Statewide honors for reporting, advertising, art

Reporter chain wins 22 journalism awards

In the Spot News Photography category, Victor M. Rodriguez won first place for a picture in The North Bergen Reporter titled “Fire and Ice” after a catastrophic fire in Union City that displaced several families.
In the Spot News Photography category, Victor M. Rodriguez won first place for a picture in The North Bergen Reporter titled “Fire and Ice” after a catastrophic fire in Union City that displaced several families.

The Hudson Reporter newspapers recently won 22 awards in the New Jersey Press Association’s annual statewide contest.
Members of the art and sales staffs won 11awards for work that appeared in the seven editions of the Reporter and the Bayonne Community News. The reporters won 10 awards for their stories, and a freelancer won a first-place photography honor.
The chain, founded in 1983 in Hoboken, publishes The Hoboken Reporter, The Bayonne Community News, The Weehawken Reporter, The Jersey City Reporter, The Secaucus Reporter, The North Bergen Reporter, The Union City Reporter, and The West New York Reporter. The company also publishes the life-style magazines Hoboken 07030, Jersey City Magazine, and Bayonne – Life on the Peninsula.
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The chain is now based in Bayonne.
The paper’s two publishers, Lucha Malato and Dave Unger, congratulated the staff. “We couldn’t be more pleased that our hard working employees have won,” Unger said.
Editor in Chief Caren Matzner commented, “Everyone at the newspaper works really hard to get important information to the public, whether via art, ads, investigative news, or local meeting stories. Even the little things, like highlighting student achievements, matter.”

Writing and reporting

In the editorial contest, Senior Staff Writer Al Sullivan amassed five awards for stories in the Jersey City Reporter. In the Responsible Journalism-Public Service Category, he earned first place for a story headlined “Sanctuary, No Ban, County Conflicted, Fearing the Knock” about the impact of the Trump Administration’s restrictive immigration policies on Hudson County’s émigré population.
He received another first place in the First Amendment category for “Loose lips sink bids,” detailing an alleged attempt by staffers in Jersey City’s City Hall to influence a bid.
Sullivan was also given three awards in the Reporting-Writing & Illustration category. He won second place for coverage of crime and police news for “This is ugly,” about a botched drug robbery that resulted in three murders. For interpretive writing, he was given third place for “What happened on Tonnelle Avenue,” covering the alleged brutality, caught on video, to an innocent bystander of a police chase. For education writing, he was awarded third place for “A living lab,” describing how students are using a former city reservoir, now a nature preserve, to learn ecology.
“Meaningful stories often come from being in the right place at the right time,” Sullivan said. “Since Jersey City is the epicenter of the immigration conflict, opportunities to cover it in a number of aspects are abundant. This is also true for the crime stories. Gun violence in Jersey City mirrors the national issue. Other stories such as ‘Loose Lips Sink Bids,’ result from having good sources willing to leak important information. Our news organization is doing everything possible to live up to the concept of responsible journalism.”
Staff Writer Rory Pasquariello was awarded first place for Business and Economic Writing for “Bitcoin is here,” which examines how merchants in Hudson County are using digital currency.
In the Spot News Photography category, Victor M. Rodriguez won first place for a picture of a fire, which appeared in The North Bergen Reporter, titled “Fire and Ice.” Kate Rounds, editor of the Hudson Reporter magazines, said, “Victor has shot many beautiful pictures for our three magazines. This haunting image is typical of his fine work.”
Staff Writer Marilyn Baer won two second place awards for stories in The Hoboken Reporter. Her story “What you really need to know about the mayoral candidates” focused on last year’s fractious six-way race to become Hoboken’s mayor. Another story, “Hope and hassles on Main Street,” detailed the impact on Hoboken residents and businesses of the reconstruction of Washington Street.
Staff Writer Hannington Dia was awarded third place for two stories in the The North Bergen Reporter. Dia received the Robert P. Kelly Award for new reporters for two stories: “Secaucus lures Amazon” and a story about West New York Mayor Felix Roque’s son, who had been convicted of a misdemeanor, becoming the local Democratic party’s chairman.
Dia also won third place for Best Lede for a story headlined “Bringing a 1643 farcical play to 2017,” about North Bergen high school students performing in an updated version of Pierre Corneille’s farcical play “The Liar.”

Advertising recognition

In the advertising contest, Senior Graphic Artist Lisa M. Cuthbert was awarded first place in the category Best Use of Humor for an entry titled “ATTENTION” in The Bayonne Community News, and first place in the Best Special Section Cover category for “Family” that appeared in The Hoboken Reporter.
Cuthbert also received a third place award in Best Special Section for the pullout in The Jersey City Reporter about the Riverview Jazz Festival.
Cuthbert said that her coworkers are “always striving to do our very best.”
The company’s lifestyle magazine O7030 Hoboken won first place for Rounds and her staff, drawing the judge’s comment, “Fantastic artwork, very creative.” Rounds said, “Our writers, art directors, designers, and photographers should be applauded for their consistently outstanding work.”
Second place awards went to Cuthbert for Best Special Section Cover in The Bayonne Community News for “Shop Bayonne” and Best Special Section for the pullout in The Jersey City Reporter featuring the Jersey City Artist Studio Tour.
Second place was also awarded the team of Senior Graphics Staff Artist Terri Saulino Bish, Graphic Staff Artist Alyssa Bredin Quiros, and Senior Account Executive Toni Anne Calderone-Caracappa for Best Ad in a Niche Publication/Magazine for an ad for the Neary Law Offices in Hoboken 07030.
Quiros and Account Executive Jay Slansky were awarded two second place honors. In the Best Fashion and Personal Care category they won for an ad designed for Stefano and Simone Jewelers in The Secaucus Reporter and in the Best Food Ad category they won for an ad in The Weehawken Reporter designed for the Wine Outlet. Quiros and Caracappa also received a third place award in Best External Promotion or Media Kit for an entry titled “Is Construction Killing Your Business?”
In the category Best Ad Professional & Technology Services, Quiros was award third place for an ad designed for Newport Swim & Fitness.
The winners will receive their awards at NJPA’s Spring Awards Celebration on Thursday, April 26 at The Hamilton Manor, 30 Route 156, Hamilton.

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