The Record, the flagship newspaper of North Jersey Media Group, was awarded two first-place medallions and three merit awards in the Society of Silurians 2014 Excellence in Journalism Awards Competition. One of the oldest press clubs in the U.S., the Society of Silurians will hold its awards presentation dinner on May 15 at The Players Club in New York City.   

The Breaking News Medallion was awarded to The Record for its coverage of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey by reporter Shawn Boburg and columnist John Cichowski.  The paper’s news-breaking reporting of events surrounding the lane closure scandal at the George Washington Bridge has helped lead to multiple investigations. The award also cited Boburg’s exclusive on how the Authority quietly sold the trademark to the World Trade Center’s name decades ago for $10.  

Alfred P. Doblin, The Record’s editorial page editor, won a medallion in the Editorial Writing/Commentary category for a series of editorials challenging the Archdiocese of Newark for ignoring the behavior of a child-abusing priest.  

The Record also received three coveted merit awards, including one in the Public Service category for its series “Suburbia's Deadly Secret” by Rebecca D. O’Brien and Thomas Mashberg, on the spread of heroin through North Jersey.  The series recently was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist.  

Photography merit awards were won by Tariq Zehawi in the Breaking News Image category, for a striking photo of a relative of the victim’s reacting to news of a double homicide in Englewood, N.J., and by Amy Newman, who was cited in the Feature Photography category for her photo, “Nun Having Fun."   

“Each of these acknowledgments is a reflection of a tremendously high level of work, not only by the winners, but everyone in the newsroom,” said The Record Editor Marty Gottlieb.   

The Society of Silurians, an organization of distinguished veteran journalists, annually recognizes outstanding achievement for in-depth news coverage, investigative work, photography and opinion in all areas of journalism. 

About North Jersey Media Group

Independent and family-owned, North Jersey Media Group (North Jersey) is the leading provider of news and marketing services in northern New Jersey. The Record and its sister publication, Herald News, are award-winning daily newspapers that reach nearly half a million readers a day with local, investigative and enterprise reporting. Forty-nine community newspapers circulate to 778,000 households across Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Morris, Hudson and Sussex counties.  Together, the company’s daily and community newspapers reach 98% of homes across Bergen and Passaic counties. NorthJersey.com is the number one website for local breaking news, receiving approximately 12 million monthly page views.  Bergen.com, with approximately 1.5 million monthly page views, is the number one site dedicated to events and things to do for Bergen County. (201) Magazine reaches 50,000 affluent households in Bergen County, one of the country’s wealthiest. Additional magazines reach the affluent residents of Wayne, Millburn, Short Hills and Montclair.  Our events division, Exposure, offers clients innovative ways to reach current and prospective customers through unique live experiences and community showcases. The company’s state-of-the-art, solar-powered plant prints all of the company’s newspapers and those of select other publishers. The company employs nearly 1,000 people across 11 locations in North Jersey.

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