NJ Papers Win 11 Awards

March 17, 2011

Greater Media Newspapers received a combined 11 awards from the New Jersey Press Association for excellence in writing, photography and advertising in the NJPA’s Better Newspaper Contest for 2010.

The newspaper group, based in Freehold Township, NJ, publishes 10 weeklies, serving Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean counties in central New Jersey.

Former Greater Media Newspapers Executive Editor* Greg Bean* received first place in Opinion Columns for two of his weekly Coda columns. One column, titled “Tenure Must Be on the Table in Reform Talks,” addressed the need to shake up the teacher tenure system in New Jersey, which often allows outstanding young teachers to be denied tenure, as well as making it difficult to get rid of bad teachers. To view the column, click here.

His second entry, “Here’s Your Boy Scout Knife, and Here Are the Handcuffs,” focused on how New Jersey statutes are incredibly vague about the legality of carrying a knife.

*Jennifer Amato’s *stories on how the tragedy of Alzheimer’s disease also affects family members garnered her second place in the category of Environmental/Health and Science Writing. Amato is the managing editor of the North/South Brunswick Sentinel:

http://nbs.gmnews.com/news/2010-01-07/.

Sentinel staff writer *Sam Slaughter* received third place in Feature Writing for his piece “Peak Performance,” which is about a local man who turned his back on Wall Street to reach mountain summits in three different continents.

The Editorial Department also won seven photography awards. Photographer *Eric Sucar *won two first places for Sports Action and General News, as well first and third places for Features. *Jeff Granit* received second place for Sports Action, and two third places for Spot News and Feature Picture Story.

The newspaper group also took second place in the Best Telemarketing category for “Your Guide to Making Your House a Home With Professionals.”

Publisher and General Manager Ben S. Cannizzaro commented, “It’s always gratifying when our staff is recognized for their talent and initiative.

We look forward to continuing our commitment to community journalism.”