one photography, and eight layout awards in the 2017 Memorial Journalism Awards run annually by the Garden State Journalists Association.
The Hudson Reporter 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. The stories appear at hudsonreporter.com.
“What a great tribute to our staff and company that so many have been recognized for awards by their peers,” said Dave Unger, the company’s outgoing co-publisher (Newspaper Media Group bought the chain earlier this month). “This is just the latest confirmation of their hard work, skill, and dedication to their craft.”
Outgoing co-publisher Lucha Malato said, “I couldn’t be more thrilled to know our staff is recognized by such a prestigious statewide organization.”
“All of the reporters, graphic artists, sales reps, editors, and publishers work very hard to honor our responsibility to inform, educate, and sometimes entertain readers,” said Editor-in-Chief Caren Matzner.
2017 Memorial Journalism Award Winners
Kate Rounds, editor in chief of the Hudson Reporter company’s three lifestyle magazines, was awarded the top honor in the contest, the prestigious Hildy Johnson Award for the best overall story.
It was for in Jersey City Magazine titled “Leona Beldini: Act Three – From Burlesque to City Hall and back.”
The story profiled the picaresque life of Beldini, a former burlesque performer and deputy mayor of Jersey City who was swept up in 2009’s Operation Bid Rig political sting, and spent time in prison.
“I congratulate all the designers and photographers who were recognized for their fine work on our lifestyle magazines,” said Rounds. “They continually set a high standard of excellence.”
In the print/spot news category, first Place was awarded to Marilyn Baer for her coverage of the November 2017 election results in The Hoboken Reporter titled “Bhalla wins mayoral election.”
Senior Staff Writer Al Sullivan won four first place awards in different categories for stories in The Jersey City Reporter.
In the education category, “A living laboratory” followed eight-grade Jersey City students who explored Reservoir No. 3 in The Heights studying nature and the history of the facility.
In the category sports features, his story “Heroes inside and outside the ring” covered the induction of three Hudson County residents into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, one posthumously, having died flying in a bomber in World War II.
For investigative reporting, “Reports: Loose talk sinks bids” probed into allegations that key members of Mayor Steven Fulop’s administration tried to influence the city’s choice of an energy consultant.
In the personality interview category, “A shoemaker’s son” was a portrait from the writer’s personal perspective of an Italian immigrant who ran a cobbler’s shop on Broadway in Bayonne for over 60 years, which provided work for three generations of a family of shoemakers.
Sullivan was awarded second place for a story titled “A café of his own,” a portrait of a prison cook pardoned by President Obama who opened a restaurant in Jersey City.
In addition, Sullivan also won two awards in the Keystone Society of Professional Journalists contest in the spot news – non-daily category.
His first place story in The Union City Reporter, “An Army vet, a mayor, and a police standoff” covered a potentially deadly incident in which an Army veteran with a gun was talked into surrendering by Mayor Felix Roque, himself an ex-Army colonel.
His story “What happened on Tonnelle Avenue?” in The Jersey City Reporter probed the aftermath of a police chase in which an innocent bystander was allegedly beaten by the police. The story was awarded second Place.
Editor-in-Chief Caren Matzner was awarded first place in the feature photography category for a snowy photo in The Hoboken Reporter captioned “Deck the steps – Man carries Christmas tree up 100 Steps.”
“I’ve enjoyed photography, since I was young,” Matzner said, “and on the first snowy day of the season, in December, I went out with my camera around Jersey City and Hoboken and had a great time snapping shots.”
Layout and Design Awards
Senior Graphics Artist Lisa M. Cuthbert was awarded first place three times by the judges. She won in the weekly paper category for layout and design in The West New York Reporter. In the magazine front cover category, she shared the award with photographer Max Ryazansky for a story in Bayonne – Life on the Peninsula titled “Accidental activists;” and Cuthbert also received first Place in the feature story layout category for design of a story in Jersey City Magazine’s regular feature “How we live.”
Senior Graphics Artist Terri Saulino Bish was given a second Place award in the covers category for 07030 Hoboken Magazine, “Catch of the day,” and second place in the layout category for the story design for “Tutta Pesca Fine Dining” in the same issue. She was awarded 3rd Place for her cover of Jersey City Magazine for “Almost there - accidental activists.” She was award a 3rd Place prize for a Jersey City Magazine story titled “Talde.”
Honorable Mention was awarded Graphics Artist Alyssa Bredin Quiros for her design of a story in Jersey City Magazine titled “Parkour.”
The winners were honored May 23 at the awards dinner at The Chart House in Weehawken.
Union City native speaks at awards dinner in Weehawken
The keynote speaker for the Garden State Journalism Awards ceremony – held at the Chart House in Weehawken on Wednesday, May 23 – was a Union City native, Elizabeth Llorente, the senior reporter for Fox News Digital. She has worked for the New York Times and several other publications. She has been praised for her coverage of immigration detention.
She has been the recipient of the prestigious George Polk Award and New Jersey Journalist of the Year, as well as the 2004 Career Achievement Award from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
Born in the Bronx and raised in Union City, Llorente joined Fox News Latino in 2010 as politics editor. Prior to that, she was a news assistant for three years at The New York Times as part of a program nurturing aspiring journalists. She worked as a municipal reporter at the New Brunswick Home News and the Passaic Herald-News. She joined The Record of Hackensack in 1980, created the immigration beat there in 1994 and became a senior writer specializing in immigration and ethnic affairs. Her writing put a human face on dozens of ethnic communities and exposed abuse and corruption that generated reforms on the state and national levels.
Her coverage of immigration detention has been called required reading for reporters. The Annenberg Institute of the University of Southern California named her one of the nation’s top five race and ethnicity writers and made her an Expert Fellow.
At the event, she said that journalists should remain “a calm and steady voice of reason” even in a time when some are trying to discredit the profession. “We’re trying to honor our values,” she said.
“Even while [some] criticize the media,” she said, “they still turn to us in times of uncertainty.”