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05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Staff prepare for a reception preceding the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Staff prepare for a reception preceding the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [A musician plays in the lobby of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism before a reception preceding the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Gary Pierre-Pierre and other guests talk at a reception preceding the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Guests gather at a reception preceding the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Guests gather at a reception preceding the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Sandeep Junnarkar gives an interview  at a reception preceding the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Jose Antonio Vargas, Edward Lewis and Gary Pierre-Pierre speak at a reception preceding the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Gary Pierre-Pierre watches the opening of the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Dean Sarah Bartlett speaks at the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Gary Pierre-Pierre speaks at the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Randall Pinkston speaks at the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Keynote Speaker Jose Antonio Vargas speaks at the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [The audience listens to keynote speaker Jose Antonio Vargas at the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Edward Lewis speaks at the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Randall Pinkston, left, delivers the Lifetime Achievement Award to Edward Lewis at the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [The award winners are announced at the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Award winners are announced at the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [El Diario La Prensa wins second place at the IPPIES Awards, the category of Best Multimedia Package at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Award winners are announced at the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Jeff Mays accepts the second place IPPIES Award for Best Story on a Social Issue at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [E. Tammy Kim accepts an IPPIES award, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [En Foco, Inc. accepts an IPPIES award, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Award winners are announced at the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Ben Fractenberg accepts the third place IPPIES Award for Best Photograph at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Gery Vereau accepts an IPPIES award, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Chenhui Hsu accepts an IPPIES award, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Zhaochen Dai  accepts an IPPIES award, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Sino Vision accepts an IPPIES award, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Melody Cao accepts an IPPIES award, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Jinal Shah accepts the third place IPPIES Award for Best Investigative/In-Depth Story at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Mathew Katz accepts the IPPIES Award for Best Investigative/In-Depth Story at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Award winners are announced at the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Award winners are announced at the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Award winners are announced at the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Award winners are announced at the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [The Long Island Press and their story, 05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Gary Pierre-Pierre speaks at the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [A musician plays at a reception following the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Award winner Zhaochen Dai gathers his things at the IPPIES, presented by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Tina Lee, Chenghui Hsu and Luna Liu of th World Journal with the IPPIES Award for Best Photograph at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Tina Lee, Garry Pierre-Pierre, Chenghui Hsu and Luna Liu of the World Journal with the IPPIES Award for Best Photograph at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Rick Ho, Lotus Chau, and Rong Xiaoqing of the Sing Tao Daily stand with Garry Pierre-Pierre and the the IPPIES Award for Best Investigative/In-Depth Story at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Atef Elbeialy of Allewaa Alarabi stands holds the IPPIES Award for Best Print Design with Garry Pierre-Pierre at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Shamik Chaudnuri and Shashikart Warik of Parikh Worldwide Media with the second-place IPPIES for Best Article on an Immigrant Community and Best Print Design.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Geraldo Romo and Carles Rodriguez of El Diario, La Prensa with the second-place IPPIES Award for Best Multimedia Package.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Mathew Katz with his IPPIES Award for Best Investigative/In-Depth Story at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY  [Lazya Garcia and Dani Cattan of En Foco Inc. Nueva Luz with the third-place IPPIES for Best Print Design.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Gery Vereau with his second-place  IPPIES Award for Best Photograph at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [The South Asian Times reporter Jinal Shah, winner of the third-place IPPIES Award for Best Investigative/In-Depth Story, stands with friends.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY  [Han Cui, Yiyi Wanf, Melody Cao and Fan Bu of Sino Vision with their IPPES awards for Best Video.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Shereese Mullings with her second place IPPIES Award for Online Design at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Jocelyen Gonzales, John Rudolph, Ramaa Reddy Raghauan, Manolia Charlotin and Von Diaz of Feet in 2 Worlds hold their IPPES awards for Best Audio.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Rachel Blustain with her IPPIES Award for Best Social Issues Story at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [E. Tammy Kim with her second place IPPIES Award for Best Story on a Social Issue at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Nadia Ahmad, Tina Pamintuan, E. Tammy Kim, and Jyothi Natarajan of Open City Magazine at the IPPIES Awards at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [E. Tammy Kim and Jyothi Natarajan of Open City Magazine at the IPPIES Awards at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Zhaochen Dai and Han Cui of Sino Vision at the IPPIES Awards at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Randall Pinkston and Gary Pierre-Pierre at the IPPIES Awards at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham05 June 2014 - New York, NY [Vania Andre and Gary Pierre-Pierre at the IPPIES Awards at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.] 06/05/14 Photograph by Brock Stoneham

Nearly 200 people gathered at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism the evening of June 5 to celebrate the thriving community and ethnic media in the New York City area. More than 25 Ippies awards were distributed to honorees in this community of more than 300 media outlets, showcasing the excellent journalism produced by non-mainstream media.

Also honored, with a Lifetime Achievement Award, was Edward Lewis, who co-founded Essence Communications Inc., one of the country’s largest African-American multimedia organizations. The company was acquired by Time Inc. in 2005.

“The Ippies is one of my favorite events each year. The work that is celebrated here serves as a powerful reminder of the vibrancy of this media sector,” said Sarah Bartlett, dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Now in their 12th year, the Ippies awards were established to honor the independent press in the metropolitan area. Originally awarded by the Independent Press Association of New York, they are now given annually by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media (CCEM) at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and are the only journalism awards in NYC to honor reporting in English and in languages other than English by the ethnic and community press. The Ippies are considered a benchmark of journalistic excellence and are a coveted prize for the publishers, editors, and reporters in New York City’s ethnic and community press.

Garry Pierre-Pierre, executive director of CCEM, in welcoming the attendees, noted that CCEM will be doing more this year to highlight the role of this sector. The center plans an annual “State of the Ethnic Media” survey, and will continue to offer training sessions and workshops as well as sponsor roundtables and other events with NYC politicians and other newsmakers. The Center also publishes Voices of NY, an online outlet which curates stories from the community and ethnic media and publishes original reporting on topics of interest about communities, ethnic groups, immigration, labor and other issues.

The cocktail and dinner reception, held at the CUNY J School, was abuzz with local journalists who write and broadcast in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Bengali, Korean, Russian and other languages. Numerous representatives of English language community-based outlets were in attendance as well. Guests sampled Spanish tapas, Afghan kebabs, and pad thai before the awards ceremony.

Keynote speaker at the event was Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, filmmaker and the founder of Define American, a campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration.

Among first place Ippies winners were: Long Island Press in the Best Story about an Immigrant Community category for “Muslim Americans: Behind the Veil of a Religion under Attack“;  DNAinfo.com in the Best Investigative/In-Depth Story category for “Millions Raised by AIDS Walk Spent on Rent, Not HIV Services,” Sinovision, for best video for “Behind the Protests“; and Tablet Magazine, for Best Overall Design of an Online Publication. For a complete list of winners, click here.

Atef El Beialy, editor in chief of Allewaa Al Arabi, which won first place for overall design of a print publication, said he was “very happy” that his publication’s work had been recognized with an Ippie.

Jeff Mays of DNAinfo, who won an Ippie for his coverage of the murder of Islan Nettles, an African-American transgender woman beaten to death in Harlem, said that it was a “wonderful honor to be recognized for this coverage.”

This year, more than 150 submissions were received from nearly 50 different outlets for work published or broadcast in 2013. Entries in 10 categories for excellence in journalism – from Best Overall Design of an Online Publication to Best Investigative/In-Depth Story to Best Photograph – were reviewed by an independent panel of judges, who awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes. No prize was awarded this year for Best Editorial/Commentary.

Watch the ceremony below (1 hour):