Our 2019 GSJA Memorial Journalism Award Winners

Below are the winners of the Garden State Journalists Association's 72nd Annual Memorial Journalism Awards Competition, honoring the best in print, online and broadcast news, and media relations. The GSJA journalism contest is open to all reporters, editors, broadcast journalists, photographers and public relations professionals who live, work in or write about New Jersey.

The awards dinner was held the evening of May 22 at Don Pepe's Restaurant, Newark. 

If you have any questions about next year's awards competition, please contact Anthony Birritteri, awards chairman, at a.birritteri@njbmagazine.com or 973-852-6222.



List of our 2019 Winners:

The Hildy Johnson Award

Marilyn Baer, Hannington Dia, Caren Matzner, Rory Pasquariello, Hoboken Reporter, “The Truth About Fake News”


Video of the Year

K. C. Lopez & Samantha Gross, WMBC -TV 63, “Sports Betting Gambling Concerns”

 

1 Print/Spot News

1st Place, Al Sullivan, Jersey City Reporter, “A Cop’s Best Friend”

2nd Place, George N. Saliba, New Jersey Business, “Gov. Brendan Byrne, New Jersey Icon, Dies at 93”

 

2 Print/General News

1st Place, Rebecca Panico, TAPinto Newark, “Here’s a Glimpse Inside St. Benedict’s No-Nonsense Approach to Education in Newark”

2nd Place, Ricardo Kaulessar, Owen Proctor, NorthJersey.com, “Bloomfield HS, Montclair HS Students Hold Walkout”

3rd Place, Mark J. Bonamo, TAPinto Newark, “Governor Murphy: ‘I Drink Newark’s Water’”

 

3 Print Feature

1st Place, Ellen Lazer, West Essex Tribune, “Local Social Workers Helps Right 36-Year Wrong”

2nd Place, Ellen Lazer, West Essex Tribune, “Surviving & Thriving: A College Student’s Experience with a Ruptured Brain Aneurysm”

3rd Place, Al Sullivan,  Jersey City Reporter, “The Day He Got Trapped in His Own Store”

Honorable Mention, Ricardo Kaulessar, NorthJersey.com, “100 Years Ago, Spanish Flu Pandemic Brought Dread to NJ”

 

4 Print/Business-Financial

1st Place, Tim McEntyre, New Jersey Business, “E-Commerce Creates Burgeoning Industrial Market”

2nd Place , Ricardo Kaulessar, NorthJersey.com, “The Picture can be Bright or Blurry for Camera Stores”

3rd Place, Tim McEntyre, New Jersey Business, “Construction in Our Urban Centers”

 

5 Print/Science, Health, Medical

1st Place, Jim Pytell, New Jersey Business, “Combatting the Opioid Crisis”

2nd Place, Al Sullivan, Jersey Reporter, “Hear, Touch, Feel”

3rd Place, Joe Cavaluzzi, New Jersey Business, “Hospitals Pursue Technologies for Safer Cancer Treatment”

 

6 Print Education

1st Place, George N. Saliba, New Jersey Business, “The MBA Degree Within a Vortex of Change”

2nd Place, Rebecca Panico, TAPinto Newark, “5 Major Issues Newark Public Schools Inherited from State-Controlled Leadership”

 

7 Print/ Lifestyle-Travel

1st Place, Al Sullivan, Jersey City Reporter, “Overcoming Family Violence”

2nd Place, Christine Sablynski, West Essex Tribune, “Rescue Me: Rico, the ‘Souvenir Dog’”

3rd Place, Dan Schlossberg, New Jersey Lifestyle, “Luxury in the Desert”

 

8 Print/Reviews

1st Place, Dan Schlossberg, Forbes.com, “Moe Berg Movie makes Home Run for History”

2nd Place, Tom Skevin, NJArts.net, “Smithereens Concert Review”

 

9 Print/Sports News

1st Place, Dan Schlossberg, Diamond Days (Red Sox Alumni Magazine), “The Day Yaz Called It a Career”

 

10 Print/Sports Feature

1st Place, Michael Moretti, NJ Golf, “A Matter of Perspective”

2nd Place, Dan Schlossberg, Forbes.com, “Braves Find Hank Aaron Clone in Ronald Acuna, Jr.

3rd  Place, Michael Lewis, Front Row Soccer.com, “King James: Veteran Center Back Solidifies FC Motown Backline”

 

11 Print/Sports Column

1st Place, Michael Lewis, Front Row Soccer.com, “Offside Remarks: one Confounding Head-Scratching Question: Just Where Was Everyone at Red Bull Arena?”

 

12  Print/Investigative

1st Place, Al Sullivan,  Jersey City Reporter, “Fifth Death at County Jail”

 

13 Print/Personality Interview – Profile

1st Place, Kate Rounds, Newspaper Media Group, “Friend Ship – Artist Onboard”

2nd Place, Christine Sablynski, West Essex Tribune, “Priest Finds Niche after 20 Years in the World”

 

15 Print/Column

1st Place, Michael Izzo, West Essex Tribune, “Michael’s Musings: Election Night Pizza”

 

16 Print/Editorial

1st Place, Jim McQueeny, NJ Spotlight, “Brendan T. Byrne: A Life You’d Buy If You Could”

2nd Place, Michael Izzo, West Essex Tribune, “Memorial Park”

 

22 Photography/Sports Action

1st Place, Frank Wojciechowski, The Town Topics, “Scissor Kick”

2nd Place, Frank Wojciechowski, The Town Topics, “Just Out of Reach”


23 Photography/ Sports Feature

1st Place, Frank Wojciechowski, The Town Topics, “Ivy League Champions”

 

24 Photography/ Feature

1st Place, Jane Primerano, New Jersey Farmer, “Sussex Fair Friends”

 

27  Broadcast - TV/Online, Spot News

1st Place, K. C. Lopez & Samantha Gross, WMBC-TV 63, “Little Falls Flash Flooding”

2nd Place, K. C. Lopez, WMBC-TV 63, “Perth Amboy Carbon Monoxide Leak”

 

28 Broadcast – TV/Online General News

1st Place, K. C. Lopez, WMBC-TV 63, “Bergen County Sheriff Resigns”

2nd Place, Cameron Bowman, Rutgers Today, “Hillary Clinton Visits Rutgers”

3rd Place, Jack Reinhard, www.InsideWarren.com, “Former Bronco’s Story of Recovery”

 

29 Broadcast TV/Online Feature

1st Place, Cameron Bowman, Rutgers Today, “Rutgers Students Help Matheny Center”

2nd Place, Steve Lubetkin, State Broadcast News, “Former NJ Governor Florio Sees Urban Development as Key to State’s Economy”

3rd Place, Jack Reinhard, www.InsiderWarren.com, “Debt Free Hackettstown”

 

31 Broadcast TV/Online -  Sports Feature

1st Place, K. C. Lopez and Samantha Gross, WMBC-TV 63, “Ready Set, Curl”

2nd Place, Cameron Bowman & Larry McAllister, Rutgers Today, “Scarlet Stories: The Signs of Love”

 

33 Broadcast Radio, Spot News

1st Place, Dan Schlossberg, Travel Itch Radio, “WWII Museum”                             

2nd Place, Steve Lubetkin, State Broadcasting News, “Bill Cosby Trial/Sentencing”         

3rd Place, Caleb Kubereit, WRSU-FM (Rutgers U), “Kavanaugh Protest at Rutgers”          

 

34 Broadcast Radio General News

1st Place, Dan Schlossberg, Travel Itch Radio, “Real-Life Pilot Inspires”                 

2nd Place, Faith Kessler, WSOU-FM 89.5, “WSOU Newscast 12/13/18”      

3rd Place, Bob Towey, WSOU-FM 89.5, “WSOU-FM 89.5 FM”                                 

 

35 Broadcast Radio Feature

1st Place, Steve Lubetkin, State Broadcasting News, “Strong Economy”                

2nd Place, Bob Towey, WSOU 89.5 FM, “Mental Health Awareness”         

3rd Place, Steve Lubetkin, State Broadcasting News, “Industrial Attention Shifting”       

 

36 Broadcast-Sports Feature

1st Place, Joe Stauffenberg & Sean Remington, WGLS 89.7 FM, “Concussion Protocol”                       

2nd Place, Dalton Allison, WSOU 89.5 FM, “Lindsay Berra Story”               

3rd Place, Bob Towey, WSOU 89.5 FM, “Comeback Season”

 

37  Broadcast - Radio, Sports

1st Place, Matt Ambrose,  89.5 FM WSOU, “Seton Hall Men’s Basketball Team Defeats Kentucky in OT”

2nd Place, Joe Stauffenberg & Brandon Hurson, Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, “Rowan Basketball Team versus NJCU for the NJAC Title”

3rd Place, Jose Feliciano, WSOU 89.5 FM, “Seton Hall vs Louisville Men’ s Basketball Play-by-Play”

 

38  Broadcast – Radio, Investigative

1st Place, Audrey Quinn, WNYC, “For New Jersey Jails, Suicides and Overdoses, but Little Oversight”


39 Broadcast - Talk Radio

1st Place, Kaitlin Kline, WGLS-FM 89.7, "A Community Affair"

2nd Place, Dan Schlossberg, Travel Itch Radio, "Start of Israel Air Force"

3rd Place, Joey Bloch, WRSU-FM 88.7, "Knightbeat"

 

41 Podcast

1st Place, Scott Gurian, Far From the Home Podcast, “Kazakhstan: One Surprise After Another”

2nd Place, Audrey Quinn, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, “Abuse and Neglect in Private Care”

 

43 ENG News

1st Place, Steve Lubetkin, State Broadcasting News, “Unique Housing for Seniors”         

2nd Place, Cameron Bowman, Rutgers Today, “Match Day Determines Futures”

 

44 ENG News or PR Camera Personnel

1st Place, Cameron Bowman, Rutgers Today, “Scientific Diving Program”

2nd Place Steve Lubetkin, State Broadcast News, “Online Auto Retailer Carvana Places Car Vending Machine in Philadelphia”

3rd Place, Cameron Bowman & Larry McAllister II. Rutgers Today, “Scarlet Stories Turing Andrew Bambridge”

 

45 Sports News

1st Place, Jessica Lee, Rutgers Today, “Rutgers Chinese Dance Troupe”    

 

47 Public Relations/Press Releases

1st Place, Tom Skevin, Princeton Strategic Communications, “NJ Hall of Fame Groundbreaking”

2nd Place, Melanie DeStefano, CHP Communications, “From Dream to Reality”

3rd Place, Dan Hirshberg, CHP Communications, “Born to be a Minister, Now a Hall of Famer”

 

49 Public Relations/Publications

1st Place, John Chadwick, Kara Donaldson, Ian DeFalco, Rutgers University School of Arts & Sciences, “Access – Excellence in the Arts”

 

50 PR Marketing Videos

1st Place, Michael Moretti, Mark McCormick, NJ State Golf Association, “Hall of Fame Video”

2nd Place, Mike Sanchez, New Jersey Business & Industry Association, “NJBIA Membership Video”

3rd Place, Cameron Bowman, Rutgers school Of Dental Medicine, “Tooth Fairy Visits Rutgers”         

 

52 Layout/Weekly Paper

Honorable Mention, Lisa Cuthbert, Bayonne Community News, “Bayonne Shake Up”

 

53 Layout/Magazine Front Cover

1st Place, Terri Saulino Bish, Alyssa Bredin, Kate Rounds, 07030 Hoboken Summer 2018, “Rockin’ the 21”

2nd Place, Lisa M. Cuthbert, The Hudson Reporter, “Bayonne – Life on the Peninsula”

3rd  Place, Terri Saulino Bish, Jersey City Magazine, “Unshakeable Cool”

Honorable Mention, Mike Sanchez, New Jersey Business Magazine,  April Cover – Acing AC

 

54 Layout/ Feature Story

1st Place, Alyssa Bredin Quiros, 07030 Hoboken Summer 2018, “Rockin’ the 21”

2nd Place, Alyssa Bredin Quiros, 07030 Hoboken Winter 2018, “Jimmy Roselli”

 

56 Layout Design/Online Publication

Honorable Mention, Mike Sanchez, New Jersey Business Magazine Website