Student Labor Journalism Contest

The New York Metro labor Communications Council is offering a $500 prize for work by undergraduate and graduate students on the theme:

“The 2020 Elections and My Life/My Community”

The Country is about to elect a president in November; additional state and local elections will take place. How will this impact your life and/or the life of your community/communities. What issues are most important to you and are candidates talking about them? You are encouraged to write or make a short video or audio recording about the impact of these elections on you—as a student, a worker, and that of your family or community.

The prize is given to the student whose work touches our emotions and/or brings insight to this issue. The prize will be awarded for a written article of approximately 1200 words, or for a video or audio report of two to six minutes. The topic is wide open for you to explore.

The winners will be honored at our annual convention in New York City on June 5, 2020. Application Deadline: May 4, 2020
Please include your name and the school you are attending. Students do not need to be journalism majors.

Send entries to:
Margarita Aguilar
341 west 24 Street, #5D
New York, NY 10011
or email it to:
For more information and to apply contact: Margarita at

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Winners of the 2019 Contest

Metro is pleased to announce the winners of our 2019 Student Journalism Contest

The winner for a written article is Bailey Miller
Miller is a student at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies and a participant in the Union Semester program. She grew up in Southern California, and received a degree in Political Science from Vassar College. Bailey is interested in journalism and the labor movement, and is excited to pursue a Master’s in Migration Studies at SOAS University in the fall.

“Body shops”, labor-leasing companies that exploit formerly incarcerated workers, are proliferating on construction sites throughout New York City. These non-unionized companies submit workers to dangerous working conditions, abuse, and sexual harassment. However, workers on body shops are organizing for safer conditions and better pay, joining other New Yorker’s in the fight for workplace justice. BodyShopsNYC

The winner for a video essay is Giovanni M. Green
Green is enrolled in the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies – Food, Nutrition, and Social Justice Concentration. Green is also a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow.

“Warriors of Wellbeing” is an artistic piece that depicts the inability to receive culturally competent healthcare services within the urban environment we inhabit.  We have become disconnected from our traditional healing modalities and the individual in the video is working to understand their roots. Warriors of Wellbeing