2015 GSJA Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to all of this year's Garden State Journalists Association's Memorial Journalism award winners. The May 20 awards dinner at the Chart House in Weehawken was a success. A special thanks goes out to Mark DiOnno of the Star-Ledger for being our keynote speaker. We look forward to your submissions in 2016. The new entry form will be posted by January 2016. If you have any new category ideas, please feel free to submit them to Anthony Birritteri, awards chairman, at a.birritteri@njbmagazine.com.

Our 2015 winners are:
 

The Hildy Johnson Award

Mark Magyar, NJ Spotlight, “What’s Wrong With Chris Christie’s Government?”


Video of the Year

Walt Kane, News 12 NJ, “Jersey City Police Department Waste & Abuse”

 

Photo of the Year

Justin Zaremba, NJ Advance Media, “Landscapers Trapped in Excavation Accident”

 

Spot News

1st Place, Al Sullivan, The Jersey Reporter, “A City on Edge”

2nd Place, Justin Zaremba, NJ Advance Media, “Hunter on Rabid Coyote Attack: ‘I’m Really Happy I’m the Last Guy He Met’”


General News

1st Place, Jerry Pervinich, Town News, “’Pops’ Goes the Distance”

2nd Place, Justin Zaremba, NJ Advance Media, “Heart Attack, Route 80 Crash Sparks Friendship Between Nurse, Truck Driver

3rd Place, David Karas, The Christian Science Monitor, “The Sockman” Tom McNamara is all About Feet and Greet”

Honorable Mention, Antoinette Rainone, Town News, Imagine What We Can do With All of This”


Feature

1st Place, Amanda Staab, Hoboken 07030 Magazine, “What Henk Ovink Thinks”

2nd Place, Al Sullivan, The Jersey City Reporter, “On a Mission from God”

3rd Place, Ellen Lazer, West Essex Tribune, “A Hidden Child”

Honorable Mention, Colette M. Liddy, Caldwell University, “Helping Children on the Autism Spectrum”

 

Business Financial

1st Place, Al Sullivan, The Jersey City Reporter, “A Sandwich of Their Own”

2nd Place, Andrew Kitchenman, NJ Spotlight, “Merger of Two Hospitals Could Increase Quality, But Also Concentrate Power”

3rd Place, George N. Saliba, New Jersey Business Magazine, “Commercial Litigation”

Honorable Mention, George N. Saliba, New Jersey Business Magazine, “Newark: Rising Toward a Zenith”

Honorable Mention, Andrew George, NJBIZ, EO13: Is Camden’s Growth Hurting Its Suburbs?”

 

Science, Health, Education

1st Place, Michele C. Hollow, The New York Times, “Stressed? This Dog May Help”

2nd Place, Art Schwartz, Union City Reporter, “Brain Surgery … While Awake?

3rd Place, Carl Blesch, Rutgers Today, “Rutgers Biomedical Engineering Student Leads Team to Build Prosthesis for Little Girl’s Hand”

Honorable Mention, Meir Rinde, NJ Spotlight, “How Big Data is Transforming Today’s Healthcare Sector”

 

Lifestyle Travel

1st Place, Christine Sablynski, West Essex Tribune, “Livingston Resident Fills in for Santa”

2nd Place, Mary Johnson, NJBIZ,  “Time for Wine”

3rd Place, Amanda Palasciano, Life in Hoboken.com, “Bravo Otto Strada, Bravo”

 

Sports News

1st Place, Dan Schlossberg, USA Today Sports Weekly, “LaRussa, Cox, Torre: An Improbable Hall of Fame Trio”


Sports Feature

1st Place, Sports Feature, Dan Schlossberg, USA Today Sports Weekly, “Gehrig’s Image Endures”

2nd Place, Wayne Parry, The Associated Press, “Yogi Berra, a D-Day Rocket Boat Veteran, Honored on 70th Anniversary of Normandy Invasion”

 

Investigative Reporting

1st Place, Scott Gurian, NJ Spotlight, WNYC/NJPR, “Coverage of New Jersey’s Flawed Sandy Energy Grant Program”

2nd Place, Al Sullivan, Kate Rounds, The Jersey City Reporter, “Without Notice, NJ Transit Cuts Time Light Rail Ticket is Valid”

3rd Place, Justin Zaremba, NJ Advance Media, “Route 80 Construction: Dot Admits Mistakes After Huge Spike in Crashed”

 

Personality Interview

1st Place, Mary Johnson, NJBIZ, “Family (and Families) First”

2nd Place, David Karas, The Christian Science Monitor, “Daniel Karslake Says Hunger and Poverty Can Be Solved”

3rd Place, Caren Matzner, Jersey City Magazine, “Mayor Steve Gets Up Close and Personal”

Honorable Mention, Christine Sablynski, West Essex Tribune, “Tribune ‘Alumnus’ Daniel G. Levine Re-Examines ‘Jekyll & Hyde in Debut Novel”

 

Series

1st Place, Linda Federico-O’Murchu, CNBC, “Tiny Homes in America: A Growing Movement”

2nd Place, Sara Neufeld, The Hechinger Report, “A Promise to Renew”

3rd Place, Al Sullivan, Carlo Davis, Art Schwartz, The Jersey Reporter, “’Gay American’ Speech was 10 Years Ago”

Honorable Mention, Katherine Milsop, Community News, “Buchak Family Hopeful Son Starts New Program”

 

Column

1st Place, Joan Quigley, NJ.com / Jersey Journal, “Heal Ourselves, Our Community”

2nd Place, Dan Schlossberg, New York Natives, “The Hot Corner: Coming To Grips With Ground Zero”

3rd Place, Joan Quigley, NJ.com / Jersey Journal, “Dissing Lt. Governor Guadagno”

Honorable Mention, Christine Sablynski, West Essex Tribune, “Chrissy’s Column: Nothing to Complain About”

 

Editorial

1st Place, Greg Trevor, Rutgers Today, “September 11: Let us Not Lose Sight of the Significance of the Day”

2nd  Place, Ellen Lazer, West Essex Tribune, “The Calendar and the Snow”

3rd  Place, Bill Slossar, Twin-Boro News, “All the Signs, then the Giveaway”

 

Headlines

1st Place, Bill Slossar, Twin-Boro News, “Season’s Eatings May Result in a Doggie Diet”

2nd Place, Bill Slossar, Twin-Boro News, “Making a Monetary Mountain our of Mole Holes”

3rd  Place, Tom Skevin, The Record of Bergen County, “Today’s Woods is no Tiger”

 

Photography Spot News

1st Place, Justin Zaremba, NJ Advance Media, “Hunter Recounts Struggle with Rabid Coyote”

2nd Place, Joseph Passantino, Hudson Reporter, North Bergen Main Involved in Deadly Crash”

3rd Place, Nick Messina, Community News, The Bunny Stopped Dancing”

 

 Photography Sports Action

1st  Place, Joseph Passantino, Hudson Reporter, “Almost There”

2nd  Place, Frank Wojciechowski, Town Topics,  “In Your Face”

3rd  Place, Frank Wojciechowski, Town Topics, “Saved”

 

Photography Sports Feature

1st  Place, Frank Wojciechowski, Town Topics, “Goal!!!”

2nd Place, Frank Wojciechowski, Town Topics, “Tough Loss”

3rd Place, Frank Wojciechowski, Town Topics, “Champs”

 

Photography Feature

1st Place, Aaron Houston, NJBIZ, “TerraCycle”

 

Photography Portrait & Personality

1st Place, Aaron Houston, NJBIZ, “Intelligent Material”

2nd Place, Aaron Houston, NJBIZ, “Solar Man”

 

Photo Story – Essay

1st Place, Caren Matzner, Hoboken Reporter, “Signs of the City”

2nd Place, Caren Matzner, Secaucus Reporter, “The Trail Behind the Stores”

 

TV Spot News

1st Place, Natalie Paterson, FiOS 1 News, “Christmas Donation Stolen”

2nd Place, John Bathke, John Capriotti, News 12 NJ, “A Tragedy on Grant Avenue”

3rd Place, Natalie Paterson, FiOS 1 News, “Triplets Graduate”

 

TV General News

1st Place, Lisa Voyticki, WMBC-TV, “Port Authority Bus Terminal Exposed”

2nd Place, Walt Kane, New 12 NJ, “Newark Mayor Claims Vacant Jail is ‘Used Every Day”

3rd Place, Raven Santana, Kimberly Wallace, FiOS 1 News, “Breaking News: Ewing House Explosion”

Honorable Mention, Lisa Voyticki, Michael Celi, WMBC-TV, “US-Cuba Announcement Hits Home for NJ”

 

TV Feature

1st Place, News Staff, FiOS 1 News, “Building a Bridge: The New Tappan Zee”

2nd Place, Steve Lubetkin, State Broadcast News / Globe St., “Fort Monmouth Development Video News Wrapper”

3rd Place, Giovanna Drpic, FiOS 1 News, “Immigrant Children Fleeing Violence”

Honorable Mention, John Bathke, Mark DiPietro, Adam Jenkins, News 12 NJ, “Rita Moreno Interview”

 

 

TV Sports Feature

1st Place, Raven Santana, FiOS 1 News, “Baseball Player Reveals He’s Gay”

2nd Place, Cameron Bowman, Rutgers Today, “Who is the Scarlet Knight?”

3rd Place, Lisa Voyticki, WMBC-TV, “Super Bowl Security”

 

TV Investigative

1st Place, Walt Kane, News 12 NJ, “Helmetta Animal Shelter”

2nd Place, Staff, FiOS 1 News, “Justice for Jimmy”

3rd Place, Walt Kane, News 12 NJ, “Students Restrained”

Honorable Mention, Lisa Voyticki, WMBC-TV,  “Who Are Times Square’s Costumed Characters?”

 

Radio Spot News

1stPlace, Jim Smith, WCBS News Radio 880, “Hawthorne Farmers Market Death”

 


Radio General News

1st Place, Maria Marino, WGHT Radio, “North Jersey News Live Update 12-13-2014”

 

Broadcast Radio Feature

1st Place, Jennifer O’Donnell, Mike Stoever, Blake Doughty , Rowan Radio: 89.7 WGLS-FM, “Living With Autism: A Different Way of Life”

2nd Place, Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report & WNYC, “Why Hoboken is Throwing Away All of its Student Laptops”

3rd Place, Scott Gurian, WNYC/NJ Public Radio, “Rinse and Repeat? No Easy Fix to Chronic Flooding”

 


Sports Radio

1st Place, Clayton Collier, WSOU 89.5 FM, “Seton Hall at Wichita State Men’s Basketball Intro”

2nd Place, Clayton Collier, WSOU 89.5 FM, Seton Hall Women’s Basketball vs. Princeton in WNIT, Play-by-Play Call”

 

Investigative Radio

1st Place, Scott Gurian, WNYC / NJ Public Radio, “Fuzzy Math: How Hoboken Was Shortchanged Sandy Aid”

 

Broadcast Radio Talk

1st Place, Bob Mann, Michael Phillips, Duff Sheffield, WFDU Radio, “Of Mutual Concern -  Bullying”

2nd Place, Bob Mann, Nick Amabile, John Yurko, Caldwell University, “Let’s Consider the Source with Mike Kelly”

3rd Place Jimmy Howes, Greta Latona, WGHT Radio “History of Dion and the Belmonts and Doo Wopp!”

 

ENG News

Honorable Mention, Cameron Bowman, Rutgers Today, “Helping Babies Learn a Language”

 

ENG Feature

1st Place, Cameron Bowman, Rutgers Today, “Chapel Organs Thrill Visitors”

2nd Place, Cameron Bowman, Rutgers Today, “Rutgers Marching Band – Behind the Scenes”

 

ENG Sports Action

1st Place, Cameron Bowman, Rutgers Today,  “Rutgers Crew Celebrates History”

 

PR Press Release

1st Place, Robin Lally, Rutgers Today, “A Wife’s Happiness is More Crucial than Husband’s in Keeping Marriage on Track”

 

PR Publications

1st Place, Diane Gomez, Carol Peters, Claire McInerney, Karen Novick, Rutgers University, “Interaction- Fall 2014”

2nd Place, Erbach Communications Group, St. Peter’s University Magazine

3r Place, Erbach Communications Group, Xavier Magazine

Honorable Mention, Erbach Communications Group, Connections – Englewood Hospital

 

Layout: Weekly Paper

1st Place, Robert F. Russo, NJBIZ. The Interview Issue

2nd Place, Lisa M. Cuthbert, The Hoboken Reporter, Hoboken’s Booting Policy

3rdPlace,Lisa M. Cuthbert, The Hoboken Reporter, Sports, Arts, Fun

 

Layout: Magazine Front Cover

1st Place, Terriann Saulino Bish and Alyssa Bredin, 07030 Hoboken Magazine, Summer 2014

2nd Place, Robert F. Russo, NJBIZ, Small Business Week

3rd Place, Mike Sanchez, New Jersey Business Magazine, November Issue

Honorable Mention, Robert F. Russo, NJBIZ, Real Estate & Construction Report

 

Layout Feature Story Magazine

1st Place, Mike Sanchez, New Jersey Business Magazine, “Succession Planning”

2nd Place,Lisa M. Cuthbert, Jersey City Magazine, “Falcon Fiends”

3rd Place, Mike Sanchez, New Jersey Business Magazine, “NJBIA 2014 Health Benefits Survey”

Honorable Mention, Mike Sanchez, New Jersey Business Magazine, “State’s History Impacted by its Three Constitutions”

 

Feature Story Layout Newspaper

1st Place, Robert F. Russo, “NJBIZ, Why Accounting is Cool”

2nd Place, Robert F. Russo, NJBIZ, “Getting Canned”

 

Online Homepage Design

1st Place, Eric Strauss, NJBIZ