Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect an additional award that we missed in our original scan of the winners’ list.
CHERRY HILL, NJ—(SBN)—Underscoring a remarkable and persistent capacity to produce high-quality journalism and broadcast reporting for the digital online news space with limited staff and resources, The State Broadcast News division of Cherry Hill-based The Lubetkin Media Companies, and its news director and principal reporter Steve Lubetkin, have been recognized with six awards for broadcast news reporting, including first place awards in both TV and radio categories, in the 2019 Memorial Journalism Awards sponsored by the Garden State Journalists Association.
“It is incredibly meaningful to us that our news media peers value the kind of journalism we are producing,” said Lubetkin. “I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to position SBN as one of the leading creators of high-quality news content in New Jersey, and we are actively seeking opportunities to place our content with news outlets throughout the state.”
SBN News Director Steve Lubetkin won two first-place awards, one in the ENG News category, for “Unique Housing for Seniors,” a video news story about a unique housing project being built in Cherry Hill, NJ, aimed at seniors and developmentally disabled adults. The second was in the Broadcast Radio Feature category for his news report, “Strong Economy Keeping All Asset Classes Riding High, ULI Outlook Audience Told,” which incorporated excerpts of comments by nearly a dozen speakers at a real estate conference in Philadelphia.
Lubetkin was also recognized with a third-place award in the Radio Feature category for “Industrial Attention Shifting to South Jersey,” an interview he conducted with David Greek of F. Greek Development, which builds warehouses, distribution centers, and other logistics facilities, during a conference in Jersey City last June.
Lubetkin’s reporting received a second place award in the Radio Spot News category for two live reports he produced for BBC-owned radio stations in Ireland, describing the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial in Norristown, PA.
He also received a second-place award for a TV interview he conducted with former New Jersey Gov. James J. Florio, “Former NJ Governor Florio Sees Urban Development as Key to State’s Economy.”
A report on the newly installed Carvana.com “car vending machine” entitled “Online Auto Retailer Carvana Places Car Vending Machine in Philadelphia,” received a second place award in the ENG News or PR Camera Personnel category.
The awards bring the company’s total to 14 since it began entering the competition. This year’s awards recognized five 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.
In 2018, SBN won 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 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 awards will be presented at a dinner May 22 in Newark, 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.