CHERRY HILL, NJ–(SBN)–A second video news report by State Broadcast News has been recognized by a professional journalism organization. The New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists announced the winners of its NJ-SPJ Excellence in Journalism contest May 4, and SBN’s report on the Affordable Care Act produced for NJSpotlight.com received third place recognition in the Online Web Video category.
The report featured a rally held in Union City, NJ to encourage Spanish-speaking residents to sign up for ACA healthcare coverage, and included interviews with US Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez, and US Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
It’s SBN’s second journalism award in 2015, and the sixth honor for SBN and its parent company, The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC, in the past year. Last week, SBN received a second place award from the Garden State Journalists Association for a video news report about efforts to market Fort Monmouth facilities for sale.
In November, LMC won four ASTRA Awards from the New Jersey Communications, Advertising, and Marketing Association (NJCAMA), three for video and one for website design.
“Our ability to gain recognition from our professional peers speaks louder than anything we could say about our capabilities,” said SBN news director Steve Lubetkin, who was on-camera reporter and videographer for the Affordable Care Act news report. “We are thrilled to get the acknowledgement of our journalistic colleagues for the quality and value of the newsgathering work we do.”
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for StateBroadcastNews.com. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. He refocused on multimedia journalism and podcast production after a long career in corporate branded journalism and public relations.
He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from 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 a wide range of audio and video podcasts in his other role as managing partner of State Broadcast News’s parent, The Lubetkin Media Companies.
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.
In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and in July 2021 he was named secretary of the chapter. In August 2021, he was honored by SPJ with one of the organization’s 2021 Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Awards, given to regular members of an SPJ chapter who go above and beyond in serving their chapter.
Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996.
Steve also has reported on-camera and produces virtual conferences for NJSpotlightNews.org, 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.
From May-November 2019, he produced and reported a weekly podcast, The CRE News Hour, a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry.
From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta.
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.
Earlier in his career, Steve reported on rock music at the Jersey Shore for the Asbury Park Press, and was a broadcast news anchor and production engineer for WJLK-AM & FM, then owned by the Press. He also worked as a general assignment reporter for the Red Bank Register, Shrewsbury, NJ.
You can email Steve at email@example.com.