU

E-Newsletter

 Class A 1st Place: August Email Newsletter from the NYCDCC, NYCDCC Communications Department, New York City District Council of Carpenters
 Class B 1st Place: Chapter Leader Update, Bernadette Weeks, uft.org, United Federation of Teachers Local 2
2nd Place: NYSUT Leader Briefing, Ned Hoskin, Dean Waters, Bryan Thomas, Sylvia Saunders, nysut.org, New York State United Teachers
3rd Place: Housing Fair July 30 and Union News, Molly Charboneau, DC 37 email alerts, DC 37 AFSCME

Tweet

 Class B 1st Place: 1199ers At NYC Pride: #LoveWins, 1199SEIU
2nd Place: Having a Union Really Makes a Difference, Deidre McFadyen, United Federation of Teachers Local 2
3rd Place: Fight For $15 Strike!, 1199SEIU

Previous winners can be found in our annual Journalism Awards journal.

Awards for Work in 2006
Awards for Work in 2006
Awards for Work in 2007
Awards for Work in 2007
Awards for Work in 2008
Awards for Work in 2008
Awards for Work in 2009
Awards for Work in 2009
Awards for Work in 2010
Awards for Work in 2010
Awards for Work in 2011
Awards for Work in 2011