Former TAPinto Bayonne Town Editor Wins Four Journalism Awards

AWARD WINNERS – Former Bayonne reporter Al Sullivan, Bayonne resident Joseph Passantino and former Bayonne resident Art Schwartz at the NJ-SPJ's Excellence in Journalism ceremony. Credits: Ivy Black

BAYONNE, NJ – Bayonne resident Joseph Passantino received four writing honors at the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists’ Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards Brunch on Sunday, June 25 at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.

Passantino was the Town Editor for TAPinto Bayonne during its inaugural year of 2016.

He won a 2nd Place Award in the “Profile Writing, Local Journalism” category for his TAPinto Bayonne article, “9/11: A Day Like No Other for Bayonne’s Mickey McCabe.” The story focused on the heroism of the McCabe Ambulance founder on Sept. 11, 2001 and his subsequent battle with interstitial lung disease.

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Passantino took home both 2nd and 3rd Places in “Health, Science, Technology & Environmental Reporting, Local Journalism” for his articles in the Bayonne Community News and North Bergen Reporter, “Smack Surges in Hudson County; White-Collar Heroin Users on the Rise” and “When Eating Can Be a Life-or-Death Decision.”

“All entries were well written and reported,” was a judge’s comment about the Health & Science category. “It was a difficult category to judge – particularly to decide the places for the top three entries.”

Passantino was honored with a 3rd Place Award in the “Business Reporting, Combined Local & Online” category for his story in the Bayonne Community News, “PILOTing the City to More Taxable Income; Officials Say Abatements Not Only Help Developers, but the City as Well.” 

“Well-done, informational, explanative reporting,” was a judge’s comment about the winning business entry.

The NJ-SPJ contest honored work completed during 2016.

Passantino is founder and president of J Passantino LLC, a public relations company.


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