Best Independent Blog

Well, we’ve done it again.

SPJ NJRahwayRising.com was awarded first place in the category of Independent Blog in the 2016 Excellence in Journalism Awards by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. A complete list of winners can be found here (.pdf).

We won second place in 2012 and third place in 2015 but it had been awhile (2011) since we won first place in the Best Independent Blog category since 2011.

The winning submissions included posts about:

The judge’s comments:

“As the journalistic industry continues to transition, we look to independent bloggers who see themselves as news providers to uphold the tenants of our tradition, including the notion that we be ‘accurate, fair and thorough.’ We apply the winning submission’s hyper-local news coverage tracking conflict of interest questions. Posts are presented in news style with hyper links to primary sources, offering an example of how the traditions of the past can be honored while taking advantage of the opportunities modern technology presents.”

I also submitted entries in other categories that didn’t net any awards, including a post about the number of foreclosures in Rahway, and coverage of the ongoing SID lawsuit.

Thanks to our faithful readers and supportive advertisers who have stuck with the site over the years. While I may be the sole operator/writer/publisher of this site, I often refer to this effort as “we” because I feel like it’s a community effort of sorts, whether it’s someone sending in a tip, asking about a project, or just saying hi around town. You all can take some credit for this win — thank you!

6 thoughts on “Best Independent Blog”

  1. This is great news Mark and certainly validates what we’ve all of your faithful readers have known for a long time! Keep up the good work.

    1. Ha ha! Thanks Alex! We still have to catch up for a drink sometime 🙂 This summer for sure!

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