The New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists awarded Montclair Local three prestigious honors for its coverage in 2018 on June 22 at an awards ceremony at the Maize Restaurant in Newark.
Jaimie Julia Winters took first place in the Stuart and Beverly Awbrey Award for her coverage of the Lackawanna Development. According to NJSPJ, since its creation in the 1990s, this award is the most prestigious journalistic honor in New Jersey and has sought to honor both hard-hitting investigative journalism that is public-spirited, as well as more “uplifting” efforts.
Winters also took third place in Best Investigative Journalism for her Lackawanna coverage.
Erin Roll won third place in the Tim O’Brien Award for Best Use of Public Records for her coverage of chronic absenteeism among Montclair students. This award honors the best reporting that uses the N.J. Open Public Records Act to expose issues of public significance.
The Keystone Society of Professional Journalists, awarded last month, Montclair Local Culture Editor Gwen Orel won three awards in the non-daily category: first place, for feature beat reporting; first place, for commentary for her essay series “Program Notes;” and second place, for business reporting, for her article on local entrepreneur Nicki Radzely.