The New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has recognized NJ Spotlight, New Jersey’s premier online news and public policy source, as the state’s top independent online publication.
NJ Spotlight staff took first prize in that category and placed in several others in NJSPJ’s 2014 Excellence in Journalism Awards, which judges work done by news organizations in 2013.
NJ Spotlight writers also were named winners for coverage that included campaign finances in the 2013 gubernatorial election, public finance, and the Sandy recovery effort. In addition, NJSPJ gave a first-place prize in Online Enterprise/Series/Investigative Reporting to The Hechinger Report writer Sara Neufeld, whose reporting on Newark Schools is part of a partnership with NJ Spotlight.
“This is an exciting time for NJ Spotlight. Four years after our initial launch, these prizes show that our site has emerged as a real force in the New Jersey media landscape,” said managing editor and cofounder Lee Keough.
John Mooney, NJ Spotlight’s founding editor, said, “We are also proud of the media partnerships that are recognized in these awards, in this case, with WNYC/NJ Public Radio and The Hechinger Report, and the quality journalism that those collaborations have produced.”
The second part looked at how the Garden State’s long tradition of home rule was affecting planning and post-Sandy recovery.
The New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists works to improve conditions in the journalistic community in New Jersey and is dedicated to the interests of all journalists and people in related fields. A full list of contest winners is available online.
NJ Spotlight was launched in May 2010, supported by grants from the Community Foundation of New Jersey, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, William Penn Foundation, and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Other foundations that have supported our work include the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, and the Fund for New Jersey.
In addition to its daily news coverage, NJ Spotlight hosts live and online events with key stakeholders on issues such as the state budget, healthcare reform, solar power, charter schools, teacher tenure, and wind energy.