CHERRY HILL, NJ—(SBN)—The State Broadcast News division of Cherry Hill-based The Lubetkin Media Companies has been recognized again with four awards for its news reporting, including first, second, and third place prizes in the broadcast radio spot news category, and a second-place award in the radio feature category in the 2018 Memorial Journalism Awards sponsored by the Garden State Journalists Association.
The awards bring the company’s total to eight since it began entering the competition.
This year’s awards all recognized stories Lubetkin produced in his role as New Jersey/Pennsylvania correspondent for GlobeSt.com, a commercial real estate news web portal that is part of ALM Media, the New York-based publisher of Real Estate Forum and American Lawyer magazines.
SBN News Director Steve Lubetkin won a first-place award in the Broadcast Radio General News category for his news report, “Fight for Hackensack redevelopment liquor district,” which featured interviews with local business leaders and lawmakers about efforts to create a special limited liquor license to boost retail and residential development in downtown Hackensack, Bergen County.
SBN received a second-place award for a news feature about the announcement of a new Chickie’s & Pete’s sports pub in Evesham Township, Burlington County.
Lubetkin was also recognized with a third place award for a report on how the Philadelphia chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) is mentoring high school students in the Youth Build Philadelphia program.
In the Broadcast Radio Feature category, SBN won second place for Lubetkin’s interview for GlobeSt.com with Joseph F. Coradino, chairman and CEO of PREIT, a Philadelphia-based publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns more than 22 million square feet of retail shopping malls in the eastern half of the US.
“We’re so proud that our journalism continues to compare favorably and win praise from our news media peers in New Jersey and beyond,” said Lubetkin. “We hope to continue setting the bar high for quality broadcast and print journalism for non-conventional clients and news outlets.”
In 2017, SBN won three awards, including a first-place in the Broadcast Radio General News category, a second-place in the Print/Column category, and a third place in the Broadcast TV/Online General News category. In 2015, SBN was honored with a second-place award in the TV Feature Category.
The 2018 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 StateBroadcastNews.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.