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NJIT Journalism Students Take First Place in Environmental Contest

Twenty-two NJIT students have won first place in a student journalism contest on the environment. A cash prize was awarded for the winning entries, which were included in a collaborative investigative reporting project on the local effects of New Jersey’s toxic environmental legacy and published on brickcitylive.com, a Newark website. The students in the ENG 350 class, guided by University Lecturer Miriam Ascarelli, created a virtual tour of sites in the Ironbound neighborhood in Newark, such as Terrell Homes, the Triangle Park project, remnants of the Newark-New York Railroad, the Aerofarms vertical farm, the Ironbound Stadium and Riverfront Park.

“Congratulations to all involved, not only for winning the contest, but, importantly, for sharing what you learned with the community,” said Kevin D. Belfield, dean of the College of Science and Liberal Arts.

The contest, titled Dirty Little Secrets: A Collaborative Investigation of New Jersey’s Toxic Legacy, was sponsored by the Rutgers Department of Journalism and Media Studies, the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University and the Center for Investigative Reporting, and supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

To take the virtual tour, complete with an interactive map, visit http://www.brickcitylive.com/news/bclstaff/newarks-toxic-legacy-an-environmental-tour-of-the-ironbound.