Communications Awards

2018 Winners (for work done in 2017)

Mary Heaton Vorse Award

When ICE Comes Knocking, Diane S. Williams, Public Employee Press, DC 37 AFSCME

Matt Doherty/Gwen Wells — Excellence in Broadcast Media

Betsy DeVos’ Senate Confirmation Hearing, video September 2017, Trisha Arnold, UFT Local 2

General Excellence — Print

Class A 1st Place: Allegro, American Federation of Musicians Local 802
2nd Place: The Union Mail, New York Metro Area Postal Union, APWU
3rd Place: Communique, CWA 1180
Class B 1st Place: New York Teacher, UFT Local 2
2nd Place:  New York Nurse, New York State Nurses Association
3rd Place: Public Employee Press, DC 37 AFSCME

Feature

Class A 1st Place: ICRA Training, The Carpenter, New York City District Council of Carpenters
2nd Place: After Maria, Devastated Puerto Rico Depends on Postal Service, Nora Taggart, The Union Mail, New York Metro Area Postal Union, APWU
3rd Place: The ACS Choir: Understanding the Language of Music, Sarah Dorsey, The Unionist,
SSEU Local 371
 Class B 1st Place: Members Are on the Frontline Fighting Against Addiction, Alfredo Alvarado, Public Employee Press, DC 37 AFSCME
2nd Place: ‘Beacon of Light’ Lifts up Her Community, Jill Asencio, The Work Force, CSEA Local 1000
3rd Place: Face to Face with History, Linda Ocasio, New York Teacher, UFT Local 2
Honorable Mention: How Far We’ve Come, Joe LoVerde, New York Teacher, UFT Local 2
Honorable Mention: Transgender Educators, Suzanne Popadin and Michael Murphy, New York Teacher, UFT Local 2

News Writing

Class A 1st Place: 1180 Members Participate in Washington Women’s March, Marci Rosenblum, Communique, CWA 1180
2nd Place: The Lessons of Iowa, Sarah Dorsey, The Unionist, SSEU Local 371
3rd Place: Carpenters Sue As City Slashes Benefits During Negotiations, Chuck Wilbanks, CSA News, CSA Local 1
Class B 1st Place: ‘I just want to go home:’ OPWDD Budget Proposal Harms Individuals, Families, David Galarza, The Work Force, CSEA Local 1000
2nd Place: Rally and Resist! Cara Metz, New York Teacher, UFT Local 2
3rd Place: Start the Buzz to Vote NO for A Constitutional Convention, Deborah A. Miles, The Communicator, NYS Public Employees Federation

Op/Ed Column

Class A 1st Place: The Impossible Can Happen, It Just Takes a Little Longer, Gregory Floyd, Retiree News and Views, IBT Local 237
2nd Place: Wrecking Teacher Standards Hurts Us All, Mark Cannizzaro, CSA News, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, Local 1
3rd Place: Show Me Your Friends, and I’ll Tell You Who You Are, Nora Taggart, The Union Mail, New York Metro Area Postal Union, APWU
Class B 1st Place: ICE Raids are Making Us Sick, Jill Furillo, RN, New York Nurse, New York State Nurses Association
2nd Place: He’s Now on the Supreme Court, But Does He Care About Working People? Richard Lanigan, White Collar, OPEIU International
3rd Place: Double Standard, Linda Ocasio, New York Teacher, UFT Local 2

UNIQUE PERFORMANCE

Class A 1st Place: The Constitutional Convention Will Hurt You, Marci Rosenblum, Communique, CWA 1180
2nd Place: The Postal Service and Fake News (series), Chuck Zlatkin, The Union Mail, New York Metro Area Postal Union, APWU
Class B 1st Place: The Scourge of Gun Violence Must End, Carl Ginsburg, New York Nurse, New York State Nurses Association
2nd Place: The Benefits of Union Membership, Gregory N. Heires and E.J. Dobson, Public Employee Press, DC 37 AFSCME
3rd Place: Say No to a Constitutional Convention, Gregory N. Heires and E.J. Dobson, Public Employee Press, DC 37 AFSCME

Best Work by a Member

1st Place: #MeToo: A Story of Resistance and Resilience in the Music Industry, Camille Thurman, Allegro, AFM, Local 802
2nd Place: Teacher to Teacher: Documentation Helps Kids “Think Like Scientists,” Sandra Fajgier, New York Teacher, UFT Local 2
3rd Place: Helping an ELL Student at Square One, David Demetrios, New York Teacher, UFT Local 2

Best Writing by a Millennial-Aged Communicator

1st Place: ‘Learning Curve: Understanding Math Has Replaced Drill and Kill, Rachel Nobel, New York Teacher, UFT Local 2
2nd Place: Learning Curve: Quiet Wisdom, Rachel Nobel, New York Teacher, UFT Local 2

BEST NON-ENGLISH COMMUNICATOR

1st Place: Narradores de historias de vida: Local 237 PR, Néstor Murray-Irizarry, Retiree News and Views, Sept/Oct & Nov/Dec, Local 237 IBT

Headline

1st Place: The GOP is Preparing a Feast For The 1%, and You’re On The Menu, Nora Taggart, The Union Mail, New York Metro Area Postal Union, APWU
2nd Place: Why Did the Pre-K Students Cross the Road? Joe LoVerde, New York Teacher, UFT Local 2

Photograph

Class A 1st Place: 43-22 Queens Street, Liz McKenna, The Carpenter, New York City District Council of Carpenters
2nd Place: Hudson Yards Mall, Liz McKenna, The Carpenter, New York City District Council of Carpenters
 3rd Place: Postal Cuts in Clerk Jobs Delay Customer Service, Nora Taggart, The Union Mail, New York Metro Area Postal Union, APWU
Class B 1st Place: Albert Cabrera, Wave Hill Gardener Local 374: Never Quit, Clarence Elie-Rivera, Public Employee Press, DC 37 AFSCME
2nd Place: Set Safe Staffing Ratios Now, Deborah A. Miles, The Communicator, NYS Public Employees Federation
3rd Place: CSEA Power, Wendi Bowie, The Work Force, CSEA Local 1000

Graphic Design

Class A 1st Place: 10 Misconceptions About Social Security, Marci Rosenblum, Communique, CWA 1180
2nd Place: 2nd Avenue Subway, The Carpenter, NYC District Council of Carpenters
 3rd Place: #MeToo,” Mikael Elsila, Allegro, American Federation of Musicians, Local 802
Class B 1st Place: NYSNA 2017 Convention Graphic Design, Carl Ginsburg/Hugo Lopez, New York Nurse, New York State Nurses Association
2nd Place: Have a HeART, Miguel Romero, New York Teacher, United Federation of Teachers Local 2
3rd Place: 3rd Place: Mission Possible: Strengthening Our Union, Jason Hosier, The Work Force, CSEA Local 1000

Art Work

Class B Honorable Mention:
NY Constitutional Convention Ball Pitch, Paul Schickler, New York Teacher, UFT Local 2
Honorable Mention:
Easy-to-Swallow Certification,
Paul Schickler, New York Teacher, UFT Local 2

Video

Class A 1st Place: Don’t Get Conned, The Publicity Team, October 24, 2017 Facebook, SSEU Local 371
2nd Place: My Union Has Value, Nicholas Allen and Tarrik Thomas, YouTube, May 18, 2017, UFCW Local 1500
3rd Place: Women’s History Month 2017, Nicholas Allen and Tarrik Thomas, YouTube, March 31, 2017, UFCW Local 1500
Class B 1st Place: Year in Review 2017, Gabriel Kristal/Time of Day, YouTube, December 29, 2017, New York State Nurses Association
2nd Place: DC 37 Stands Up for NYC Libraries, Videographer, Clarence Elie-Rivera; Field Producer, Rudy Orozco; Editor, Joe Lopez, YouTube May 23, 2017, DC 37 AFSCME
3rd Place: On the Job–Local 1501 Animal Trainers at the NY Aquarium, Videographer, Clarence Elie-Rivera; Field Producer, Rudy Orozco; Editor, Joe Lopez, YouTube, May 19, 2017,
DC 37 AFSCME

General Excellence — Web

Class A 1st Place: csa-nyc.org,  Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, Local 1
Class B 1st Place: opeiu.org, Nicole Korkolis, OPEIU International
2nd Place: dc37.net, Molly Charboneau, DC 37 AFSCME
3rd Place: nysna.org, Carl Ginsburg, New York State Nurses Association

Best Writing Online

Class B 1st Place: A Bridge Maintainer’s Mitzvah, Diane S. Williams, dc37blog.wordpress.net, November 2017, DC 37 AFSCME
2nd Place: Leading the Way: The Transformation of a Union, Gregory N. Heires, dc37blog.wordpress.net, October 2017, DC 37
3rd Place: When Terror Struck, DC 37 Members Responded, Diane S. Williams, December 2017, dc37blog.wordpress.net,
DC 37 AFSCME

Design Online

 Class B NYS Constitutional Convention Vote NO Toolkit, Mario A. Bruni, The Communicator, NYS Public Employees Federation

Social MedIA

Class B               1st Place: UFT Facebook Page, Rachel Nobel, UFT Local 2
              2nd Place: NYSNA Facebook Page, Gabe Kristal, New York State                    Nurses Association
              3rd Place: UFT Instagram, Ernst Raymond, UFT Local 2

E-Newsletter

 Class A 1st Place: NYCDCC Newsletter, New York City District Council of Carpenters
 Class B 1st Place: UFT Chapter Leader Update, Bernadette Weeks and Peter O’Donnell, UFT Local 2
2nd Place: DC 37 Action Alerts & News, Molly Charboneau, DC 37 AFSCME
3rd Place: Weekly Eblast 12.1.17, Gabe Kristal and Jill Furillo, RN, New York State Nurses Association

Tweet

 Class B 1st Place: 1#TriangleFire, Cara Noel, NYC Central Labor Council.

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