Public service

Asbury Park Press Wins NJPA Public Service and Top Journalism Awards


Discrimination in housing. Politicians secretly give each other raises. Great photos of the January 6 uprising. Those works, and others written by Asbury Park Press reporters, won top prizes at the Press Association of New Jersey awards dinner on Thursday night.

“We Don’t Take That,” a series written by Kayla Canne about blatant and unlawful government-created housing discrimination, won first place for public service, major newspaper category, at the NJPA Awards at County of Forsgate Country in Monroe Township.

Photographer Thomas P. Costello won first place in the Photo category for his “Protest” image of the January 6 Uprising.

Peter Ackerman won two first places: Sports Feature photography and Best Portfolio.

The other first place winners were:

First Amendment cover Susanne Cervenka for revealing how the Monmouth County Freeholders gave themselves raises in secret; Jerry Carino, news columnist; Michael L. Diamond, COVID-19 coverage; and Paul D’Ambrosio, editorial commentary.

Second place winners: Chris Jordan, Critical Writing; Luis Ortega Solano, news/business page design; Micaela Encinas, design of the presentation page; Andrew Ford and ProPublica, First Amendment Reports; personal, better use of social media for the multimedia project Born to Run; Costello, protest photo; and Ackerman, Sports Feature Picture Story.

Third-place winners: Personal, Best Week in News Coverage; Jerry Carino, sports writing portfolio; and Costello, Best Video Portfolio.

The Press advertising service won two first place prizes in the 2021 Summer Guide Advertising Competition: Sarah Griesemer, Bill Canacci, Ilana Keller, Karen Guarasi, for the best special section; and Mike Davis and Costello for Best Cover Photo.