SBN Earns New Awards for Radio Reporting, Newspaper Column, and Video

Former NJ Gov. Thomas Kean on keynote panel with founding editor John Mooney and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka (Amanda Brown Photography for Used by permission.)Former NJ Gov. Thomas Kean was interviewed for an SBN radio news report that won first place in the Broadcast Radio General News category in the 2017 Garden State Journalists Association Memorial Awards. (Amanda Brown Photography for Used by permission.)

CHERRY HILL, NJ—(SBN)—The State Broadcast News division of Cherry Hill-based The Lubetkin Media Companies has been recognized again with three awards for its news reporting in radio, print, and video categories in the 2017 Memorial Journalism Awards sponsored by the Garden State Journalists Association.

It’s the company’s second, third, and fourth awards in the competition. In 2015, SBN was honored with a second-place award in the TV Feature Category in 2015 for a video feature about the sale of property at Fort Monmouth, NJ.

SBN News Director Steve Lubetkin won a first-place award in the Broadcast Radio General News category for his news report, Three former governors on jobs, schools, public safety,” which featured extended interviews with three former New Jersey governors, Thomas Kean, James Florio, and James McGreevey.

Lubetkin was also honored with a second-place award in the Print/Column category for his monthly technology column, CompuSchmooze,” which has appeared in the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey since 1996.

A video news feature produced by SBN for its content partner won third place in the Broadcast TV/Online General News category. That video reports on the press conference announcing Brandywine Property Trust executive George Sowa had joined the Trenton Economic Development Corporation as its CEO. The report included on-camera interviews by Lubetkin with Sowa and several other executives involved in the event, and videography by Jake Kozmor of Medford, NJ, a high school sophomore who has been interning with The Lubetkin Media Companies since July 2016.

“Receiving honors from our professional peers once again validates the quality of the work we are producing for our news clients and for our own news report,” said Lubetkin. “We expect to continue producing high quality broadcast and print journalism for non-conventional clients and markets.”

The awards will be presented at a dinner May 24 in Weehawken, NJ.

State Broadcast News is an audio, video, and photojournalism news service producing stories for news organizations and its own service at


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Steve Lubetkin
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for 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 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, 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, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of, 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