Five Student Journalists Receive $2500 Deadline Club Scholarships

Awards are being presented to graduate and undergraduate students at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, NYU, Hunter College and the Borough of Manhattan Community College

The Deadline Club is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Deadline Club scholarship competition.

Ninety graduate and undergraduate students competed in this year’s contest, a record number for the Deadline Club. The judges were overwhelmingly impressed with all of the candidates, who hailed from a range of academic institutions in the New York metropolitan area.

“We’re glad to be able to help support journalism’s next generation. It’s inspiring to see such a strong commitment to the craft among students in the New York City area. We have no doubt that all of the scholarship candidates will go on to make a difference in communities across the five boroughs and around the globe,” said Deadline Club President Claire Regan.

The five winners of this year’s Deadline Club scholarships have all demonstrated an extraordinary dedication to wanting to tell the stories of underrepresented communities, and uphold the standards of truth and fairness. Each will receive $2500 and a certificate acknowledging their journalistic accomplishments.

The five winners are:

  • Lea Ceasrine is a master’s candidate at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism concentrating in health and science reporting. Her reporting on urban farms and community gardens has appeared in NPR’s The Salt and BKLYNER.
  • Deanna Garcia grew up in the Bronx and discovered her passion for journalism in high school. After graduating from the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Deanna will attend Lehman College in the fall as a journalism major.
  • Kadia Gobia is a Hunter College senior who has written for a number of college publications and local Brooklyn outlets. She was recently awarded a Pulitzer Fellowship to travel to Sierra Leone where she will report on how local grassroots organizations are addressing environmental issues plaguing the country.
  • Yasemin Sim Esmen is a graduate student at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Previously she studied Radio, TV and Film Production at Syracuse University. Yasemin says she was bitten by the news bug while working for an investigative TV news program in her native Turkey.
  • Chibuike Oguh is a graduate student at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, where he’s completing a degree in business and economic reporting. He has served as the editor of a mobile news service in his native Nigeria.

Read more about each of them here.

Learn more about the Deadline Club Scholarship Program.

About the Deadline Club:
The Deadline Club, which is the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, has been supporting and honoring the best in New York journalism since 1925. It adheres to the mission of the Society, which is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.


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