SBN Wins Second Award from Society of Professional Journalists NJ Chapter

Steve Lubetkin, left, reporting from the Albert Anastasia House in Fort Lee, NJ, left, and SPJ New Jersey Award CertificateSteve Lubetkin, left, reporting from the Albert Anastasia House in Fort Lee, NJ, left, and SPJ New Jersey Award Certificate

NEWARK, NJ—(SBN)—StateBroadcastNews.com, the news reporting and production division of The Lubetkin Media Companies, was honored by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists with a second place recognition in the Web Video category of the NJ-SPJ’s annual journalism contest. SBN was honored for its video news report, “Albert Anastasia’s Fort Lee Home Being Auctioned,” about the sale of a Fort Lee, NJ, home once owned by notorious mobster Albert Anastasia. The judges commented on the report’s use of old newsreel footage of Anastasia’s bodyguards confronting reporters outside the home before Anastasia finally agreed to pose for photos.

“It is particularly gratifying that NJ-SPJ has recognized the work of SBN among independent journalists entering the contest,” says Steve Lubetkin, SBN’s news director, chief videographer, and on-camera news correspondent. “We are a small, independent news producer, we don’t have the extensive resources of our broadcast news colleagues, so having SPJ judges regard our work on the same level with larger journalism organizations encourages us to redouble our efforts to provide high-quality coverage of news stories.”

It’s SBN’s second recognition from NJ-SPJ for its video. Last year, SBN won a third place in the web video category for its video news report on an Affordable Care Act rally and registration event produced for content partner NJSpotlight.com.

You can watch SBN’s winning video about the Anastasia house in the player below.

Albert Anastasia’s Fort Lee Home Being Auctioned from PodcastSteve on Vimeo.

About the Author

Steve Lubetkin
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for StateBroadcastNews.com. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. Since 2015 he has been the New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com. His video work for GlobeSt.com has been honored by the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced audio podcasts on CRE topics for the NAR Commercial Division and the CCIM Institute. Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies. Steve also reports on-camera and covers conferences for NJSpotlight.com, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC. Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996. Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional. You can email Steve at steve@statebroadcastnews.com.