The reporters and graphic artists for The Hudson Reporter newspapers recently won 13 awards in the Garden State Journalists Association’s 72nd Annual Memorial Journalism Awards Competition.
The competition, “honoring the best in print, online and broadcast news, and media relations,” is open to all reporters, editors, broadcast journalists, photographers and public relations professionals who live, work in, or write about New Jersey.
The staff writers won seven awards for investigative and feature stories. Members of the graphics staff won six awards for work that appeared in the various Reporter papers or magazines.
The newspaper chain, founded in 1983 in Hoboken, publishes eight newspapers: The Hoboken Reporter, Bayonne Community News, Weehawken Reporter, Jersey City Reporter, Secaucus Reporter, North Bergen Reporter, Union City Reporter, and the West New York Reporter.
The company also publishes the lifestyle magazines Hoboken 07030, Jersey City Magazine, and Bayonne – Life on the Peninsula.
In June 2018 the Hudson Reporter was acquired by Newspaper Media Group.
“The awards do not tell the entire story of these staffers and the quality of their work,” said Bruce Moran, Department Editor for Hudson County and Central Jersey for the Newspaper Media Group/Donnelly Media Group. “Their passion and skills have long been appreciated by us here at the newspaper, but now their work is being recognized by these awards. We are fortunate to be able to have them on our team. Three cheers for our excellent staff members who received these awards.”
All the award-winning stories are available at hudsonreporter.com.
The prestigious Hildy Johnson Award was given to staff writers Marilyn Baer, Hannington Dia, and Rory Pasquariello, and former Editor in Chief Caren Matzner, for a story published in all The Hudson Reporter newspapers titled “The Truth About Fake News.”
The story, written by Matzner, was an in-depth report bringing the national controversy over lying and personal attacks and the use of social media in political campaigns home to Hudson County, in particular to campaigns in Hoboken and Bayonne.
In the Print/Personality Interview – Profile category, Kate Rounds, the current Editor of The Hudson Reporter newspapers and the company’s magazines, was awarded 1st place for a story titled “Friend Ship – Artist Onboard” about a Jersey City artist, who made an epic voyage from Detroit to Jersey City on his live-aboard boat.
“Our writers, artists, photographers, and editors do award-winning work every day, whether or not they win an award,” Rounds said. “We honor their talent and are grateful for their many contributions.”
Senior Staff Writer Al Sullivan was awarded three 1st place honors, plus a 2nd place and 3rd place in various reporting categories, all for stories in The Jersey City Reporter.
In the Print/Spot News category, Sullivan was awarded 1st place for a story titled “A Cop’s Best Friend,” about the relationship between a police officer and his K-9 companion after it died, and the honors conferred on the dog for its public service.
In the Print/ Lifestyle-Travel category, he was given 1st place for his story “Overcoming Family Violence,” about a man with intense problems in youth who overcame many of them to become a champion weightlifter.
In the Print/Investigative category, his story “Fifth Death at County Jail” was one in a series of stories following a number of deaths that took place in the county jail.
For his story “Hear, Touch, Feel” in the Print/Science, Health, Medical category, Sullivan was awarded 2nd place. The report focused on a local school that built a sensory room for students with special needs, many of whom are autistic.
Sullivan also won 3rd place in the Print Feature category for “The Day He Got Trapped in His Own Store.” The story talked about how a disabled man not only built a life for himself despite his disability, but also how he survived a disaster when the building he was in collapsed.
“Hudson County is a rich environment for stories of every kind, characters that stand out from the crowd, situations that reflect national issues but with a local twist,” Sullivan said. “This is part of the reason why The Hudson Reporter continues to win awards, as its journalists recognize opportunities, and then take advantage of those opportunities.”
First Place for Layout/Magazine Front Cover was awarded to Senior Graphic Artist Terri Saulino Bish, Graphic Artist Alyssa Bredin Quiros, and Editor Kate Rounds, for the cover of the summer 2018 edition of Hoboken 07030.
In the Layout/ Feature Story category Quiros was awarded 1st Place for the cover story in the same edition titled “Rockin’ the 21.” Quiros also won 2nd Place in the same category for a story about Hoboken native and singer “Jimmy Roselli” in Hoboken 07030 Winter 2019.
“The folks at Rock the 21 are truly an inspiration and the children were so much fun,” Bish and Quiros said. “So winning first place for that cover was very meaningful for us.”
Second Place in the Layout/Magazine Front Cover category was awarded to Senior Graphic Artist Lisa M. Cuthbert for the spring/summer 2018 edition of Bayonne – Life on the Peninsula, “Summer in the City.”
“Congratulations to all my colleagues for once again producing award-winning work!” Cuthbert said.
Bish won 3rd Place in the Layout/Magazine Front Cover category for Jersey City Magazine, the Fall/Winter 2018 – 2019 edition.
Cuthbert was also awarded Honorable Mention in the Layout/Weekly Paper category for a story in The Bayonne Community News titled “Bayonne Shake Up.”
The awards dinner will be held May 22 in Newark.