We’ll be honoring the winners of this year’s NJ-SPJ Excellence in Journalism Awards on June 27 in a two-part celebration in Newark. The festivities begin with a reception at the Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Pl., followed by a 3 p.m. reception next door at the New Jersey Historical Society. The reception costs $10 per person, but the ceremony itself is free. R.S.V.P. is required, so please click here to connect to our event registration page.…
Editor’s note: Several categories were inadvertently left off of our original winners list. The list has since been corrected, and it can be found here as well as in the link embedded in the text below.
For more information, contact NJ-SPJ contest chair David Levitt; email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or NJ-SPJ treasurer Ron Miskoff, email: email@example.com; cell: 732-278-1868
The unfolding drama of a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge that lead to the indictment of three of the governor’s former allies. A five-month investigation into the mysterious 2008 death of a young man walking along I-287. A Loch-Ness monster-like snake in Lake Hopatcong that ended up going viral among late-night comedians.
Those are among the stories to emerge from this year’s New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Excellence in Journalism contest, where winners tackled the wild, the strange and the controversial, and pushed to compute things that just refused to add up.
The work represents the most important news in the Garden State for the year 2014, the year the stories were produced. The complete list of winners can be found here.
Many of this year’s stories boldly sought truth from those in power. “It goes well beyond Bridgegate,’’ said NJ-SPJ president Bob Schapiro. “In 2014, the sustained attention of professional journalists uncovered danger from the very people who are supposed to protect us. Whether it was an animal shelter suspected of cruelty, a strange death in police custody or a massive traffic jam caused by the agency that is supposed to relieve traffic, full-time journalists were the ones who informed the public of important matters that may otherwise have never come to light.”
Added David M. Levitt, NJ-SPJ contest chairman: “As the allegedly declining state of journalism is bemoaned both in New Jersey and seemingly everywhere, these 100+ winners scream to the world: it ain’t quite so. Great writing and editing remain abundant in the Garden State.”
Our winners represent the gamut of New Jersey journalism, from legacy print, broadcast and radio outlets to small hyperlocal publishers. They will be honored at a reception June 27 at the Maize Restaurant at the Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Pl., Newark, followed by a 3 p.m. program next door in the auditorium of the New Jersey Historical Society, 52, Park Place. For more information and to RSVP, click here.
Highlights from this year’s winning entries include:
CHRISTOPHER BAXTER of The Star-Ledger/NJ.com is the first place winner of our Tim O’ Brien award for daily newspapers, for the THIRD straight year. The O’Brien, which honors the late Tim O’Brien, honors the best work utilizing the state’s Open Public Records Act, a law for which NJ-SPJ and the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government fought for many years, which turned the state’s public records law from one of the nation’s weakest to one if its strongest.…
Why? This year’s NJ-SPJ Excellence in Journalism awards contest got off on a late start. We had been scheduled to begin January 1, but because of some technical glitches, we were not able to accept entries until January 8.
This gave people less time to prepare their entries. And as our March 1 deadline loomed, several entrants complained that they needed more time to prepare their entries.
So, to make sure that everyone gets a fair shot, the contest committee has decided to extend the deadline to March 11. To enter, go to njspj.org — or go directly to the contest interface atwww.betterbnc.com and create an “open call” account.
Cost is $20 per entry for members whose dues are up-to-date, $25 for non-members. Hint: This might be a good time to join SPJ and pay the lower rate. But either way, don’t miss this opportunity to enter the contest.
An NJ-SPJ award is prestigious primarily because our contest is judged by journalists in other parts of the United States. That means there is no favoritism, no politics, no cronyism. And people who hire journalists know it. An NJ-SPJ award on your resumé often helps if you are seeking new employment.
Here’s an idea: if you already entered, consider adding more entries.You can enter as many items in each category as you like, and in most cases, you just attach a link to your story or submit a PDF. You can also submit a paper entry (no charge for the first page, then $1 per page).
Time’s a tickin’, and we’re in the count-down phase to our March 1 deadline for our annual Excellence in Journalism Contest. To submit your work, all you have to do is click onto www.betterbnc.com and create an “open call” account. Cost is $20 per entry for SPJ members, $25 for non-members.
Need help with the process? Click on the video in the sidebar column on the right side of your screen. You can also get information about everything from contest categories to payment by clicking on the contest tabs in the navigation menu. Still got questions? Contact chairman David Levitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our contest helps support all the good work we do on behalf of journalism in New Jersey. In the last 18 months, we have hosted free public forums on timely issues relating to journalism in Montclair, Jersey City, Newark and New Brunswick. The most recent was Feb. 12 when 52 people came to Newark on a cold Thursday night to discuss both Charlie Hebdo and the arrest (and release) of news photographer Andrew Flinchbaugh in Ocean County.
We have advocated on behalf of Jana Winter (Fox News) and Frank Cahill (Parsippany Focus) when they faced onerous subpoenas, and played a key role in fact-finding in the Flinchbaugh case. We also registered our protest when a New Jersey state trooper posed as a news photographer in order to conduct surveillance on protesters.
In short, we’ve done good work and we deserve support. Now we want to honor other journalists who have done good work. An award from NJ-SPJ means something. So enter the contest. You can do something good for yourself and your fellow journalists, while also supporting important work throughout the state.
By DEBBIE GALANT We’re holding a hackathon March 28-29 at Montclair State. The theme is A Weekend of Making Journalism Better Through Data, Code and Play. A lot of journalists think a hackathon is not for them. They either don’t know the word “hackathon” or they think it’s only for coders. They’re wrong. Journalism hackathons are……
Thursday, May 21: NJ-SPJ meeting, WBGO-FM studios, 50 Park Pl., Newark. Agenda: 6:30 p.m. dinner; 7 p.m. tour of WBGO; 7:30 p.m. NJ-SPJ meeting to nominate officers for 2015-16.
Saturday, June 27: NJ-SPJ Excellence in Journalism Awards program. Event begins at 2 p.m. with a reception at the Maize Restaurant at the Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Pl., Newark and is followed by a 3 p.m. program next door in the auditorium of the New Jersey Historical Society, 52, Park Place. Cost of reception: $10; RSVP for reception required. To RSVP click here.
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