A Second SBN News Report Honored, This time by SPJ-NJ

Steve Lubetkin reporting from Union City event for NJSpotlight.comSteve Lubetkin reporting from Union City event for NJSpotlight.com

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.”

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. In May 2019, he began anchoring and reporting for the new 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. 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 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. In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. 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.