This award was established to recognize outstanding achievement by new reporters. To qualify, you must have begun working during 2020 or had your first-year anniversary of working in the newspaper field during 2020.
Interrupted careers should be computed so that the candidate completes a total of 12 months of full-time employment during 2020. Previous part-time and freelancing work does not count toward the computation unless they were substantially full-time.
Entries should consist of links to three (3) individual articles or a series of articles. A series must be so identified in the text. Multiple byline articles will not be eligible. Include place(s) of employment and dates in your entry, plus the anniversary date of your first year.
Note: Submissions from all media, regardless of circulation or media market, are judged together.
This award is in honor of Wilson L. Barto Sr., the founding president of the New Jersey SPJ Professional chapter in 1959 and New Jersey’s first newspaper ombudsman in 1975 at The Times of Trenton.
Barto, of Skippack, Pa., finished a 40-year career in 1992 after working for five New Jersey papers and two in Pennsylvania. He was the only person to serve as city editor of both Trenton dailies.
Barto died in 2010 at the age of 83. Colleagues remember him as a person who encouraged beginning reporters to aspire to become great journalists.