Star-Ledger wins journalism, advertising awards in N.J. Press Association contest –

HAMILTON — The Star-Ledger was presented with 32 journalism awards Thursday in the New Jersey Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

In all, journalists representing NJ Advance Media, which other titles also includes The South Jersey Times, The Times of Trenton and The Express-Times of Easton (Pa.), won 39 awards in the annual contest.

The contest recognizes the best work in the state. The awards were presented at a dinner at the Hamilton Manor.


Journalists whose work appeared in The Star-Ledger, which competes in the larger of two circulation categories in the contest, won 10 first-place awards. Journalists whose work appeared in The South Jersey Times won four awards, three for second place and on for third place. The Express-Times of Easton (Pa.) won two awards, including one for first place, and the Times of Trenton added one more first-place award.

In the association’s advertising contest, work that appeared in The Star-Ledger, The South Jersey Times, The Times of Trenton and won 32 awards, including 15 for first place.

NJ Advance Media formed in 2014 and provides sales, marketing and content for The Star-Ledger, and other daily and weekly newspapers in the state.

Here are the first-place winners:


Responsible Journalism First Amendment, Art Weissman Memorial Award: Bait & Switch, the failed 911 update, Alex Napoliello and Stephen Stirling, The Star-Ledger

Innovation Award: Census comparison tool, Carla Austudillo, The Star-Ledger

News Picture Story: RNC and DNC Conventions, Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger

Portrait Photo: Shakoor, Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger

Graphics/Illustration Portfolio: James Green, The Star-Ledger

Opinion Column Portfolio: Tom Moran, The Star-Ledger

Sports Feature, Photo: Drenching Loss, John Munson, The Star-Ledger

Best Use of Social Media: N.J.’s Olympians, Alyssa Passeggio, Marisa Iati and Megan Merrigan, The Star-Ledger

Special Issue, Print: The 100-Yard Deception, Staff, The Star-Ledger

Online Breaking News: The Bridgegate Verdict, Staff, The Star-Ledger

News/Business Page Design Portfolio: Tiffany Schmidt, The Times of Trenton

Illustration: Phillies Top Prospect JP Crawford, Matt Smith, The Express-Times


Best Restaurant/Entertainment Ad, color: Stress Factory VIP Experience, David Peterson, Tom Bohen, The Star-Ledger

Best Newspaper Promotion or House Ad: Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Robert Morgia, Marketing Strategy Team, The Times of Trenton    

Best Special Section: First Night Morris 2017, Melissa Chin, Isabella Mest, The Star-Ledger

Best Special Section Cover: Jersey Fresh, David Petersen, Advertising Content Team, South Jersey Times   

Best Special Topic Page(s): Greater Newark Holiday Fund, Melissa Chin, Lauren Feldman, Advertising Content Team, The Star-Ledger     

Best Community Service or Shared Ad: Times-Kiwanis Camp Fund, Robert Morgia, Marketing Strategy Team, The Times of Trenton    

Best Large Space Ad – Color: See-More TV & Appliance Center: Save Big with Sedona, David Petersen, Ron Ostroff, The Star-Ledger 

Best Niche Publication / Magazine: Dining Guide 2016, David Petersen, Advertising Content Team, Carmela Giardina   

Best Classified Pages: Circle of Excellence, Melissa Chin, Patty Anistranski, The Star-Ledger     

Best New Project for 2016: RWJBarnabas Sample Pages, Alaa Selim, Jeff Ruderman, Healthcare Marketing Solutions, Lily Kirov, The Star-Ledger 

Best Digital Standard Unit Ad: Iberia Peninsula: Festa Dos Campeos, Dan Cruz, Carmela Giardina,  

Best Digital Impact Ad: Roosterspin: Sing! Sing! Sing! David Petersen, Ron Ostroff, The Star-Ledger    

Best Rich Media Creative: Park Bayonne, Alaa Selim, Stan Lemond,

Best Multi-Media Online & Print Campaign: NJ’s Best Italian Restaurant, Alaa Selim, Marketing Strategy Team,

Best Digital Ad Campaign: Six Flags Recruitment: Frightfest, Melissa Chin, Rodney Johnson, Shelley Jordan, 

Complete results from the 2016 NJPA contest may be found here.


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